Durban FilmMart invites submissions from African filmmakers

African filmmakers with projects in the conceptual stages are invited to submit their projects for the 8th edition of the Durban FilmMart, which takes place during the 2017 Durban International Film Festival.

The Durban FilmMart (DFM) is a significant global player in providing a springboard for filmmakers with projects in conceptual stages in the African film industry.

Since its inception in 2010, the DFM has supported the promotion of over 150 African co-production projects, many of which have been developed into viable film products with cinema and festival releases.

"The success of the DFM is seen in the number of films we have seen go from concept stage to the big screen, so we appeal to African filmmakers to take full advantage of the opportunity provided by the DFM by making their submissions," Toni Monty of the Durban Film Office said in a statement.

10 documentary, 10 fiction feature-length projects

Ten documentary and 10 fiction feature-length film projects will be selected from the submissions, and 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 from across the globe.

The DFM is open to full length feature and documentary film projects with Africans in the major creative roles (writers, directors and producers) that are looking for co-producers, financiers, sales agents and funders.

All projects must have both a producer and director attached to them, and must be submitted by 12 December 2016. All submitted projects will be reviewed by a selection committee for consideration.

Networking, workshop opportunities

Besides project mentorships and pitching sessions, the DFM also offers project- and general delegates the opportunity to network and attend workshops and seminars conducted by film industry experts.

"The opportunities at the DFM to network with global and continental industry players have proved to be invaluable for filmmakers," said Monty. "It is truly inspiring to see many DFM alumni secure further funding grants for their films at other markets and to see their works screened at cinemas and festivals around the globe."

A joint project of Durban Film Office, the City’s industry development unit, and the Durban International Film Festival, the Durban FilmMart aims to raise the profile and visibility of African cinema, encourage increased production in Africa, and stimulate collaboration across borders between African filmmakers.

The Durban FilmMart takes place over four days (14-17 July) during the Durban International Film Festival (13-23 July 2017). For more information on DFM 2017, the project submission criteria and how to submit your project, visit www.durbanfilmmart.com.

For further inquiries, email info@durbanfilmmart.com or call +27 (0)31 311 4243.

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