Durban International Film Festival (DIFF)


Ismail Mahomed, Centre for Creative Arts Director

Valma Pfaff, Festival Manager

Submission Policy:

Festival Season: Summer (usually late July)

Deadline: March (check website for exact dates)

Entry: Fees vary depending on deadline.


Features, Shorts, Documentaries

Festival Season:



South Africa’s longest-running film festival, the Durban International Film Festival (DIFF), contributes to expanding filmmaker networks, attracts local and international media, creates public awareness of South African and African cinema, and promotes and celebrates African cinema that highlights the possibilities of local film production and stimulates the growth of the film industry. DIFF proactively promotes the development of the African film industry and provides a strategic exhibition platform for local products alongside international films within a professionally implemented and reputable cultural experience.