Durban International Film Festival kicks off: The low down

2017-07-15 10:30 - Ishani Chetty
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The Durban International Film Festival is back for its 38th year running and has already been in full swing as the opening took place on the 13 July and the festival will run until the 23 July. 

The film festival is locally renowned to produce films, short films and docs that leave you feeling speechless. We have the low down on all things concerning the Durban International Film Festival. 

In 2015 the movie Blood Lions moved audience emotionally as it provided the reality of wild life breeding and captivity in South Africa - the films produced at the film festival are un-like the typical genre of cinematic cinema. 

Festival Facts

There is a total of 225 short films and documentaries that will be shown during the festival - more than half of these films being shown are proudly African. There is a total of 74 South African made films and 40 production pieces are from other parts of Africa.

The film festival in Durban is the perfect reason to head out for a wonderful cinematic experience that is held at various venues across Durban.

The film festival also brings Germany to South Africa as there are 10 gripping German films to be shown at the festival. The films being produced are by some of the finest producers and directors in Germany and allows us to have a taste of German cinematic traditions. There will also be a master class by German Film Industry professionals. There will be also features from Canada and Russia. 

'Greetings from Fukushima' is said to break the stereotypes of Germans and will move you towards the power of compassion and care in human beings.

Another focus for this years film festival is woman - led films and the role of woman within the cinema. The festival hopes to set a standard towards the inclusion of women in film. 

The incorporation of African made and international produced films is a tantalizing choice for film and media lovers in South Africa.

MUST SEE: The long and highly anticipated LGBT drama produced by local director John Trengrove - 'The Wound' will premier at the festival and is said to be a must see film. It has been chosen as an official international selection for the Sundance film festival. 

What you need to know:

Venues: Public Venues and Private Venues 

Dates: 13 - 23 July 

Key Info: Please click here for a downloadable program - stating what films are playing, their times and the venues being used. 

Times: Please see booklet, mostly take place in the evening after 18:00 with a few as an exception. 

Principal Venues  

Cost per ticket : R 40 - R60 

1.The Playhouse Company

Ticket price: R45 online, R60 at the door.

Click here to purchase 

2. Gateway Ster Kinekor 

Showing at Gateway Commercial cinema 2 and 3

Ticket price : R 60

3. Musgrave Ster Kinekor 

Ticket price: R60

4. Kwazulu- Natal Society of Arts 

Ticket price: R 30

5. BAT Centre 

Ticket Price: R 40 

Public Venues: FREE ENTRANCE

1. Howard College Theatre 

2. Bay of plenty lawns

3. Maharani 

4. Luthuli Museum 

5. uShaka Marine World 

6. K- Cap

7.  Creative Arts College

8.Qashana Khuzwayo Library 

9. Ohlange Library 

10.Wushwini arts centre 

11.Umlazi W. Library 

12.Lamontville Hall

13.History Museum 

14.Max Lifestyle 

13 July 2017 - The Festival kicked off with a screening of 'The Serpent' - a psychological thriller that is a micro-budget film but take note that it has the quality and grip of a massive budget film that is sure to keep you on the edge of your seat. 

Thinking of heading to Durban this July?READ: #WinterEscapes: How to have a mini-break in Durban

The show will close on 23 July - with a screening of 'Asinamali' that deals with the power of music within the rife of prison oppression in Durban during the Lamontville strikes of 1983. It is about inmates dancing back to their identity, claiming their history and being able to tell their stories. There is a clear woman - led character within this film that takes on a role in standing up towards the oppression and a resistance. If you are in Durban be sure to attend a screening as these films invoke a flourishing aspect of creativity and emotion. 


Are you missing out on the action in Durban and craving a cinema experience. We have some options for you. 


- The Bioscope Independent Cinema 

Showing cinematic taste old and new they are infamous 8888888888888888They have an original 'Noodle-box cinema' where you can enjoy a delicous box of noodles while you watch the film - making you really feel at home. They are currently running a combo deal of a pizza, bear and movie ticket for R 135.

Cape Town 

The Labia Theatre

If you are looking for a vintage cinematic experience that is different from the commercial cinema then head over to the Labia. The ticket prices are highly competitive and sets the mood for a cozy movie experience. 

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