Durban International Film Festival celebrates success and online platform stays accessible 

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The University of KwaZulu-Natal’s Centre for Creative Arts (CCA), is hosted the Durban International Festival (DIFF) from 10 to 20 September 2020. This year, for its 41st edition, the festival successfully presented a programme of close to 60 feature films, documentaries and short films alongside exciting industry programme: isiPhethu.

The DIFF accomplishments have gone beyond the organiser’s expectations. The festival hosted around 3,500 film lovers and the 58 films were streamed close to 7,000 times.

“We did not know what to expect when we had to move our festival to a virtual platform, but attendance and feedback have been wonderful. It has certainly given us quite a lot to think about and work with as we revision the future of the festival.”

says Chipo Zhou, the festival’s Head of Programming.

To celebrate its success and by popular demand, the festival is keeping a selection of 17 films on the platform accessible until 30 September. These films include seven documentaries: The Art of Fallism, Janitou, 143 Sahara Street, Days of Cannibalism, How to Steal a Country, The Letter and In your Eyes, I see my Country. Also, five shorts will be still available: EsCape Town, Grey Matter, Henet Ward, Sandpaper, Sadla and the DIFF2020 award-winning Exam. Lastly, the following four features are still available: Just Like That, Shaft 6, Our Lady of the Nile and Burkinabe.

The films can be watched for free until 30 September on www.durbanfilmfest.com.

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