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This is DIFF!


The Dili International Film Festival (DIFF) Association, registered in Timor-Leste as a legal entity, will be hosting the fifth edition of Dili International Film Festival at the end of September 2023 in Dili, Timor-Leste.


DIFF is a celebration of creativity and different cultures coming together to be inspired, offering a window to the world for the audience in Timor-Leste and a way to improve techniques to tell their own stories to the world for young local filmmakers.



DIFF has become a fix point on the cultural calendar of Timor-Leste. Frequented by locals and internationals alike, the festival showcases films of all genres from around the world at venues in the capital, at the same time combining education and entertainment with pop up screenings at community centers and schools. Selected films are dubbed or subtitled to local Tetun language to reach a wider audience.


DIFF consist of two parts - our international competition for films of different genres, accessible via filmfreeway and the Annual National Short Film Competition for young Timorese creatives.

Our workshops and training sessions, hosted by international industry professionals complete this local component - with a big impact!

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