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SUBMISSION GUIDELINES
  
Total prize money: R165, 000
 
Abbreviations:
UKZN: University of KwaZulu-Natal
CCA: Centre For Creative Arts
DIFF: Durban International Film Festival
DFM: Durban Film Mart
 
General rules
 
REGULATIONS OF THE 2017 DURBAN INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
 
 
1. Introduction
1.1 Durban International Film Festival (DIFF) is organised by the Staff of the Centre for Creative Arts (CCA), University of KwaZulu-Natal(UKZN).  The CCA is a non-commercial organisation, based in KwaZulu-Natal  as a non-profit-making company that is part of University of KwaZulu-Natal , in the School of the Arts, The College of Humanities.
 
1.3 The 38th Durban International Film Festival will take place in Durban, South Africa from 13-23 July 2017.
1.4 The mission of the DIFF is: to develop and deliver a sustainable world class film festival, which engages all stakeholders and achieves critical acclaim by presenting a unique program that inspires, challenges and entertains an increasingly broad and diverse audience. The festival aims to bring audiences and offer a platform to content that is unavailable to through mainstream cinema.
1.5 The Durban Internal Film Festival reserves the right to alter the regulations and/or terms and conditions without notice.
 
2. Categories of the Durban International Film Festival
The festival is composed of the following main categories:
2.1 The Official Section (non-competitive) reserved for fiction films 
2.2 Documentaries (non-fiction) of any length, which are innovative, informative, challenging and/or entertaining in style or content.
2.3 The Official Competition established to reward films that are bold, inspiring, innovative and that have added value to the cinema world. The winners are chosen by an independent jury selected by the festival. The competitions are divided into the following categories.
 
2.3.1 Best Feature Film – This is section to award the best feature length fiction film from across the world taking place in the festival. The selection for the competition is chosen at the discretion of the festival. The prize is valued at R50,000
 
2.3.2 Best South African Feature Film – This is section to award the best feature length fiction film from South Africa taking place in the festival. All South African features selected for the festival are entered into the competition. The prize is valued at R25,000
 
2.3.3 Best Documentary - This is section to award the best feature length documentary film from across the world taking place in the festival. The selection for the competition is chosen at the discretion of the festival. The prize is valued at R 25,000
 
2.3.4 Best SA Documentary – This is section to award the best feature length fiction film from South Africa taking place in the festival. All South African features selected for the festival are entered into the competition. The prize is valued at R25,000
 
2.3.5 Best Short Film - This is section to award the best short fiction film from across the world taking place in the festival. All short films selected for the festival are entered into the competition. The prize is valued at R20,000
 
2.3.6 Best African Short Film Award – This is section to award the best short fiction film from the African continent taking place in the festival. All African short films selected for the festival are entered into the competition
 
2.3.7 Best South African Short Film -  This is section to award the best short fiction film from South Africa taking place in the festival. All South African short films selected for the festival are entered into the competition. This award is presented by the Gauteng Film Commission.
 
2.3.8 Best Actor Award- This is section to award the best acting from a male actor in a feature film in competition taking place in the festival. 
 
2.3.9 Best Actress- This is section to award the best acting from a female actor in a feature film in competition taking place in the festival.
 
2.3.10 Best Direction – This is section to award the best directing in a feature film in competition taking place in the festival.
 
2.3.11 Best Cinematography - This is section to award the best cinematography actor in a feature film in competition taking place in the festival.
 
2.3.12 Best Screenplay - This is section to award the best written story in a feature film in competition taking place in the festival.
 
2.3.13 Best Editing – This is section to award the best editing in a feature film in competition taking place in the festival. The prize is sponsored by the South African Editors Guild.
 
2.3.14 Artistic Bravery – This is section to award the film with most daring direction. The film looks at feature films in the festival that challenge the audience and cinema with new and interesting ways.
 
2.3.15 The Audience Choice Award – This award is for the most popular feature length film at the festival. The winner is selected by audience votes which are selected at the end of each screening. All films selected for the festival are entered into the competition. The winner will be announced after the festival.
 
2.3.16 The Wavescape Audience Choice Award - This award is for the most popular film in the Wavescape section at the festival. The winner is selected by audiences votes which are selected at the end of each screening. All films selected for the festival are entered into the competition. The winner will be announced after the festival.
 
2.3.17 The Amnesty International Durban Human Rights Award is awarded to the documentary that deals with social and political issue. The award is selected by an independent jury memebers selected by Amnesty International Durban branch.
2.3 A Retrospective Section (non-competitive) paying tribute to a filmmaker, film movement or genre and designed to make a contribution to film history.
 
The Wavescape Section is used to highlight the best surf and environmental films from around the world. This section is curated in conjunction with DIFF by the Wavescape Surf Film Festival that takes place in Cape Town.
3. Conditions of Entry
Selection of films is at the sole discretion of the festival and no correspondence will be entered into. Films are only eligible for selection in the DIFF if they submit a Submission Entry as detailed in clause 3.9 and meet the following criteria:
3.1 Films must have been completed since January 2016. The date of completion shall mean the date of the delivery or availability of a locked-off print, tape or final digital format.
3.2 Feature-length productions (over 60 minutes in length, fiction and non-fiction) must not have been shown publicly on South African television, internet streaming services or had a commercial screening prior to their DIFF presentation.
3.3 Films under 60 minutes in length (fiction and non-fiction) produced outside South Africa must not have been shown publicly in the submitted version on South African television, internet streaming services or had a commercial screening prior to their DIFF presentation.
4 Films under 60minutes in length (fiction and non-fiction) produced in South Africa must not have been shown publicly, in on South African television, internet streaming services or had a commercial screening prior to their DIFF presentation.
3.5 For the purposes of these regulations, a public screening is any screening accessible to the public including television broadcasts, previews, online/DVD/video release, and festival screenings.
3.6 All works selected for the DIFF will be presented in English or in their original language with English subtitles on DCP, .MPEG 4, Blu Ray and .MOV.Further information on digital formats will be provided upon request. Subtitling is the sole responsibility of the film's rights holder.
3.7 Works that are solely promotional, educational or scientific in nature are not eligible for selection for the DIFF.
 
3.9 A valid Submission Form must be received at the DIFF office by the official closing date, 28 February 2017, and must include: 
3.9.1 A completed online Submission Form;
3.9.2 An uploaded film file of appropriate quality, with English subtitles (if the original language is not English):
3.9.3 A synopsis, a director's statement, biography and filmography of the director and producer;
3.9.5 Entries will not be accepted without a Submission Form, except, in exceptional cases only. 
3.10 Uploaded film files will be used for the sole purpose of considering the suitability of the film for the festival program and will not be used for any other purpose, including marketing or festival screenings, without the permission of the rights holder.
3.11 Links to the screener must be available and valid until the 31 March 2017. Films whose links are not working will be notified by email that the link is not working. The onus is on the rights holder/submitter to maintain their links.  
3.12 A film may only be submitted once to the festival.
 
4. Official Competition
4.1 The Official Competition has been established to reward new directions in film. The DIFF will be seeking films that have emotional power and resonance, are audacious, cutting edge and courageous, and go beyond the usual treatment of a subject matter.
4.2 2017 Official Competition is by invitation from the DIFF.
4.3 A maximum of 12 features will be presented to the Jury of the Official Competition.
4.4 The Jury, appointed by the DIFF, will comprise 3-5 members with at least one South African member of the jury. 
4.5 Selected films must meet the following criteria:
4.5.1 Films must be fictional and feature length (defined as over 75 minutes). The DIFF reserves the right to invite non-fiction features if they clearly meet all other criteria.
4.5.2 Films must have been completed after 13 July 2016 and must not have been released theatrically outside their country of origin more than 12 months before the start date of the 2017 Durban International Film Festival (13 July 2017). 
4.5.3 Films must not have screened publicly on television, commercial cinemas and on internet streaming services (see clause 3.2) in South Africa prior to 13 July 2017.
4.5.4 Priority will be given to films that are South African premieres provided all the criteria are met.
4.5.5 Films must have provided the DIFF with the information and materials specified in Clause 3.
4.6 The Jury will determine the winner of the award based on a simple majority of votes. The Jury President will exercise a casting vote in the event the Jury is unable to determine a winner. The final results will be known only by the Jury and DIFF and will be kept secret until the announcement at the 2017 Official Competition Award Ceremony.
4.7 A DIFF representative may attend Jury deliberations as an observer but will take no part in the voting or proceedings.
4.8 Any person, including as determined by DIFF, who has taken part in, or to have or perceived to have an interest in relation to the production or distribution of a film in the 2017 Official Competition will declare that interest and will not participate in the selection or judging process.
4.9 Jury decisions will be final and no correspondence will be entered into.
 
5. Films invited to participate - General
5.1 Once a film has been selected to participate in the Festival, the entrant must complete an official Participation Confirmation Form (a more detailed version of the Submission Form) and forward it to the DIFF office no later than 30 March 2017, accompanied by following materials:
5.1.1 at least five high resolution stills (by email) from the selected film;
5.1.2 a one 300 word minimum synopsis (in English);
5.1.3 director's statement about the film;
5.1.4 the director's photo, biography and filmography;
5.1.5 Relevant materials required for materials work.
5.1.6 in the case of films over 60 minutes in length, two sets of at least four different excerpts of maximum three minutes in length, the film's trailer and an electronic press kit with scene clips . Excerpts must be broadcast quality.
5.2 By submitting the DIFF PARTICIPATION CONFRIMATION Form and the above materials, the entrant(s) grant to DIFF a non-exclusive licence to publicly screen the selected film in the 2017 Durban International Film Festival (13-23 July 2017) in theatres used by the festival.
5.3 By submitting the Participation Confirmation Form and the above materials, the entrant(s) grant to DIFF a non-exclusive licence to:
5.3.1 publicly screen any submitted excerpts - or any selected excerpts as specified under the rights holder's agreement in the DIFF Confirmation Form - from the submitted film on screen (cinema screen and monitors); 
5.3.2 use stills from the submitted materials and descriptive material about the selected film in the marketing and promotion of the festival, the official festival program and on the official festival website;
5.3.3 make information extracted from the submitted materials available to the press.
5.4 By submitting the DIFF Confirmation Form the entrant accepts the Terms and Conditions for participation. 
5.5 The entrant may not withdraw the film from the DIFF once it has been selected for participation and the entrant has confirmed its agreement.
5.6 By entering in the DIFF the entrant warrants that the rights to their films are cleared to allow the DIFF to use the film for the purposes specified in paragraph 6.2.
 
6. Films invited to participate - Official Competition
6.1 Films selected for the Official Competition must comply with the criteria in clauses 5 and 6. In the event of inconsistency between clauses 5 and 6, clause 6 prevails.
6.2 By submitting the DIFF Participation Confirmation Form and the materials specified in clause 5.1 the entrant(s) in the Official Competition grant(s) to DIFF a non-exclusive licence throughout the world in perpetuity (and at no cost to DIFF) to:
6.2.1 screen the submitted Film to the Jury or members of the Jury for the purposes of determining the winner of the 2017 Official Competition;
6.2.2 publicly screen any submitted excerpts - or any selected excerpts as specified under the rights holder's agreement in the DIFF Participation Confirmation Form - from the submitted film on screen (cinema screen and monitors) at any DIFF Awards Ceremony and at any pre- and post- DIFF Awards functions;
6.2.3 use stills from the submitted materials at any DIFF Awards Ceremony and any pre- and post-DIFF Awards functions;
6.2.4 use stills from the submitted materials and descriptive material about the submitted film in the official program for any DIFF Awards Ceremony and on the DIFF's Official Website;
6.2.5 make information extracted from the submitted materials available to the press.
6.3 The licence specified in clause 5.2 is in addition to that granted under clause 6.2.
6.4 It is a condition of participation in the Official Competition that the winner of the Official Competition will use the name and logo of the DIFF and the Official Competition in all their publicity in the most prominent position on all publicity material as agreed with the DIFF.
 
7. The Audience Vote
7.1 The DIFF audience is encouraged to rate the feature-length films and Wavescape films (over 60 minutes in length) they have viewed on a scale of Bad- Excellent via the official DIFF Voting Slips handed out at the beginning of each screening.
7.2 The count and result will be checked and counted by members of the Centre For Creative. The results will then be announced after the closing of the festival and all screenings have concluded. 
 
8. Transportation of Selected Prints & Digital format
8.1 Presentation materials (e.g. DCP drive) of films invited to screen in the DIFF must arrive in Durban no later than 14 days before the first screening unless special arrangements are made with the DIFF organisers.
8.2 The DIFF will cover the cost of shipping the digital copy of the film to and from South Africa. However, if the print/digital copy is to be forwarded to another festival the outward costs from DIFF must be covered by the festival receiving the print/digital copy, as is the usual arrangement between festivals.
8.3 Films will be returned to participants within a month following the end of the DIFF.
8.4 The DIFF will insure works for all sections of the festival for the entire time the material (of whatever format) is in the DIFF's custody, either before and during any loss or damage.
8.5 The liability of the DIFF is limited to reimbursement of the replacement costs of a new drive or print (in the case of retrospective works supplied on such formats), as per the prices declared by the entrant. All other costs or liabilities are specifically excluded.
8.6 The DIFF may refuse to allow the participation of any film where the print or digital format of that film fails to meet the technical requirements for a public screening of good quality.
The festival in numbers
•Films submitted
•1185 
•Public attendance
•3000
•Films invited
178
Industry attendance
•475 people
•Total prize money
•R165000
•Total Press attendance
•154
 

GENERAL ENQUIRIES

  • Tel: +27(0)31 260 2506
  • Email: diff@ukzn.ac.za
  • MEDIA ENQUIRIES:
  • Noluthando Lamula
  • Tel: +27(0)31 260 1815
  • Email: lamulan@ukzn.ac.za