About the Durban Gay & Lesbian Film Festival Cinema is a visual language that transcends cultural and linguistic barriers. In conveying a human story, or a strong message, there's no better medium. The importance of queer cinema, as the movement is globally known, speaks to a diversity of LGBTI people, giving hope, passion and pain a means of expression and understanding. “ I began the DGLFF in 2011 because I know that, in South Africa for instance, we have the supposed freedom guaranteed by a glorious Constitution, but socially there's intolerance and in many cases, actually hate felt towards LGBTI people. Thus it's critically important that cultural expressions of LGBTI community are upheld, with broader society not only made aware of this, but encouraged to engage with the unknown; for it is ignorance that fuels prejudice and enlightenment that forges freedom's bedrock. The DGLFF, through the expression of film, enables the filmmaker and the audience. Internationally recognised by our peers, the Festival provides a showcase of exceptional stories that would not, but for the sheer passion of myself and our volunteers with virtually zero resources, be seen by those who deserve to experience global LGBTI cultures. ” Festival Director, Jason Fiddler The Durban Gay & Lesbian Film Festival (DGLFF) has been held annually since October 2011. The 7th annual DGLFF will take place from 25 August - 3 September 2017. The 8th Festival is planned for a similar period around August 2018. ABOUT THE FILM FESTIVAL The Durban Gay & Lesbian Film Festival (DGLFF) is a personal project of the Festival Director that is structured to be financially of benefit to non-profit organisations such as the KZN Gay & Lesbian Tourism Association (KZNGALTA) and the KwaZulu-Natal Society of Arts (KZNSA). I own the project as Festival Director, am custodian of the brand and the programme and derive a small management fee from the proceeds of the main Festival, when possible. The DGLFF is a unique showcase, especially in the African landscape. It seeks to bring about dialogue relating to fundamental issues of human rights, sexuality and cultural identity, furthering societal education about the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered and intersex (LGBTI) community who are often unfairly and overtly discriminated against. The Festival, held at the KZNSA gallery, is settled within a tremendous visual arts space that permits the exhibition of artwork and sculpture, along with audio-visual media – this allows artists, as the creative conscience of society, to interpret and create artworks that further the dialogue we seek to engage others around. A SOCIAL-ARTS MOVEMENT Further to this, the DGLFF continued to expand on its public lectures and forums over the years, encouraging specialists, educationalists and professionals to formulate interesting, thought provoking and hopefully ground-breaking seminars and programmes that stimulate wider public participation around issues of human sexuality, diversity, cultural interpretation, personal freedom and of course, cinema! In addition to these public discussions, specific screenings are held of films with relevance to our themes and topics of discussion. These film studies are facilitated by experts, providing the public an opportunity to view much-loved favourites or missed-out-on films coupled with post-discussions on the impact that the movie has made. OUTREACH With growing means, the DGLFF expands its outreach programme of sharing selected past titles with other communities in the region, many of whom are unable to attend the main Festival due to distance and cost of travel. LGBTI people who would otherwise not be able to see or experience thought provoking and entertaining queer cinema, are thus able to do so. Screenings are held in conjunction with established LGBTI organisations throughout the province of KwaZulu-Natal that ensures communities are mobilized in participation. PAST BRANDING & MARKETING The DGLFF has successfully in past Festivals raised approximately R100,000 worth of newspaper space (per festival) in the form of publicity, including full pages of reviews, publicity and listings (The Mercury, Sunday Tribune, Daily News & The New Age newspapers). Along with a competition run in conjunction with East Coast Radio during the breakfast slot prior to the Festival a good amount of decent radio exposure has taken place locally. Since the inception of the Festival website on 6 September 2011, to date, over 20,000 unique site visitors have viewed www.dglff.org.za - traffic growth year-on-year remains very strong. The Festival also has a growing support base with its Facebook.com page, with more than 3,600 "Likes" and a growing Twitter and Instagram following. This year our plans are to broaden the extent of the blended media campaign introduced last year with a significant number of local, regional, national and international websites, magazines and newspapers being introduced to or educated about the DGLFF. Already film industry recognition of our brand is on the rise, with a number of international LGBTI filmmakers seeking to participate in the Festival. TIMING The DGLFF is scheduled to take place in the month of August 2017. This some weeks after Durban Pride at the end of June (a key marketing platform). The move to settle timing around August was decided upon after wide consultation. August is Woman's Month in South Africa, with the national Woman's Day public holiday taking place on the 9th. Therefore the Festival seeks to underpin the national dialogue on feminism, gender and equality, whilst acknowledging the contribution that lesbians have made both to the struggle as well as the LGBTI liberation movement. The new scheduling of the Festival after Durban Pride week (traditionally late June) and the mainstream Durban International Film Festival (traditionally July) is important. It allows the Festival to have a standalone identity and enjoy further marketing at these two events. Furthermore, August is traditionally a quieter eventing month in the region, and allows the DGLFF to stand out more and have access to better physical resources. Falling within the new financial year for major corporates and funders positions the Festival in a better space to receive the necessary sponsorships it requires to operate. The optimal duration of 10 consecutive evenings and encompassing 2 weekends allows for audiences a good chance of seeing what they'd like at convenient times, and takes into consideration the work hours of most. Therefore screenings are held primarily in the evenings with some activity late afternoon. Workshops are held during day hours. OUR AUDIENCE The DGLFF is inclusive, not exclusive. Whilst it is a pink event, focused on the LGBTI community, it will be branded and publicized to the broader public, encouraging cinema lovers and art lovers to learn something new. Most certainly I want the Festival to transcend barriers: homophobia, bigotry, sexism, ageism, racism and ignorance. Traditional DGLFF audiences are more mature (30+), with a larger proportion of men to women (70:30). They are discerning and educated. More recent shifts since 2014 have seen a younger, more representative audience growing, whose aspirations and style have found in the social side of the DGLFF a welcome home. By blending social media, art and motion pictures the DGLFF can educate, inspire and evolve Durban’s (and indeed KwaZulu- Natal’s) mindset from prejudice to tolerance in a greater appreciation of the freedoms and diversity of our land. There is a growing and consistent awareness within Africa's LGBTI community about our efforts and we hope to further this awareness with a long-term view of changing attitudes towards tolerance and eventually, full acceptance of LGBTI people. Jason Fiddler
Proud Partners Lesbian & Gay  Community &  Health Centre Durban
3 - 11 October
About the Durban Gay & Lesbian Film Festival Cinema is a visual language that transcends cultural and linguistic barriers. In conveying a human story, or a strong message, there's no better medium. The importance of queer cinema, as the movement is globally known, speaks to a diversity of LGBTI people, giving hope, passion and pain a means of expression and understanding. “ I began the DGLFF in 2011 because I know that, in South Africa for instance, we have the supposed freedom guaranteed by a glorious Constitution, but socially there's intolerance and in many cases, actually hate felt towards LGBTI people. Thus it's critically important that cultural expressions of LGBTI community are upheld, with broader society not only made aware of this, but encouraged to engage with the unknown; for it is ignorance that fuels prejudice and enlightenment that forges freedom's bedrock. The DGLFF, through the expression of film, enables the filmmaker and the audience. Internationally recognised by our peers, the Festival provides a showcase of exceptional stories that would not, but for the sheer passion of myself and our volunteers with virtually zero resources, be seen by those who deserve to experience global LGBTI cultures. ” Festival Director, Jason Fiddler The Durban Gay & Lesbian Film Festival (DGLFF) has been held annually since October 2011. The 7th annual DGLFF will take place from 25 August - 3 September 2017. The 8th Festival is planned for a similar period around August 2018. ABOUT THE FILM FESTIVAL The Durban Gay & Lesbian Film Festival (DGLFF) is a personal project of the Festival Director that is structured to be financially of benefit to non-profit organisations such as the KZN Gay & Lesbian Tourism Association (KZNGALTA) and the KwaZulu-Natal Society of Arts (KZNSA). I own the project as Festival Director, am custodian of the brand and the programme and derive a small management fee from the proceeds of the main Festival, when possible. The DGLFF is a unique showcase, especially in the African landscape. It seeks to bring about dialogue relating to fundamental issues of human rights, sexuality and cultural identity, furthering societal education about the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered and intersex (LGBTI) community who are often unfairly and overtly discriminated against. The Festival, held at the KZNSA gallery, is settled within a tremendous visual arts space that permits the exhibition of artwork and sculpture, along with audio-visual media – this allows artists, as the creative conscience of society, to interpret and create artworks that further the dialogue we seek to engage others around. A SOCIAL-ARTS MOVEMENT Further to this, the DGLFF continued to expand on its public lectures and forums over the years, encouraging specialists, educationalists and professionals to formulate interesting, thought provoking and hopefully ground-breaking seminars and programmes that stimulate wider public participation around issues of human sexuality, diversity, cultural interpretation, personal freedom and of course, cinema! In addition to these public discussions, specific screenings are held of films with relevance to our themes and topics of discussion. These film studies are facilitated by experts, providing the public an opportunity to view much-loved favourites or missed-out-on films coupled with post- discussions on the impact that the movie has made. OUTREACH With growing means, the DGLFF expands its outreach programme of sharing selected past titles with other communities in the region, many of whom are unable to attend the main Festival due to distance and cost of travel. LGBTI people who would otherwise not be able to see or experience thought provoking and entertaining queer cinema, are thus able to do so. Screenings are held in conjunction with established LGBTI organisations throughout the province of KwaZulu-Natal that ensures communities are mobilized in participation. PAST BRANDING & MARKETING The DGLFF has successfully in past Festivals raised approximately R100,000 worth of newspaper space (per festival) in the form of publicity, including full pages of reviews, publicity and listings (The Mercury, Sunday Tribune, Daily News & The New Age newspapers). Along with a competition run in conjunction with East Coast Radio during the breakfast slot prior to the Festival a good amount of decent radio exposure has taken place locally. Since the inception of the Festival website on 6 September 2011, to date, over 20,000 unique site visitors have viewed www.dglff.org.za - traffic growth year-on-year remains very strong. The Festival also has a growing support base with its Facebook.com page, with more than 3,600 "Likes" and a growing Twitter and Instagram following. This year our plans are to broaden the extent of the blended media campaign introduced last year with a significant number of local, regional, national and international websites, magazines and newspapers being introduced to or educated about the DGLFF. Already film industry recognition of our brand is on the rise, with a number of international LGBTI filmmakers seeking to participate in the Festival. TIMING The DGLFF is scheduled to take place in the month of August 2017. This some weeks after Durban Pride at the end of June (a key marketing platform). The move to settle timing around August was decided upon after wide consultation. August is Woman's Month in South Africa, with the national Woman's Day public holiday taking place on the 9th. Therefore the Festival seeks to underpin the national dialogue on feminism, gender and equality, whilst acknowledging the contribution that lesbians have made both to the struggle as well as the LGBTI liberation movement. The new scheduling of the Festival after Durban Pride week (traditionally late June) and the mainstream Durban International Film Festival (traditionally July) is important. It allows the Festival to have a standalone identity and enjoy further marketing at these two events. Furthermore, August is traditionally a quieter eventing month in the region, and allows the DGLFF to stand out more and have access to better physical resources. Falling within the new financial year for major corporates and funders positions the Festival in a better space to receive the necessary sponsorships it requires to operate. The optimal duration of 10 consecutive evenings and encompassing 2 weekends allows for audiences a good chance of seeing what they'd like at convenient times, and takes into consideration the work hours of most. Therefore screenings are held primarily in the evenings with some activity late afternoon. Workshops are held during day hours. OUR AUDIENCE The DGLFF is inclusive, not exclusive. Whilst it is a pink event, focused on the LGBTI community, it will be branded and publicized to the broader public, encouraging cinema lovers and art lovers to learn something new. Most certainly I want the Festival to transcend barriers: homophobia, bigotry, sexism, ageism, racism and ignorance. Traditional DGLFF audiences are more mature (30+), with a larger proportion of men to women (70:30). They are discerning and educated. More recent shifts since 2014 have seen a younger, more representative audience growing, whose aspirations and style have found in the social side of the DGLFF a welcome home. By blending social media, art and motion pictures the DGLFF can educate, inspire and evolve Durban’s (and indeed KwaZulu-Natal’s) mindset from prejudice to tolerance in a greater appreciation of the freedoms and diversity of our land. There is a growing and consistent awareness within Africa's LGBTI community about our efforts and we hope to further this awareness with a long-term view of changing attitudes towards tolerance and eventually, full acceptance of LGBTI people. Jason Fiddler
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