Call for entries: The Durban Short Film Challenge at the Durban International Film Festival

The Durban Short Film Challenge is an exhilarating filmmaking competition organized by the Durban Youth in Film Society, which takes place from May 24 to June 15, and is showcased at the Durban International Film Festival from July 22 to August 1, 2010.

The challenge is open to all South African Film-makers. Participating teams have three weeks to write, shoot and edit a short film or video around a specific theme. The top 12 films submitted will be selected for screening during the Durban International Film Festival.

The theme for the challenge will be announced on the ‘Film Tower’ group on the social networking site Alternatively, interested parties can send an email to on 24 May and the theme will be emailed to them.

The challenge starts on 24 May 2010 and runs up until and including 14 June 2010. The films entered have to be exactly 5 minutes excluding opening and end titles and can be in any genre. The final films have to be delivered on or before 15 June 2010. There are facilities for participants to upload their films onto and email the link to

“During this official competition period, the idea is that all creativity will take place, including but not limited to writing the script, rehearsing, costume and set design, filming, editing, rendering, sound designing.” explains Tiny Mungwe, co-ordinator of the challenge. “Teams are able to establish their organising creative team, cast, equipment and scouting and securing locations before this period, but can only begin once we have announced the theme. The winning film will qualify the director or writer of the film for a place in the National Film and Video Foundation’s Sediba SPARK programme.”

Full information about the short film challenge, as well as the rules and regulations can be found on

The Durban Short Film Challenge is a project of the Durban Film Society in partnership the Durban International Film Festival, hosted by the Centre for Creative Arts (UKZN). The Durban Short Film Challenge is thankful for the support of the Durban Film Office.

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