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Thursday, April 22, 2021


(Names from left to right:

Llewellyn James Rice, Chiziwiso Pswarayi, Tenjiwe Pswarayi, Lungile Mayindi, Linda E.T Gumede, Lwazi Duma, Shumelani Mapholi, Siphumelele Nene, Gugu Kunene, Happiness Mpase, Muneera Sallies, Lerato Sokhulu, Mlingane Dube, Samkelisiwe Nkabinde, Yolanda Keabetswe Mogatusi, Mamokuena Makhema, Amanda Lane, Sihle Ndaba, Zoe Ramushu, Thabiso Xolo, Glenn Masokoane, Joe Spirit, Simphiwe Ngcobo, Buyani Gumede, Sihle Mzobe, Mzimasi Ndzombane, Sinomtha Nduna, Danile Annah Mohlamme, Tshego Monaisa, Liese Kuhn, Mandy Mbekeni, Marie Midcalf, Lusanda Mangqangwana and Siyasanga Mbikwana)

The Durban FilmMart Institute is pleased to announce its inaugural DFM Access programme and the 22 projects selected to participate in the programme.

DFM Access is a 10-week development platform for emerging producers. The programme is created to provide a nurturing framework for participants with existing long-form or episodic independent film projects to hone and improve their scripts and project packages. The objective of the programme is to help participants with the necessary skills to participate in programmes and markets locally and globally.

“The virtual incubation programme is aimed to support producers shape their stories, prepare their project presentations and understand the marketplace in order to create effective strategies for their current projects and to plan their professional trajectory,” says Magdalene Reddy, acting General Manager of the Durban FilmMart Institute. “The programme will consist of one-on-one mentorship and plenary sessions lead by industry experts.”

The projects - six documentaries, seven fiction features, nine episodic - were selected from the 2021 DFM project submissions. Three projects participating in DFM Access will be selected to present their project in the 2021 DFM’s Finance Forum as an official DFM project. This opportunity will allow participants a chance to engage with potential co producers, financiers and broadcasters. All participants will be given free accreditation to the DFM 2021.





Cancelled– Producer and Director: Lungile Mayindi

The Story of a Thorn Producer: Sinomtha Nduna, Director: Mzimasi Ndzombane

Sweetheart – Producer and Director: Thabiso Xolo

IBUYA – Producer: Happiness Mpase, Director: Gugu Kunene

Grade 10D – Producer: Shumelani Mapholi, Siphumelele Nene

Professional Mourners – Producer: Sihle Ndaba, Director: Amanda Lane

Becoming passionate – Producer: Tenjiwe Pswarayi, Director: Chiziwiso Pswarayi



Windward – Producers: Lusanda Mangqangwana, Lindiwe Mnisi, Katie Taylor, Director: Marie Midcalf

We Are Only Ever Passing Through – Producer and Director: Mandy Mbekeni

THE NEW AFRIKANS – Producers: Glenn Masokoane and Yolanda Ndhlovu, Director: Glenn Ujebe Masokoane

Dingiswayo: King of Kings – Producer: Linda E.T Gumede, Director: Lwazi Duma

My Plastic Hair – Producer: Mamokuena Makhema, Director: Yolanda Keabetswe Mogatusi

THE UNCHOSEN WORLD – Producer: Danile Annah Mohlamme, Director: Linda Keiser 



The Oath – Producer: Joe Spirit, Simphiwe Ngcobo, Director: Zuko Nodada

Wisdom Cries Out From The Streets – Producer and Director: Siyasanga Mbikwana

The Psycho – Producer: Buyani Gumede, Director: Sihle Mzobe

Pretty Hustle - Producer and Director: Zoe Ramushu

TWELVE - Producer and Director: Liese Kuhn

Zulu Dynasty – Producer: Llewellyn James Rice, Adze Ugah, Director: Llewellyn James Rice

In Tongues – Producer: Lerato Sokhulu, Director: Muneera Sallies

Keng daai deng? – Producer: Samkelisiwe Nkabinde, Director: Mlingane Dube

Three Sisters – Producer and Director: Tshego Monaisa


The DFM Access is produced by the Durban FilmMart Institute with principal funding from the Durban Film Office and Ethekwini Municipality. The DFM Access 2021 is supported by South Africa’s National Film and Video Foundation PESP funding.

For more information contact the Durban FilmMart Institute on email: