20-30 July 2023

The 44th edition of the Durban International Film Festival (DIFF), presented by the Centre for Creative Arts at the University of Kwazulu-Natal, will run from 20 July to 30 July 2023. The festival is South Africa’s longest-running film festival. It is widely regarded as one of the leading film festivals on the African continent and a vital event on the international film calendar. DIFF will screen aroound 100 selected films, most of them premiere screenings in this region, host seminars and workshops. The international nature of the festival is balanced with a highlighted component of the finest of African cinema.

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The DIFF upholds Freedom of Expression and Freedom of Creativity as guaranteed in Section 16 of the South African Constitution. The Centre for Creative Arts recognises that artists may sometimes live and work in States whose values may not always be in accordance with the values of the South African Constitution but the Centre for Creative Arts commits to protect and advance the rights of any artist who freely chooses to participate in the Centre’s festivals where their voices and artistic expressions can contribute to building a better world for all people.orem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Ut elit tellus, luctus nec ullamcorper mattis, pulvinar dapibus leo.

The Isiphethu Programme

Isiphethu Programme is part of the Durban International Film Festival with a  focus on Isiphethu International Student Film Festival, the Industry component that includes workshops and seminars as well as the IsiZulu Scriptwriting Workshop. In 2022 this programme also added Isiphethu On Tour at DIFF which is done in partnership with various community centres as part of the audience development and training exercise. The main objective of this programme is to empower the community of unskilled, semi-skilled individuals by bringing closer the industry experts to impart knowledge through various initiatives. Welcome! We are excited to have you on board.

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