This year's Durban International Film Festival (DIFF), being held from 17-27 July 2014, offers 250 screenings, which includes 69 feature films, 60 documentaries, 57 short films and 19 surf films, in nine venues across the city.
It also offers a comprehensive workshop and seminar programme that facilitates the sharing of knowledge and skills by film industry experts.
DIFF 2014's principal screening venues are Suncoast CineCentre, Ster-Kinekor Musgrave, Cinema Nouveau - Gateway, Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre, Ekhaya Multi-Arts Centre in KwaMashu and the Tsogo Sun Elangeni Hotel. Other venues include the Bay of Plenty Lawns, the KZNSA Gallery and the Luthuli Museum on the North Coast, which will have a special programme of screenings.
Tickets should be acquired through the respective venues and prices range from R25 to R40 (R50 for 3D screenings), except at Luthuli Museum, Ekhaya, Elangeni Hotel and Bay of Plenty lawns, which are free of charge. The short film programme at the KZNSA Gallery costs R25.
Programme booklets with the full screening schedule and synopses of all the films are available free at cinemas and other public information outlets. Full festival details can also be found on www.durbanfilmfest.co.za
or by calling +27 (0)31 260 2506 or +27 (0) 31 260 1816.
Now in its 5th year, the Durban FilmMart, a partnership project with the Durban Film Office and the Durban International Film Festival, and supported by the City of Durban, is a film finance and co-production market presented in three strands - Finance Forum, Master Classes and the Africa in Focus seminars. 20 selected African projects (including 10 fiction features and 10 documentaries) will have an opportunity to hold one-on-one meetings with potential financiers, co-producers and distributors in the Finance Forum.
All projects will also have an opportunity to pitch their projects to a panel of international commissioning editors and financiers in the African Pitch, a structured pitching forum of the market. The DFM master class and networking programme is open to registered delegates only. For more information, go to www.durbanfilmmart.com