What to expect from the Durban International Film Festival

The 36th annual Durban International Film Festival (DIFF), hosted by the University of KwaZulu-Natal’s Centre for Creative Arts, started last week and promises to present a myriad of the best films Africa has to offer.

Arguably the continent’s biggest film event, attracting both film-lovers and industry representatives from across Africa and beyond, DIFF is a celebration of world class cinema which screens new feature, documentary and short films from around the globe with a special focus on African film.

Festival Director, Pedro Mimenta spoke to 702 and Cape Talk's Africa Melane explaining that the festival is structured around African film because film plays a massive role in developing the national identity and an African identity.

The DIFF opening film was Ayanda, a production directed by Sara Blecher and produced by Real Eyes in association with Leading Lady Productions. Speaking to the diversity of films that come out of the South African film industry, Mimenta says there's still a lot of opportunity for the industry to develop and grow in how it tells the South African story but access to these stories is the next key element of focus.

What South African industry should be focusing on in the next few years is how do we make effort and work so that people have access to the very rich productions

Pedro Mimenta, DIFF Director

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