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Tuesday, August 10, 2021


After being disrupted by the civil unrest that affected parts of South Africa, Africa’s premier film industry event, the Durban FilmMart, is back on track to host its virtual event this August.

The 12th edition of the Durban FilmMart which was initially meant to take place from July 16 to 25 will now take place from August 13 to 22.

“The premise of this year's market was based on how filmmakers, particularly those raised and operating in Africa, are natural-born problem-solvers. Though the past year has been tumultuous, we as an industry have stood strong. In many ways, it's poetic justice that our original plans required some alterations to best move with the disruptions - which brings us to the purpose of this email: our new dates,” says Magdalene Reddy, acting General Manager of the Durban FilmMart Institute.

“We are glad that we were able to overcome the challenges that the riots in parts of KwaZulu-Natal presented us to get the Durban FilmMart back on track so that we can once again showcase the best of African filmmaking.

“Despite the disruption we faced, our programme for the virtual event remains largely unchanged and we look forward to providing African filmmakers the platform to network with an international market,” Reddy adds.

Under the theme, Disrupt! The shape of stories to come, the Durban FilmMart will highlight the best the continent has to offer while interrogating the challenges and opportunities the film industry faces.

This year the DFM has a programme comprising 100 speakers over 40 sessions. Highlighted streams in the Industry programme include:


-DFM Conversations – In-depth conversations with prominent film industry professionals

-Durban Does Docs – Unpacking the world of documentary filmmaking

-Talents Filmmaker Talks – Interrogating stories, messaging and filmmaking processes

-Engage – Highlighting Lusophone African voices in the traveling think-tank programme

-Animation @ DFM – Explore animation as a dynamic driving force within the continent’s creative industries

-Content Shop: New Pathways – How digital opportunities in the areas of training, sales, distribution and festival strategy facilitate inclusivity and access


The Pitch and Finance Forum offers financiers, funders, investors and programmers an opportunity to fully explore African projects in development. The 2021 programme will present 30 projects as the official DFM selection and 45 projects in the Story Junction selection. Story Junction is the presentation of projects from partner programmes – Talents Durban, Hot Docs Blue Ice Docs Fund Fellows and a spotlight on selected Lusophone African projects.

Importantly, registration is still open. To those who have already registered, there is no need to do anything - your existing registration will simply roll over to these new dates. If you are still needing to secure your place, please do so here:

REGISTER NOW on the following link:

The Durban FilmMart 2021 is produced by the Durban FilmMart Institute with principal funding from the Durban Film Office and Ethekwini Municipality.

The DFM 2021 virtual event is supported by National Film and Video Foundation, KwaZulu-Natal Film Commission, Film and Publications Board, International Emerging Film Talent Association, Institut Francais – South Africa, Wesgro, Canadian High Commission, Canex Creative Africa Nexus, CC&A Insurance, Wits School of Arts Film and Television, Sunshine Cinema and Multichoice Talents Factor, Embassy of Portugal with the following programme partners – Berlinale Talent, Produire au Sud, AfriDocs and Avek, Cape Town International Animation Film Festival, Cairo International Film Festival, Carthage Film Festival Logo  (JCC), Digital Lab Africa, Documentary Filmmakers Association, Documentary Association of Europe, DOK.fest München, DOK Leipzig, Dolby, Durban International Film Festival, FidaDoc, FESPACO, Hot Docs-Blue Ice Docs Fund, Inco Production, Guangzhou International Documentary Film Festival, International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam, Independent Producers Organisation, Miradas Doc, Namibia Film Commission, Netflix, Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie, Rotterdam Cinemart, South African Guild of Actors, Sørfond - Norwegian South Film Fund, SWIFT, Trace Studios, , Writers Guild of  South Africa, Yaoundé Lab

DFM media partners include Awotele, Callsheet Africa, and Variety.

Durban FilmMart Institute is the business hub of the African Film industries in a world where African film Industry professionals and products are globally competitive and celebrated. The mission of the Durban FilmMart Institute is to provide appropriate and effective programmes and services to promote, support and facilitate investment in the African film industries so that African film industry professionals and products are competitive and celebrated globally.

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