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Creative Corner – free film-making workshops and panel discussions at the DFM

The 10th Durban FilmMart, during the Durban International Film Festival, presents Creative Corner, which is a free public programme taking place at the Tsogo Sun Maharani Hotel, Panini Room from 19 to 22 July.

 The programme focuses on creative sectors vital to the film motion picture industry and features panel discussions on costume, set, sound and make-up design as well as script-writing. It also provides informal opportunities for the public and emerging filmmakers to network and collaborate and delve into the fascinating world behind-the-scenes of television and film.

The experts at the Creative Corner include professional and experienced crew of some of South Africa’s biggest television shows including Uzalo and Imbweu – which are both filmed in Durban.

The Durban FilmMart has partnered with the Writers’ Guild of South Africa and South African Guild of Actors in this innovative new programme that also aims to support scriptwriting in development.

During the Creative Corner programme, pre-selected in-development and production-ready feature film projects from South African writers will be given an opportunity to present excerpts of their screenplays to industry delegates in hour-long sessions incorporating an introduction by the writer, a script excerpt of 15 minutes performed by local professional actors, and an Q&A and feedback session with the audience.

The programme:

Friday, 19 July: Two WGSA Script to Live Read sessions will take place with a demonstration in the morning and the kicking off the programme in the afternoon. A costume-design panel which will unpack the fabric of this industry. The panel led by Noky Ngobeni, Head of Costume Design from Uzalo, will pick the minds behind some of South African Television industry’s best dressers.  

Saturday, 20 July: The WGSA and SAGA will present two Script to Live sessions. A set design panel led by set designers Matthew Tikoane (Uzalo) and Nerina Du Plessis (Imbewu) “world-builders” of some of South Africa’s biggest shows. The panel will include SAFTA-nominated and award-winning set builders and designers from the film, television and fashion industry.

Sunday, 21 July: Again two Script to Live readings will take place, as well as aSound Design and Scoring for Film and TV  session with Oscar Mhlangeni (Rhythm World & Imbewu) a composer and music producer who has worked prolifically on projects across the entertainment space.

Monday 22 July: A final Script to Live session will take place, as well as a TV and Film editing session with Prof. Itumeleng Nkabinde (Imbewu) and film and TV make-up experts Stella Johnson (Uzalo) and Khetile Chilli (formerly with Uzalo) will present a discussion on make-up and special effects.   


To attend these free events, and for general security purposes, members of the public are required to present ID’s and register at the relevant reception areas at the venues.

Five registered attendees at the Creative Corner stand a stand to win a DIFF festival pass at the end of on the first day of the event. The pass gives access to the commercial screenings of the film (subject to availability and on a first-come-first-served basis). 

For the full Creative Corner and Industry programme go to:

For the screening programme for DIFF go to

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