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Thiru NJuly 9, 20186min200

The Durban based organisation, NEWF (Nature, Environment & Wildlife Filmmakers)  N.E.W Pitch short documentary pitching competition aimed at discovering the next generation or nature, environment, wildlife conservation filmmakers, has announced it’s 2018 finalists.

The N.E.W Pitch is one of the key sessions at the Nature Environment and Wildlife Filmmakers Congress (NEWF) taking place from 16 – 18 July at Durban Botanic Gardens and surrounds – as part of Durban’s city-wide mid-year extensive focus on film.

The N.E.W Pitch is targeted particularly towards emerging and student filmmakers in order to provide them with pitching experience and the opportunity to win a production grant to produce a short documentary film in this genre.

An unprecedented nine finalists were chosen by a carefully selected panel of experts “We were intending to award eight finalists the opportunity to make a N.E.W documentary short film, but the panel were so impressed with the level of commitment, professionalism and great ideas of the final nine candidates, that they made the unanimous choice to award all nine finalists the opportunity to pitch, not eight as planned,” explains Noel Kok, NEWF Programmes Director.

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“Of the entries we received, we had over 30 really good entries all of whom were possible contenders for our eight finalists. Even veteran film makers applied. The judges were enormously excited about the level, passion and professionalism of entries received and observed that the overall quality has grown substantially. This year we received entries from out of KZN and even out of South Africa – including Tanzania and Botswana,” said Noel Kok, NEWF Programmes Director.

“Geographically we have a finalist from Botswana; one from Limpopo province; two from Cape Town and five from greater Durban.”

Finalists are:

  1. Londiwe Shange from KZN with “Toxic Relations” about life in the South Durban basin;
  2. Myles Arendse from Western Cape with “The Eco Brick” which will help us re-evaluate our relationship with trash;
  3. Jessica Singh from KZN with “Epic Encounters” looking at saving Africa’s deadliest snakes;
  4. Liana Hassim from KZN with “Vida” a homeless woman representing Mother Earth and the challenges she faces;
  5. Surprise Matlaila from Limpopo with “Silent Victims” looking at the poaching of African vultures; Tessa Barlin from Western Cape with “Becoming One” a story about Lucky Mahlatsi Rapitsi who empowers rural children through nature and wildlife photography;
  6. Emily Cross from KZN with “Part of the Pack” about the African Wild Dog; Tumo Maokisa from Botswana with “When We Worked Away” about sustainable organic farming; and Brian Khawula from KZN with“Umelusi” about lessons learned from a rural cattle herder.

During the 2018 NEWF Congress, the winners of last year’s Pitch will screen their film for the first time.
The winners of last year’s competition were:

  1. Fidel Tshivhasa for his story on the humpback whale migration that takes place in KZN;
  2. Shivan Parusnath for an undercover look at the illegal reptile trade;
  3. Mikhale Singh whose project is about the endangered Pickersgills’ Reed frog and the Ashdown and Imbali EnviroChamps (Liberty NPO and DUCT) who are a group of individuals working to protect the wetlands and rivers in their area.These films are all now complete and will be premiered at a public screening on Durban’s New Beach on July 17th.

“The Congress promotes outstanding environmental, conservation and wildlife films from professional, aspiring and student filmmakers. It will contribute towards transformation through our developmental programmes aimed at enriching the industry with an increased pool of diverse content creators,” he said.

For more info email or contact Pragna on 064 294 0669.

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Thiru NJanuary 18, 201613min60

Call for Youth Filmmaker Project 2016 EXTENDED


15 January 2016: The NFVF, KZNFC, Natives at Large in association with Jungle Works have extended application period for young filmmakers to apply for an opportunity to be considered for the Youth Filmmaker Project 2016. The Youth Filmmaker Project is a valuable intervention by the NFVF to provide recent graduates of film schools, particularly those from historically disadvantaged backgrounds, with an opportunity to make their first professional fiction film in collaboration with mentor/producers Ramadan Suleman, Neville Josie and Bhekizizwe Peterson.

Based on the strength of submitted synopses short listed candidates will be invited to an interview. After the interview process fifteen participants will be selected to join the story and script development workshops over a 6 months period. The six months involves working independently and through participation at the workshops. Attendance at all workshops is compulsory. Finally ten of the strongest scripts will be selected to go into production in 2016. The successful projects and teams will then be provided with a directing mentor and a professional production crew to shoot their film.

 The story and script development process will include 5 x 3 day mandatory residential workshops between the months of February 2016 and June 2016 with facilitators and mentors, working on developing the script with the participants. The process encourages writers to hone their approach to story and eventually direct their films or partner with a first time director/graduate. During the pre-production process, each director will also be provided with the necessary tools to break down scripts for camera as well as detailed strategies for extracting the best performances from the actors.

Natives At Large in association with Jungle Works will produce the films. The mentoring process will continue during production, editing, post production to final delivery of the film.


  1. In order for a filmmaker to be considered for this opportunity, the applicant must meet the following requirements:
  2. Have graduated from university, film school or a tertiary institution no more than five years ago.
  3. Have studied in one or more disciplines or have experience including (but not exclusive to): writing, directing, editing, cinematography, producing, performance, visual art, photography or any other relevant subject.
  4. Be a historically disadvantaged individual as defined in the constitution of South Africa.
  5. Be able to set aside the requisite time over a period of 14 months to complete the programme.
  6. Not older than 35 years.
  7. Should not have made a professional narrative/fiction film.
  8. This is a funded project so no payment is required.


Eligible candidates for the project must:

  • Submit a strong written synopsis for a short (approx. 24 minutes) fiction film with a clearly thought out premise or controlling idea.
  • Demonstrate a familiarity with cinema, story telling, literature, performing and visual arts. Familiarity with the tools of scriptwriting including software will be an advantage.
  • Demonstrate a willingness and ability to work with others in pursuit of the same objective.
  • Understand the value of and is able to work under pressure and tight schedules.
  • Short-listed submissions will be invited to present their proposal in person.



“SA 2030”

The series of films that will be produced need to be packaged as a cohesive series, and in order to achieve this, we have put forward a theme around which writers can submit their story idea for a 24 minutes fiction film.

In an effort to avoid stereotypical and clichéd themes, we want to explore current themes that resonate with young South Africans, themes that explore the values and expectations of South African society today and in the future. The overall theme for this submission speaks to the future: SA 2030 “We, the people of South Africa, have journeyed far since the long lines of our first democratic election on 27 April 1994, when we elected a government for us all. We began to tell a new story then. We have lived and renewed that story along the way.  Now in 2030 we live in a country which we have remade. Our new story is open ended with temporary destinations, only for new paths to open up once more. It is a story of unfolding learning. Even when we flounder, we remain hopeful. In this story, we always arrive and depart.” – An excerpt from South Africa¹s National Development Plan’s vision statement.

2030 is in the future but a future that¹s not really far off-it is a mere 15 years away. But as we know from history and experience much can change and much remains the same. The synopsis of the story that you submit must give a strong sense that it is unfolding in South Africa 2030. The story can be hopeful or pessimistic but should be driven by strong characters with clear needs and wants. The synopsis of your story and the ideas you present should also indicate that you have thought about and researched the subject matter.

There are many issues and concerns related to the cultural, social, political, economic, gender, technology and environment among others that could be a starting point for your story ­ but we are interested in how you imaginatively and creatively explore these concerns through a characters journey in a 24 minutes fictional story located in South Africa 2030.

These are just some of the ideas that can be explored with this theme. We believe there is a multitude of stories that can come out, but the ultimate goal is to make stories that will resonate with audiences today, told from a youth perspective and stories that we can recognize ourselves in.


All applications should be able to provide the following documentation for consideration:

  1. Not more than a two to three pages detailed synopsis for one 24 minutes film. DO NOT SUBMIT SCRIPTS
  2. A covering letter with a strong motivation stating why you want to participate in the project.
  3. CV and certified copy of ID document.



The extended closing date is the 26 January 2016. All applications must be submitted electronically to by the extended closing date. LATE APPLICATIONS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.


All enquiries must be directed to:

  • Natives At Large: Nonkululeko Dube: 011 782 1552 /1453
  • NFVF: Xolelwa Mayatula (Production & Development Co-ordinator): 011483 0880
  • Ends//Released on Behalf of the National Film and Video Foundation, KwaZulu-Natal Film Commission, Natives at Large and Jungle Works.

For Media enquiries Contact:

Naomi Mokhele
Manager: Communications
Tel: +27 11 483 0880
Twitter: @IamNaomiM


Julian CleophasDecember 31, 20153min40

SARD script development program, WAC Egypt, UNAIDS, Zoom-In, Africa's 1st Film Blog,Egypt is proudly launching their first professional script development program to take place in Cairo from February to April 2016, called SARD. “SARD”, the Arabic word for narration, will be a 3 month program organised by UNAIDS for writers and writer/directors. The program aims to help develop the best script for either short or feature film, by focusing on the theme of “AIDS. Live and let live”.

Participants will be coached in developing their films from page to screen, covering very important business information, so often taken for granted by film makers.  At the end of the program, participants will be offered an opportunity to pitch their scripts to a panel of producers, financiers, buyers and distributors.

So how do you apply?

Applicants must submit one PDF dossier by 15 January 2016

  • 2 pages biography, CV, languages spoken and contact details of the applicant
  • One page synopsis on the proposed story for the aforementioned theme for first draft development.
  • One page note stating why the candidate wishes to participate in the program
  • One sample of previous work on vimeo or Youtube links. Instead, the applicant can provide an example of a previous writing sample, not more than 15 pages

Documents must be electronically mailed to:

Applications can be made in either Arabic or English.

Shortlisted applicants will be notified in the third week of January and will be requested for personal interviews.

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For more information on the program click here



Thiru NJune 24, 201513min50

The National Film and Video Foundation, an agency of the Department of Arts and Culture, invites all eligible production companies to respond to the Call for Proposals for Fiction Slate Funding.

Over the past seven years the NFVF has awarded slate funds to seven production companies with specific developmental and sustainability objectives. The initiative was developed out of best practice internationally and was rooted in the notion that when a small company is granted operating capital towards development and cornerstone financing for production over a predetermined period, a great deal of uncertainty is removed from running the business.

The first slate was very clearly targeted at providing black directors a shot at their first feature in a supportive environment and it also involved the training of black heads of department. The second slate, which is in the second year of running, was awarded on the basis of a unique low budget commercial concept by the production company and will be tested when the first of the 4 films comes to the big screen later this year. The institution has drawn lessons from the first two slates and now wishes to extend the programme of slate funding to three eligible production companies. In 2012 three companies were awarded the slate funding: Fineline Productions (Hard to Get, 2014), Real Eyes (Ayanda, 2015) and Fuzebox (Golden Highway, 2015).



The aim of the National Film and Video Foundation in putting out this call are broadly the following:

  • Cultivating sustainable and viable production companies.
  • Assisting production companies to identify and produce films that demonstrate audience awareness in the South African and international market.
  • Finding original ways of reaching audiences nationwide.
  • Encouraging increased opportunities for emerging writers and directors to have their work developed by reputable production companies.
  • Increasing the marketing and export of South African film products to the global market.
  • Promoting greater cooperation between production companies and distribution companies.



1 slate will be awarded to one of the following types of eligible companies and will be administered over a period of three years:

  1. Black owned and managed companies with a unique proposal
  2. Female owned and managed companies with a unique proposal
  3. Any small company with a proven track record of delivery and a unique commercial proposal

In order for a production company to be considered for slate funding, the producer / production company must meet the following requirements:

  • Producer/s must be either a South African citizen or be a permanent resident of South Africa.
  • Production Company to be at least 51% owned and managed by applicant.
  • Production Company should have completed at least one narrative feature film, feature length documentary or television drama series which have been released theatrically or broadcast nationally.
  • Producer should demonstrate understanding of packaging and marketing of feature films.
    Producer and Production Company to have clean industry record.
  • Production Company to have clear training and development strategy in place.
    Producer or Production Company to have established relationship with local distributor and/or international sales agent.
  • Previous recipients of slate funding from the NFVF are ineligible.
    Documentary slate funding proposals are ineligible.



Criteria that will be taken into consideration when assessing applications include:

1. Criteria for Applicant:

  • Capacity of company to develop and produce at accepted global standards.
  • Quality of development strategy.
  • Consistency of budgets.
  • Quality of financing strategy.
  • Quality of distribution strategy.
  • Unique selling point in respect of sustainability and contribution to transformation in the industry.

 2. Criteria for Projects:

  • Quality of story
  • Knowledge of target audience
  • Potential of creative team
  • Potential for production
  • Box Office potential
  • Local and Global distribution potential
  • Solid finance and recoupment plan


All applications should be able to provide the following documentation in 1 X hard copy for consideration:

  • Production Company executive summary
  • Potential projects (if any) with signed letters of Intent / Option agreements
  • Development and Training strategy
  • Business plan indicating:
    i.             Production Company’s capability to raise additional funding
    ii.            Budget model
    iii.           Recoupment model
    iv.           Estimated sales estimates (if available)
    v.            Finance Plan
    vi.           Marketing and Distribution strategy


24 July 2015 by 12 noon. Applications may be submitted by email to by the closing date.


Contact Person

Naomi Mokhele
Manager: Communications
Tel: +27 11 483 0880
Twitter: @IamNaomiM


Sean Bracegirdle
Communications Coordinator
Tel: +27 11 483 0880 


The National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF) is governed by the National Film and Video Foundation Act 73 of 1997 as amended by Cultural Laws Amendment Act 36 of 2001. The mandate of the NFVF, in terms of section 3 of the Act, is:

  • To promote and develop the film and video industry;
  • To provide and encourage the provision of opportunities for persons, especially from disadvantaged communities to get involved in the film and video industry;
  • To encourage the development and distribution of local film and video products;
  • To support the nurturing and development of access to the film and video industry;
  • To address historical imbalances in the infrastructure and distribution of skills and resources in the film and video industry.


Julian CleophasMay 27, 20154min10



The National Film & Video Foundation (NFVF), an agency of the Department of Arts and Culture, is a statutory body mandated by an Act of Parliament to spearhead the equitable growth and development of the SA film and video industry.

In order to stimulate and advance skills development, meet the current needs of industry, and to ensure the industry’s future growth and competitiveness, the NFVF provides funding to students in financial need to pursue film and television related studies at all accredited tertiary institutions in South Africa. The NFVF has been awarding on average, sixty bursaries per annum to qualifying students who are academic achievers and passionate about the film and television industry yet lack adequate financial resources to further their university studies.

Criteria for Application:

The Student Must:

  1. Have already been selected at an institution that offers formal qualifications such as a diploma or degree
  2. Be able to demonstrate financial need
  3. Possess a good academic record,  the latest academic reports are required
  4. Motivate in detail why they qualify to receive a bursary
  5. Submit a correctly completed application form and attach all required documents as per the application form
  6. Be a South African citizen, or have permanent residency or have refugee status

If you meet the above criteria, you may apply by completing a national bursary application form available on our website,, or by following the link The application form provides a guide on all the required documentation to submit with your application form.

Important Notice:

  1. One(1) copy of the entire application must be delivered at the NFVF offices or posted
  2. Incomplete applications will be disqualified
  3. The NFVF does not fund Live Performance or Acting studies
  4. Only certified documents will be accepted
  5. Applications received after the deadline will be disqualified
  6. Faxed or emailed applications will be disqualified

Deadline for applications: 31July 2015, 13:00.

For queries, please email Lebohang Khunou at



Thiru NMay 20, 20155min30


Cannes 20 May 2015: Today marks a very important day on the South African filmmaking calendar; the launch of the Cannes South African Film Factory. Zidaka, a South African Production company, in partnership with the National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF), KwaZulu Natal Film Commission, and Dominique Welinski and the Cannes Quinzaine, France are opening doors to four South African Directors.

Cannes South African Film Factory will provide an opportunity four (4) SA directors and four (4) international directors to collectively produce four (4) short films that would have a greater opportunity of screening at the official Cannes program next year. “This is the fourth programme we’re running since our launch. We’ve produced successful projects that have received rave reviews internationally, as well as being screened at the Cannes official programme,” says Dominique Welinski from the Cannes Film Factory.

Local directors have five weeks to apply for this life changing opportunity. “Our selection process comprises a short list of ten directors, which will be followed on by in-depth interviews at the Durban international Film Festival. This is where we will select the four qualifying directors, says Jeremy Nathan of Zidaka. Carol Coetzee KZN Film Commission CEO adds that “the programme is indeed a great platform to showcase not only what South African directors can do, but also what the country has to offer, particularly Durban as all the four films will be shot in KwaZulu Natal.”

“We are proud to be associated with such a massive opportunity that will up skill our youth. The NFVF strives for an industry that is constantly growing, and this programme provides exactly that as it will uplift our talent, showcases the country as well as creates collaboration,” says NFVF CEO Zama Mkosi.

In conclusion, Edouard Waintrop says that “the filmmaker, as an artist is a lonely person and often very individualistic. Dominique and I therefore came up with an idea to pair directors to work together, an idea that has resulted in great productions from Taiwan, Nordic Countries and Chile. We look forward to working with South Africans.”

Directors who wish to participate in this programme have five weeks to apply, and need to have a strong feature concept attached to their motivation, a producer must be attached, and need to have directed one short film, a first feature film, or a documentary. They can be between the ages of 23 and 35 years old. They need to be available to participate in a workshop during the Durban International Film Festival in July, and be available to film in October and November, 2015. The films will premier at the Cannes Film Festival in 2016.

AFDA Durban has offered its edit facilities for postproduction. Media Film Services and Sound Surfers, Hollard Film Guarantors and Cote Ouest Audiovisual and Institut Francais are all official partners.

The selection of the 4 directors will take place at the beginning of the Durban International Film Festival by the partners. More information on how to apply and criteria can be downloaded on the Film Factory website.


Thiru NOctober 14, 20144min40

Only if you are from Durban…

The Micro Budget Film Fund & Development Film Fund Submissions for 2015 are open!

The Durban Film Office is kick-starting their next round of submissions for their Micro Budget Film and Development Film Fund programmes. All emerging Durban filmmakers are urged to submit their film projects for Micro Budget Film Funding before the closing date 7 November 2014 and for the Development Film Fund the 21 November 2014.

Giving local filmmakers a boost with funding and support, the Durban Film Office, the eThekwini Municipality’s developmental arm in the film industry, established the Micro Budget Film and Development Film funding programmes.

The Micro Budget Film programme, of which submission entries close on the 7 November 2014, has been specially created by the Durban Film Office to equip five fiction feature projects from new and emerging filmmakers with a R100 000 grant to assist them in producing their films, as well as provide invaluable insight into learning how to source any additional funding and resources through a micro-budget model. The programme is set out to provide filmmakers with in-depth training on significant production factors such as marketing, sales support, advertising, product placement and sponsorship deals.

Similarly, the Development Film Fund programme, of which submissions close on the 21 November 2014, provides filmmakers with adequate funding and support to produce their films. The Development Film fund programme was established to grant two filmmakers with projects deemed commercially viable and locally and globally competitive with R250 000 funding to assist the production of their projects.

“We encourage aspiring Durban filmmakers to take advantage of these incredible opportunities, as it could be the very break into the film industry they have been working towards. With the support of the Durban Film Office and leading film experts; these programmes will lay the foundations to a successful film making future and take their projects to the next level,” says Durban Film Office’s Toni Monty.

For more information on the Durban Film Office’s Micro Budget Development and Development Film Fund Programmes selection criteria and application process, please visit  or contact Mr. Fezile Peko, Project Manager on email, and telephone 031 311 4788

Durban Film Office - Logo
Durban Film Office – Logo


Thiru NJuly 24, 20147min102

Congratulations to:

  • Nyanga Sky (South Africa) – Directed by Matthew Griffiths and produced by Rafeeqah Galant.
  • The Wound (South Africa) – Directed by John Trengove and produced by Elias Ribeiro
  • Home Expulsion (Rwanda) – Directed and produced by Kayambi Musafiri
  • Shattered by Philani Ndaba
  • In search of African Duende: The Uganda Flamenco Project (Uganda) – Directed by Caroline Kamya and produced by Keren Cogan.
  • Hawa Hawaii (Kenya) – Directed by Amirah Tajdin and produced by Wafa Mohamed Tajdin, Bongiwe Selane, Helena Spring and Junaid Ahmed.
  • Alex On Seventh (South Africa) – Directed by Engelbert Phiri and produced by Guy Bragge.
  • The Sound of Masks (South Africa) – Directed by Kofi Zwana and produced by Sara Gouveia.
Check out the pic below

Award details:

  1. The CineMart Award, sponsored by the co-production market of the International Film Festival Rotterdam, has been awarded to Hawa Hawaii (Kenya) – Directed by Amirah Tajdin and produced by Wafa Mohamed Tajdin, Bongiwe Selane, Helena Spring and Junaid Ahmed. This award invites and sponsors this DFM 2014 fiction winning project to attend the Rotterdam Lab, a five-day training and networking event bringing together producers from all over the world.
  2. For the ‘Most Promising Documentary Pitch’ award, sponsored by the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA), has been awarded to The Sound of Masks (South Africa) – Directed by Kofi  Zwana and produced by Sara Gouveia. This award will provide Kofi Zwana and Sara Gouveia with an IDFA and Forum Pass, with a 4-night hotel stay and daily allowance. They will also receive guidance and information on how to make the most of the festival and have meetings set up.
  3. The New Cinema Network award has been awarded to Alex On Seventh (South Africa) – Directed by Engelbert Phiri and produced by Guy Bragge. This award gives Engelbert Phiri and Guy Bragge the opportunity to attend the 9th edition NCN in Rome, taking place on the 19 – 21 October 2014, with the chance to present their work to active companies of the International Film industry.
  4. The award sponsored by Produire au Sud of Festival des 3 Continents (Nantes), a developmental workshop programme aimed to familiarize producers with a variety of important tools and international techniques, has been awarded to Hawa Hawaii (Kenya) – Directed by Amirah Tajdin and produced by Wafa Mohamed Tajdin, Bongiwe Selane, Helena Spring and Junaid Ahmed. This award gives Amirah Tajdin, Wafa Mohamed Tajdin, Bongiwe Selane, Helena Spring and Junaid Ahmed the invaluable opportunity of travel and accommodation to the “Produire au Sud (PAS) workshop”, where they will be given tools, expertise, and new connections especially with European networks through this one week unique training programme.
  5. The Docubox award, an East-African documentary film fund, has been awarded to In search of African Duende: The Uganda Flamenco Project (Uganda) – Directed by Caroline Kamya and produced by Keren Cogan. This Ugandan documentary project will have the support for their non-Kenyan East African Documentary production with $2500 development funds.
  6. Shattered by Philani Ndaba won the Restless Talent Pitch award, which 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.
  7. Home Expulsion (Rwanda) – Directed and produced by Kayambi Musafiri was awarded with the Organisation Internationale de Francophonie (OIF) award of €5000.
  8. While, The Wound (South Africa) – Directed by John Trengove and produced by Elias Ribeiro have been awarded the ARTE France International Prize of €6000 for their feature film project.
  9. The Videovision Entertainment ‘Best South African Film Project’ prize valued at R75 000, has been awarded to Nyanga Sky (South Africa) – Directed by Matthew Griffiths and produced by Rafeeqah Galant. This award guarantees Nyanga Sky a release once the project is completed and includes marketing and distribution support from Videovision Entertainment.
  10. Afridocs, a new award that was inspired by the Durban FilmMart events, was awarded to Amal (Egypt) by Mohamed Siam. A cash prize value €4000.

Here’s a pic of the award winners… jeez some of these people look exhausted!

If you want to win next year, get these facts down!

2014 Durban Film Mart Award  Winners
2014 Durban Film Mart Award Winners


Thiru NJuly 14, 20142min41

This competition was a unique and innovative online competition, focusing on the youth in Africa encouraging entrants to submit a 15 minute short film telling their story and addressing their African issues.

More About Afrinolly here.

The winners for 2013:

<<<Short Films>>>

1st Place $25 000.00
Everything Happens for a Reason

Florian Schott

2nd Place $10 000.00
Crimson – Your Cup of Tea

 Daniel Etim Effiong

3rd Place $5 000.00

Gbenga Salu


1st Place $25 000.00
Creative Minds

Victor Okoye

2nd Place $10 000.00
Awele’s Diary

Ronke Ogunmakin

3rd Place $5 000.00
Yellow Fever

Ng’endo Mukii


Thiru NJuly 3, 20148min54

So you’ve heard about the Durban Film Mart but what’s it about really?

The DFM is an African initiative for the enhancement of African Film content, so no matter where in the world you live or the colour of your skin; if you can prove you were born on the continent of Africa, you can submit your Documentary or Fiction idea.

The Durban Film Mart (DFM 17 – 20 July 2014) is a producer driven event in association with the Durban Film Office (DFO) and the Durban International Film Festival (DIFF). Now in its 6th year, the Durban Film Mart caters towards Documentary and Fiction projects. The international and local partner(s) assist with financing and co-production deals.

I suggest you begin preparing for the 6th Durban Film Mart 2015 event of which is expected to host more than 450 delegates from around the world.

Here are some guidelines to help you prepare for the 2015 application

International readers critically scan and analyze an estimated 200 projects after which only 20 proposals are set aside for financing/co-production opportunities.

The top 20 concepts at the Durban Film Mart (2014) get to pitch to financiers from the big leagues. Co-production is often encouraged and considered. At the DFM, 2 days are set aside for a mentorship program that helps producers make near perfect pitches and assists them in project packaging.

If you are selected for this years event it’s best you attend the workshops and continually practice your pitch. There will also be workshops for those who weren’t short selected.

These were the workshops at the 5th Durban Film Mart 2014:

  • International experts provides access to industry intelligence through master classes and seminars. It’s called the  Producers Forum
  • A Finance forum provides information on how to pitch to international financiers.
  • The Africa in Focus forum – Where entry-level filmmakers get to network among themselves and discuss challenges and opportunities of filmmaking on the continent.
  • Out of the 20 pitches all may not be awarded. Some projects depending on their content and overall package are favored more than others. So if you were one of the nominees its best you get to a workshop to practice that pitch.
  • Awards are limited to 8 in total – while this does not make complete sense as there 40 buyers/financiers at the Film Mart only 8 – 9 awards will be issued for financing and/or coproduction ventures. 2014 award winners

Note: Remember to have your producer hat on at all times as this is a producer driven market based film event and is a great opportunity to establish relationships for future collaboration with international partners. If you don’t have anything to pitch right now, the DFM is a place to network. While experience helps, this event is about drive and passion.

Master Classes at the DFM 2014!

  • Script-Doctor – Miguel Machalski 11:00 – 13:00 Friday 18 July
  • Pitch coach – Stefano Tealdi 11:00 – 13:00 Saturday 19 July
  • Co-production – Denis Vaslin 11:00 – 13:00 Sunday 20
  • Documentary Financing expert – Julia Overton 11:00 – 13:00 Monday 21 July
Durban International Film Festival FULL PROGRAMME (2014)
The major players at the 5th Durban Film Mart 2014

Some Film Mart statistics to consider:

How Durban Film Mart has grown over the past 5 years
Partners of the Durban Film Mart

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