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The National Film and Video Foundation’s participation at the 38th Annual Durban International Film Festival

By 28 June 2021No Comments

Press Release

*For Immediate Release*


The National Film and Video Foundation’s participation at the 38th Annual Durban International Film Festival



The National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF), an agency of the Department of Arts and Culture is pleased to once again support the 38th Annual Durban International Film Festival that opened last night, 13 July until the 23rd of July.

The ten-day festival is aimed at celebrating world-class cinema with screenings of new feature, documentary and short films from around the globe, with a special focus on African films. The festival is also aimed at promoting the development of the local industry by providing a strategic exhibition platform for local product alongside international films within a professionally-implemented and reputable cultural experience.

The NFVF’s is embarking on a programme to strengthen its relationship with South African filmmakers. The first of these sessions will be hosted, today at Suite 3 of the main floor.

“We want to increase the industry’s understanding of our work, and build our own understanding of the challenges faced by filmmakers, so we’re looking at a two-way conversation. The environment has changed significantly since the NFVF was formed, and we want to ensure that we’re all working in the same direction when it comes to finding solutions for now and the future.”  Said NFVF CEO, Zama Mkosi

Mkosi will be scaling up the NFVF’s capacity to interact with the industry on a structured basis, and the Foundation will be running a series of workshops around the country to provide a platform for filmmakers to speak out.

“We can’t ignore the recent criticism of our funding model, for example, so we’re embarking on a structured process to explain our processes and find ways of increasing the impact of our funding and our marketing capacity,” Mkosi said.

“The South African film industry is vibrant, and we have to ensure it continues that way.”

Participation at DIFF and Duran Film Mart (DFM) enables the NFVF an opportunity to advance its objectives to promote the local film industry both locally and internationally, increase audience access to South African films, secure partnerships for co-production and to develop and grow the industry. Therefore in addition to contributing towards the festival programme, the NFVF through its festival and market attendance funding, has awarded 17 grants to filmmakers who applied for assistance to attend the festival.

For the first time, winners from the Annual South African Film and Television Awards (SAFTAs) will be honoured and celebrated during the festival activations. The winners’ cocktail celebration will be held at the Belaire Hotel, Sky Lounge on the 14th of July.



14 July 2017

Time: 12h00 – 13h00  

Venue: Suite 3, Elangeni Hotel  

Session: Industry Feedback and Engagement

Presentation: Zama Mkosi, NFVF CEO


Time: 16h30 – 17h30

Venue: Mc Café Lounge

Session: SAFTAs 12 reveal

Opening remarks: Zama Mkosi, NFVF CEO

Presentation: Peter Kwele, HOD Marketing and Communications


Time: 18h00 – 20h00

Venue: Belaire Hotel, Sky Lounge 11th Floor

Session: SAFTAs 11 winners’ celebration event

Description: The cocktail event will honour and celebrate all the winners from SAFTAs 11.


15 July 2017

Time: 10h00 – 11h00

Venue: Garden Court, Marine Parade

Session: Policy and Research discussion  

Presentation: Ms Aifheli Makhwanya, NFVF HOD Policy and Research

Closing remarks: Ms Zama Mkosi, NFVF CEO


Time: 12h00 – 13h00  

Venue: Suite 3, Elangeni  

Session: Focus on Female Filmmakers

Opening remarks: Zama Mkosi, NFVF CEO  

FacilitatorZanele Mthembu – Founder, Brown Panther Films       


  • Julia  Apea – Producer, Ghana  
  • Jinni  Mutune – Producer/Director, Kenya  
  • Twiggy Matiwana – Director, South Africa    
  • Nadine  Cloete – Director/Producer, South Africa  
  • Lwazi Mvusi – Director /Producer, South Africa  


Time: 14h00 – 16h00

Venue: Garden Court, Marine Parade

Session: The Road to the Film Indaba

Facilitator: Victor Kgomoeswana


16 July 2017

Time: 12h00 – 13h00

Venue: Suite 3, Elangeni

Session: South Africa and Canada co-production panel

Facilitator: Lance Samuels – President, Blue Ice Pictures 


  • Valerie Creighton – President and CEO of the Canada Media Fund
  • Nelly Molokoane – Director Film Incentives, Department of Trade and Industry (DTI)
  • Manoj Seonath – Head of IDC Operations
  • Daniel Iron – President, Blue Ice
  • Damon D’Oliveira – Actor; TV & Film Producer
  • Alfon  Adetuyi – Producer; Director Canada
  • Jane Lipman – Producer, South Africa
  • Steven Markovitz – Producer, South Africa


Time: 14h00 – 16h00

Venue: Garden Court, Marine Parade

Session: CEO’s stakeholder engagement

Facilitator: Victor Kgomoeswana 


Time: 18h00 – 20h00

Venue: S34 Home of that Brewing Co, Berea

Session: South Africa and Canada 20th anniversary audio-visual treaty cocktail event



17 July 2017

Time: 09h00 – 11h00

Venue: North Illanga 

Session: Speed Dating  


Time: 10h00

Venue: Playhouse

Description: Schools programme in partnership with the KZN FC  


Time: 12h00 – 13h00  

Venue: Suite 3, Elangeni

Session: Exhibition and distribution of South African content

Opening remarks: Zama Mkosi, NFVF CEO  

Facilitator: Peter Kwele – Head of Marketing and Communications, NFVF


  • Nicki Scheepers – Chief of Content and Programming, Ster-Kinekor
  • Nitesh Matai – Managing Executive, NuMetro
  • Russel Grant – Founder, The Bioscope
  • Craig Ruurds – Chief Technical Officer, Globecast Africa’s OTT Division
  • Helen Kuun – CEOIndigenous Film Distribution
  • Mayenzeke Baza – ‎Managing Partner and Head of Sales, AAA Entertainment


Time: 18h30

Venue: Maharani Tugella Room

Session: DFM Closing Night

Closing Speech: Zama Mkosi, NFVF CEO


18 July

Time: 10h00

Venue: Ohlange Library, Inanda

Session: community outreach in partnership with the KZN FC



21 July

Time: 10h00 – 11h00  

Venue: Suite 3, Elangeni  

Session: Sediba Masterclass

Facilitator: Loyiso Maqoma Producer, screenwriter and script consultant




Contact person:


Peter Kwele

Head Marketing and Communications and

Tel: 011 483 0880


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