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Wednesday, January 1, 2014


The Durban Film Office has announced the launch of an annual grant-funding programme which endeavours to assist established film professionals and their locally produced film projects.

The programme, which kicks off in 2014 and has committed to support two film projects per annum, is now accepting submissions for the first round of grant funding – two Durban film projects will receive a maximum of R250,000 towards the development of their prospective films.

"The programme aims to assist local producers to further projects in development and enable these producers to access broader National and international funding opportunities.” said Durban Film Office Head, Toni Monty.

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

Said Monty; “Raising capital and applying for funding is both a difficult and competitive process – the Durban Film Office aims to provide support to projects to fast track the development process and enable capacity to get these projects to market.”

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

Applicants must be Durban based production companies. The project must have a minimum total production budget of R2.5 million. At least 50% of the team must fall within the definition of being historically disadvantaged individuals as defined in the constitution of South Africa. Requirements include a CV/company profile which demonstrates proven industry experience as a writer, director or producer as well as a project plan detailing how the funds will be used over the next eight months with clear objectives, outcomes and deliverables.

Also needed is a motivation letter (maximum two pages), expressing why the project should be selected. Principal photography of the planned project must be located in Ethekwini Municipality. Examples / showreels of previous works may be requested but should not be submitted with your proposal.

Application must include a completed application form; Business Registration documents and original tax clearance certificate; a completed script; one page synopsis; treatment or project outline; project development plan; development budget and schedule, and Professional Profiles of key creatives.

The selection criteria will focus on a Durban based legal entity with proven track record as a financially sound, operational business; experience and capacity of key applicant / company to implement the project plan and complete the project; a project / development plan which can be realistically realized within the next eight months and demonstration effective and strategic use of funds. Also required is a realistic business plan for the project, which includes a budget; finance plan, marketing and distribution plans.

Submission deadline of project proposals to the Durban Film Office is January 13, 2014. The programme will commence from April 1, 2014

An evaluation panel of industry professionals will be convened to evaluate and select the top five submissions, who will be invited to an interview with the panel. The panel will select the top two projects to be accepted into the programme.

Successful applicants will receive letters of intent by February 14, 2014, and will be required to sign a grant agreement with the EThekwini Municipality.

To receive an application form, contact Development Fund Programme Project Manager, Fezile Peko; on 031 311 4788 or email: For more information on the Durban Film Office visit