Durban FilmMart calls for submissions


The organisers of the Durban FilmMart international film co-production market for the African continent are calling for the submission of projects for consideration for the inaugural edition to be held during July.

Durban FilmMart is a joint project between the Durban Film Office (DFO) and the Durban International Film Festival (DIFF), South Africa’s largest and longest running film festival. DIFF runs from 22 July to 1 August.

"This first African co-production market has the potential to act as a key driver in raising the visibility of film content from Africa," says Toni Monty, acting CEO of the DFO. "We envisage that it will provide African filmmakers with the opportunity to pitch film projects to leading financiers and meet and network with internationally reputed directors and producers in order to form alliances for future collaborations."

Projects with an African citizen attached to one of the three creative roles of writer, director or producer are eligible to participate in the inaugural Durban FilmMart. These include fiction features, animation features and documentaries suitable for international co-production and distribution

"We expect the FilmMart to be a place for film financiers to locate fundable African projects and encourage project collaboration between African filmmakers from different African countries and through this forum redress the current scarcity of film production on this continent. In fact, it is hoped that the Durban FilmMart will become a valuable feeder stage for established co-production markets across the globe," says Peter Rorvik, director of the Centre for Creative Arts/DIFF.

For more information on the Durban FilmMart and project submissions visit the website on or contact Musonda Chimba.


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