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The Durban International Film Festival returns

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The Durban International Film Festival returns for its 33rd year to celebrate the magic of cinema in all its beauty and diversity. From the 19th to the 29th July, Durban will be illuminated by the glow of the silver screen, with over 290 screenings in 10 venues across the city. Alongside world-class cinema from across the globe, comprising 80 feature films, 40 documentaries and 45 short films, the festival offers a comprehensive workshop and seminar programme that facilitates the sharing...

DIFF announces Opening Film

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The Durban International Film Festival has announced the selection of Elelwani as the film that will open the curtains on the 33rd edition of South Africa's largest and longest running film festival. This groundbreaking world premiere takes place on July 19, made possible by the National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund (who was both the first funder of the film, and principal funder of the festival), and the National Film and Video Foundation, a crucial partner  both of  this pioneer...

Attention filmmakers/critics from Africa

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  Talent Campus Durban Calls for Filmmakers and Film Critics   Superimposing an African imagination on filmmaking processes, the 5th Talent Campus Durban (20-24 July) will ignite the creativity of 40 selected filmmakers from Africa in a series of masterclasses, workshops and industry networking opportunities during the Durban International Film Festival.  Talent Campus Durban entices filmmakers to enhance skills, develop collaborations and interface with the dynamic future...

Successful 11th Festival de Cine Alemán in Buenos Aires

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The 11th Festival de Cine Alemán was held at the Village Recoleta Cinema in Buenos Aires from 22-28 September, 2011. An extensive program of 10 feature films, two documentaries, a silent film and the Next Generation Short Tiger 2011 showcase was shown. The festival opened on 22 September with Philipp Stölzl's film GOETHE! The main program also featured ALMANYA (ALMANYA - WILLKOMMEN IN DEUTSCHLAND) by Yasemin Samdereli, THREE (DREI) by Tom Tykwer, COLOR OF THE OCEAN (DIE FARBE DES OZEANS) b...

ATTENDANCE UP AT DURBAN

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The Durban International Film Festival has announced a significant increase in attendance for its 32nd edition which concluded on 31 July. The festival which is supported by the National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund (principal funder), National Film and Video Foundation, the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Economic Development and Tourism and other valued funders and partners, recorded total attendance of 29 792 including attendance of 2 452 at the festival’s workshop and seminar programme. T...

Indian Cinema takes the spotlight at DIFF

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The remarkably diverse cinema of India is celebrated at the 32nd Durban International Film Festival this year, with a focus on both the classic and the daringly contemporary, with music and art also finding a prominent place. Six films from the great Indian master Satyajit Ray will be presented, alongside fine works by talented new Indian filmmakers, an exhibition dedicated to Bollywood by artist Ranjit Dahiya, and a performance by Indian slide-guitar maestro Debasish Bhattacharya. Taking plac...

Durban International Film Festival to open with OTELO BURNING

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Over 250 screenings will be presented at the 32nd edition of the Durban International Film Festival’s from 21 to 31 July. With principal support from the National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund, the line-up of films from over 50 countries includes numerous award-winners and premiere screenings, with a core component of the newest South Africa productions. The festival proudly opens with the World Premiere of a film shot in Durban - Otelo Burning, directed by Sara Blecher. Beginning in the ...

Durban International Film Festival’s highlights

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The Durban International Film Festival's 32nd edition takes place from 21 July to 31 July 2011 and will present over 200 screenings of films from around the world, with a focus on films from South Africa and Africa.   Screenings take place throughout Durban including township areas where cinemas are non-existent.   The festival also offers an extensive seminar and workshop programme featuring local and international filmmakers, and the return of the very success...

Eco Lens at Durban DIFF 2010

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Filmmakers are key agents in keeping a watchful eye on not just on social and political issues but on environmental abuse that often slips unobtrusively into our daily lives. A number of films at this year’s Durban International Film Festival conscientise us about the need for integrated approaches to development, and the threats to human ecology and environmental balance. With genetic modification shifting global food production increasingly further from nature, Scientists Under Attack is an ...

31st Durban International Film Festival Unveils Programme

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Daring, innovative and controversial films and filmmakers from around the world will take the spotlight at the 31st Durban International Film Festival which takes place from 22 July to 1 August. The festival programmers have scoured the globe for films that excite, thrill, raise awareness and provoke. These films will be presented in over 200 screenings at venues across Durban and in surrounding communities.Alongside the screenings of films, the festival offers an extensive workshop and seminar ...

Award-winners at the 30th Durban International Film Festival

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The landmark 30th edition of the Durban International Film Festival announced that the winner of the Best Feature Film award is No Puedo Vivir Sin Ti (Taiwan). Directed by Leon Dai, it was lauded by the International Jury as a “film that surprises and charms at the same time.” “It is a real story with the feel of a melodrama. It is new and original but creates the impression that it was already in your heart for a long time.” The Best Feature Film award carries a cash prize of R30 000. C...

30 th Durban International Film Festival attendance soaring

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Attendance increased significantly at the 30 th edition of the Durban International Film Festival, reports Peter Rorvik, Director of the festival and the Centre for Creative Arts. “Attendance figures were up this year with over 22, 471 at the 280 festival film screenings, representing almost 5,500 more than in 2008, despite there being 26 less screenings this year. Workshop and seminar attendances were also up with 1650 film enthusiasts attending 38 seminars and workshops, indicating a great l...

Durban International Film Festival to open with Durban film

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30th Durban International Film Festival 23 July to 2 August 2009 Celebrating its landmark 30th edition, South Africa’s longest-running film festival, the Durban International Film Festival, will open with My Secret Sky (Izulu Lami), directed by Madoda Ncayiyana and shot in Durban. Based on the experiences of the city's homeless children, it is a heartrending tale of suffering and redemption, featuring exceptional performances by a group of talented child actors discovered by Ncayiyana and clos...

Festival of German Films in London celebrated its 10th jubilee

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Thefestival has been showing German films in London with increasing success over the past 10 years. This November again saw many aficionados of German cinema coming to the Curzon Soho arthouse cinema. Apart from the opening film 8 MILES HIGH (DAS WILDE LEBEN) there were sell-out performances for another six films.Director Achim Bornhak, lead actress Natalia Avelon and producer Dietmar Guentsche were able to see that the wild life of Uschi Obermaier and her friends still have a great appeal in Lo...

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