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Sunday, June 16, 2013


Flatland, a 2012 selected Durban FilmMart (DFM) Project, produced by David Horler of Proper Film, and directed by Jenna Cato Bass has been chosen to take part in Paris Project, the coproduction and financing forum of the Paris Cinema International Film Festival.

Flatland was the recipient of a number of awards at last year’s DFM where it received a €5000 grant for development as WorldView’s Most Promising Feature, was selected for Rotterdam Lab in February, and won the EAVE prize enabling the producer to attend the European Producers Workshop in March this year.

The DFM, is a joint programme of the Durban Film Office (DFO) and the Durban International Film Festival (DIFF), and has as one of its core objectives to act as a valuable feeder platform to bring African projects to other recognized international co-production markets.

The DFM has recently entered into a strategic partnership with Paris Project, which looks at co-production potential for carefully selected worldwide feature projects destined for French and European coproduction. This year, a 2012 DFM project was selected, and going forward a project will be selected from the 2013 DFM to go to Paris Project in 2014.

Both the director and the producer of Flatland have been awarded a complimentary return air ticket and four nights’ accommodation to participate in the market, which takes place from June 30 to July 3, to enable them to increase their networks and meet international partners.

In addition to personalized meetings with industry professionals, Paris Project offers a series of specialized events like seminars and workshops. In 2012, 350 professionals from 140 companies attended Paris Project, with more than 500 meetings scheduled.

The 4th Durban FilmMart will take place from July 19 to 22 during the 34th edition of the Durban International Film Festival (July 18 to 28) and will present an official selection of about 10 fiction projects and 10 documentary projects.

For more information on the Durban FilmMart visit Entries to this year’s DFM are now closed. For further enquires contact