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Sunday, December 22, 2013


The Durban FilmMart is turning five and would like to celebrate this milestone by inviting African filmmakers to submit their project proposals for selection at this important industry event.

Heralded as the continent’s premier co-production film market, the Durban FilmMart – a partnership between the Durban Film Office and the Durban International Film Festival, with principal funding from the city of Durban - is a culmination of skills training,  funding and networking opportunities for filmmakers eager to make their projects a reality.

The 5th Durban FilmMart takes place in Durban from July 18 to 21, 2014, alongside the 35th edition of the Durban International Film Festival which runs from July 17 to 27 and promises to offer a programme jam-packed with informative workshops, engaging discussions and exciting interactive opportunities.

“We are very proud to be celebrating DFM’s 5th Birthday in 2014 and we are humbled by the ongoing support we have received in establishing DFM as an important platform for promising African film projects. DFM 2014 will certainly be a time for celebration and we can’t wait to start working with the 2014 submission in February,” says Durban Film Office Head, Toni Monty.

In five years of its existence, the Durban FilmMart has prided itself with having aided the development of film projects from all corners of the African continent and witnessed their amazing journey from proposal to completed production.  A number of film projects emanating from the Durban FilmMart have received funding and bursaries from global development bodies, screened at film festivals around the world and received international film awards.

Ten fiction projects and ten documentary projects will be selected to attend the four-day event, which will bring together national and international film producers, buyers, financiers, sales agents, funders and other film professionals, who will participate in industry-related workshops, master classes, seminars and networking events. Documentary projects will also be pitched to a panel of commissioning editors and funders in the DOC Circle Pitching Forum.

Calls for the Durban FilmMart project submission closes on February 18, 2014, so hurry to get entries in before time runs out.

Entries are open to all Africans in key creative roles; from writers to directors and producer (all projects must have a producer attached).  To find out how to submit a project, visit For further enquires contact or call 031 311 4243.