The Durban International Film Festival (DIFF) takes place this year from July 17-27. This is the 35th anniversary of the festival. DIFF will comprise of 72 feature films, 28 documentaries and 45 short films presenting the best of contemporary but also classic cinema. The great film training ground Talents Durban will take place parallel to the festival.
35th Durban International Film Festival (DIFF)
GoetheonMain is a non-commercial, artist-run project space developed by the Goethe-Institut South Africa at Arts on Main in Johannesburg. A call for proposals has been announced for applications to exhibit there. Application deadline is August 15, 2014 for exhibitions for the period January - December, 2015.
Open call for proposals: GoetheonMain 2015
The recipient of this year's German Movie Peace Prize is Justin Chadwick. He received the award for his film about South African Nobel Peace Prize winner Nelson Mandela. Attached is the speech delivered by German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier on the occasion of the award ceremony on July 3, 2014 in Munich.
German Movie Peace Prize to Mandela biopic
The German Academic Exchange Service has announced its new strategy for academic cooperation with sub-Saharan Africa. It will focus on five strategic fields of activity, including training university lecturers, strengthening university collaborations and supporting African universities to expand their graduate training and research capacities.
DAAD Campaign for Africa
For a third consecutive time since 2008, the Initiative of German Industry for Future Leaders from Sub-Saharan Africa "AFRIKA KOMMT!" offers the chance to acquire further professional training for young professionals from Sub-Saharan Africa.
On June 19, 2014, Western Cape Premier Helen Zille, signed a financing agreement worth just over R71 million with the German Development Bank (KfW) to extend a partnership aimed at bolstering violence prevention efforts in the province.
Germany commits to violence prevention
Shared research interests and collaborative networking between African and German scientists are at the very heart of the “Africa Strategy” of Germany's Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). On June 20, The German Education Minister and Commissioner for Human Resources, Science and Technology at the AU approved the Strategy as a framework for a sustainable cooperation between Africa and Germany.
Germany and AU approve new research strategy
On Friday, June 13th, the Minister of Finance, H.E. Nhlanhla Nene, and German Ambassador H.E. Dr. Horst Freitag signed five agreements worth 414.26 million Euro (approximately R5.89 billion) for Development Cooperation between South Africa and Germany.
Ambassador Freitag: We stand by our partners
The fall of the Berlin Wall 25 years ago inspired many South Africans, just as the end of apartheid 20 years ago inspired many Germans. Both events changed the face of the globe for the better. The German government and the German people wholeheartedly congratulate all South Africans on the 20th anniversary of the new South Africa and we invite you to join us in celebrating the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall.
20 Years Democracy in SA/25 Years Fall of the Berlin Wall
The German-South African Binational Commission, chaired by the South African Deputy President and the German Vice Chancellor/Foreign Minister, is held every two years, alternating between Berlin and Pretoria. The two partner countries debate global challenges and coordinate possible collaboration in various fields of mutual interest.