The National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF) has had a strong presence at the Durban FilmMart (DFM) and Durban International Film Festival (DIFF), which is currently taking place in Durban and running until 29 July 2018.
Five NFVF-funded films were included in the official festival selection this year; Farewell Ella Bella, Mayfair, Not In My Neighbourhood, The Adventures of Supermama and Table Manners. “It is encouraging to the see the content funded by the NFVF dominating local festivals along with other continental productions,” said an NFVF representative.
Through the DFM conference strand, the NFVF has been engaging with the broader South African film industry and sharing its key strategic objectives for this new financial year. As the national film funding body, the NFVF has spearheaded engagements with all the provincial and national structures in an effort to lead the strategic alignment of all programmes and services.
“As a finance and co-production market which aims to create partnerships and further the development and production of a film on the African continent, DFM is perfectly positioned to advance the NFVF’s objective of establishing and building partnerships within the African continent. The time has come to create fruitful relationships with other African countries,” commented an NFVF representative.
“Congratulations to all the NFVF funded films that will be screened in the official programme at the Durban International Film Festival. The NFVF will be making various announcements during the festival, which are aimed at creating more opportunities for the production of content and galvanising collaborations and partnerships. Collaborations and partnerships are very important to us, we know that if we are to develop and promote a transformed, equitable, and sustainable film industry, we cannot do this alone. I look forward to productive engagements at DFM and a display of world-class cinema through DIFF as well as the third BRICS Film Festival also taking place at the Playhouse from 22 July,” said NFVF acting CEO, Shadrack Bokaba.