Oyewo-Umoh Adetola Elizabeth
The annual 39th Durban International Film Festival (DIFF) held from 19 to 29 July 2018
gathered filmmakers from across the continent with the aim to grow and celebrate the
South African film industry. This festival provided the platform for film-makers, investors and financiers, directors, producers, scriptwriters, , distributors and broadcasters. As well as provide a springboard for African stories and ideas, collaborations and investment into film projects
The highlights of the festival were sessions such as Isiphethu, which was aimed at incubating film projects to emerging filmmakers; marketing and branding your film; copyrigh nd amendment bill to mention a few. Additional sessions such as pitching forums, Department of Trade and Industry’s launch of the Industries Film Incentives Guidelines and Emerging Black Filmmakers’ Fund Guidelines also took centre stage.
According to the director of the film Farewell Ella Bella Lwazi Mzusi cited that it is important for filmakers to produce movies that resonate with our destiny.
‘There is the need to challenge what constitute story about people and how to tell our story that resonate with our identity’’ said Mzusi.
Panellists during the roundtable discussion at the Durban International Film Festival