The inaugural Isiphethu International Student Film Festival (IISFF) hosted by the Centre for Creative Arts (CCA) within UKZN’s College of Humanities will be launched during the Durban International Film Festival (DIFF). The Festival intends to highlight and celebrate the work of student filmmakers who are producing human stories that offer fresh insights.
Student filmmakers are invited to submit their projects for the 1st edition taking place from 21 to 30 July 2022. The deadline for submissions is 28 February 2022. For eligibility, submission fees, and to submit, visit the IISFF profile on FilmFreeway: www.filmfreeway.com/durbanfilmfest
The theme for this year’s IISFF is Migration. Migration serves to prove that instincts like hibernation, re-assessment and behavioural adaptations exist to preserve life.
‘The inaugural Isiphethu International Student Film Festival intends to highlight the cause of migration and its effects on human life and all other species by celebrating bravery and stimulating debate through images and sound. The positive outcomes of our evolution breed new ways to conduct business and also challenge people to learn and adopt new ways of living,’ said project manager Mr Sakhile Gumede.
The IISFF is also introducing a number of new awards to encourage and incubate young talent in film, such as the Awards for Best Film and Best Director.
The IISFF alongside a diverse workshop and seminar programme are the pulse of the Isiphethu industry-focused programme at the DIFF that aims to educate and up-skill aspirant young filmmakers, instil confidence in them, and share information that is relevant to the film industry and empowers young people.