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DIFF Makes a Splash

TO CELEBRATE 10 INCREDIBLE YEARS of the Darwin International Film Festival (DIFF), the DIFF team are inviting Territory filmmakers to make waves with the introduction of The Water Screen. 

Darwin Waterfront hosts the grand finale of this year’s milestone next month, as films by NT creatives take to the big screen. DIFF has grown from five days in its first year in 2010 to 11 days in 2019, with new initiatives, such as the Capricornia Film Awards and Spark, introduced over the years.

DIFF Manager Blandine Ruffo says giving local filmmakers opportunities to showcase their work is integral to the festival.

“Ten years is huge – it’s such a big achievement. We have a strong vision with DIFF that we support local filmmakers and you’ll see this throughout the program. The first week is focussed on Spark screenings and the NT Screen Summit, and then on last weekend is this show,” she said.

“We wanted to have something original, and The Water Screen has been done in other big cities but not here. The potential to present this new medium, a different kind of screen for local artists and filmmakers, is really important. It gives them the opportunity to explore something new and also presents to local audiences a new way of viewing their local stories.”

If you’re a local filmmaker or video artist, you should think about submitting. Existing works will also be accepted, so long as they follow the guidelines.

“Filmmakers are not required to make a film from scratch – if it’s under ten minutes and would look good on the screen, we have a set of guidelines to help tweak existing films. As long as these guidelines are followed, there’s a good chance they might see their work on the big screen!”


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