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Submission FAQ

Submission FAQ

1 - When is the deadline for submissions?             
2 – How can I submit my film?
3 - To which address do I send my DVD screener?
4 - How can I tell if my DVD SCREENER has arrived at the CCA?
5 - My film was made in 2014 (or earlier), can I still submit?
6 - What format is required for submission?
7 - How do I submit an ONLINE SCREENER?
8 – Are the sections? How do I classify my film?
9 - I wish to submit a film for Wavescape Surf Film Festival; how do I do this?
10 - I wish to submit a film for the HIV/Aids Focus area, how do I do this?
11 - I have a project I wish to submit for the 7th Durban FilmMart, how can I do this?
12 - When will we find out if our film has been selected?
13 - How much does it cost to submit my film?
14 - My film is not yet complete; can I still submit?
15 - My film was selected; by when must I send the final exhibition format?
16 - My film was not selected; can I get feedback on why my film was not selected?
17 - Section contacts


1 - When is the deadline for submissions?             

DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS: 29 February 2016

·      Online submission form must be submitted and film screener received before this deadline date.
·      Late entries will not be considered.


2 – How can I submit my film?
All submissions must be entered via the DIFF Visitor Page at vp.eventival.eu/cca/diff2016
·       In order to submit a film, you will need to create a free DIFF Visitor Page account (if you have not already done so in past years).
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       Then choose the applicable submission type ONLINE SCREENER or DVD SCREENER from the available tabs. Short films will be accepted with ONLINE SCREENERS only 
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       If you choose to give us an ONLINE SCREENER you will need to include the URL and password for your screener on the submission form.
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       If you choose to send us a DVD SCREENER via the post please make sure we receive your DVD before the deadline. (We suggest allowing ample time for your parcel to reach us before the deadline)


3 - To which address do I send my DVD screener?
·       Please mark your post as follows for customs: NO COMMERCIAL VALUE – SAMPLE FOR CULTURAL USE ONLY.
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       Please specify on the envelope for the attention of either: Feature Film Department / Documentary Film Department. Please also include the basic film information directly on the disc (Name/director/runtime/country/section).

·       Please keep note of your tracking information (Waybill / Tracking Number)


Centre for Creative Arts
University of KwaZulu-Natal
Howard College Campus
Durban, 4041
South Africa.


4 - How can I tell if my DVD SCREENER has arrived at the CCA?
We send out periodic emails to confirm the receipt of DVD SCREENERS. It can take up to 2 weeks to process a DVD from its arrival to the confirmation email being sent. DIFF advises that you keep a record of your parcel’s tracking number.


5 - My film was made in 2014 (or earlier), can I still submit?
For the 2016 edition of DIFF, we will only consider films completed in 2014, 2015 and 2016.


6 - What format is required for submission?
We accept both ONLINE SCREENERS and DVD SCREENERS.
FOR DVD SCREENERS:  We require a DVD PAL disc. This should be region 2/region 0 DVD and playable on a South African DVD player. Please ensure you follow the instructions in section 3 above with regards to correctly labeling your disc.

FOR ONLINE SCREENERS: Password protected Vimeo video is the preferred format. Please avoid ftp links, and do not send us your account login information. We do not accept Youtube links.


7 - How do I submit an ONLINE SCREENER?
When completing your online entry form on the DIFF Visitor Page (vp.eventival.eu/cca), in the fields marked ONLINE SCREENER, please provide the URL link, username (if necessary) and password for your film’s screener.


8 – Are there sections? How do I classify my film?
You will need to indicate to which section you are applying. We use the following rules to classify films:
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       Feature (fiction film that is 60 minutes and over)
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       Short (fiction film that is under 60 minutes)
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       Documentary (60 minutes and over)
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       Short Documentary (under 60 minutes) – *submit as a documentary


9 - I wish to submit a film for Wavescape Surf Film Festival; how do I do this?
For Wavescape Surf Film Festival film submissions, please visit www.wavescapefilmfestival.co.za/about/submissions/


10 - I wish to submit a film for the DIFF HIV/Aids Focus, how do I do this?
This year’s edition of the festival will feature a focus on films dealing with the subject of HIV/Aids. If you have a film that speaks to these areas please make a normal submission, you can note the area of focus under the Categories section of the online submission form, and we will enter your film into consideration for this special focus.


11 - I have a project I wish to submit for the 7th Durban FilmMart, how can I do this?
For Durban FilmMart project submissions, please visit durbanfilmmart.com.


12 - When will we find out if our film has been selected?
You will be notified whether or not your film has been selected. Please do not contact us to ask if your film has been selected. Films are confirmed at different stages in the process and you will be notified of the selection status of your film in due course.


13 - How much does it cost to submit my film?
Submissions for DIFF are free.


14 - My film is not yet complete; can I still submit?
We do accept unfinished films, as long as they are submitted before the deadline. Please state that it is a work in progress, and also state your expected completion date. Should your film be selected, you will have an opportunity to submit a final exhibition copy. However, we do not accept multiple edits of the same film.


15 - My film was selected; by when must I send the final exhibition format?
If your film is selected, you will receive communication from us regarding exhibition formats and the date by which we will need to receive it.  


16 - My film was not selected; can I get feedback on why my film was not selected?
The process of film selection is subjective, and it is up to the discretion of the relevant selection committee to decide which films will be presented at the festival. Due to the high volume of submissions we receive, we unfortunately do not have the capacity to provide feedback on individual submissions.


17 - Section contacts

Feature Films and Documentaries
Mitch Harper
+27 31 260 1650
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Short Films
Sakhile Gumede
+27 31 260 1145
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  • Email: diff@ukzn.ac.za
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  • Noluthando Lamula
  • Tel: +27(0)31 260 1815
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