Spotlight on Zollywood! The Durban FilmMart (DFM) has launched its programme for their 10th edition which takes place from 19 to 22 July during the 40th Durban International Film Festival (18-28 July).
Reaching a significant milestone of 10 years, the DFM has firmly ensconced itself as one of the most important film industry development and networking events on the continent, with its objective to develop content, skills and expertise, and to pave the way for cross-border collaborations and networks.
The four-day film industry event comprises a packed programme of panel discussions, seminars, workshops, master classes, a finance forum, and mini-conferences and exhibitions curated by film industry stakeholders. The DFM and DIFF are pleased to announced a Canadian Focus this year, which includes the CineFAM South Africa Co-Production Accelerator, is a series of workshops, aimed kickstart original co-productions led by experienced and seasoned female producers, writers and directors from both countries.
Experts presenting masterclasses and workshops include Irish screenwriter and producer Gabrielle Kelly, London-based curator, audience development specialist and author Nadia Denton, South African producer and founding manager of the Cape Town chapter of the shnit Worldwide Shortfilmfestival Sean Drummond and prolific Egyptian director Mohamed Siam.
There are a number of new programmes providing an exciting mix of opportunities for film-makers to grow their professional knowledge, networks and skills. The Durban Does Docs is a one-day documentary conference consisting of panel discussions, masterclasses and plenary presentations aimed to attract documentary filmmakers and scholars, who will unpack and discuss the state of the documentary in a global context.
Looking at film locations from both a geographic and service provision perspective, the Locations Africa Exhibition and Conference aims to re-ignite efforts to position Africa as a key filming destination.
Themba Bhebhe, who has been in charge of Diversity & Inclusion at the last two editions of the European Film Market (Berlinale) will lead the inaugural Engage @DFM, a series of curated conversations on pertinent, challenging and multi-faceted questions facing the African film industry which will be shared with delegates over four days for input and debate.
The Sisters Working in Film and Television (SWIFT) – Women Led Film Programme includes events, launches and announcements, as well as a workshop and seminar sessions around women in film.
The Finance Forum creates the space for twenty pre-selected feature film and documentary projects from Africa to pitch to potential sponsors, funders and partners. This is one of the most important programmes to come out of the DFM, creating opportunities for films to be further developed.
The 12th Talents Durban in partnership with Berlinale Talents (Berlin International Film Festival) sees eighteen pre-selected intermediate African filmmakers attend a 5-day event to further develop their professional skills.
In partnership Produire au Suid of Festival des 3 Continents, in Nantes, France, the Jumpstart programme aimed at introducing ten pre-selected emerging filmmakers to the art of project pitching and guide them on how to maximize festivals and markets, and expose them to the workings of local and international industry.
Two other important programmes, which are open and free to emerging filmmakers and interested members of the public are the Creative Corner and The Isiphethu Hub. The Creative Corner is a four day programme, aimed at emerging scriptwriters, actors, set designers and make-up artists with script to live sessions and panel discussions around the creative elements of film-making such as editing, make-up, sound design and set design The Isiphethu Hub is a series of workshops, seminars and panel discussions around the development of film.
Delegates to the DFM have access to the industry lounge and exhibition, providing opportunities for networking sessions and to create meaningful business relationships across the globe.
International partners and guests in attendance include Sundance Film Festival, Hot Docs Blue Ice, Caribbean Tales, Dok Leipzig, Dokfes, Cinemart, BBC Storyville, Doc Society, Aljazeera, Arte TV, Trace TV, Sorfund, European Film Market, Ape & Bjorn, Sudu Films, Rushlake Media, Melia Films, Produire au Sud, Telefilm Canada, Afridocs, Maisha Film Lab and Planet Africa TV.
Registration is still open to those who wish to register for the 10th annual DFM, early bird registration is open until 28 June 2019. Early bird fees are R1300 (ZAR) for the four-day programme, which includes four day’s access to the DFM Industry Programme, access to DFM producers lounge and DFM networking events, 10 tickets to Durban International Film Festival screenings and company information published in the industry manual. After 28 June fees are R1600 for the full programme while daily passes are R450 each (the daily pass does not include tickets to DIFF screenings or access into the opening and closing events). All tickets exclude meals.