Talents Durban 2018 call for entries

Talents Durban 2017 participants

The 39th Durban International Film Festival (DIFF), hosted by the Centre for Creative Arts, University of KwaZulu-Natal, with support from Berlinale Talents, is proud to announce the opening of applications for the 11th Talents Durban taking place from 20 to 24 July 2018.

Talents Durban opens entries to African screenwriters and directors with animation, fiction, documentary and hybrid projects in development. The programme will again welcome projects of all media formats such as film, television series, web series and content for mobile platforms. The five-day event consists of workshops, discussions, screenings, and specialised programmes for specific disciplines including directing, scriptwriting and reviewing films for print and TV.

Talents Press will once again host mentorship and hands-on training for emerging film critics. The Talent Press programme is a co-operation with FIPRESCI and the Goethe-Institute.

Talents Durban offers Talents focused mentorships, industry-specific expert masterclasses, workshops, and a creative platform for self-expression and networking. Additionally, Talents Durban will also cover participant’s accommodation, airfare and festival accreditation.

The programme also ensures direct access to the DIFF screenings, masterclasses, networking sessions and other activities with experts and industry roleplayers from around the world. Talents will gain a new understanding of not only their discipline but of others in an effort to increase collaboration and diversification.

2018 Focus and Theme

Africa’s animation industry is still very much in its infancy. It is a vibrant and exciting space with a lot of talent and growth, but there is still a lot of structure and development that has to happen for the industry to mature.

Talents Durban aims to remain the fertile soil for aspiring film professionals. The programme intends on bringing together highly-skilled professionals to develop the animation industry and discover hidden gems. In this regard, the programme will focus on animation, with the aim to stimulate conversation and inspire filmmakers into the world of animation.

This year’s theme – Breaking Rules is a culmination of current topical issues on the African continent. The idea of breaking forth, expressing one’s individuality and creativity is difficult and somewhat near impossible in a

continent filled with rules and boundaries. We live and breathe in a society of rules! Rules should not be broken at any given time. Too often we spend our time following rules without thinking twice. Some of these rules are spoken, but many of them are unspoken. We follow them because it’s simply easier to do.

For the longest time, we’ve been boxed in with boundaries placed on creativity levels and ways of expression. We need to break free from the dull and mundane rules of society. Break forth and embrace our diversity, our inimitable footprint and become masters of our own destinies.

Selection process

Talents Durban attracts over 500 applications from emerging and already established film professionals across the African continent. This coming edition, Talents Durban will invite 15 Talents, carefully selected by an international selection committee. Prospective Talents are required to complete their application online provided they have a recognised sample of past work and an ongoing project.

How to apply?

Applications are now open and can be found here. For more information email Sinethemba Makrwalana on talentsdurban@gmail.com.

Deadline for submissions is 6 April 2018.