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Sunday, September 28, 2014


Deadline: September 30, 2014

Ethekwini Municipality’s Durban Film Office will host a workshop on October 1 from 12 noon to 13h00 at Durban’s SmartXchange, to announce the grantee’s of the first cycle of their Micro Budget Film Programme and the Development Fund Programme, as well as announce the call out for the second cycle of funding.

The Micro Budget Film Programme was designed to equip emerging filmmakers with the opportunity to gain experience in the film industry and develop their filmmaking skills. This ground-breaking programme will award five micro budget projects with production grants of R100,000 to produce their films within the framework of an in depth training programme focusing on mentoring these filmmakers through the entire production process. The main goal of the programme is to develop a model of filmmaking that teaches filmmakers to make more for less with a view to making filmmaking more accessible to emerging filmmakers who are attempting to break into the main stream markets.

In addition to the Micro Budget Film Programme, the Durban Film Office has also selected two local projects to receive development grants to further their projects. The development grant was established for bigger budget films to assist filmmakers in bridging the development gap and enabling them to access critical support offered at Provincial and National levels.

The workshop is open to all interested filmmakers and will announce key dates and application criteria for the next funding cycle. Those who wish to attend are encouraged to book their seats by the September 30 via Mlungisi Zondi on 031 311 4780 or email