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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 info@newf.co.za or contact Pragna on 064 294 0669.

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Thiru NJanuary 18, 201613min60

Call for Youth Filmmaker Project 2016 EXTENDED

YOUTH FILM MAKER PROJECT: A PARTNERSHIP WITH THE NATIONAL FILM AND VIDEO FOUNDATION (NFVF), KWAZULU-NATAL FILM COMMISSION (KZNFC), NATIVES AT LARGE IN ASSOCIATION WITH JUNGLE WORKS

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.

ELIGIBILITY

  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.

SELECTION CRITERIA

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.

 

THEME

“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.

APPLICATIONS

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.

 

CLOSING DATE EXTENDED

The extended closing date is the 26 January 2016. All applications must be submitted electronically to yfilmproject2016@gmail.com 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.

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Naomi Mokhele
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Thiru NAugust 20, 20156min90

With the themes of corruption and brutality at its centre, filmmaker Jyoti Mistry’s new film ‘Impunity’ is a profound investigation into contemporary South Africa and the seat of power. In a country where people who commit crime are often seen to be exempt from punishment, or free from the consequences of their actions, the film invites its audience to reflect on the nature of violence.

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In a similar vein to ‘Natural Born Killers’, ‘Impunity’ is a fictional story centred on a young, attractive couple who commit acts of crime and violence, leaving a trail of murders in their wake.

“In a country where violent crime remains disturbingly high, the film invites self-reflection,” says Mistry. “Having screened the film at the Toronto Film Festival in 2014, and earlier this year at the Durban International Film Festival, I’m interested to see how general South African audiences respond to the story and the visual language of the film.”

‘Impunity’ tells the story of a young couple, Derren (Bjorn Steinbach) and Echo (Alex McGregor), who work as waiters. A Special Crimes Unit investigator Dingande Fakude (Desmond Dube) and a local police detective and trained psychologist Naveed Khan (Vaneshran Arumugam), take them in for questioning after a high-profile murder.

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The two lawmen find themselves caught up in political corruption and conspiracy when they investigate the gruesome killing of a cabinet minister’s daughter, found in an exclusive African safari resort after a party celebrating her engagement to a rising political star. The film is interspersed with cuts to security-cam and news footage of violence, both criminal and accidental, as well as newspaper headlines highlighting some of the estimated 650 000 violent crimes that take place each year.

It soon becomes clear that Derren and Echo, who were working as waiters at the engagement party, are caught up in a frenzied, bloody adventure. As Dingande and Naveed begin to piece events together, it seems the perpetrators will be brought to book. Instead, however, they are drawn further into the high-profile murder case. Eventually, as they uncover a trail of murders, they are faced with a moral dilemma involving the new political elite.

Mistry’s background as a successful artist and experimental filmmaker is clear in the film’s much-lauded rich visual language, which features picturesque beachfronts and dry bushveld, intercut with harsh realities of life in South Africa. The Toronto Film Festival organisers described “‘Impunity’” as “an eye-opening jolt, casting an unwavering gaze on South Africa’s increasingly troubling surrender to the banality of violence.”

Mistry studied filmmaking and cinema studies at New York University. Her short films include ‘We Remember Differently’ (2005) and ‘I Mike What I Like’ (2006). ‘Impunity’ is her second feature, after the experimental film ‘The Bull on the Roof’ (2010) which was part of a retrospective on transgressive South African Cinema at the Jeu de Paume, Paris (2013). Mistry’s installation work was included in the exhibitions ‘Afropolis: City, Media, Art’ in Cologne, Germany; ‘Space: About a Dream’ at Kunsthalle Vienna, Austria and in the Incheon Women’s Biennale, South Korea (2011). Her short film ‘09:21:25’ was in competition at Kurzfilmtage Winterthur (2011). In 2013, her solo exhibition ‘Narrative, Memory, Site’ was shown at the Museum Bärengasse in Zurich.

An associate professor at the University of the Witwatersrand’s Department of Film and Television, Mistry teaches writing for experimental film and documentary. Her areas of research and writing include cultural policy, questions of identity and multiculturalism. “Gaze Regimes: Film and Feminisms in Africa’ co-edited with Antje Schuhmann (2015) is published by Wits University Press, Johannesburg. Mistry was a participant of the Independent Study Program at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York and scholar in residence at Filmuniversity Babelsberg Konrad Wolf.

‘Impunity’ is produced by Blackboard Trust, Shadowy Meadows Productions and Bioskope Pictures, with additional funding from the Department of Trade and Industry, National Film and Video Foundation, and the Gauteng Film Commission. ‘Impunity’ was made possible through the generous grant from the National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund (principal funder) to Blackboard Trust.

The film opens in Johannesburg, Pretoria and Cape Town on 28 August.


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Thiru NJuly 1, 20155min20

The NFVF, an agency of the Department of Arts and Culture, hereby invites South African filmmakers to apply for the South Africa-Brazil Co-production Forum to be held at the Durban Film Mart during the Durban International Film Festival which takes place from the 16th until the 26th July 2015.

This initiative is in recognition of the pending signing of the South Africa – Brazil Co-production Treaty. The meeting will take place side by side five (5) Brazilian and five (5) South African producers with specific projects that represent job opportunities between the two countries, enhance the real possibilities of co-productions between them. 

This is the second session hosted by the NFVF and Agencia Nacional do Cinema (ANCINE), having previously collaborated at the Cannes Film Festival in 2014. The first meeting was a general introduction of the Brazilian and South African markets and inform producers about film possibilities in the two countries.

The Producers must be experienced and satisfy the following criteria:

  • Have a registered production company.
  • Have a firm and informed understanding of finance structures and incentives
  • Understanding of legal processes (contracts/co-production agreements)
  • Knowledge of international markets (festivals, markets, sales)
  • Synopsis of the project(s) in mind for a co-production with Brazil.

The closing date for applications is 5th July 2015. Selections will be made according to the above criteria and successful applicants will be notified by 8th July 2015.

To apply for participation at the NFVF-ANCINE Forum email: panel@nfvf.co.za

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 Naomi Mokhele
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Thiru NMay 29, 201511min60

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Future Sound of Mzansi is being streamed over three episodes on Thump, VICE’s electronic music and culture channel. Thump is screening Future Sound of Mzansi to its two million unique visitors, across nine global channels and with translations into six languages.

The cult documentary explores the past, present and future of the South African electronic music scene and its multiple genres, presented through the eyes of internationally acclaimed musician Spoek Mathambo and filmmaker Lebogang Rasethaba. It was produced by Black Major, with support from Red Bull and WESC.

“Electronic music is a staple of South African popular culture,” says Nthato Mokgata, who is better known by his musical alias, Spoek Mathambo. “The electronic music scene reflects the country’s shifting cultural landscape, 20 years into democracy, so Future Sound of Mzansi isn’t just a film about music – it’s a film about a country in transition.”

Since premiering at Durban International Film Festival last July, Future Sound of Mzansi has screened around the world,  introducing global audiences to genres like Durban Qgom, Shangaan electro, Bacardi house, and township tech.

“It was a story begging to be told,” says Lebogang. “I was excited about what was happening in South Africa. The energy, the vibe, the creativity was at an all-time high. For me, it was about documenting South Africa in this highly cinematic environment and changing people’s perspectives on what South Africa looks like, sounds like, feels like.”

The documentary has been featured across the internet, from i-D and Nowness to The Guardian and High Snobiety.

In its review of Future Sound of Mzansi, The Daily Dot wrote, “Arguably, the most interesting music in the world today is coming out of Africa, and some of the most interesting contemporary African music is coming out of South Africa.”

The Daily Dot could have been speaking about any of the artists featured in Future Sound of Mzansi, like Aero Manyelo, Big FKN Gun, Black Coffee, Christian Tiger School, Culoe de Song, Felix Laband, John Wizards, Jumping Back Slash, Krushed & Sorted, Machepies, Markus Wormstorm, Mix & Blend, DJ Mujava, Naked Boys, Nozinja, Okmalumkoolkat, Panyaza, Rude Boyz, Sibot, DJ Spoko, Zaki Ibrahim and many more.

But the documentary isn’t just a PR exercise for South African electronic music: as The Daily Dot points out, the documentary has some “quietly heartbreaking scenes” that “leave you more invested in the musicians as people, playing against the trope of the DJ as hero.”

“When it comes to Africa, I think a lot of portrayals are quite dark and pessimistic, so I wanted to focus on a really vibrant and creative energy,” says Nthato. “I wanted to portray South African youth energy: the raw creativity, the highly technical intelligence, and the beautiful vibrancy, as well as the struggle, madness, drama and frustrations.”

 

Watch Now Future Sound of Mzansi – Part one, which focuses on Durban… 

 

Watch Now Future Sound of Mzansi – Part two, which focuses on Cape Town..

 

Thump will release part three, which focuses on Pretoria and Atteridgeville, on 3 June 2015.

 

The full documentary will be available for a limited time from 10 June 2015.

To buy the DVD, visit  www.futuresoundofmzansi.com.

To stay in touch, Like www.facebook.com/futuresoundofmzansi or follow #futuresoundofmzansi on social media.

Listen to the Future Sound of Mzansi mix series at http://futuresoundofmzansi.com/mix-series/.

To view more of Lebogang Rasethaba’s reel, visit http://arcadecontent.tv/south-african-director/lebogang-rasethaba/ or follow @arcadecontent on social media.

Follow Spoek on Twitter: @SPOEK_MATHAMBO

For more information on Black Major, visit http://blackmajor.co.za/.

 

What people are saying…

“This whole project oozes quality. You wouldn’t want a documentary about South African electronic music to be directed by anyone else.”

The Guardian

“A beautifully documented study of the increasingly diverse electronic scene in South Africa.”

i-D

Powerful…  Future Sound shows a country in transition.”

Thump

“A beautifully shot and thoroughly curious exploration of the scene and all its people.”

High Snobiety

“Since the documentary went out, things have changed… Many people never knew each other before, and it brought everyone together.” 

DJ Spoko, quoted in Thump

A powerful exploration and interrogation of South Africa’s fertile creative scene.”

OkayAfrica

“Beyond being a discussion of the music, Future Sounds of Mzansi interrogates the socioeconomic and geographic realities of South Africa’s legacy of division. It also shows how a generation of creators and innovators is bridging the divides and making the world listen through whatever way is available to them.”

The Mail and Guardian

“A fascinating insight into South Africa’s cultural landscape via electronic music.”

The South African


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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 www.durbanfilmoffice.co.za  or contact Mr. Fezile Peko, Project Manager on email Fezile.Peko@durban.gov.za, and telephone 031 311 4788

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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.
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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




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Thiru NJuly 9, 20143min21

Stylish, funny, and light hearted Between Friends (Ithala) takes a sudden turn to lust, disgust, and mistrust when a spoilt little brother puts together a reunion party for his college friends at his daddy’s holiday resort.

This film is a spot on reflection of modern South Africa.

The moral premise showcases tradition vs. modernism. It’s a nice break from all the Hollywood blockbusters recently released. “Between Friends” is exactly what’s needed to break the ice while Amanda Dupont will be breaking much more than that. This lady is on fire.

This South African feature film is all you’d expect from a romantic comedy, with a touch of drama… okay maybe a little more than a touch.

If you in a relationship or out with friends there’s something for the boys and the girls, especially if you enjoy Tyler Perry’s “Think like a man” or “Why did I get married”. The ending is pretty abrupt; even though Director Zuko Nodada had found Steve from Bleep Bank (you’ll see him) he did not give us the full story. Maybe Nodada’s got a sequel in mind.

The cast is made up of real talented South African beauties and characters…

Thapelo Mokoena; Amanda Dupont; Siyabonga Radebe; Mandisa Nduna; Dumisani Mbebe; Lihle Dhlomo; Morne du Toit; Siyabonga Thwala.

Every single cast member played his or her role without flaw… Great performances all round. Our favorite character is Winston, played by Dumisani Mbebe, even though he was a push over, men should seriously take a page out of his book when it comes to loyalty.

It was nice to see modern South Africa loud and proud on the big screen. With all this talent, hopefully there’ll be more mzanzi flavor to come!

Release date: August 15 2014

Key Crew:

Director – Zuko Nodada

1st AD – Wandile Magadla

Director of Photography – Trevor Calverley

Production Designer – Sam Kelly

Offline Ed – Gugu Sibandze

Key Make-Up – Slindile Dladla

Catch Trailer Here


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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