The Durban Film Office is the film-industry development arm of the City of Durban, mandated to position Durban as a world class film production destination and facilitator for the development of the local film industry. The overarching vision is to support the creation of a viable and economically sustainable film sector in the City, where Durban filmmakers are renowned for creating high quality content for local and international audiences and for Durban to be recognised as a preferred destination for feature film and commercial media production.

South Africa’s longest-running film festival, the Durban International Film Festival runs across 12 days at the end of July, presenting 170 screenings of current films from around the world, with strong focus on South African and African cinema. Screenings take place throughout Durban, including township areas where cinemas are non-existent. The festival also runs extensive seminar and workshop programmes to stimulate industry capacity. This includes the 6th Talent Campus Durban, in cooperation with the Berlin Film Festival, and the Durban FilmMart, a film financing initiative in partnership with Durban Film Office. DIFF is organised by the Centre for Creative Arts (CCA), University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN).

EThekwini Municipality is a metropolitan municipality found in the South African province of KwaZulu-Natal. The area is topographically hilly, with many gorges and ravines, and almost no true coastal plain. Durban has a turbulent history dating from ivory hunters in the 1820s and their conflict with the local Zulu monarchs. The province has the largest number of battlefields. The world-class Durban Chief Albert Luthuli International Convention Centre (ICC) has hosted a historic line-up of events including conferences of a global scale. eThekwini is the largest City in this province and the third largest city in the country. It is a sophisticated cosmopolitan city of over 3 468 088 people.

Durban (Zulu: eThekwini, from itheku meaning 'bay / lagoon') is the largest city in the South African province of KwaZulu-Natal. It is also the second most important manufacturing hub in South Africa after Johannesburg.. It forms part of the eThekwini metropolitan municipality. Durban is famous for being the busiest port in South Africa and Africa. It is also seen as one of the major centres of tourism because of the city's warm subtropical climate and extensive beaches. Whilst most Cities are in winter mode in the, The City of Durban just stands out as being the place to be, with beautiful warm balmy days and the A list of the best sporting and social events to add to your diary, the perfect “Winter Escape Destination”!!! The winter season has been termed the “Fun Season” in Durban with loads of ridiculously discounted packages to the city coupled with a variety of top notch events to keep the city buzzing during period.

Established in 1996 the Centre for Creative Arts is a multi-disciplinary arts organisation based within the School of Arts at the University of KwaZulu-Natal. The CCA’s principal activities are the co-ordination of Time of the Writer, Durban International Film Festival, Jomba! Contemporary Dance Festival and Poetry Africa. The objectives include; provisions of creative platforms and economic opportunities for established and emerging artists, innovative voices, marginalised communities and cultural industries. The facilitation of exchange opportunities and network development between Africa and international cultural practitioners, provision of seminars, training workshops, and career-development initiatives, serving industry imperatives, aspirant artists, community organisations, educational institutions and disadvantaged communities, strategic development of audiences and generation of positive media attention for the arts.

The University of KwaZulu-Natal is a multi-campus, residential, teaching and research-led university located in KwaZulu-Natal. The University has a rich heritage of academic excellence and is one of the top institutions on the African continent. UKZN is passionate about teaching and learning. Their motto: Every Student Matters transcends the social, cultural and academic discourse across the disciplines. UKZN is one of three universities in South Africa and indeed in Africa rated amongst the top 500 universities of the world according to the Academic Rankings of World Universities (ARWU); this is due to their Innovative curricula, dynamic teaching and learning, state –of-the art laboratories and accredited professional degrees with research activities spanning the natural, biomedical, humanities and social sciences.

The NFVF is a statutory body mandated by a progressive act of Parliament to spearhead the equitable growth and development of the South African film and video industry. NFVF’s mission is to collaborate with all stakeholders in supporting the development and promotion of a thriving South African film industry. Vision - A viable film industry that represents the nation's aspirations and celebrates our diversity. The new streamlined business objectives: Increase the number of SA films and PDIs producing them, increase audience access to SA films and increase numbers of people trained in the industry, particularly in areas of shortage of skills.To promote Social Cohesion and promote opportunities to express the nation’s stories through film.

The KwaZulu-Natal Film Commission was established to position KwaZulu-Natal as a globally competitive, diverse and sustainable industry and choice film destination.

The unit is responsible for attracting foreign direct investment, as well as developing and promoting local direct investment. This is achieved via the identification, packaging and marketing of potential investment opportunities, and the identification of potential investors. The unit facilitates investment in South Africa, provides general information on the investment and domestic business climate, and offers dedicated aftercare services to investors. The unit organises inward/outward trade missions, and facilitates funding and Government support for trade- and investment-related activities.

The Film and Publication Board (FPB) is a public entity established in terms of the Films and Publications Act 65 of 1996, as amended. The purpose of the FPB is to regulate the creation, production, possession and distribution of certain publications, games and films by means of classification, the imposition of age restrictions, and giving of consumer advice, and further makes exploitative use of children in pornographic publications, films, or on the internet punishable. The process of regulation of content is conducted based on the classification guidelines that are developed through the public consultation process, therefore reflecting the values and norms of South Africans.

The International Film Festival Rotterdam launched CineMart, the International co-production market in 1983. Every year, this ‘By Invitation’ only market, invites a select number of directors/producers to present their film projects to co-producers, sales agents, distributors, TV stations and other potential financiers. CineMart offers emerging producers a five-day training workshop to build up their international network and experience at an international festival and market called the Rotterdam Lab. The Prins Claus Fund Film Grant and the ARTE France Cinéma Award are granted annually to filmmakers of the best CineMart Project from Africa, Asia, Latin America or the Caribbean and to the producer of the best CineMart project respectively.

International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA) is unique for its international film program, the variety of genres, its politically committed program and the many European and world premieres featured each year. Aside from the festival, IDFA consists of three industry components: the IDFA FORUM for international co-financing, Docs for Sale for finished documentaries and the IDFA Bertha Fund which supports documentary projects and festivals in developing countries. The presence of many decision makers, filmmakers, and sizeable audiences along with all the discussions, debates, workshops, master classes and the experienced staff, make IDFA the pre-eminent festival for creative documentaries.

The Festival des 3 Continents is an annual film festival which has been held since 1979, and is focused on film that is created and originates from Asia, and Africa and Latin America. Produire au Sud is a workshop programme within this festival, which focuses on the development of film co-productions, and aims to familiarize young producers who are based in these continents with a variety of important tools and international co-production techniques by coaching individual projects in development. The partnership between DFM and Produire au Sud who both share a vision to stimulate the development of new work on the African continent, afforded two DFM projects the opportunity to attend the Produire au Sud Script Studio at the Festival des 3 Continents. The residency is organised with the support of the NAC (National Arts Council of South Africa) and L’ Institut Francais, in the framework of the France South Africa Seasons.

Talents Durban is a development programme for emerging African filmmakers presented by the Durban International Film Festival in co-operation with the Berlinale Talents. The programme is one of six Talents International Programmes affiliated with the Berlinale Talents programme and consists of seminars and master classes, networking events and hands-on development programmes that include Talent Press, Script Station and Doc Station.

The Goethe-Institut in Johannesburg regulates the work in the Sub-Saharan countries including 11 institutes and 14 Goethe reading/cultural centers. In addition we work together with German embassies in countries where Goethe is not represented. Our Cultural Programmes Department focuses on a variety of different artistic approaches from the visual arts to drama, dance, literature, film, and others. Our goal is to support the local cultural scenes and strengthen pan-African dialogue through the arts.

Videovision Entertainment is a diversified company with operations that range from its core business of film and television production and distribution to media, live entertainment, film studios and real estate development. The company is acknowledged as the premier film production and distribution company in South Africa.


The Hot Docs-Blue Ice Group Documentary Fund is a grant program providing financial support to African documentary filmmakers for development and production. Development grants of $,3000 - $8,000 and Production grants of $5000 - $40,000 are awarded to approximately four to 10 projects annually. The $1-million fund was created to help enable more African documentary filmmakers to tell their own stories and contribute to a new generation of the African documentary community. Applications are open to professional filmmakers who are citizens and residents of continental Africa and are also living and working in the region. In addition to financing, the initiative also offers valuable resources to support production and professional development, and offers filmmakers opportunities to access the international documentary community. Through an accompanying peer-to-peer mentorship program, grantees may team with international production partners to bring their projects to international markets, festivals, broadcast and online audiences. Additionally, grantees will have travel, accommodation and accreditation support to attend Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival and Hot Docs-Blue Ice Group Filmmakers Lab.

AfriDocs is an African broadcast first – a bold and exciting documentary broadcast strand that sees African and the best international films screened across 49 countries of sub-Saharan Africa every week. AfriDocs uses the power of television to reach new audiences, showcase African documentary filmmaking, and get people across the continent discussing common issues. Audiences across Africa have responded to the chance to see real stories that not only address many of the challenges facing the continent, but also stories that celebrate the diverse cultures, languages and peoples of Africa and the world. AfriDocs is an initiative of the multi-awarded South African documentary production and distribution company, Steps, in partnership with the Bertha Foundation. AfriDocs is screened every Thursday night on ED (DStv channel 190) and GOtv (channel 65). The AfriDocs strand is seen in 49 countries by satellite, and terrestrially to an additional 100 cities in 8 countries.