Durban FilmMart to produce a star-studded line-up

Award-winning filmmakers return to Durban FilmMart 2012
Durban FilmMart 2012- ‘Bigger and Better’

Durban FilmMart to produce a star-studded line-up

20 July 2012 –

Participants and Delegates of the 3rd edition of Durban FilmMart 2012, set to take place from 20-23 July 2012, are in for a treat with the presence of a star-studded line-up of film professionals from around the world.

Excitement lingers in the air as film experts, financiers, broadcasters and a host of distinguished guests will gather this weekend to participate in an intensive skills development and mentorship programme that is set to promote growth, recognition and opportunities for African filmmakers and the African Film Industry.

The annual finance and coproduction market grants aspiring 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 have sourced the most influential and experienced film professionals that will add value to our mission and objectives. We are ecstatic that they have made their time and resources available to be a part of an event that is dedicated to our labour of love-that is the African Film Industry” said Durban Film Office Head Toni Monty.

The Durban FilmMart, which was created as a joint programme of the Durban Film Office and the Durban International Film Festival, will be held in three phases; the development platform Finance Forum which is open to selected documentary and feature film projects and the Master-classes and Africa in Focus range of panel discussions and seminars which are both open to all participants and delegates of the event.

The jam-packed programme kicks off on Friday and will take place at Durban’s Blue Waters Hotel ending on a high-note with the official Durban FilmMart awards ceremony on Monday evening.

The programme will feature

Peter Rorvik, director of the Durban International Film Festival said; “We have a compelling programme of activities involving a line-up of relevant producers, financiers, industry experts, movers and shakers – DFM is shaping up to be a very inspirational event this year.

Two new awards

Exciting film professionals at Durban FilmMart 2012 include;

  • Stefan Puschendorf (Expert): A sought-after Visual Effects Expert who has worked on films such as Jack the Giant Killer, 47 Ronin, Prometheus and Wrath of Titans, Puschendorf is employed as a Compositing technical Director at The Moving Picture Company (MPC) an award-winning global post production facility known for creating high-end digital visual effects, computer animation and integrated digital services for the feature film, advertising, music and broadcast industries. Puschendorf will be leading two masterclasses: The Digital Media Frontier: Straight Talk on Defining the Digital Media Opportunities in Africa and The Art of 3D Dimension: Utilising 3D Technologies to Tell a More Emotive Story
  • Tom Tykwer (Expert): German-born film director, screenwriter, and composer, is best known for directing Run Lola Run, Perfume: The Story of a Murderer, and The International, and working with A-listers such as Natalie Portman, Cate Blanchett, Naomi Watts and Dustin Hoffman. Tykwer’s One Fine Day company has been working in Kenya where it produced Soul Boy in 2011 and will present the world premiere of Nairobi Half Life during this year’s Durban International Film Festival. Tykwer will also present a masterclass with Talent Campus Durban during the festival.
  • Joslyn Barnes (Financier): A distinguished writer and Emmy-nominated producer, Barnes is Chief Operating Officer of film New-York based film production company Louverture Films (co-founded with US Actor Danny Glover) Barnes has a vested interest in partnering with progressive filmmakers from third-world regions such as the Global South (Africa, Asia, Central and Latin America) and dedicates herself to the development and production of thought-provoking films of historical relevance, social purpose, commercial value and artistic integrity. Some of her films include The Cosmic Forest, The Black Power Mixtape, Soundtrack of a Revolution and Africa Unite.
  • Rahdi Taylor (Financier): the Associate Director of the Sundance Documentary Film Program, Taylor is responsible for finding, cultivating and financing documentary films from around the world as part of the Sundance Documentary Fund which awards between $1million-$2million dollars annually to documentarians. Taylor is also an award-winning writer and director.
  • Christophe Mercier (Financier): Vice President of Fox Searchlight (Europe) which specializes in the production and distribution of independent films.

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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.

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.

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.

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