Durban International Film Festival

Thursday, 18 July 2024


Sunday, 28 July 2024

12h00 To 20h00

Nu Metro Pavilion, Ster Kinekor Gateway and Suncoast CineCentre


A fresh take on local & international stories through film.

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 workshops, seminars, and outreach activities that include screenings in township areas where cinemas do not exist.

DIFF is the only Oscar-qualifying festival in Southern Africa, for Best Documentary and Best Short Film; and one of four Oscar-qualifying festivals on the continent.

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 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 protecting 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.

Festival Pass for R320 for 8 tickets

Festival Pass for R250 for 6 tickets

Single tickets, for each film, are also available at R80 per ticket – available for purchase at each cinema or through Webtickets.

  1. Festival Passes are for DIFF Films only, screening from the 18th to the 28th of July 2024.
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