About the Durban FilmMart


The Durban FilmMart 2013 programme is presented in three strands – Finance
Forum, Master Classes and Africa in Focus.

The Durban FilmMart (DFM) is a finance and co-production market which aims to
create partnerships and further the development and production of film on the
African continent. It’s a co-production between the film industry development
arm of the city of Durban and the Durban International Film Festival (DIFF),
South Africa’s largest and longest-running film festival and a flagship project of
the Centre for Creative Arts (University of KwaZulu-Natal). This collaboration
brings to Africa, growth, recognition and the opportunity to develop strategic
relationships between film financiers and African filmmakers. The Durban
FilmMart continues to raise the visibility of African cinema, stimulate production,
and facilitate project collaboration between African filmmakers.

Partners and supporters of the Durban FilmMart 2013 include International Film
Festival Rotterdam’s (IFFR) CineMart, the International Documentary Film
Festival Amsterdam (IDFA) and the IDFA Bertha Fund, the Berlinale Film Festival
as well as Dubai Film Connection. DFM has continued to build on its
partnerships locally and internationally to include Arte France, COA Group, Hot
Docs – Blue Ice Documentary Film Fund, Independent Filmmaker Project,
National Film and Video Foundation, Organisation Internationale de la
Francophonie, Paris Cinema – Paris Project, Videovision Entertainment,
WorldView Film Fund and others.

Finance Forum, Master Classes and Africa in Focus make up the Durban FilmMart
2013 programme. Delegates of the Durban FilmMart will have full access to the
leading experts in the Master Classes who will share their expertise in the areas
of finance, marketing, distribution, project packaging, co-production, New Media
as well as access to Talent Campus. Delegates will also have the opportunity to
attend Africa in Focus where a range of seminars and panel discussions
featuring local and international filmmakers and industry experts with a special
focus of African issues and initiatives will be discussed. Delegates seeking co-
production partners can interact during several scheduled networking sessions.

The official selection of Durban FilmMart projects comprising 10 feature films and
8 documentaries. The selected projects will participate in one-on-one closed
meetings within the Finance Forum. Filmmakers who are not in the official
selection still have an opportunity to register and attend Durban FilmMart as


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