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8 October 2012 –


Take advantage of the opportunity to be part of the Durban Film Mart 2013 which is to take place alongside the 34th edition of the Durban International Film Festival in July next year. The partnership project between the Durban Film Office (DFO)and the Durban International Film Festival (DIFF) provides filmmakers from across Africa a valued opportunity to pitch projects to financiers, distributors, sales agents and potential co-producers.

Calls for submissions of both feature-length fiction and documentary projects (including animation), is open from October 5 and closes on February 15 next year. Selected projects will be invited to pitch projects in one-on-one meetings with potential investors within the Finance Forum segment of the DFM programme. DFM organizers are poised to raise the visibility of projects from local filmmakers as well as those from around the African continent. ‘’With the success of the DFM 2012 event which attracted more than 350 delegates from Africa and around the world we expect next year to be bigger and better,” said Toni Monty of the Durban Film Office.

“We are looking for films that will reveal the diverse narratives of our Province and our continent, these artists can help us interpret the reality of the modern world – captivating stories of truth, determination, innovation and vision,” said Peter Rorvik, director of the Centre for Creative Arts and the Durban International Film Festival (DIFF). “ At the DFM we also want to reflect the energetic and creative vibe of our continent. We want to engage and inspire our local talent, and provide them with a platform to be heard and as well as a chance to get their foot in the door through the opportunities available,” he said. With 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.

At the DFM you will find the Finance Forum which sits for four days with selected projects chosen by an international “project reader committee” who engage in a two-day pitching and packaging training programme prior to the one-on-one meetings with investors where filmmakers pitch their projects. The Master classes are a four forum for professional filmmakers whereby experts present master classes and seminars on critical issues in film. Africa in Focus is a four day series of workshops and seminars for entry level filmmakers with a special focus on the development of African content.

Take note of the important critical information:

  • All submissions must be made in English;
  • Full scripts brought to the Durban FilmMart in July 2013 may be in the original language of project;
  • Fiction features with theatrical potential must be minimum of 70 minutes;
  • Animation features with theatrical potential must be a minimum of 70 minutes;
  • Documentaries must be a minimum of 48minutes;
  • Entries are open to Africans wherein the producer, director or writer must be an African citizen;
  • All projects should have a producer attached;

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

PREPARED FOR: The Durban Film Office

Contact: Silindiwe Dube, FBI Communications. +2731 208 5525/+27727442865.E-mail: silindiwe.dube@fbicommunications.com / info@fbicommunications.com

Megan van den Heever, FBI Communications
+2731 208 5525/ +2784 282 7674. E-mail: megan@fbicommunications.com / info@fbicommunications.com

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.durbanfilmfest.co.za

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