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The Durban International Film Festival (DIFF), presented by the Centre for Creative Arts at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, is regarded as a leading film festival in Africa. Founded in 1979, it is the oldest and largest film festival in Southern Africa, presenting over one hundred screenings, all of which are premieres in this region.

The festival also offers workshops, seminars and outreach activities that include screenings in township areas where cinemas do not exist. DIFF is the only Oscar qualifying festival in Southern Africa, for Best Documentary and Best Short Film; and one of four Oscar qualifying festivals on the continent. The 45th DIFF will be held in Durban