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From left: Ms Mona Pilane and Ms Toni Monty of
the Durban Film Office, Mr Chris Mason of Durban
Wild Talk Africa, and Mr Peter Machen and Ms
Tiny Mungwe of DIFF.

The Durban International Film Festival (DIFF) Fund recently announced it had established a strategic partnership with Durban Film Mart (DFM) and Durban Wild Talk Africa, the continent’s highly respected natural history film festival and conference taking place in the city from 23 to 26 July.  

DIFF is hosted by UKZN’s Centre for Creative Arts (CCA) with principal funding from the National Lottery Distribution Trust.

A selection of natural history films has been chosen from 445 entries from across the globe to be screened during nine slots as part of the DIFF programme. These films were entered as part of Durban Wild Talk Africa’s ROSCAR Awards competition.  

Durban Wild Talk Africa has scheduled its conference in the footprint of DIFF, as part of a greater vision to build Durban’s golden mile as a hub for film market activity during July.  

Forming this strategic partnership with Durban Wild Talk Africa, adds a valuable new dimension to DIFF, says the festival’s Manager, Mr Peter Machen. ‘The Wild Talk Africa Film Festival selection complements our huge variety of more than 200 factual and fiction films screened at DIFF. This, no doubt, will add to the dynamic and vigorous discourse that usually takes place during the festival both informally and formally in seminars and workshops, as well as in the media.’ 

Mr Donfrey Meyer, Director of Wild Talk Africa, said: ‘We have chosen our dates to coincide with DIFF and the Durban Film Mart in a united effort to build the film festival and market environment for factual content and feature films in Durban. As the DWTA is an autonomous conference, running concurrently with DIFF, we believe film-makers and industry players will take advantage of the abundance of content, industry representation and opportunities to discuss, network and start conversations about content generation and distribution.’ 

For more information about the Durban International Film Festival go to www.durbanfilmfest.co.za