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Deadline extension set for Durban FilmMart project submissions

20 February 2012 –

The Durban FilmMart (DFM) is encouraging all last-minute applicants to make haste in submitting their film projects before the extended submission deadline on 29 February 2012.

With requests calling for an extension from African filmmakers currently busy at the International Film Festival of Rotterdam and Berlinale Film Festival. “This final call for submissions should give filmmakers ample time to enter their project submissions,” said Durban Film Office head Toni Monty.

Producers with projects in development are encouraged to apply for this valued pitching opportunity, and co-production 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 Durban Film Office and the Durban International Film Festival (DIFF) with principle funding from the City of Durban, Durban FilmMart aims to develop the African film industry by creating opportunities within the sector. Set to take place in Durban from 20-23 July 2012, during the 33rd edition of the Durban International Film Festival (19-29 July 2012), Durban FilmMart 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. Delegate registration for these programmes will open in April.

Entry is open to projects with an African citizen attached to one of the key three creative roles of producer, director or writer. Proof of African citizenship or birth must be provided through a certified copy of a valid African passport/birth certificate.

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

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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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