Durban International Film Festival

DIFF has built a network of partnerships with the African continentn and includes multiple programmes such as Durban Film Mart, specifically for financing and funding and pitching; the Talents for development and the DIFF industry programme.

Cape Town Film Festival

The Cape Town International Film Market and Festival (CTIFM&F) is a multi-purpose event. It is a platform that is helping transition the Cape Town film industry from a services industry to a content producing industry.”

Zanzibar International Film Festival

The tropical island of Zanzibar teems with excitement and opportunity every July, as locals and visitors enjoy ten days of screening of the best of Pan-African film-making, in a relaxed carnival-like environment of live music, dance, DJ's and performances.

Juba International Film Festival

Juba is the newest capital city in the world and the first edition of the Juba film festival taking place on the eve of the 5 th year of independence for South Sudan is changing perspectives and documenting the period of transformation in the country.

Pan Africa Film Festivals

Pan Africanism in Film


Haile Gerima together with Sembene Ousmane from Senegal, Med Hondo from Mauritania were the founder's of African Cinema (1940s to 1980s). Haile Gerima together with Charles Burnett and Larry Clarke formed a collective of Black film students at UCLA, turning their backs on Hollywood and mainstream American film business. They were the film arm of the Black Power and Socialist arts movement. Haile Gerima abhors the hegemony of white supremacy. Racism. He questions the imposed structure on how to make films. This suppresses the continuity of African expressions preserved by African and former enslaved Africans in the Americas.Haile Gerima beleives in a symbiotic relationship between the film maker, the community and allied arts like literature , visual and performance arts. It has to be the African cosmology that anchors the concept, the film language, the racing of the narrative. the sense of space and light, the rythm and pace. Less entertainment and a more enriching story. Maintain your independence. Know the writing, the shooting and the editing yourself.Haile Gerima decries the lack of investment from Black business. This scenario has to change as film is expensive business.

Professor Herbert Vilakazi at the S.A. Broadcast Content as Language Summit, Durban, 22nd August 2003 advocated for a new TV Broadcast Manifesto including the principles.
1. IZAZI ZAKITHI, our knowledgeable men and women to produce an outline of our Philosophy, our Vision of Human Existence, our World View.
2. And this should be for the development of African Civilisation and other civilisations in our midst.
3. The IZAZI outline should be a protector of Human dignity, freedom, the ecology and the environment, health and democracy.
4. The current broadcasting practice of degrading African culture and Civilisation must cease. That inferiority complex and prejudice. Feeding audiences with cheap imitation of Western culture has to stop.
5. The broadcasting content has to be appropriate to the demands of the Age and contribute to the healthy spiritual development of South Africans.

Sembene Ousmane from Senegal: BoromSarret (1963); Niaye (1964); La Noire de...(1966); Mandabi (1968); Emitaï (1971); Xala (1975); Ceddo (1977); Camp de Thiaroye (1988); Guelwaar (1992); Faat Kiné (2000); Moolaadé (2004)
Haile Gerima from Ethiopia/USA: 1972 Hour Glass Hour Glass; 1972 - Child of Resistance; 1976 - Bush Mama; 1976 - Mirt Sost Shi Amit (also known as Harvest: 3,000 Years); 1978 - Wilmington 10 -- U.S.A. 10,000; 1982 - Ashes and Embers; 1985 - After Winter: Sterling Brown; 1993 - Sankofa; 1994 - Imperfect Journey; 1999 - Adwa - An African Victory; 2009 - Teza
Med Hondo from Mauritania: Oh, Sun (1967); Les Bicots-Nègres vos voisins (1974) and Sarraounia (1986)
Raymond Rajoanerivelo from Malagasy: Tabataba (1988) When the Stars Meet the Sea (1996)Mahaleo (Documentary) (2005)
Idrissa Ouedraogo from Burkina Faso: Yam Daabo (1987); Yaaba (1989); The Law (1990); Obi (1991); Samba Traoré (1992); Le cri du coeur (1994) ; Afrique, mon Afrique... (1995); Kini & Adams (1997) ; Anger of the Gods (2003); Kato Kato (2006)
Djibril Diop Mambety from SenegaL: Contras'city (1968) Badou Boy (1970) Touki Bouki/The Journey of the Hyena (1973), Parlons Grand-mère (Let's talk Grandmother) (1989) Hyènes (1992) Le Franc (1994) La Petite Vendeuse de Soleil (1999)
Shadi Abdel Salam from Egypt: Night of counting the years (1969)
Yussef Chahine from Egypt: Son of the Nile (1951) The Blazing Sun (1954) Cairo Station (1958) Forever Yours (1959) Saladin the Victorious (1963) The Land (1969) The Return of the Prodigal Son (1976) Alexandria... Why? ( 1979); An Egyptian Story (1982); Adieu Bonaparte (1985); Al-yawm al-Sadis (1986); Iskanderija, kaman oue kaman (1989); The Emigrant (1994); Destiny (1997); Ce n'est qu'un pas (1997); The Other (1999); Silence... We're Rolling (2001); Alexandria... New York (2004); Chaos, This Is (2007)
Abdulcadir Ahmed Said from Somalia: Geedka nolosha (Tree of life) (1988),Reading the Ancestor
Mohammed Lakhdar from Algeria: Rih al awras (1966), Ahdat sanawovach el-djamr (Chronicles of the years of fire) (1975) and Sandstorm (1982)
Flora Gomes from Guinea: Mortu Nega (1988); Udju Azul di Yonta (1992); Nha fala (2002)
Tebogo Mahlatsi from South Africa: 2017 The Mbhaco Maker; 2012 Shuga TV Series; 2009 The Morning After;2006 Sekalli le Meokgo; 2004 Yizo Yizo TV Series; 1999 Portrait of a Man Drowning; 2006 Angel’s song TV Series; 2018 Back of the Moon; 2014 Think Big TV Series; 2007 Jacob’s Cross TV Series
Kasi Lemmons from the USA: 2001 The Caveman’s Valentine; 2013 Black Nativity; 2007 Talk to Me; 2019 Harriet
Ava Durvenay from the USA: 2010 I will follow; 2012 Middle of Nowhere; 2014 Selma; 2018 A Wrinkle in Time; 2007 Compton in C Minor; 2008 This is the Life – How the West was Won; 2016 13th; 2013 Scandal; 2015 For Justice; 2016 Queen Sugar; 2019 When they see us; 2020 Cherish the day
Lee Daniels from the USA: Good people; Culture Clash; Terms of Endearment; The United States vs Billie Holiday: Agnes and His Brothers; Tennesee; The Woodman; Pimp; Shadowboxer; Monster’s Ball; 2010 Precious ; The Paperboy; 2012 The Butler; 2015 Empire; 2016 Star
Jose Padilha from Brasil: 2000 The Charcoal People; 2002 Bus 174; 2007 Elite Squad; 2006 Estamira; 2009 Garapa; 2010 Elite Squad the Enemy Within; 2012 Paraisos Artificais; 2013 Secrets of the Tribe; 2014 Words with Gods; 2014 Rio I love you; 2014 RoboCop; 2015 Narcos; 2016 Curumim; 2018 7 Days in Entebbe; 2019 The Mechanism
Fernando Meirelles from Brasil: 2001 Maids; 2002, City of God; 2004 Contra Todos; 2005 The Constant Gardener; 2005 Gingas; 2006 The year my parents went on vacation; 2007 City of Men; 2007 The Pope’s Toilet; 2007 Antonia; 2007 Not by Chance; 2008 Blindness; 2010 Socrates; 2010 Jose and Pilar; 2010 Sound of Fury;2011 VIPs; 2011 Waste Land; 2012 Xingu; 2012 360; 2016 Olha Eletronico; 2013 Elena; 2013 Tropicalia; 2014 Rio I love you; 2015 Alei de Agua; 2017 La Vinganca; 2018 Exodus; 2019 The Two Popes; 2020 The Great Green Wall
Alfonso Cuaron from Mexico: 1991 Camina laga Tijuana; 1992 Solo con tu Pareja; 1995 A Little Princess; 1998 Great Expectations; 1998 Too Smooth; 2001 Y Tu Mama Tambien; 2004 Harry Potter & The Prisoner of Azkaban; 2006 Pam’s Labyrinth; 2006 Children of Men; 2006 Paris je taime; 2006 Cronicas; 2009 one dot zero; 2010 The Second Bakery Attempt; 2013 Gravity; 2016 Desciento; 2018 Roma; 202 The Witches
Raoul Peck from Haiti: Lumumba: La mort du prophète (1990); Lumumba (2000); Sometimes in April (2005); I Am Not Your Negro (2016)
Oliver Stone USA: Midnight Express (1978); Conan the Barbarian (1982); Scarface (1983); Salvador (1986); Platoon (1986); Wall Street (1987); Talk Radio (1988); Born on the Fourth of July (1989); Blue Steel (1990); Reversal of Fortune (1990); The Doors (1991); JFK (1991); Patriot Games (1992); Dave (1993); The Joy Luck Club (1993); Natural Born Killers (1994); New Age (1994); Nixon (1995); Freeway (1996); The People vs. Larry Flynt (1996); Evita (1996); The Corruptor (1999); Any Given Sunday (1999); The Art of War (2000); Alexander (2004); World Trade Center (2006); W. (2008); Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps (2010); Savages (2012); Snowden (2016); Midnight Return: The Story of Billy Hayes and Turkey (2016)
Stanley Kubrick USA: Fear and Desire (1953); Killer‘s Kiss (1955); The Killing (USA 1956); Paths of Glory (1957); Spartacus (1960); Lolita (1962)Dr. Strangelove or: How I learned to stop worrying and love the Bomb (1964)2001: A Space Odyssey (1968); A Clockwork Orange (1971); Barry Lyndon (1975); The Shining (1980); Full Metal Jacket (1987); Eyes Wide Shut (1999)
Tomas Gutierrez Alea from Cuba: Stories of the Revolution (Historias de la revolución) (1960); The Twelve Chairs (Las doce sillas) (1962); Cumbite (1964); Death of a Bureaucrat (Muerte de un burócrata) (1966); Memories of Underdevelopment (Memorias del Subdesarrollo) (1968); A Cuban Fight Against Demons (Una pelea cubana contra los demonios) (1971); El arte del tabaco (1974); El camino de la mirra y el incienso (1975); The Last Supper (La última cena) (1976); The Survivors (Los sobrevivientes) (1979); Up to a Certain Point (Hasta cierto punto) (1983); Letters from the Park (Cartas del parque) (1989); Fresa y Chocolate (1993); Guantanamera (1995)
Jules Dassin from USA: Rififi (1955), Never on Sunday (1960); Phaedra (1962);Topkapi (1964); 10:30 P.M. Summer (1966); Survival 1967; Uptight(1968); Promise at Dawn (1970); The Rehearsal (1974); A Dream of Passion (1978); Circle of Two (1981)
Pedro Almodóvar from Spain: Folle... folle... Pepi, Luci, Bom y otraschicas del montón (1980) Labyrinth of Passion (1982) Not Dark Habits (1983) What Have I Done to Deserve This? (1984) Matador (1986) Law of Desire (1987) Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (1988) Tie mee up! Tie me down (1988) High Heels (1991) Kika (1993) The flower of my secret (1995) Live flesh (1997) All about my mother (1999) Talk to Her (2002) Bad Education (2004) Volver (2006) Broken Embraces (2009) The skin I live in (2011) I’m so excited (2013) Julietta (2016) Pain and /glory (2019)
Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck Germany: The Lives of Others (2006); The Tourist (2010) Never Look Away (2018)
Michel Ocelot from France: Kirikou and the Sorceress (1998) Princes and Princesses (2000) Kirikou and the Wild Beasts (2005) Azur & Asmar (2006) Tales of the Night (2011) Kirikou and the Men and Women (2012); Ivan Tsarevith and the changing Princess (2016); Dilili in Paris (2018)
Jan Kounen Netherlands: Dobermann (1997) Blueberry (2004); 99 francs (2007); Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky (2009); The Players (2012); Vape Wave (2016); Mon cousin (2020)
Taviani Brothers from Italy: Un uomo da bruciare (1962); Outlaws of Love (1963); I sovversivi (1967); Sotto il segno dello scorpione (1969); San Michele aveva un gallo (1972); Allonsanfan (1974); Padre Padrone (1977); Il prato (1979); La notte di San Lorenzo (1982); Kaos (1984)
Joris Evans from Netherlands: The Seine Meets Paris (1957) Pour le Mistral (1966) Une histoire de ballon Director (1976) Les ouigours (1977) Les kazaks (1977)The Drugstore (1980) A Tale of the Wind (Le histoire d’ le vent) (1988)
Carlos Saura from Spain: Mama Turns 100 (1979) Deprisa, Deprisa (1981) Blood Wedding (1981); Sweet Hours (1982); ¡Ay, Carmela!(1990) Pajarico (1997) Salomé (2002) Flamenco Hoy!(2013) ; Ensayo para un musical de Carlos Saura (2016)
Jane Campion from New Zealand: Passionless Moments (1983) After Hours (1984) An Exercise in Discipline: Peel (1986)A Girl's Own Story (1986) Sweetie (1989)An Angel at My Table (1990) The Piano (1993) The Portrait of a Lady (1996)The Water Diary (2006)To Each His Own Cinema (2007)Bright Star (2009)
Lee Tamahori from New Zealand: 1994 Once were Warriors; 1996 Mulholland Falls; 1997 The Edge; 1999 Me & Will; 2000 Emperor; 2001 Along Came a Spider; 2002 Die Another Day; 2005 State of the Union; 2016 Mahana
Hayao Miyazaki from Japan: The Castle of Cagliostro (1979) Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind (1984) Castle in the Sky (1986) My Neighbor Totoro (1988) Kiki's Delivery Service (1989) Porco Rosso (1992) Princess Mononoke (1997) Spirited Away (2001); Howl's Moving Castle (2004); Ponyo (2008); The Wind Rises (2013); How Do You Live? (filming)