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Tuesday, May 5, 2015


Deadline: May 8, 2015

The 5th annual Durban Gay & Lesbian Film Festival (DGLFF) will be taking place this year from June 18 to 26 at the KZNSA Gallery, in Glenwood, Durban. Started in 2011 to fulfil a need for queer cinema to be showcased and a platform for LGBTI issues to be highlighted, the DGLFF has also had growing success in connecting young, emerging and established filmmakers from across the globe in an affirming and positive pink space.

“The small number of South African and African queer, LGBTI, gender or sexuality-themed productions made annually is something that I hope the DGLFF can encourage an increase in, providing a platform for new productions as it has the past four Festivals; connecting international independent and micro-filmmaking practitioners in an atmosphere that celebrates cinema and our LGBTI community,” says Festival Director, Jason Fiddler.

“As the only city-based LGBTI film festival in Africa (to our current knowledge) it remains imperative to hold up a beacon of positive, ground-breaking, thought-provoking and human rights-affirming stories for those who remain oppressed and persecuted throughout Africa and the world. At the opening of the inaugural DGLFF, senior psychology lecturer at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, Steven Roche, eloquently stated, in reference to LGBTI discrimination, that it remains: "the last acceptable prejudice".”

In light of this, and in the spirit and theme of On Common Ground, DGLFF invites a last round of especially South African and African filmmakers to submit feature films, documentaries and short films for consideration for the 2015 Official Selection. The forms can be obtained from Jason Fiddler.

Final submissions will be considered up to May 8, 2015.

Patrons are also urged to support the DGLFF by joining them screenings, participating in film-making workshops and dialogues, and networking with peers across the spectrum of humanity.

“I would especially encourage young and new talent to take a leap of faith and submit content for consideration - as those before have successfully done with exposure to a wide audience and international recognition,” adds Fiddler.

Contact Jason Fiddler on email: or phone 078 189 5430 or 031 811 0959 or visit or FB Page: