Monday, February 5, 2018

Call for Submissions - Visual Campaign for DIFF 2018

The Durban International Film Festival (DIFF) is hosting its 39th edition under the theme “Evolution: No Filmmaker Left Behind”.
The DIFF team is looking at creative ways to represent the festival and expand our reach to attract
more attention from the public, media and global film community.

Designers and agencies are invited to pitch for the DIFF 2018 campaign. Pitches should include the

A concept rationale of the visual campaign presented including reference.
A near to complete poster design artwork in your own style.
Anything goes (illustrated/photography/hand rendered/vector etc.)
Present an execution plan that shows possible roll out to:
A1 Poster and A5, A6 publications
30 second moving video/animation promo (concept and treatment only)
Landscape website banner
Tshirt design

Campaign guidelines:
The target market is very broad, so the campaign should be something that speaks clearly across cultures, maintaining a local edge while speaking to an International audience in a visual language that is understood by all.
You should review and react to international counterparts. Find out what they are doing right and
wrong. Examples include Toronto, Cannes, Tribeca, Dubai and Berlinale.
They are looking for something completely new. Check out the festival archive of posters, and
what has come before, and how that legacy can be reinterpreted for today’s audiences.

Please submit your design in a PDF file (less than 3mb) to or
along with a short written rationale to explain your design. All entries must have the subject line DIFF
2018 Campaign Submission


The selected campaign designer will be paid R10 000 for the use of the campaign concept and the
handover of the final poster artwork.
A further R15 000 will be paid for the rollout of finished artwork for associated elements which
TShirt design (front graphic and layout of logos and funders text)
Adaptation of A1 poster to A6 programme and A5 catalogue
Adaptation of artwork for pull up banners (various specs)
Web banners (various specs)
Creative direction of the 30second video/animated promo. Depending on the medium chosen,
this will inform the means in which it is produced, be it animation or live action. The costs of
production of this video will be covered separately, but we are looking for an idea that is simple
and cost effective.

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Your December Event Guide

Plenty to do and see around Durban and Umhlanga this December.

Homecoming Exhibition by Zanele Muholi at the Durban Art Gallery. On till 28 Feb 2018

17th December, 6am start at Sibaya Casino

Carols Under The Stars 20 Dec at 6pm at Granada Square, Umhlanga Rocks

Christmas Celebration 22 - 24 December at The Playhouse, Durban.

Our staff wish you and yours a wonderful time over the festive season.

This edition by Fred Felton | Twitter @fredfelton

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Highlights From The Agricultural Conference Held Recently In Durban

Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Agricultural Extension Week South Africa 2017

Last week I attended this conference which was held in Durban.

These were just some of the key insights from the speakers:

‘Knowledge should find its way back to the users.’
‘Markets for Agricultural Products are not an easy field.’
‘You need to be innovative.’
‘This is not as easy as selling Coca-Cola or Cellphones.’
We also heard some scary forecasts for the future:
‘Global food production must increase by 70%.’
‘Africa will be hardest hit by climate change.’
‘Climate change is real.’

There was also a call from women farmers to be assisted.

There was also much wise knowledge shared:
‘Power lies in information sharing.’

In some areas of Africa there are still challenges with internet connectivity.

Mr Oladele also gave us insight into how agro-weather info is shared in remote areas of Kenya and Ethiopia.
‘In some areas of Africa, farmers are reached via sms or newsletter, some farmers have to have their children read this info to them because the farmers can’t read or write’ – Mr Oladele.

The conference also had a wonderful exhibition section and there I found an interesting project, ‘Access Agriculture’  that allows farmers to upload their own videos so that they can share their information with others.

For more info visit

You can also email

To find out more insight about the conference check out the hashtag on social media 


For more info visit @DAFF_Ministry on Twitter

This edition by Fred Felton | Twitter @fredfelton 

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Cadbury's New Limited Edition Festive Range

Last week I received a lovely surprise from Cadbury’s. They sent me a delicious parcel full of their tasty new limited edition festive range.

There are three holiday treats available, Festive Whisper (Cadbury Dairy Milk slab with malted Honeycomb Whispers); Frosty Glee (Cadbury Dream slab with red jellies and green Astros) and Whispers Snowball (Cadbury Dream Coated Malted Honeycomb Bites).

My favourite were the Whispers Snowball. They really are tasty.  Perfect to Share the Joy.
They are great stocking fillers or you could serve them on a festive platter or even give your special friend that something special. 

Great for Christmas Time or even New Year’s Parties.

What I like about them is they also have a label on the treat so you can write down the name of that special someone. No need for labels. 

The limited edition range is available at all major retailers nationwide.

For more info go to CadburyDairyMilkSA on Facebook and Cadbury_SA on Twitter


This edition by Fred Felton | Twitter @fredfelton 

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Taste Summer With Refreshing Stimorol X-Fresh Watermelon

Stimorol, South Africa’s leading chewing gum brand, is all about refreshing mouth and mind with its long lasting flavour that goes on and on! It really does!

They have a new flavour out just in time for summer. NEW Stimorol X-Fresh Watermelon – it is certain to be everyone’s favourite fresh new flavour. With Stimorol X-Fresh Watermelon you can enjoy the refreshing taste of summer anywhere, anytime.

Stimorol X-FRESH Watermelon is an explosive, engaging, multi-sensory gum sensation for a switched-on generation. You can also enjoy the X-FRESH Peppermint and Spearmint flavours which deliver an intense flash of freshness from the very first chew.

Stimorol X-FRESH releases crunchy crystals with a cooling sensation, which further intensifies the long-lasting flavour, with a powder-filled soft gum filling.

Kerisha Govender, Category Brand Manager for Stimorol says: “New Stimorol X-Fresh Watermelon is so explosively fruity, it instantly makes you think of summer. It is a delicious addition to the X-FRESH range.”

Get your X-Fresh burst of summer at select stores country wide.

Follow StimorolSA on Social Media on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter


This edition by Fred Felton   | Twitter @fredfelton 

Friday, September 29, 2017

Top budget-friendly things to do in Cape Town

When living in Cape Town, you know that the best way to spend your time is not inside your home, watching old movies or cat videos, but outside and enjoying what the city has to offer instead! With summer right around the corner, why not take advantage of some of these great deals that are really enjoyable and budget-friendly too!
Here are some of our favourites:

·         Free city walking tour (free)

There are free tours around the city conducted daily with a friendly guide to teach you all about this beautiful city! Choose between the BoKaap, City Centre or District Six tours for a wonderful walk around Cape Town.

·         Iziko Museums (Range between free and R40)
Whether you fancy seeing some dinosaur bones and listening to the native sounds of blue whales, or being amazed by the local art that can be found in in the city, make sure to check out the various Iziko Museums around the city.

·         Tidal pools along the coast (free)
The tidal pools of Cape Town rival no other, and are as beautiful as they are fun to swim in! There are 14 around the city’s coast, and you’ll enjoy the scenery from the Indian or Atlantic oceans.

·         Summer concerts at De Waal Park (free)
Pack a picnic basket, grab your friends and head over to the free park concerts that happen in De Vaal Park to see some great local acts. Concerts take place every fortnight Sunday from December through till March annually.

·         Fish and Chips in Kalk Bay (R55 for hake and chips – A classic!)
Enjoy an authentic Cape Townian experience as you dig into some fish and chips along the Kalk Bay harbour. A favourite hangout, Kalky’s, has been bringing in the crowds for the longest time ever!

For more great ideas on how to enjoy Cape Town for under R60, have a look at these great ideas from Travelstart

Friday, September 22, 2017

Win Tickets To Essence Festival Music Concerts

Essence Festival Durban 2017 is almost upon us and they have lined up some wonderful music concerts during the festival this year.

Essence Festival Durban will bring together international performers and speakers to entertain and inspire, as well as a host of local artists and experts. The event is comprised of nightly music concerts and a daily Empowerment Experience, offering workshops and seminars across various sectors, including development of women and youth in business.

The Festival is on from 26 September – 1 October 2017 in Durban, South Africa at the ICC.

The good folks at Essence have given us double tickets for the shows to give to you.

Venue: Durban ICC Arena International Convention Centre ICC
Dates: Saturday 30 Sept 2017 Durban
Essence All-Star Music Concert featuring Jill Scott, Mi Casa, Nasty C and many more.

Answer this question and you could just win double tickets to the All-Star Music Concert:

This artist was introduced to the world by hip-hop mega-group “The Roots”; starred in the hit TV series "The number 1 ladies detective agency" shot in Botswana, and she will be headlining the Essence Festival All Star concert on the 30th of September at the Durban ICC. Tell us who she is and stand a chance to win a double ticket to this incredible show.  Tickets are available at Computicket

Send your answer, name, email and contact details to

Venue: Durban ICC Arena International Convention Centre ICC
Sunday, 1 Oct 2017 Bishop TD Jakes and Joyous Celebration headline Essence All-Star Gospel Concert

Answer this question and you could just win double tickets to the All-Star Gospel Concert:

Can you guess who these artists are:  one is a world renowned Bishop, the other are a popular Gospel Choir from SA. Together they collaborated to record a classic DVD live in the US last year and will be performing together again on the 1st of October at the Essence Festival, at the Durban ICC. Get the 2 names right of and stand a chance to win a double ticket to the Essence Gospel show on Sunday. Tickets are available at Computicket

Send your answer, name, email and contact details to

Ts and Cs Apply – Competition can close at any time.

For more info about the festival and concerts visit:

Find them on Twitter @essencefest and @dbnexperience   |   Facebook – Durban Experience

#EssenceFestDBN    |   #EssenceFestDBN17

This edition by Fred Felton | Twitter @fredfelton