Presented by the Centre for Creative Arts at the University of Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa’s longest-running film festival, the Durban International Film Festival (DIFF), inviting filmmakers to submit their feature films, documentaries, and shorts for the 43rd edition taking place from July 21st to 30th, 2022. The deadline for submissions is February 28th 2022. For eligibility, submission fees, and to submit, please visit the DIFF profile on FilmFreeway: www.filmfreeway.com/durbanfilmfest

The date of 27 October for DIFF’s opening for submissions is no coincidence, as it coincides with UNESCO’s World Day for Audiovisual Heritage that aims to acknowledge the importance of audiovisual documents. Just like UNESCO’s aim, DIFF’s vision is to underline the increasingly vital role that audiovisual content plays in our lives, as it gives us the ability to understand the world and engage with each other.

The official opening for submissions calls on global filmmakers to speak to the myriad of ways we have all restructured our reality. This year’s curatorial theme is ‘Adaptation’; DIFF is challenging filmmakers during these times of unprecedented transformation to rise and introduce audiences to fresh perspectives of diversity and inclusion. The festival is looking for films that reach back while looking forward, focusing on strengthening the tapestry of indigenous and authentic African stories with a global view to sustainability and inclusion. These could be films that speak to migration, climate adjustment, social isolation, hybrid integration and films that explore other ways in which humanity is expanding.

DIFF2022 continues to cement its position as an incubator for African talent, maintaining its equilibrium in the global film festival sector with a particular focus on celebrating South African films and diasporic productions speaking to the experiences of Africans worldwide. DIFF2022 will be presented as a virtual festival, with a small selection of films to be screened live subject to prevailing Covid-19 related restrictions.

DIFF is exclusively receiving submissions through FilmFreeway. For eligibility, submission fees, and to submit, please visit the DIFF profile: www.filmfreeway.com/durbanfilmfest