Message from the CEO (Durban International Film Festival 2014)

The Commission is a partner of the opening night film, “Hard to Get” which is produced by Junaid Ahmed and directed by the young and talented Zee Ntuli. The film has received substantial support and accolades prior to it’s release. As a groundbreaking project through an important industry initiative the KZNFC wishes the producers of the film great success during the festival.

The KZN Film Commission will have a number of programmes during the Durban Fimmart. These include an introductory workshop to the KwaZulu-Natal Film Commission. Co-production forums with the Italian delegation as well as the 2nd Simon Sabela Awards amongst others.

We would like to congratulate the Durban International Film Festival on their strong selection of films. We note in particular the large selection of South African films and films from the continent that have a prominent place on the programme.

The strong showcase of films from around the world is a demonstration of the hard work and dedication of the team at DIFF and for that we would like to commend them and encourage them to keep holding the torch for the film industry.

The Durban Film Market has once more produced a strong selection of projects in development from the continent. Along with its strong market programme the Filmmart promises to be a vibrant event with lots of networking opportunities for members of the industry to engage and hopefully go on to collaborate on future projects.

Our shareholder the EDTEA will host a telefestival with leading members of the television industry in the country and on the continent in attendance. Rich in content, the telefestival promises to be an important exploration of the state of television on the continent. The EDTEA will also host a locations expo, profiling the vast and varied locations of KwaZulu-Natal.

We are indeed proud to be able to support this great festival and to be able to help showcase the wonderful talent that KZN and South Africa as a whole have to share with the world. We look forward to being a part of DIFF in the years to come.

Carol Coetzee
Chief Executive Officer
Kwazulu-Natal Film Commission

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