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3rd Durban Filmmart 2012 Open For Project Submissions

16 January 2012 –

The Durban FilmMart (DFM) reminds filmmakers from the African continent and the diaspora to submit their film projects before the submission deadline on 15 February 2012. Producers with projects in development are encouraged to apply for this valued pitching opportunity, and co-production funding event.

Ten fiction projects and ten documentary projects will be selected for one-on-one meetings with potential investors and co-producers in the Finance Forum. Documentary projects will also be pitched to a panel of commissioning editors and funders in the DOC Circle . A co-operative project between DFO and the Durban International Film Festival (DIFF) with principle funding from the City of Durban, DFM aims to develop to the African film industry by creating business and employment opportunities within the sector.

Set to take place in Durban from 20-23 July 2012, during the 33rd edition of the DIFF (19-29 July 2012), DFM will serve as the meeting place for national and international film producers, buyers, sales agents, film financiers and other film professionals who will participate in industry-related workshops, seminars and networking events – registration for these DFM programmes will open in April.

Having roots embedded in all corners of the African continent DFM has been heralded as a significant catalyst for growth of the African Film industry and a vital interface with global film sectors.

“Africa has many storytellers and we are excited to give them a platform to be heard and as well as a chance to get their foot in the door through funding and networking within the industry, ” reiterates Peter Rorvik, director of the Centre for Creative Arts and the Durban International Film Festival (DIFF).

The closing date for DFM project applications is just a few short weeks away – film-makers are encouraged to submit their film project material early and be mindful of the submission deadline on 15 February 2012.

For more information on the Durban FilmMart and how to submit your project please visit www.durbanfilmmart.com.
For further enquires contact email: durbanfilmmart@durban.gov.za or durbanfilmmart@gmail.com
PREPARED FOR: The Durban Film Office

FOR MEDIA ENQUIRIES:
– DFO – Megan van den Heever, FBI Communications
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NOTES :
The Durban FilmMart is a co-production and finance market and is a joint programme of the Durban Film Office (DFO) and the Durban International Film Festival (DIFF), with aims to reach out to key players in the film sectors, both national and international, to facilitate opportunities for African filmmakers to tap into various sources of funding, encourage co-production, and introduce entry level filmmakers to the industry. www.durbanfilmmart.com

The Durban Film Office (DFO) is the film industry development arm of the eThekwini Municipality, mandated to position Durban as a world-class film production destination and facilitator for the development of the local film industry. The DFO drives activity and development in the sector in order to boost tourism, job creation and the development of core skills and SMME’s in the region. www.durbanfilmoffice.com

The Durban International Film Festival (DIFF) is a flagship project of the Centre for Creative Arts (UKZN). The CCA facilitates creative platforms and economic opportunities for artists and related industries, intercultural exchange and network development, training, audience development and strategic Pan-African and international cooperation in the cultural sectors. www.cca.ukzn.ac.za

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