The Inaugural Dili International Film Festival (DIFF) will run in 4 venues across Dili over 5 days (02 - 06 October, 2019) and host film premieres, feature length and short films, both narrative and documentary, with international and local contributions.
This year’s theme for the competition is
FEATURE FILMS (80 min+)
• NARRATIVE • DOCUMENTARY
SHORT FILMS (under 10 min)
• NARRATIVE • DOCUMENTARY • MUSIC VIDEO • PSA (PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENTS)
In 2019, Timor-Leste commemorates the 20th anniversary of the referendum for self-rule, a time to look back, and to the future, within and outwards. A film festival is a celebration of storytelling, offering a window to the world, as well as an opportunity for locals to tell their own stories.
Lena Lenzen - Festival Director
“This year’s theme for the competition is Take Action! Which will guide judges and inspire local film makers in their short film submissions. We will screen international and local films side by side, in the hopes to provide inspiration and enable a cultural creative exchange between international guests and local film makers.”
Timor Plaza, CBD 4, Dili
R. José Maria Marques 78, Dili
Areia Branca, Metiaut, Dili
TEAM / PATRON
DIFF is a Timorese registered association, with a board of local and international film and cultural folks who turned their shared passion for cinema and storytelling and their love for the country of Timor-Leste to running an annual film festival focusing the spotlight on Dili.
The Festival is founded by Michael Smith, entrepreneur, adventurer and founder of Timor’s Cinema Lorosa’e and Screens Without Borders cinema programs together with Festival Director Lena Lenzen of award-winning Dili based Pixelasia Productions Dili.
Lena Lenzen Festival Director
Michael Smith Founder and Chair
Melly Fernandes Cultural Officer
Natalino Guterres Inclusivity Adviser
Angelo Alves Cinema Operations
Ann Turner Judge
Wayne Lovell Judge
Matthew Wilkinson Social Engagement Officer
Goncalo Mereilles Secretary
Dr. José Ramos-Horta Patron
CHECK OUT THE VIDEO MESSAGE OF DIFF'S PATRON DR. JOSÉ RAMOS-HORTA!