Friday, July 19, 2013

Read about the African Metropolis Short Film Project at DIFF

African Metropolis Short Film Project Premieres at DIFF

This year’s Durban International Film Festival (DIFF) will host the premiere of the African Metropolis Short Film Project - seven short films from seven African directors shot in seven African cities. There will be Question and Answer sessions with directors and producers after the screenings on 20 and 21 July, as well as a panel discussion on 21 July.

The African Metropolis Short Film Project is an initiative of the Goethe-Institut South Africa and South African executive producer Steven Markovitz, with support from Guaranty Trust Bank and the Hubert Bals Fund of International Film Festival Rotterdam.

“African Metropolis held its first workshop at DIFF last year,” says Markovitz. “The festival is a great incubator for creative ideas, and a great platform for networking and sharing ideas. We are all delighted to be able to present seven finished short films at the same time just one year later.”

The short films are set in Lagos (Director: Folasakin Iwajomo), Abidjan (Philippe Lacôte), Kinshasa (Carole Maloba), Dakar (Marie KA), Johannesburg (Vincent Moloi), Cairo (Ahmed Ghoneimy) and Nairobi (Jim Chuchu). The filmmakers’ work shows the face of a modern and cosmopolitan Africa and challenges longstanding clichés about the continent.

Peter Machen, Manager of DIFF, says: “We are delighted to host the world premiere of the African Metropolis Short Film Project, which explores and promotes young directing talent from different capitals of the continent. This idea fits perfectly with our own goal of highlighting the emerging African film industry.”

Dates & Venues: 
Film screenings, followed by Q&A:
20 July / Musgrave Sterkinekor / 17H00
21 July / Blue Waters Hotel / 16H00
23 July / Ohlange School Hall, Inanda / 16H00

Panel discussion:
21 July / South Deck Room, 11th floor, Blue Waters Hotel / 09H00

21 July / Tsogo Sun Elangeni Hotel, Pooldeck / 18H00

 (Source - DIFF) 

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