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DURBAN INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (article first published : 2000-10-10)

Movie lovers can expect music movies, short films, documentaries, animation, and full-length features as well as film workshops, township screenings and guest directors during the Durban International Film Festival. Presented by the University of Natal's Centre for Creative Arts, the screenings will take place at the Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre and other venues from October 17 to 29.

The festival celebrates its 21st anniversary this year and the organisers have taken a fresh approach in the presentation of cinema to South African audiences by adopting a more pro-active stance to inspire film making projects presently so lacking in KZN. Visiting directors will participate in workshops where they explain their narrative and cinematic techniques.

The bulk of work within South Africa's film industry takes place in Cape Town (a preferred location for international production houses) and Johannesburg (centred around television work). KZN and Durban in particular, needs to develop an appropriate infrastructure that will provide job opportunities within the film industry. Thus film festival audiences should be regarded as potential film-makers and scriptwriters. The festival workshops therefore are devised with the specific purpose of stimulating film education and production.

Dr. Alex Holt who has an academic background in film as well as diverse experience as a media practitioner, has been appointed festival manager. He is a graduate of the Centre for Cultural and Media Studies, University of Natal where he has worked as a lecturer and research consultant, specialising in advertising and film theory. He trained as a copywriter and art director with the British Design and Art Direction Association's Advertising Concepts Workshop and has worked as a media marketing consultant for community newspapers and religious publications and as a consultant on social communication campaigns. He has also worked as a copywriter and advertising photographer, and on the production of several documentaries, primarily in the capacity of cinematographer.

Currently developing a film script for a plot driven film based on a story that takes place in Durban, Alex has been on the steering committee of FAWU (KZN) - the film and Allied Workers Union. Alex recently coordinated the successful “AIDS Mini Film Festival” in conjunction with the AMASIKO programme of the XIII International AIDS Conference which took place in Durban this year.

Movies include Yellow Card (Zimbabwe); Jaya Ganga from Vijay Singh and Stalker directed by Andrei Tarkovsky and screened for the first time in South Africa. Other highlights include The Annihilation of Fish directed by Charles Burnett and Uncle Chatzkel, a documentary made by Rod Freedman (Watch artSMart for more detailed programme)

The festival has a wide spread of film fare of the highest calibre; the full schedule of approximately 35 films will be released shortly. Booking at Computicket and at the Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre. Tickets R15 per film (R10 per film for 10 or more bookings). More details from (031) 260-2506 (office hours).




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