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Tuesday, June 1, 2021


Deadline for registration: June 20, 2021

Building on the success of its first all-digital market last year, the 12th Durban FilmMart will look to unpack the disruption that the film industry has had to navigate while celebrating the unique opportunities it has presented. They will also acknowledge key aspects that are unique to them as Africans - all while offering the same fair access across the industry, fostering community within the African film industry, and providing a platform for talent to connect with financiers, funders, sales agents, and co-producers.

The FilmMart is pleased to inform that registrations have opened and, to encourage people to register as early as possible, they are offering an early bird discount - meaning a saving of 15% when registering before June 20 2021.

The online event provides engaging webinars, virtual networking, and user-friendly navigation.

Here is just a small selection of what's on offer at this year's Durban FilmMart

The Pitch Forum brings together financiers, funders, investors, and programmers, presenting to them 70 African projects in development. These include the DFM documentary and fiction projects, participants of the Talents Durban programme, and a spotlight on selected projects from Lusophone Africa.

Distributors, sales agents, and programmers will have a catalogue of 60 African films that are ready for sale and distribution at their disposal through the online DFM Content Shop. These films have been curated to reflect the unique storytelling of African that is available to the international market.

Join the Content Shop: New Pathways discussion which will highlight areas of training, sales, distribution, and festival strategy available to filmmakers on the continent.

DFM Conversations is a series of keynote talks with leading content producers working in or with Africa. These sessions offer the unique opportunity to have in-depth conversations with prominent filmmakers. The organisers look forward to covering topics like representation in filmmaking, pioneering an African aesthetic, from page to screen, and the future of storytelling.

This new stream to the DFM programme will spotlight the growing influence of animation on the continent. The sessions will allow animators to engage with leading professionals who will help sketch the animation development platforms, build a community of animators and connect with international opportunities.

Engage with well-known African documentary directors and role players, while learning from how they share their stories in the Durban Does Docs sessions.