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Wednesday, January 8, 2014


Proposals to the recently launched Development Fund Programme of the Durban Film Office closes this Monday (January 13) at 17h00 – local filmmakers are encouraged to submit their proposals immediately!

Designed for the first time to cater for experienced and seasonal local filmmakers, the programme will provide financial assistance to already-developed film project proposals.

The Durban Film Office (DFO) is the film industry development arm of the eThekwini Municipality, mandated to position Durban as a world-class film production destination and facilitator for the development of the local film industry. The DFO drives activity and development in the sector in order to boost tourism, job creation and the development of core skills and SMMEs in the region.

DFO’s Toni Monty notes the need for initial funding for filmmakers who deserve and require a kick-start to their film project and to realise their dreams in filmmaking becoming a reality: “We believe the programme will offer an ideal investment opportunity for both locally distinguished filmmakers as well as towards the promotion of our progressive film industry,” he says.

The programme will accept project proposals that display commercial viability, prospective investment and collaboration opportunities as well as local and global competitiveness.

The Development Fund Programme will provide development funding to a maximum value of R250,000 per project. It will support two projects per annum and will commence from April 1, 2014.

The programme is open to experienced writers, producers, directors based in Durban who need to develop projects for local and international investors, markets and audiences.

All project submissions must be delivered to: Development Fund Programme - Attention: Mr Fezile Peko, Durban Film Office, 11th Floor Rennie House, 41 Margaret Mncadi Avenue, Durban.

To receive an application form or for more information on how to apply (requirements, process etc) contact Development Fund Programme Project Manager, Fezile Peko; email or phone 031 311 4788.

For more information on the Durban Film Office visit