THE KZNSA (KwaZulu-Natal Society of Arts) Gallery in Bulwer Road, Glenwood, is once again the Short Films hub for the Durban International Film Festival 2015, with screenings in the Main Gallery from July 21 to 25.
The 36th edition of the festival, which takes place until July 26, will play host to a bouquet of 71 short films, packaged in groups of between four and eight films each.
Short films have previously been viewed as a platform for upcoming and emerging filmmakers to learn the craft before moving on to what is considered more legitimate and conventional formats. This year the shorts programme will include films from students, emerging and established filmmakers, and will have screenings at some of the main venues as well, ensuring a broader audience and more diverse audience for these films.
The short films will be screened at nine different venues including the KZNSA Gallery, which will host several networking sessions and discussions as well. The Arts Café will be open for breakfast and lunches, and will act as a meeting point for filmmakers. Other venues include the Durban Music School, Ekhaya Multi-Arts Centre, Sizakala Centre in Clermont, Suncoast Cinecentre, Albert Park and Elangeni, Musgrave Sterkinekor, and Dennis Hurley Centre.
Films to be screened represent myriad genres from animations, documentaries to narratives, range in length and content, and have been created by emerging and established film-makers from around the globe. And the Gauteng Film Commission has funded two new awards for short films – best South African short film and best African short film – which carry prizes of R20 000 each.
Tickets are R20 for KZNSA Gallery, R30 for Suncoast Cinecentre and R40 for Musgrave. The rest of the venues, are part of the DIFF’s outreach screenings and are free of charge. For more information please check out of programme on the DIFF website http://www.durbanfilmfest.co.za.