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Peter Rorvik Departs Centre for Creative Arts (CCA)

The departure of Peter Rorvik from the UKZN’s Centre for Creative Arts concludes an exciting growth period for arts and culture in Durban, represented through the four annual CCA festivals – Time of the Writer, Poetry Africa, JOMBA! Contemporary Dance Experience, and the Durban International Film Festival. All of these landmarks in Durban’s event calendar have contributed significantly to the cultural life of this city, delivering hosts of cutting-edge writers, poets, dancers...

Highlights from the AFDA Annual Film Festival

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 The AFDA Annual Film Festival Johannesburg, Cape Town, Durban 23, 24 and 25 November 2012 Each year AFDA (The South African School of Motion Picture Medium and Live Performance) hosts an annual film festival which showcases more than 50 new third year graduates and fourth year honours (post graduate) students’ films.  The festival is a unique opportunity for graduate students to attract and experience an audience in a public cinema environment. The festiva...

Award-winners announced at Durban International Film Festival

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The 33rd edition of the Durban International Film Festival, with principal funding from the National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund,  this evening (Saturday, July 28) announced its award-winners, prior to the closing film. Winner of the Best Feature Film award, Love (Amour) was applauded by the International Jury as “unmissable”, and the film’s director Michael Haneke, as a “contemporary master with an astute understanding of his cinematic world”. The Best Feature Film award carrie...

The Durban International Film Festival reveals line up

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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 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 pioneering p...

ekurhuleni film festival

The festival's main purpose of existance is create alternative venues for watching South African produced films as well as films from Africa and the world. Use film as tool to empower peoples lives towards nation building and township regeneration. Foster the development of of audiences for the appreciation of independently produced film products. Contribute to the growth of a film industry in Ekurhuleni. Increase an interest for pursuing as a career. Showcase and exhibit films through Ekurhuleni Film Festival. Develop new audiences and create a cinema friendly culture for locally (South African) produced films within Ekurhuleni and the the surrounding areas.

ÉCU 2012 Partner Festival: Cape Winelands Film Festival

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Cape Winelands Film Festival, South Africa, 14th – 24th March Do you like your film festivals to come accompanied by a wine tasting, a cooking demonstration, and some live entertainment? Perhaps catch a glimpse of the odd celebrity mingling amongst the festival goers? Then the Cape Winelands Festival in Stellenbosch, Western Cape of South Africa, could be just the festival for you. A ten day long celebration of South African film plus the best of international cinema set in a med...

"Covariance" to play the Cape Winelands Film Festival!

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"Covariance" will play the 5th annual Cape Winelands Film Festival in Capetown, South Africa, March 14-24, 2012. This is the sixth festival acceptance for "Covariance" and its second play date in Africa. For more information on the film, including a trailer and behind-the-scenes video, please visit: http://www.dawnwestlake.com/dawnwestlake/rondecana/films/covariance/index.html ...

DIFF calls for entries

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Durban International Film Festival (DIFF) Call for Entries The 33rd edition of DURBAN INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL will take place from 19 to 29 July 2012. Supported by the National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund (principal funder), the National Film and Video Foundation, the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Economic Development and Tourism and other valued funders and partners, the festival will present over 200 screenings of films from around the world, with a special focu...

Nashen Moodley appointed to Sydney Film Festival

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Durban International Film Festival manager Nashen Moodley has been appointed as director of the Sydney Film Festival.  Previously a journalist at Independent Newspapers, for whom he still writes film reviews, Moodley has been centrally involved in the development and management of Durban International Film Festival programmes since joining the University of KwaZulu-Natal's Centre for Creative Arts in 2001. Announcing Moodley's new appointment, Peter Rorvik, director of the CCA and ...

Jozi Kings movie reviewed by African Screens

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Jozi Kings is the latest film by Black Irish Productions. Set in the modern day hustle and bustle of Johannesburg, South Africa, the film gives us a glimpse of the drug smuggling world, in this hard-hitting action drama. It is night and ‘Jim’ is seated on a cliff overlooking the glittering city of Johannesburg. He turns to ‘Chucks’, as blood trickles down the side of his mouth; he exhales the words, “Who knew Johannesburg is this beautiful at night?” Raw and unpredictable, Jozi Kin...

It's raining films in Durban

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25 July: Day 1 The Weather Girls sing about it's raining men. In Durban it's raining wonderful films and the weather is miserable too in what is normally a balmy sub-tropical city. I have been planning my viewing schedule since the programme was released a month ago and it constantly changed as there is so much to see and the films are so varied and the must-see ones clash. I try to include the big festival winners - and they are all in Durban. I left the schedule 80% percent comp...

Film gems in Durban

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Great Line-up at the 32nd Durban International Film Festival   The 32nd Durban International Film Festival kicks off on 21 July with the World Premiere of the South African film Otelo Burning, directed by Sara Blecher.  Set during the last days of apartheid, the Durban-shot film tells the story of a group of South African township youngsters who discover surfing as an empowering escape from the political violence of the times. There is drama, romance, rivalry, and tragedy in this c...

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 announces dates for 2011

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The dates for 2011 have been announced and Durban will be buzzing! Dairise 21 - 31 July 2011 for the 32nd Durban International Film Festival. More information to be released.   ...

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 ...

Talent Campus Durban, new talents announced

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3rd TALENT CAMPUS DURBAN 23 - 27 July 2010 at the 31st Durban International Film Festival (22 July - 1 August 2010) Talents Announced The Durban International Film Festival has announced that the selection for this year's edition of Talent Campus Durban has been finalised. Over 40 young filmmakers representing nearly 20 African countries, including Benin, Botswana, Cameroon, DRC, Egypt, Ethiopia, Ghana, Uganda, Kenya, Lesotho, Mali, Nigeria, Rwanda, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe, an...

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...

Encounters South African International Documentary Fest

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The Encounters team are pleased to announce that the Festival will go ahead as planned, despite the shortfall in funding, from 2 – 19 July at the Nu Metro cinemas, V&A Waterfront. The programme of 40 films includes 15 World Premières, 14 multiple international-award winning films, Q&A sessions with 21 guests and 3 Panel Discussions. In addition there will be two Master Classes. Encounters made a public plea for support when it was announced that the SABC would withdraw its support – and man...

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...

Time of the Writer: International Writers Festival Durban

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11th TIME OF THE WRITER International Writers Festival Durban : 25 - 30 March 2008 Eighteen writers from ten countries touchdown in Durban for a swirling week of books, words, ideas, and talk at the 11th Time of the Writer International Writers Festival, which takes place from 25 to 30 March. Hosted by the Centre for Creative Arts (University of Kwa-Zulu Natal), the festival enters its second decade with its customary extensive week-long programme of activities. Aside from Australian guest John ...

The 28th Durban International Film Festival hihlights

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The 28th Durban International Film Festival presents a selection of the best in cinema from South Africa, Africa and around the world, most of which are premiere showings in this country. Over 300 screenings will be showcased at 25 venues across the Durban district between 20th June and 1st July. Including numerous award-winners, the line-up of cutting edge feature films is supplemented by a prime selection of topical documentaries and short films. Themes and focus areas of DIFF 2007 include a S...

Durban Festival The curator speaks out…

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The 27 the Durban International Film Festival has come to an end and the curator, Nashen Moodley, is extremely proud of the festival.According to Nashen, the festival is the biggest of its kind in South Africa with the most films and is an integral part of the sunny city on the South Coast."We had a very successful festival with the most filmmakers ever and the diversity was excellent," he said.Nashen's personal highlight was the Iranian films and directors present at the festival. He is also v...

Exhibition on Durban fest 25 years history

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On the occasion of the 25th Anniversary of the Durban International Film Festival, which takes place from June 14 to 23, The Local History Museums and DIFF organizers, the Centre for Creative Arts, present an exhibition entitled, Celebrating 25 Years of the Durban International Film Festival. The exhibition takes a retrospective view of the festival over the past quarter of a century, with most of the reminiscence coming from DIFF Founder, Ros Sarkin, who together with her husband Teddy, began t...

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