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40th Durban International Film Festival officially kicks off #DIFF40

BY 19.07.19

Speaking at the briefing, eThekwini Municipality acting mayor, Fawzia Peer said she was excited that DIFF was taking place. “This a great vehicle to facilitate opportunities for local filmmakers to network with global film role players so I must really applaud the stakeholders who put DIFF and the Durban Film Mart together,” she said. 

Peer said the platforms provided had built an indispensable bridge between continental filmmakers and also contributed immensely to exposing hidden talents in the local industry. 

She also said that in the current city's budget, they had set aside R15 million which was aimed at supporting developing projects and also promoting the local film industry. 
 
Festival manager Chipo Zhou said, “It has been encouraging to see the increase in the number of the films made for Africans, by Africans and Africans, grace our DIFF screens over the years. Partnering with the DFM has also helped galvanise an industry to develop our own narratives and creativity through the pitching forums each year.” 

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