What you should know about this year's GRIFF in Iconic Mossel Bay

Published: Friday, July 14, 2023

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The Garden Route International Film Festival (GRIFF) showcases a diverse range of local, national, and international films, including features, short films and documentaries.

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The 2023 festival takes place at Diaz Beach Hotel & Resort in Mossel Bay from Wednesday, 2 August to Saturday, 5 August. Read on to find out why it’s not only for those already in the film industry.

GRIFF provides a platform for filmmakers to present their work, while fostering cultural exchange and appreciation of the art of filmmaking. The festival includes screenings, workshops, panel discussions and networking opportunities, allowing filmmakers and film enthusiasts to engage and connect. 

The event kicks off with a Green Carpet Opening Night, including a film screening, on Wednesday, 2 August. The line-up from Thursday to Saturday includes:

  • daily films shown on big screens
  • workshops
  • seminars
  • networking functions, and
  • youth training courses in various film-related disciplines.


A must-do on Thursday, 3 August will be an evening of Music of the Movies, with not only musical entertainment but also a movie quiz, wine tasting and film screening. Friday night’s live music show, Denim and Diamonds, is a tribute to Neil Diamond and also features a tasting and screening. 

The event concludes on the evening of Saturday, 5 August with an awards and closing function. But leading up to that grand finale will be an incredible amount of information sharing, most notably among those involved in the value chain of filmmaking, such as service providers and suppliers.

The GRIFF Industry Program guides businesses to benefit from this booming trade’s supply chain. In 2022, about R36-million was poured directly into the district through film production; on the receiving end were suppliers of:

  • accommodation
  • catering
  • medical services
  • transport hire, and
  • photography. 


Also in the value chain are those who provide building materials and props, purchased from over 200 retailers and suppliers. In addition, local crews are trained and available to work on productions in the region.

The Industry Program offers a range of workshops, presentations and panel discussions, led by industry experts. These sessions cover an array of topics related to filmmaking, such as:

  • screenwriting techniques
  • job opportunities in film, social media, film tourism and financing,
  • distribution strategies,
  • cinematography tips, and
  • emerging trends.


The GRIFF Youth Program targets ages 13-18, with various workshops and amazing movies to view at no cost, from Thursday, 3 August to Saturday, 5 August.

Further information will be posted on social media, in the press and through Mossel Bay Tourism.

Visit www.griff.co.za to get your VIP Pass, movie and event tickets, and for additional information.

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