The 31st festival will open July 22 with State of Violence.

The National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF) has confirmed its support for the Durban International Film Festival (July 22-August 2), for the 11th year running.

The festival, now in its 31st year, will open with the NFVF funded crime thriller State Of Violence, directed by Khalo Matabane and starring Fana Mokoena, Presley Chweneyagae, Neo Ntlatleng, Mary Twala and Vusi Kunene. The film, about a black businessman with roots in the struggle against apartheid, whose wife is murdered by a young stranger, has been produced by Jeremy Nathan and Michelle Wheatley. 

Other NFVF funded events at the 31st Durban Film Festival will include the Talent Campus’ Meet The Experts, the Durban Shot Film Challenge, as well as a conference aimed at filmmakers and the media.

Eddie Mbalo, NFVF’s CEO, said: “We believe, through workshops, seminars and training programmes, DIFF has continued to ensure that NFVF’s strategy of developing the local film industry throughout the country is realized. One of the major events of the festival, the Talent Campus is seen as an opportunity for local filmmakers to share expertise with their counterparts from around the continent.”