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Durban FilmMart 2016 Awards

This year’s Durban FilmMart (DFM), the industry development programme of the Durban Film Office and the Durban International Film Festival (DIFF), wrapped up on the eve of 20 June 2016 with an awards ceremony at the Tsogo Maharani Hotel in Durban, South Africa.

“DFM is considered one of Africa’s most important film finance platforms and industry gatherings, and this year around 550 film-makers from around the globe, with a significant representation from Africa, attended the festival for four days of pitching, forums and networking sessions,’ says Toni Monty, head of the Durban Film Office. “Over 600 meetings were held, in a robust and very engaging event this year.’

An integral part of the DFM is the finance and co-production forum, which this year had ten features and nine documentary films selected for intense mentoring and pitch sessions to financiers and distributors, and other industry representatives.

Over the years the DFM has developed key relationships with a variety of industry partners that have seen the value of supporting and developing African content for both continental and global markets. These partners have engaged with projects over DFM, and a number of grants and awards were provided to projects with the aim to support their further development.

The Awards and Grants:

• The Sundance Institute Documentary Film Programme award for the documentary film project that demonstrated potential for strong storytelling craft, artistic use of visual language, originality, feasibility, and relevance went to Hatim’s Dream (Uganda. Producer: Nathan Magoola. Director: Matthew Bishanga). This project received a cash award of $5000 for further development.

• Afridocs, the broadcast stream that sees African and other international documentaries screened across 49 countries of sub-Saharan Africa on a weekly basis, gave a €3000 grant to Testament (Kenya. Producer: Meena Nanji. Directors: Meena Nanji and Zippy Kimundu).

• The CineMart Award, sponsored by the co-production market of the International Film Festival Rotterdam, went to the fiction project, Disco Afrika (Madagascar. Producer: Razanajaona Ambinintsoa Luck. Director: Razanajaona Ambinintsoa Luck) which is given an opportunity to attend the Rotterdam Lab, a five-day training and networking event bringing together producers from all over the world.

• The International Documentary Film Festival of Amsterdam (IDFA) awarded the most promising documentary project at the DFM, Wizard of Zim (South Africa. Producers: Lesedi Oluko Moche and Carolyn Carew. Director: Samora Sekhukhune) with an opportunity to attend the IDFA Forum, the largest and most influential meeting place for documentary filmmakers, producers, commissioning editors, funds, private financiers and other documentary stakeholders in Europe, in November.

• Produire au Sud of Festival des 3 Continents (Nantes), awarded the fiction film Headland (South Africa. Producer: David Horler. Director: Elan Gamaker) an opportunity to attend its developmental workshop programme, PAS, where they will be given tools, expertise, and opportunities to develop European networks.

• The Restless Pitch award, is a one-on-one consultation for the project by Restless Talent Management, who provide development services such as image-building and positioning, project packaging, PR, and advises its clients on film sales, distribution and promotion. This was given to the project On the Bus by Nadine Cloete.

• Videovision Entertainment awarded the Best South African Film Project to Abnormal Loads (South Africa. Producer: Elias Ribeiro and Cait Panesgrouw. Director: Neil Coppen) a prize valued at R75 000, which guarantees its release once it is completed. The prize includes marketing and distribution support from Videovision Entertainment.

• Versfeld & Associates, publicity consultants, will develop publicity material and advise on publicity profiling through the development of two projects – The Mango Tree that Danced with Sea Breeze (South Africa/Kenya. Producer Lunghi Zondi and Philippa Ndisi-Hermann. Director Philippa Ndisi-Hermann) and Inga, Inge (Zimbabwe. Producer Veronique Doumbe. Director Tsitsi Dangarembga).

• Sørfond awarded the project Un Fils (Tunisia. Producer: Habib Attia. Director: Mehdi M. Barsaoui) with an opportunity to pitch at the Sørfond Pitching Forum in Oslo later this year.

• The International Organisation of La Francophonie awarded a grant of 5000 Euro for the Francophone project Disco Afrika (Madagascar. Producer: Razanajaona Ambinintsoa Luck. Director: Razanajaona Ambinintsoa Luck).

“It is through these partnerships that DFM projects are able to develop further along the path to completion, so we would like to thank all our partners for their support,’ said Monty. “For independent filmmakers, the mentorship and support given by partners during the DFM, enables them to take their projects to the next level paving the way for the creation of a fully fledged product, which hopefully one day will return for exhibition at the Durban International Film Festival.’

For more information visit the DFM website.

Full programme for Durban FilmMart 2016

This is the 7th Durban FilmMart (DFM), Africa’s premier film finance and co-production forum, full programme for this year’s edition, which takes place at the Tsogo Sun Elangeni Hotel from 17 to 20 June during the Durban International Film Festival.

An industry programme has been scheduled for this year’s DFM, with an objective to stimulate the development of project collaboration between African filmmakers in order to kindle the creation of film on the continent and increase the visibility of African cinema on a global platform.

This year’s DFM industry development programme has a strong focus on story development and a number of sessions will delve into topics that will address the subject of “What is an African story and how to sell these African stories?’ South African filmmakers Junaid Ahmed and Akin Omotoso will share their experiences of developing their latest films: Happiness is a Four Letter Word and Tell Me Sweet Something respectively.

UK-based Selina Ukwuoma, a script consultant who has worked on projects ranging from BAFTA winning Boy A to the more recent Teddy, and FIPRESCI prize-winning Hoje Eu Quero Voltar Sozinho, will be presenting a master class on storytelling. South African author and entrepreneur, GG Alcock, will present an unusual master class under the banner of “Authenticity is key – building credibility with audiences,’ where he will talk about the vital necessity of engaging with an audience on their own terms through an authentic understanding of local narratives. Then the Business Model Canvas Programme based on Alex Osterwalder’s book, Business Model Generation, will demystify the business model design for film in order to help businesses to get their first principles right.

Another key highlight of this year’s industry programme is “Packaging for the US market’ with Hollywood producer/director Jeff Byrd – a protege of Spike Lee (Byrd has worked on films including Jungle Fever and Malcolm X with Lee). Byrd is joined by SA producer Themba Sibeko, managing director of Ziya Pictures who has more than 25 years of experience in film, television and video, and has worked with the likes of Bill Duke (Deep Cover, Sister Act 2), Danny Glover (Lethal Weapon, The Color Purple), Ruby Dee (American Gangster, Do The Right Thing), and Isaac Hayes (Shaft) to name a few.

A hot topic at the moment for filmmakers is the subject of virtual reality and how it will play out in the film space going forward. Leading a workshop on this topic is Ingrid Kopp, director of Digital Initiatives at the Tribeca Film Institute (TFI) in New York City where she oversees the TFI New Media Fund and leads the institute’s digital and interactive programmes.

Todd Brown, founder of the international film website Twitch and director of international programming at Fantastic Fest in Austin, Texas, will present a master class titled “Using short films to build brand and audience.’

Other workshops and master classes include: “Video on demand – How filmmakers can access this new distribution stream,’ “Where social media and marketing meet,’ “New strategies for financing independent film,’ “Presales agreements: creating value for your investors,’ “Talking through completion bonds with film finances SA,’ “Building relationships, building stories: What to expect and what you get in the editor/director collaboration’ with SA Guild of Editors and “How to pitch and not fall flat on your face’ with Restless Talent. Round table discussions will include: “Finding the right partner for film’ with industry professionals, and “Window to the world’ with international festivals and markets to enable delegates to grow, and establish their networks across the continent and further afield.

The National Film and Video Foundation of South Africa, will present a number of sessions including “Financing film through distribution’ and “Marketing and co-production with Netherlands.’

For registration or for more information visit the Durban FilmMart website.

Official DFM project selection for the 7th Durban FilmMart

Nineteen documentaries and fiction feature film projects from around Africa have been selected for this year’s Durban FilmMart (DFM) which takes place in Durban, South Africa, from 17 to 20 June 2016.

DFM is a joint collaboration between the Durban Film Office (DFO) and the Durban International Film Festival (DIFF). The aim of DFM is to raise the visibility of African cinema, to stimulate film production on the continent and facilitate project collaborations amongst African filmmakers. The DFM as a result creates an ideal environment for African filmmakers, broadcasters and top film experts to come together, and engage in critical dialogue and creative thinking about future projects. DFM is also an important networking event for filmmakers from around the globe and has become an important springboard for African projects to be realised.

The Durban FilmMart, now in its 7th edition, has selected 19 projects from across Africa, including Uganda, Egypt, Kenya, Ghana, Zimbabwe, Madagascar, Tunisia and South Africa.

“We are delighted with the range of projects and countries represented at this year’s DFM,” said Toni Monty, head of the DFO. “We look forward to welcoming and engaging with these filmmakers, and being a facilitator and catalyst for the development of their films. We have seen so many projects go on to be awarded further opportunities to develop at various other markets, and eventually be screened in cinemas and festivals around the world, and have no doubt that many of these projects will follow the same path. In previous years, and including this year, past DFM projects have been selected for the Durban International Film Festival, testimony to the value this market adds to the development process.”

These fiction and documentary filmmakers will be attending the DFM for one-on-one meetings with potential investors and co-producers in the Finance Forum. The projects will also have an opportunity to pitch to a panel of commissioning editors from local and international funders, and financiers. The selected project participants will also be given opportunities to network and meet industry professionals during several scheduled industry sessions.

DFM 2016 project selection

Documentary:
Dungeon Keepers – South Africa. Producer: James Walsh. Director: James Walsh.
For Your Precious Love – South Africa. Producers: Steve Buxt and David Heitner. Director: Keith Jones.
Hatim’s Dream – Uganda. Producer: Nathan Magoola. Director: Matthew Bishanga.
Lift like a Girl – Egypt. Producer: Mayye Zayed. Co-producer: Moritz Helmes. Director: Amrosh Badr.
Spirits of the Karoo – South Africa. Producer: Zinzi Nkenene. Directors: Engelbert Phiri and Zinzi Nkenene.
Testament – Kenya. Producer: Meena Nanji. Directors: Meena Nanji and Zippy Kimundu.
The Letter – Kenya. Producers: Maia von Lekow and Chris King. Directors: Maia von Lekow and Chris King.
Voetsak! Us, Brothers? – South Africa. Producer: Trish Urquhart. Co-producer: Sean Moloi. Director: Andy Spitz.
Where we Belong – Ghana/South Africa. Producer: Osei Owusu Banahene. Director: Ben Johnson.
Wiz of Zim – South Africa. Producers: Lesedi Oluko Moche and Carolyn Carew. Director: Samora Sekhukhune.

Fiction:
Abnormal Loads – South Africa. Producers: Elias Ribeiro and Cait Panesgrouw. Director: Neil Coppen.
Disco Afrika – Madagascar. Producer: Razanajaona Ambinintsoa Luck. Executive producers: Herizo Rabary and Randriamantsoa. Director: Razanajaona Ambinintsoa Luck.
Down and Dirty – South Africa. Producers: Damir Radonic and Angie Mills. Director: Angie Mills.
Headland – South Africa. Producer: David Horler. Director: Elan Gamaker.
Imprisoned – South Africa. Producer: Suda Sing. Director: Jayan Moodley.
Inga, Inge – Zimbabwe. Producer: Veronique Doumbe. Director: Tsitsi Dangarembga.
People You May Know – South Africa. Producer: Laurence Hamburger. Director: Zandile Tisani.
The Mango Tree that Danced with Sea Breeze – Kenya. Producer: Lungeleni Zondi. Director: Phillippa Ndsi-Herrmann.
Un Fils – Tunisia. Producer: Habib Attia. Director: Mehdi M. Barsaoui.

The DFM also invites filmmakers who do not have projects selected for the market and industry professionals, to attend as delegates for the programme of master classes, forums and networking events during the four-day market. Registration is now open and all details are available on the DFM website.

Partners of this year’s DFM include AfriDocs, CineMart, Durban Tourism, Goethe-Institut, Hot docs Blue Ice Fund, International Documentary Film, Festival Amsterdam (IDFA), KZN Film Commission, National Film and Video Foundation, Produire au Sud, Restless Talent Management, Sørfond, Sundance Institute, Talents Durban, Versfeld & Associates and VideoVision Entertainment.

Registration opens for the 7th Durban FilmMart

The 7th Durban FilmMart (DFM), Africa’s largest film finance and co-production forum, opened for early bird delegate registration on 4 April 2016.

The dates for this year’s DFM, a joint project of Durban Film Office (DFO), the eThekwini Municipality’s industry development unit, and the Durban International Film Festival (DIFF) are from 17 to 20 June, earlier than in previous years, to co-incide with the Durban International Film Festival (DIFF) from 16 to 26 June, which was moved to an earlier slot for this year.

This year, DFM, will provide delegates with access to prominent film industry experts, financiers, content directors and broadcasters from around Africa and the world, and other industry specialists attending both the DFM and DIFF as independents to connect and develop business associations.

“The aim of the DFM is to increase the visibility of African cinema, kindle the creation of film on the continent, and to stimulate the development of project collaboration between African filmmakers through a dynamic networking programme,’ explains Durban Film Office’s Toni Monty. “The objective of the Mart speaks to the need for African film makers to be creating their own content and telling their own stories to their own markets. By driving the development of local content, we believe that it lays a bedrock for business and employment within the sector to thrive and look towards its own models for success.’

The DFM is structured around three programmatic pillars – Master Classes, a Finance Forum and Africa in Focus – a series of industry workshops, which offer networking and social opportunities for industry representatives.

Master classes are led by well-known industry experts and will unpack issues and challenges in concept development, project packaging, co-production development, new media, finance, marketing, distribution, and other related themes.

The DFM’s co-production market, which called for submissions of film projects last year, has roughly ten feature films and ten documentary films selected for mentorship. These will be presented to industry experts during the Mart, and following thorough sessions with experts, projects are awarded grants for further development.

For registration or for more information view the delegate registration process online. There is an early bird registration discount for those booking before 30 May 2016.

Fees are R1485 (ZAR) for the four day event which includes access to allocated sessions, lunch, access to DFM networking events, entrance into the Durban International Film Festival screenings (subject to ticket availability), listing in the DFM Industry Manual and access to master classes and the Africa in Focus programme. After 30 May 2016, fees are R2035.

Durban FilmMart 2016 calls for projects

Submissions for projects for the 7th edition of Durban FilmMart (DFM) are now open. The deadline for submissions has been shifted earlier to 14 December 2015, to allow for the selection committee to have more time to assess projects, and to create more opportunities for marketing and promotion of the projects and filmmakers at DFM.

A joint project of the Durban Film Office, the eThekwini Municipality’s industry
development unit, and the Durban International Film Festival (DIFF), DFM aims
to raise the visibility of African cinema, stimulate production on the continent, and
facilitate project collaboration between African filmmakers.

DFM has become an integral part of the fast-growing South African film industry
and since its inception in 2010, has helped facilitate more than 90 African co-production projects, many of which have subsequently been produced as acclaimed
films.

Selected DFM projects will undergo a two-day packaging and mentoring programme
followed by two days of one-on-one meetings with a panel of film financiers, buyers
and distributors.

The programme is open to full length feature and documentary films with Africans
in key creative roles (writers, directors and producers) that are looking for co-producers, financiers, sales agents and funders. A selection committee will review
all submissions for consideration, and will select ten fiction feature projects and ten
documentary feature projects that are in development to participate. African
filmmakers, from writers to directors, are encouraged to submit their projects by
14 December 2015.

“We would like to encourage African filmmakers to take advantage of the
opportunity to submit their projects to DFM, as we have seen how valuable the
programme is in helping filmmakers get their projects off the ground,’ says Durban
Film Office’s Toni Monty. “The networking with filmmakers from around the globe at DFM also provides opportunities for filmmakers to grow their networks further
afield. Over the years we have seen many alumnis secure further funding grants for
their films, and their works screened at film festivals around the world. It is really
a great springboard for developing projects.’

Filmmakers must note that it is important that all projects have both a producer and
director attached to them.

To find out more about the DFM 2016, project submission criteria and how to submit
your project, visit the DFM
website
.

2015 Durban FilmMart Award winners

After a packed four day programme of project pitching, industry masterclasses, seminars. workshops and networking, the 6th Durban FilmMart (DFM) comes to a close with the announcing of the market awards and grants at the awards and closing function sponsored by Videovision Entertainment.

The DFM saw around 550 guests from 26 countries, 32 workshop and panel discussion sessions presented by various local and international industry experts and professionals.

“It has been an extremely productive and pleasing market this year, with over 900 official business meetings documented in the Finance Forum.’ says Toni Monty, head of the Durban Film Office, which partners with the Durban International Film Festival (DIFF) to present the DFM. “The Durban FilmMart is considered one of Africa’s most important film finance platforms: this is born out of the fact that we have been able to track the progress of many of the projects which had their beginnings at the market which have successfully made it to the screen. This year the DIFF was able to screen six DFM alumni films, a concrete indication that this model is working well.’

“Once again we are honoured to have hosted this important film event, which brings together industry representatives from around the globe.’ says Monty. “Besides the many levels of business that is conducted at this market, we are also proud to be able to showcase the City as a film destination on a global level to the hundreds of delegates attending.’

The closing night awards dinner sees key local and international partners of the annual co-production market, award a number of projects with development support through cash grants, invitations to partner markets or business support, to take the projects through the next stages of development.

This year eight awards were made by an evaluation panel made up of local and international film industry experts. Recipients of the 2015 DFM awards are as follows:
The Sundance Institute Documentary Film Program award for a documentary film project that demonstrates potential for strong storytelling craft, artistic use of visual language, originality, feasibility, and relevance went to The Other Half of The African Sky, directed and produced by Tapiwa Chipfupa, which receives a cash award of US$7000 for further development.

Afridocs, the broadcast stream that sees African and other international documentaries screened across 49 countries of sub-Saharan Africa on a weekly basis, awarded a €3000 grant for an outstanding documentary project to Truck Mama directed and produced by Zipporah Nyaruri and co-directed by Peggy Mbiyu.

The CineMart Award, sponsored by the co-production market of the International Film Festival Rotterdam, awarded the fiction project Sunflowers Behind a Dirty Fence, directed by Simon Mukali and produced by Nathan Magoola, with an opportunity to attend the Rotterdam Lab, a five-day training and networking event bringing together producers from all over the world.

The International Documentary Film Festival of Amsterdam (IDFA) awarded the most promising documentary project at the DFM, Truck Mama, directed and produced by Zipporah Nyaruri and co-directed by Peggy Mbiyu, with an opportunity to attend the IDFA Forum, the largest and most influential meeting place for documentary filmmakers, producers, commissioning editors, funds, private financiers and other documentary stakeholders in Europe, from 23 to 25 November.

The New Cinema Network awarded Riot Waif, directed by Zinaid Meeran and produced by Jean Meeran, an opportunity to attend the 10th edition NCN in Rome, where the producer/director will be able to present the project to film companies at an international level.

Produire au Sud of Festival des 3 Continents (Nantes), awarded the fiction project Inkabi “The Hitman”, directed by Norman Maake and produced by Peter Pohorsky, with an opportunity to attend its developmental workshop program, PAS, where they will be given tools, expertise, and opportunities to develop European networks.

The Restless Pitch awarded, a one-on-one consultation with Restless Talent Management co-founder Tendeka Matatu, to two projects: Brace Yourself by Thati Peele, and Lucky by Jacobus van Heerden. The company will provide development services such as image-building and positioning, project packaging, PR, and advice on film sales, distribution and promotion. Restless Talent Management also made a special mention of Mark Waambui for Heterophobe for an edgy and challenging concept.

Durban’s Videovision Entertainment, awarded the Best South African Film Project Inkabi “The Hit Man’, directed by Norman Maake and produced by Peter Pohorsky, a prize which guarantees the films release once it is completed. The prize includes marketing and distribution support from Videovision Entertainment and is valued at R75 000.

Five of these projects have emanated from filmmakers that are either Durban or Berlin Talents alumni – the industry development programme of the Berlin International Film Festival, with which DIFF is a partner. These are Tapiwa Chipfupa (The Other Half of the African Sky), Talents Durban (2013) and Talents Berlin (2015); Truck Mama filmmakers Zipporah Nyaruri – Talents Berlin and Talents Durban (2011), and Peggy Mbiyu – Talents Durban (2011) and Talents Berlin (2012); Nathan Magoola (Sunflowers Behind a Dirty Fence), Talents Durban (2013) and Talents Berlin (2012); and Jacobus van Heerden (Lucky), Talents Durban (2013).

“We had a very strong line-up of projects this year,’ says Monty. “We were pleased with the diverse topics and themes that have been explored in both the fiction and documentary sections, and with strong representation of filmmakers collaborating across the continent. The DFM has been placing emphasis on the telling of African narratives, and in doing so hope to continue to discover new African projects.’
“We have seen numerous filmmakers pitching projects at the DFM over the past six years go from strength to strength. They are engaging more confidently with the many financiers, funders, sales and distribution agents, showing a maturing of the market.’

“We would like to thank our new and old sponsors and partners who have supported the DFM. It is through their continued interest and support that we are able to assist African filmmakers develop the industry and access the local and international market.’ says Monty.

Durban FilmMart opens the Transmedia Lab

The Durban FilmMart Transmedia programme has been opened to all Durban FilmMart (DFM) and Durban International Film Festival (DIFF) attendees this year.

The Durban FilmMart Transmedia Lab is linked to the co-production market and able to serve the needs of emerging transmedia producers in South Africa. In 2014, an experimental programme was presented in a four-day collaborative workshop to conceptualise transmedia elements to participating projects. This year, DFM will present the lab as a series of introductory workshops aimed at unpacking the concept of transmedia for these producers so that they are better equipped to apply the principles of transmedia in their future projects. The programme – designed by Ingrid Kopp of the Tribeca Institute – covers the areas of storytelling, media convergence, digital marketing and transmedia business models.

Transmedia is a new and innovative approach to storytelling in that it combines the use of media in all its variations (movies, television, books, applications and websites) to create and develop various aspects of a story. Transmedia focuses on working across these traditional media boundaries by using a combined implementation of different media platforms to create a far richer experience that is a refined and coordinated, and creates a living network of interactive users instead of passive audiences.

The Transmedia workshop will take place on 18 and 19 July from 09h00 to 13h00.

Durban FilmMart 2015 announces partners’ awards for this year’s market

The Durban FilmMart (DFM) – the joint initiative of the Durban International Film Festival (DIFF) and Durban Film Office (DFO) – which takes place from 17 to 20 July, has announced partners’ awards for this year’s market, with an exciting new award being presented by the Sundance Institute Documentary Film Program.

Considered one of Africa’s most important film finance platforms and industry gatherings, the FilmMart sees about 500 filmmakers from around the globe, with a significant representation from Africa, attend the festival for four days of industry development forums and networking sessions. An integral part of the DFM is the finance and co-production forum, which this year has 10 features and nine documentary films selected for intense mentoring and pitch sessions to financiers and distributors, and other industry representatives.

Over the years the DFM has developed key relationships with countless industry partners that have seen the value of supporting and developing African content for both continental and global markets.

This year the Sundance Institute Documentary Film Program will award a documentary film project that demonstrates potential for strong storytelling craft, artistic use of visual language, originality, feasibility, and relevance with a cash award of US$7000 for further development. “In light of the tremendous talent for documentary filmmaking in Africa and the significant work of the DFM to celebrate those artists, the award is designed to contribute to and support the work of an African non-fiction filmmaker.’ explains Rahdi Taylor, film fund director of the Sundance Institute Documentary Film Program. “In supporting a broad spectrum of cinematic and creative non-fiction projects globally, Sundance Institute embraces contemporary storytellers as part of the collective consciousness of culture, and documentary film as a vital contributor to the language of the 21st century.’

Partners and awards this year include:

Afridocs, the broadcast stream that sees African and other international documentaries screened across 49 countries of sub-Saharan Africa on a weekly basis, will offer a €3000 grant for one outstanding documentary project.

The CineMart Award, sponsored by the co-production market of the International Film Festival Rotterdam, provides a fiction project with an opportunity to attend the Rotterdam Lab, a five-day training and networking event bringing together producers from all over the world.

The International Documentary Film Festival of Amsterdam (IDFA) awards the most promising documentary project at the DFM with an opportunity to attend the IDFA Forum, the largest and most influential meeting place for documentary filmmakers, producers, commissioning editors, funds, private financiers and other documentary stakeholders in Europe, from 23 to 25 November.

The New Cinema Network awards will give an official project an opportunity to attend the 10th edition NCN in Rome, where the producer/director will be able to present the project to film companies at an international level.

Produire au Sud of Festival des 3 Continents (Nantes), will give one fiction project an opportunity to attend its developmental workshop program, PAS, where they will be given tools, expertise, and opportunities to develop European networks.

The Restless Pitch award, is a one-year representation deal for the project by Restless Talent Management, who provide development services such as image-building and positioning, project packaging, PR, and advises its clients on film sales, distribution and promotion.

Durban’s Videovision Entertainment, will once again award the “Best South African Film Project’ a prize valued at R75 000, which guarantees its release once it is completed. The prize includes marketing and distribution support from Videovision Entertainment.

“We are immensely grateful to all our partners for the generous opportunities they have created for the DFM selected projects,’ says Toni Monty of the Durban Film Office. “For independent film-makers, this is such an ideal opportunity to take their projects to the next level through the mentorship and support provided at the market. We are looking forward to a robust and stimulating market this year, and seeing how the projects will evolve and develop through the DFM process.’

Produire au Sud partners with Durban FilmMart

For the third year Produire au Sud of Festival des 3 Continents in Nantes, France
together with the French Embassy in South Africa have again partnered with
Durban FilmMart (DFM). Running from 17 to 20 July, DFM is a film finance and co-
production forum funded by the City of Durban and founded by the Durban Film
Office and the Durban International Film Festival (DIFF). The 6th edition of DFM
takes place during the 36th edition of DIFF which runs from 16 to 26 July 2015.

Produire au Sud focuses on developing film co-productions and supports potentially
talented producers with techniques to develop their skills in line with international
trends and standards. It partners with the DFM in an initiative to develop African
content through a story development programme and creating networking
opportunities for African filmmakers on an international platform.

DFM includes a finance forum, masterclasses and Africa in Focus – a programme of
workshops. It also offers a series of networking and social sessions with like-minded industry representatives. For this year’s DFM, Produire au Sud and the
French Embassy SA will be bringing in three leading international experts: Italy-based documentary director/producer Stefano Tealdi; Cannes-born script-writing
expert Sari Turgeman; and France-based strategy and development consultant
Dominique Welinski. These professionals will mentor 19 selected film projects in the
finance forum and conduct masterclasses for all attending film industry delegates.

“One of our key objectives is to provide a platform for African filmmakers to
promote their stories,’ explains Toni Monty of the Durban Film Office.

“Over the year’s we have recognised story development as a key area requiring the
most support. So we continue to focus on this area in an endeavour to support the
promotion of our continent’s narratives. The partnership is underscored by a mutual
goal to elevate African storytelling. We acknowledge and appreciate the valuable
input through this partnership with Produire au Sud and the French Embassy, South
Africa.’

Produire au Sud head Guillaume Mainguet says, “We have similar objectives,
although we are on two different continents. Our programme is set within the
Festival des 3 Continents which features films from Africa, Latin America and Asia,
and it is with this interest in this relationship with the DFM that we are able to
support the development of film in Africa. Working together we are able to identify
and guide projects that have potential to be developed and strengthened through the
finance forum programme, as well as provide valuable practical insights through the
masterclasses to delegates. We will also award one project an opportunity to go to
the festival in France and work, among others, with internationally experienced
script experts in a week-long programme in our Produire au Sud (PAS)
workshop.’

The partnership is further anchored by financial assistance from the French
Embassy in South Africa. “We are pleased to once again support the DFM through
Produire au Sud’s partnership with the DFM, to bring the experts to Durban and
support projects going to France for further development.’ says Frederic Chambon,
regional head of Media and Film at the French Embassy. “Our mission is to
strengthen the film industry links between France and South Africa and to stimulate
growth through creating opportunities for film-makers from both continents to
collaborate. In the context of Africa, the DFM is the perfect vehicle for expertise
exchange and capacity building.’

A number of projects have, over the past two years been awarded an opportunity to
participate in the Produire au Sud (PAS) Script Studio through this partnership. Last
year it went to Hawa Hawaii (Kenya / South Africa co-production)
directed by Amirah Tajdin and produced by Wafa Mohamed Tajdin, Bongiwe Selane,
Helena Spring and Junaid Ahmed; and Mrs Popplestone (South Africa) directed by
Sarah Ping Nie Jones and produced by Jean Meeran.

“The award creates opportunities for the filmmakers to have critical input by
experts from fresh perspectives.’ says Mainguet. “It shifts the filmmakers out of
their local context into an international programme enabling to extend their
networks and knowledge. We have seen that in the short space of this partnership
strong ties have been forged by the recipients of the awards and the international
scriptwriters and professionals at the workshop.’

For more information and to register as a delegate visit the DFM website.

Durban FilmMart experts

Angus Finney

Angus Finney is a leading international film and creative industry specialist. His
work includes MBA-level teaching at The Judge Business School, Cambridge
University and Cass Business School, City University, London, and he is the
manager of Europe’s only Production Finance Market, hosted by Film London
annually. He recently spent three years working as a risk manager and media
advisor for Octopus Media, part of Octopus Investments – a £1.5bn City of London
fund manager; and he has been appointed Course Director for the Exeter
University/London Film School MA in International Film Business.

Dominique Welinski

Dominique is a film producer and distribution expert . In February 2012, after more
than 20 years in the distribution field, she set up DW, a producing and consulting
company. Since 2012, she has been the driving force of the “Factory’ concept in
partnership with the Directors Fortnight in Cannes. The Factory allows eight young
directors to launch their first or second feature films in Cannes with one-to-one
meetings on the Fortnight beach during the Festival. Dominique has worked as a
consultant for international strategy and development for several films. She also
works for Parisian programming and strategy for Urban Distribution, is an expert
and coach for Fabrique des Cinemas du Monde (French Institute, Cannes 2012,
2013), an expert and coach for Marche du Film (Cannes Market since 2001), and a
coach for MEDIA Talent Award Cannes (since 2004).

Sari Azoulay Turgeman

Sari is a script consultant and was born in Cannes. After finishing her BA in Arts at
the Tel Aviv University, she began her career in consulting with the film director
Amos Gitai and other well-known Israelis authors.
She has experience of more than 15 years as a script consultant.She is a prime
lector and developer at Israeli Film Fund and for Israeli TV channels. She also
founded her own consulting company intending to guide novice and professional
filmmakers and facilitate creative dialogue at every stage of writing.
In the past two years, Sari has developed her own method of writing and editing
which she teaches in professional courses in different colleges in Israel.
Recently she finished her screenwriting book “The Script Journey in 84 days’ which
will be published in November 2015.
In the past year, she has been a script consultant in the professional workshop
“Produire au Sud’ which held in Nantes (France) and in Sderot (Israel).

Stefano Tealdi

Born in Johannesburg in 1955, Stefano studied Architecture in Torino, Italy. After
graduating, he worked on film and TV at the Politecnico di Torino, becoming Head of
Production. In 1985 he co-founded Stefilm, where he runs the company and works
as a director and producer.
Stefilm produces one-off documentaries and documentary series. Since 2008, he
has directed A World of Pasta, Doctor Ice (Science Film Festival – Milano 2009),
Coffee Please and Tea for All and the series Food Markets – In the Belly of the City
(10×52). Recent works produced: Mostar United (IDFA 2009), Vinylmania (IFF
Rotterdam 2012), Char, no man’s island (Berlinale Forum 2013), The Queen of
Silence (IDFA 2014)

He tutors film development and production at universities and master courses, and
film pitching for organisations, such as Biennale Cinema College, Cannes Film
Market, Films de 3 Continents – Produire au Sud, Media Business School, Med Film
Factory, Scuola Holden, TFL-Torino Film Lab, Cinema do Brasil, ZELIG Film School.

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