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Hot docs at Diff

My fifth and last day at the cinematic wonderland that is DIFF consisted of three documentaries. The films are very diverse - two were made by Western filmmakers and the third one is by an Iranian who was stopped from filming his latest film and this doccie was smuggled out of Iran on a flash drive hidden in a cake! I kicked off my day with Semisweet: Life in chocolate that focuses on 4 different stories about chocolate - the top chocolatier in France, a spiritual couple's chocolates fro...

The Durban International Film Festival reveals line up

The Durban International Film Festival (DIFF) which takes place from 19 to 29 July, with principal funding from the National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund, has announced the introduction of a new multi- and block booking facility through GoingPlaces SA, a Durban-based entertainment and leisure website with a shopping portal. “We are pleased that we are able to offer our festival goers, the opportunity to plan and book for the entire festival in advance” says Peter Rorvik, Director of DIFF...

DIFF 2011

DIFF 2011 Open Party on Jumeira Beach

DIFF Open Night 2011

DIFF 2011

Fireworks on opening night of DIFF 2011 photo by Vanessa McMahon 

DIFF 2011

8th edition Dubai Film Festvial (DIFF) opening night party! Hard working journalists! :-) photo by Vanessa McMahon 

DIFF 2011

8th edition Dubai Film Festvial (DIFF) opening night party! photo by Vanessa McMahon 

DIFF 2011

Opening party for DIFF 2011 and BLACK GOLD premier partyphoto by Vanessa McMahon 

Black Gold at DIFF 2011

Composer James Horner from BLACK GOLD (2011) on red carpet in Doha at DIFF 2011photo by Vanessa McMahon 

Black Gold at DIFF 2011

Black Gold (2011) premier at DIFF 2011 and lead actor Tahar Rahimphoto by Vanessa McMahon 

Organising a film festival

  I spoke to Nashen Moodley, manager of the Durban International Film Festival, in hindsight.When do you start organising a filmfest? Have you started with 2012yet? Any dates yet? We start pretty much immediately, and are at the moment in a number of review meetings working on ways to improve the festival. We alreadyhave some programming plans for 2012. The dates have not been set yet,but we expect to occupy the same time in late July.How was the attendances at Diff 2011? I saw various sold...

End DIFF on a high

31 July: Day 7 The last day of the festival arrived with Durban basking in sunlight. I saw three award-winning films today, the wonderful and candid Position among the stars, the shocking lesbian drama Circumstance and closed off with black butterflies, a fly-on-the-wall production about the life of the iconic SA poet, Ingrid Jonker. I loved Position among the stars with its colourful family who would have felt right at home in reality TV, breathtaking photography - especially the wa...

The Way Back DIFF

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The Way Back DIFF

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The Way Back DIFF


Closing Night ceremony DIFF 2010

Closing night gala DIFF 2010

Industry, filmmakers, organizers and all gather for the closing night ceremony DIFF 2010

Muhr Awards DIFF

Muhr Awards Diff 2010 All the winners of the night gather for a photo opt.

Muhr Awards DIFF

Muhr Awards Diff 2010

Muhr Awards DIFF

Muhr Awards Diff 2010

Beau Garrett at DIFF

Actress Beau Garrett presented premier of film Tron: Legacy at DIFF 2010

DIFF pre-show

Picture still from nightly preshow of DIFF 2010

co-production panel

Filmmakers from pan-Arabic countries met and gathered on DIFF panel to discuss future of film co-production in Arabic world.

Panel on Distribution today, DIFF

Director Peter Weir, distributor Hala Sarhan and sales agent Michael Werner discuss future of film distribution at DIFF 2010. Theme was that the modern film distribution factor is in state of chaos. Peter Weir said, “you have to adapt to new film market. We must protect and conserve new indie filmmakers of world or we will frighten them and scare them. It’s a curious middle road today. We have to encourage the very thing that is draining financing from us. It scares us and yet ...

Panel on Distribution today, DIFF

director Peter Weir, distributor Hala Sarhan and sales agent Michael Werner discuss future of film distribution at DIFF 2010.


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