Cinema: #DIFF2020 – Durban International Film Festival – hybrid event – online and screenings at drive-in venues

Date: September 10-20, 2020


Tickets online: No charge for online screenings but limited availability– see below. Most films are geo-locked/blocked for viewers out of SA but live events, panel discussions etc will be open to all. A small collection of shorts are not geo-blocked. See website.

Tickets at drive-in venues: R105 per car with four people through Quicket – link on DIFF website

? Exciting news that #DIFF2020 is being presented as a hybrid festival. The annual film festival-the largest in Africa will include online screenings (no charge) and there will be screenings of some films at drive-in venues in Durban (charge per car, max four people). The festival has a curated a film programme which includes shorts, documentaries and feature films. The theme for #DIFF2020 is Shifting Paradigms– which we can all relate to in every way. Check out the vivid poster design for #DIFF2020 which images people, filming, watching, from their windows. The city is out there, lights twinkling, waiting to be lit up with films on screens. With the hybrid format of #DIFF2020- there is the opportunity to shift one’s paradigm and attend a Covid-19 compliant screening at a drive-in – in Durban. Get to Durbs and go to the bioscope.

How #DIFF2020 works- online

? There is no charge to attend the virtual festival online but register and book for the films you want to see. It is like renting films. You book and have two days to see the film and 24 hours for play-back. If you do not watch within that time-frame, your film will go back and you have to book again. Around 600 tickets will be available per screening.

How #DIFF2020 works- drive-in screenings

? There is a cost to attend the screening at drive in venues. Book through quicket. Navigate via the DIFF site:

Watch list #DIFF2020 – to start with

? Opening film: This is not a Burial, but a Resurrection, directed by Lemohang Jeremiah Moses

? Closing film: Dust, directed by Pieter du Plessis

Availability and releases of films

? Opening film is available from September 10 until end of festival

? Closing film is only available on September 19-20

? A small number of films is only available from September 17

? All other films, roughly 50 are available from September 11

*The 41st edition of the festival is organised by the University of KwaZulu-Natal’s Centre for Creative Arts, in partnership and with the support of US Consulate Durban, KZN Film Commission, the National Film and Video Foundation, the Gauteng Film Commission, KZN Department of Arts & Culture, the Film and Publications Board and other valued funders and partners. Image credit: Supplied.