There are two major film festivals taking place between June and July spread across the country, The International Durban Film Festival and the 13th encounters film festival.
The 13th Encounters Film Festival
The Encounters festival showcases a variety of thought provoking documentaries and is currently taking place in Johannesburg and Cape Town. The Festival will not only showcase documentaries from local and international talent but will also present an extensive documentary producers workshop covering a variety of topics to assist pre-selected attendees with the nitty grittys of making and selling documentaries. The great thing about these festivals are the panel discussions that take place when you go to watch the featured movies on the bill. The guests speakers on the panel are appropriately chosen for the movie where viewers can engage the directors and specialists on the subject matter of the movies, this insightful conversation hereafter enriches your viewing experience ten fold and leaves a lasting impact on you.
For more information about the encounters film festival, click here for an extensive breakdown of the schedule, guest speakers, workshop details etc.
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The Durban International Film Festival
* write up below taken from foreword of official Durban International Film Festival guide
The 32nd edition of the Durban International Film Festival presents over 200 screenings at venues across the Durban district, including township areas where cinemas are non-existent.
The diverse line-up comprises cutting edge feature films,topical documentaries, short fi lms, and piping hot surfi ng fi lms in the Wavescape Surf Film Festival.
The festival hosts fi lm industry development initiatives such as Workshop for First Time Filmmakers, and the 2nd edition of Durban FilmMart, a co-production forum in partnership with the Durban Film Office, and also off ers free fi lmmaker seminars, workshops and public discussion forums for professionals, aspirants and interested public.
DIFF is a feast of great cinema that includes numerous award-winners from around the world. Most of the fi lms are premiere showings in this country and so new that people may not yet have heard of them. Some exciting movies to look forward to, DIFF will open with the World Premiere of the South African film Otelo Burning, the festival will present a range of World and African Premieres including Skoonheid, Oliver Hermanus’s groundbreaking x-ray of desire which won the Queer Palm at the recent Cannes film festival. DIFF will also present the World Premieres of Charlie Vundla’s noir film HowTo Steal 2 Million
For more information about the 32nd Durban International film festival, click here for an extensive breakdown of the schedule, guest speakers, workshop details etc. Both of the above mentioned festivals are a feast for anybody looking for deeper meaning in movies away from the commercial trash that we are bombarded to all the time. Make sure you watch at least one movie before wither of the festivals are over.
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