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Friday, February 22, 2013


The projects of Durban FilmMart 2011-2012 participants Nadine Salib, Mayenzeke Baza, Riaan Hendricks and Eddie Edwards were among the eight winning projects selected to receive grants in the second round of the Hot Docs Blue Ice Group Documentary Fund which is coordinated by the Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival. Three categories of funding were granted to the following DFM Projects:

-       Hot Docs-Blue Ice Group Documentary Fund Development Grant awarded to Mother of the Unborn (Egypt), director Nadine Salib and co-producers Hala Lotfi and Fawzi Saleh.
-       Hot Docs-Blue Ice Group Documentary Production Grant awarded to Ndiyindoda/ I am a Man (South Africa), director and producer Mayenzeke Baza.
-       Hot Docs-Blue Ice Group Documentary Completion Grant awarded to two DFM Projects; The Devil’s Lair (South Africa) directed by Riaan Hendricks, and produced by Neil Brandt and Rollaball (South Africa) a DFM 2011 project participant, directed by Eddie Edwards and produced by Steven Markovitz.

The fund will also provide grantees with travel, accommodation and accreditation support to attend the Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival and Hot Docs-Blue Ice Group Filmmakers Lab.

Established by Toronto-based Blue Ice Film, the Fund was launched in 2011 as a grant programme providing financial support to African documentary filmmakers for either development or production. In addition to financing, the initiative also offers valuable resources to support production and professional development, and offers filmmakers opportunities to access the international documentary community.

Durban Film Office’s Toni Monty said “This is testament that Africa is endowed with a wealth of artistic talent and has stories to be told in film which are exclusive, unique and has cultural diversity. The DFM is the right platform for artists to network, for them to meet new potential sponsors to raise money for films and documentaries”.

DFM is fast becoming one of the most important meeting places on the African continent for African Filmmakers to connect with the global markets and is set to take place in Durban from July 19 to 22, alongside the 34th edition of the Durban International Film Festival (July 18 to 28). The DFM is an annual co-production and finance market, a joint programme of the Durban Film Office and the Durban International Film Festival with principle funding from the City of Durban.

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