DIFF 2017 CALL FOR ENTRIES
The Durban International Film Festival submissions for the 2017 edition of the festival are open!
The Durban International Film Festival (DIFF) invites filmmakers from across the world to submit their Short, Documentary or Feature Fiction films to screen in the festival from 13-23 July 2017. The 38th edition of the festival is organized by the University of KwaZulu-Natal’s Centre for Creative Arts in partnerships with the Durban Film Office, eThekwini Municipality, National Film and Video Foundation, KwaZulu-Natal Film Commission and other valued funders and partners.
With screenings of cutting-edge cinema from around the world, with special focus on both South African and African films, the festival exhibits films in a range of diverse venues in and around the city of Durban. DIFF is a premiere platform for the launch of African films and a key gateway to the African film industry. The festival also includes an annual local and international awards component.
This year the festival will shine a light upon the ever expanding trend in cinema highlighting the refugee or immigrant stories with our Transit Tales. As the global society expands further every year, cinema has highlighted the stories of subjects as they chase their hopes and dreams for their lives in a new and sometimes unknown land. The festival is looking for feature, shorts and documentaries that chronicle such stories from various corners of the globe.
Only films completed in 2015, 2016 and 2017 will be considered, and there is no charge for entry. Submissions will be accepted via an ONLINE SCREENER. All submissions must be entered via the DIFF Visitor Page online at https://vp.eventival.eu/cca/diff2017. In order to submit a film, an account needs to be created if this has not already been done in previous years. The deadline for all entries (short films, documentaries and feature fiction films), including delivery of screeners, is 28 February 2017.
Each edition of the festival features an extensive Industry Programme with seminars and workshops comprised of both local and international filmmakers and industry professionals. The programme includes the 10th Talents Durban (14 to 18 July 2017), presented in co-operation with Berlinale Talents, and the 8th Durban FilmMart (14 to 17 July 2017), presented in partnership with the Durban Film Office, as well as various other streams of programming.
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Tel: (+27) 0312601145
1 - When is the deadline for submissions?
DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS: 28 FEBRUARY 2017
· 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/diff2017
· 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).
· Then choose the applicable submission type ONLINE SCREENER from the available tabs. Short films will be accepted with ONLINE SCREENERS only
· 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.
We do not accept DVD screeners for films, however if you can’t submit your film with an ONLINE SCREENER, please contact the relevant contact in the details listed at the bottom of the page.
3 - My film was made in 2015 (or earlier), can I still submit?
For the 2017 edition of DIFF, we will only consider films completed in 2016, and 2017.
6 - What format is required for submission?
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.
We do not accept DVD screeners for films, however if you can’t submit your film with an ONLINE SCREENER, please contact the relevant contact in the details listed at the bottom of the page
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:
· Feature (fiction film that is 60 minutes and over)
· Short (fiction film that is under 60 minutes)
· Documentary (60 minutes and over)
· 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
+27 31 260 1650