At the beginning of the festival the National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF) announced its support for an array of feature films, shorts and documentaries that were to be exhibited at the festival.
It is with great pleasure the NFVF announce that three of the projects exhibited at DIFF won various top awards.
The winning films funded by the NFVF are:
Best South African Documentary, Dear Mandela directed by Dara Kell and Christopher Nizza. Dear Mandela explores the inspiring story behind Abahlali BaseMjondolo, the largest movement of the poor to emerge in post-Apartheid South Africa.
The Best Short Film Award was awarded to Dirty Laundry directed by Stephen Abbott. Dirty Laundry tells the story of one guy who just wants to get his washing done. The short Film also went on to win the Best South African Short Film. ""With a fresh storyline and strong acting, this is a colourful and humorous mini-snapshot of the 'dirty laundry' of ordinary South Africans,"" said juries Zandile Tembe, Andile Ntimbane and Jerry Pooe.
Amnesty International Durban Human Rights Award went to Sobukwe, A Great Soul directed by Mickey Madoda Dube. Sobukwe, A Great Soul is the story of a giant, an unusually extraordinary human being, a global visionary, teacher, political leader of note. He was a philosopher, spiritualist, dedicated father and husband.
The 32nd Durban International Film Festival is organised by the Centre For Creative Arts (University of KwaZulu-Natal) with support by the National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund (principal funder), National Film and Video Foundation, KwaZulu-Natal Department of Economic Development and Tourism, HIVOS, City of Durban, German Embassy of South Africa, Goethe Institut of South Africa, Industrial Development Corporation, KwaZulu-Natal Department of Arts and Culture, and a range of other valued partners.