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Monday, June 1, 2015


(Niren Tolsi, director of the documentary: “The Rainbow: Jazz for the Struggle, and the Struggle for Jazz”)

Some 19 documentaries and fiction feature film projects from around Africa have been selected for this year’s Durban FilmMart (DFM) which takes place in Durban, South Africa from July 17 to 20, 2015. The details of the selection were recently announced at a networking function held at the South Africa Pavilion at the Cannes International Film Festival.

The Durban FilmMart, now in its 6th edition, has selected these projects from 120 submissions by African filmmakers who wished to participate in the continent’s premier finance and co-production market.

A joint initiative between the Durban Film Office and the Durban International Film Festival, the Durban FilmMart aims to raise the visibility of African cinema, stimulate production on the continent, and facilitate project collaboration between African filmmakers. The DFM creates an optimum platform for African filmmakers, financiers, broadcasters and top film experts to converge, network and spark creative thinking around current and future projects.

“This year, we are pleased to welcome projects from a diverse range of countries on the continent, including Ghana, Cote d’Ivoire, Uganda, Nigeria, Kenya, Zimbabwe and South Africa,” says Toni Monty, of the Durban Film Office. “The DFM has become an important springboard for projects that have been conceptualized by African filmmakers, to support them as the projects move from the idea to exhibition. Over the last five years we have seen many projects go on to be awarded further opportunities to develop at various other markets, and eventually be screened in cinemas and festivals around the globe. In previous years, past DFM projects have been selected for the Durban International Film Festival, testimony to the value this market adds to the development process.”

A Reader Panel, comprising African and international film professionals had to moderate and score submissions, culminating in a rigorous selection discussion over shortlisted projects in both the documentary and fiction section.

These feature and documentary film-makers will be attending the DFM for one-on-one meetings with potential investors and co-producers in the Finance Forum. The projects will also have an opportunity to pitch to a panel of commissioning editors from local and international funders and financiers.  The selected project participants will also be given opportunities to network and meet industry professionals during several scheduled industry sessions.

Included in the documentaries are the South African productions After Marikana – The End of Democracy (producer Anita Khanna, director Rehad Desai); Life and Times of John C (producer Neil Brandt, director Francois Verster); Not in My Neighbourhood (producer/director Kurt Orderson); Project Delight (producer/director Karin Slater), and The Rainbow: Jazz for the Struggle, and the Struggle for Jazz (producer Antoinette Engel, director Niren Tolsi).

Other documentaries include Amal (Egypt); Truck Mama (Kenya); Terre Jaune (Togo); and The Other Half of the African Sky (Zimbabwe).

South African productions in the Fiction section are: Inkabi (The Hitman) (producer Anco Henning, director Norman Maake); On the Way to Paradise (producer Imraan Jeeva, director Sara Blecher); Riot Waif (producer Jean Meeran, director Zinaid Meeran; Selma and Charlize (producer Junaid Ahmed/Helena Spring, director Robyn Aronstam), and The Tall Assassin (producer Carolyn Carew, director Roy Zetisky)

Other fiction productions are Cactus Flower (Egypt); Laughter is the best Colour (Nigeria); One More Night in Lagos (Cote d'Ivoire); Sunflowers Behind a Dirty Fence (Uganda) and Unbalance (Ghana).

The DFM also invites filmmakers who do not have projects selected for the market and industry professionals, to attend as delegates for the programme of masterclasses, forums and networking events during the four-day market.

Registration is now open and early bird rates apply until June 27, 2015. Delegates who register within the early bird window, get discounted registration rates and inclusion in the DFM’s Industry Manual, a valuable networking tool during and after the market.

The 6th Durban FilmMart takes place in Durban, at the Tsogo Sun Elangeni from July 17 to 20 2015, during the 36th edition of the Durban International Film Festival (July 16-26, 2015). For more information on the Durban FilmMart and to register as a delegate visit