About Us

The Durban International Film Festival (DIFF), presented by the Centre for Creative Arts at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, is widely regarded as a leading film festival in Africa. Founded in 1979, it is the oldest and largest film festival in Southern Africa, presenting over 100 screenings, all of which are premieres in this region. The festival also offers screenings in township areas where cinemas do not exist.

DIFF offers an opportunity for filmmakers to expand their networks, by attracting local and international stakeholders and is a gateway to global cinematic gems that enrich South African audiences.

The DIFF program includes a section for student films, currently enrolled at any tertiary institution, and is aimed at supporting young filmmakers in shaping their careers as they debut their first films and creates opportunities for them to engage with industry professionals.

The DIFF’s isiPhethu Programme is a five-day programme for emerging filmmakers. The programme consists of workshops, panel discussions, seminars and an isiZulu Scriptwriting course. This programme has no entrance fee.

DIFF is an Oscar qualifying festival with the Best Documentary and Best Short Films automatically qualifying for the Oscars race. 

DIFF upholds Freedom of Expression and Freedom of Creativity as guaranteed in Section 16 of the South African Constitution. The festival 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.

DIRECTOR, CENTRE FOR CREATIVE ARTS

Ismail Mohammed

FESTIVAL MANAGER & HEAD OF PROGRAMMING

Andrea Voges

PROGRAMME COORDINATOR

Helene Naicker

MARKETING COORDINATOR

Owethu Dlamini

PROJECT OFFICER, DIFF ISIPHETHU PROGRAMME

Sakhile Gumede

SENIOR ADMINISTRATOR

Siphindile Hlongwa

ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT

Andisa Mpisi

EVENTS COORDINATOR

Nomthandazo Shandu

TECHNICAL COORDINATOR

Bash Siddiqi

FINANCE OFFICER

Philisiwe Manqele

FINANCE ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT

Mvunga Mtetwa

FINANCE ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT

Sthembile Lauryn Mlambo

RESEARCH OFFICER

Noluvuyo Mjoli