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DIFF Press Release

July 19, 2022

The KwaZulu Natal Film Commission (KZN Film) to have a strong presence at the Durban
International Film Festival (DIFF) and the Durban Film Mart (DFM)

The KwaZulu Natal Film Commission, has the mandate to grow and develop the KwaZulu Natal film industry
and position the province as a destination for film. The Commission will once more participate and partner
with the Durban International Film Festival and DFM. The festival season has been scheduled to take place
from the 21 st until the 30 th of July 2022.
The KZN Film month festivities will offer a menu that promises to appeal to both aspiring and advanced
filmmakers and the public, as well as create opportunities for collaboration for filmmakers. The festival will be
graced by international and continental delegates whose presence will mark the beginning and continuation of
engagements to ensure that the African story is told beyond the borders of South Africa.
Highlights of the KZNFC’s participation at the key events will be engagements with a high level Italian
delegation visiting South Africa under the auspices of the SA/Italian co-production treaty. There will be an
SA/Italy panel discussion, scheduled for the 23 rd of July followed by one-on-one meetings with South African
producers to explore the potential for co-production. The Italian Film Nostalgia, will be screened at the festival
with some of the delegation comprising of Mr. Alessandro Rak and Mrs. Teresa Ricciardlello in attendance.
Animation will also play a pivotal role at the festival, as the KZN Film Commission will be solidifying the
partnership formed with Nigerian animation producer, Somto Ajuluchukwe. As the owner of the successful VX
Animation Studios in Nigeria, Mr. Ajuluchukwe will host a workshop on the “Making of Short animation film
Glych” with the objective of inspiring and guiding South African and KZN’s developing animators on how to
succeed as young animators.
The Acting Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Victor Senna will on the 23 rd of July participate in the panel of the “State
of the Audio-visual Industry”. The panel will comprise of participants from Wesgro, Eastern Cape Development
Corporation (ECDC), National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF) and Gauteng Film Commission (GFC). This
session will be followed by “Why shoot in KZN” session which aims to take the delegates through the exciting
visual tour of KZN’s breath-taking film locations and how they can be accessed. On the 24 th of July delegates
will attend the BFI Session which will focus on the BFI Screen Fund with reference to the SA/UK collaboration
film, Stolen.
The KwaZulu Natal Film Commission will host once more in person the Simon “Mabhunu” Sabela KZN Film and
Television Awards. This prestigious event which recognises
outstanding achievement and excellence within the South
African Film and Television industry, with a special focus on KwaZulu-Natal, aims to celebrate nominees and
winners from the 2021 season.

Board members: N. Malange, J. Wills, M. Mzimela, N. Mthembu, L. Berning, V. Senna, L. Ngcobo, S. Zondi
KZN Film Commission • 10th floor Musgrave Towers, 115 Musgrave Road, Berea 4001, South Africa Tel: +27 31 003 9000 Email:
info@kznfilm.co.za
www.kznfilm.co.za KwaZulu- Natal Film Commission @kznfilm kznfilm kznfilm
Other KZN Film Commission’s planned events for the duration of the festival include; Emerging Technologies In
The Film Industry (4IR) with the Department of Trade, Industry and Competition, Permits and shooting
locations with KZN Film offices, Audio Description Presentation which highlights that cinema can be accessed
for the visually impaired, KZN Film Research on Film Technology, and meet the funders, a panel with various
funding agencies in film. The programme for the Durban International Film Festival promises a celebration of
cinema from across the globe with a special emphasis on African cinema. The Film Mart is a key industry event
that develops African content with participants from across the continent.

For more information visit www.kznfilm.co.za, www.durbanfilmfest.com and www.durbanfilmmart.co.za

About the KwaZulu-Natal Film Commission
The KwaZulu-Natal Film Commission is a provincial state entity, under the Department of Economic
Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs (EDTEA), in the Province of KwaZulu-Natal South Africa
established in terms of the KwaZulu-Natal Commission Act, 2010 (Act No 3 of 2010). Its mandate is to facilitate
support throughout the value chain to the local and international film industry through creating opportunities
and also growing the KwaZulu-Natal film industry.

For Media queries:
Naomi Mokhele,
PR and Events Specialist,
NaomiM@kznfilm.co.za

Last modified: July 19, 2022

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