14 June 2016, Johannesburg.  The Film and Publication Board (FPB) in partnership with the University of KwaZulu-Natal and the Durban Film Mart (DFM) will be participating at the 37th Annual Durban International Film Festival (DIFF) on the 17th – 23rd June 2016 in Kwa-Zulu Natal.

This year marks the FPB’s 20th year of existence and will commemorate the year with the theme ”20 Years of Informed Choices”. Over the past two decades, the FPB has endeavoured to protect, educate, inform and empower consumers whilst contributing to economic growth of the industry through regulation of media content. Platforms such as DIFF affords the organisation an opportunity to celebrate with industry, engage on the importance of our mandate and herald the evolution of user generated content while collaborating with various stakeholders and industry bodies across the African continent on issues of co-regulation.

The FPB is faced with an ever increasing challenge around the classification of content not only from South Africa but the African continent at large. The growth in the film industry currently experienced on the continent translates into increased amounts of content entering South Africa. In order to ensure compliance, there has been an increased need for the FPB to actively participate in outreach initiatives and public awareness campaigns that encourage robust engagement with film-makers and distributors from the continent on existing legislation and requirements for compliance with the Republic of South Africa.

The FPB’s participation at DIFF will comprise of an overall message that celebrates twenty years of the founding of the organisation through various activities and events at the festival. Our key activities will be hosting an industry engagement session on FPB’s regulations and procedures under the theme Online Content Distribution which will also focus on the feedback on the Online Regulation Policy. A continued focus on the outreach and education approach will be undertaken with the DIFF schools programme where 1000 learners will be taught about the importance of classification guidelines and be hosted to a film screening as well as visiting youth centres in Durban.

Issued by: Film and Publication Board

About the Film and Publication Board
The Film and Publication Board (FPB) is a public entity established in terms of the Films and Publications Act 65 of 1996, as amended. The purpose of the FPB is to regulate the creation, production, possession and distribution of certain publications, games and films by means of classification, the imposition of age restrictions, and giving of consumer advice, and further makes the use of children in and the exposure of children to pornography punishable.

For inquiries, please contact:
Janine Raftopoulos
Manager: Communications and Public Education
T: +27 12 003 1400
C: +27 71 444 3121
E: Janine.raftopoulos@fpb.org.za

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