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3rd Durban FilmMart 2012 Project Selection official announcement

23 May 2012 –

The selected projects of this year’s edition of the Durban FilmMart have been announced.

Now in its third year, the Durban FilmMart is a meeting place for African filmmakers, financiers, broadcasters and top film experts which will take place during the 33rd Durban International Film Festival. The annual finance and coproduction market grants filmmakers an invaluable opportunity to network with film professionals as well as gain key skills from industry workshops, seminars and master-classes addressing issues relevant to African Cinema.

“We are very pleased to announce the official projects of this year’s Durban FilmMart which we hope will make significant progress in their development through their participation in this forum,” said Toni Monty of the Durban Film Office.

A Reader Panel consisting of African and international film professionals were given the demanding task of moderating and scoring the total of 110 submissions consisting of 67 feature and 43 documentary projects. Twelve fiction projects and twelve documentary projects have been chosen 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. Durban FilmMart participants will also have the opportunity to liaise with industry professionals during several scheduled networking sessions.

Peter Rorvik, director of the Centre for Creative Arts and the Durban International Film Festival added that the Durban FilmMart supports the recognition and appreciation for Africa-storytelling. Said Rorvik, “Durban FilmMart 2012 participants will be the next class of African film pioneers who break new ground for the African film industry.”

Documentary projects in the 2012 selection are:

  • Bread and Angels (Egypt), directed and produced by Rachid Biyi.
  • Conversations with Mandela (South Africa), directed by Khalo Matabane and produced by Carolyn Carew
  • The Devil’s Lair (South Africa), directed by Riann Hendricks and produced by Neil Brandt
  • EMBO (South Africa), directed by Ayanda Mncwabe-Mama and produced by Madoda Mditshwa
  • Gold Dust (South Africa), directed by Odette Geldenhuys and produced by Neil Brandt
  • Jan Smuts – An International Icon Ahead of His Time (South Africa), directed by Neville Herrington and produced by Sandra Herrington
  • Logs of War (Kenya), co-directed by Anjali Nayar and Hawa Essuman and produced by Anjali Nayar
  • Mother of the Unborn (Egypt), directed by Nadine Salib and produced by Fawzi Saleh
  • Sands of The Skei Queen (a working title) (South Africa), directed and co-produced by Ryley Grunenwald and Pascal Schmitz
  • Shattered Pieces of Peace (South Africa), directed by Nonhlanhla Dlamini and produced by Sakhile Dlamini
  • The Soweto Messiah (South Africa), directed by Francios Verster and produced by Michael Auret
  • Underground/ On the Surface (Egypt), directed by Salma Eltarzi and produced by Mohamed Eltohami

The selected fiction feature projects are:

  • A Shot at the Big Time (South Africa, Australia, UK), directed by Stephen de Villiers and produced by Magda M. Olchawska
  • Djin (Kenya), directed and produced by Hawa Essuman
  • Flatland (South Africa), directed by Jenna Cato Bass and produced by David Horler
  • In Silence..& In Tears (Nigeria), directed by Didi Cheeka and produced by Ikechukwu Omenaihe
  • Jabu (South Africa), directed by Philani Sithebe and produced by Bonnie Sithebe
  • Jambula Tree (Kenya), directed by Wanuri Kahiu and produced by Steven Markovitz
  • Live from Zimbabwe (Zimbabwe), directed by Rumbi Katedza and produced by Jackie Cahi
  • Papwa (South Africa), directed by Catherine Stewart and produced by David Selvan
  • The Mercy of The Jungle (Rwanda), directed and produced by Joel Karekezi
  • The Number (South Africa), directed by Khalo Matabane and produced by Carolyn Carew
  • Repeated Stopping (Egypt), directed by Marouan Omara and produced by Hossam Elouan
  • The Visit (South Africa), directed by John Gutierrez and produced by Imraan Jeeva

The 3rd edition of the Durban FilmMart will take place from 20-23 July 2012, during the 33rd edition of the DIFF (19-29 July 2012). Filmmakers who did not submit projects for official selection can still register as delegates for the event. Registration will officially open at the end of May 2012.

PREPARED FOR: The Durban Film Office

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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) presents over 250 screenings from different countries and cultures with special focus on Africa; it includes development programmes such as Talent Campus Durban. DIFF is a flagship project of the Centre for Creative Arts (UKZN) which 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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