It’s time to show the world our Brave New Cinema

70 Speakers. 35 Sessions. Infinite Possibilities.

4 – 13 Sept 2020

Storytelling runs deep in Africa; it encompasses who we are, inseparable from our identity. Filmmaking is our modern take on sharing our stories with the world. It’s time to show the world our Brave New Cinema.

Learn from industry professionals.
Network with international content buyers.
Pitch your ideas to the market.

  • 10 days full of industry-relevant programming and networking opportunities
    • 5 days of high-level conversations, discussions and hangouts
    • 5 days of pitching and training
  • 35 sessions that will move you forward as an industry professional
  • 70 films in development to be presented in our Pitch Forum
  • 90 completed films available for sale and distribution in our Content Shop
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Our 2020 Virtual Programme

The Content Shop

Our unique online approach has birthed an exciting new addition to the Market: The DFM Content Shop. Distributors, sale agents and programmers will have, at their disposal, a catalogue of 90 African films that are ready for sale and distribution. These films have been curated to reflect the unique African storytelling and high-quality work that will be discussed throughout the sessions.

Pitch Forum

Our Pitch Forum, offers financiers, funders, investors and programmers a chance to fully explore the 70 African projects in development that we’ll be presenting.

Online Exhibition

By going virtual this year, we have some exciting new ways for you to engage with exhibitors. Discover great deals and make important connections with suppliers that can assist you in bringing your work to life.

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Durban Does Docs – 5 sessions

Following from last year’s inaugural Durban Does Docs sessions, delegates will meet and engage with well-known African directors and learn from their journeys of getting their work conceptualised, produced and into the market.

Filmmaker Talks – 5 sessions

As creative intellectuals, so much thought goes into the work we create. In our Filmmaker Talks sessions, we give our industry’s leading lights a platform to discuss the stories they’re telling in their works of art – ranging across feature, documentary, animation and short film creation.

Special Focus on Africa – Content in the New Normal – 5 sessions

Like the rest of the world, the film industry has had to adjust to the new normal brought about by COVID-19. Join us in these special sessions that will discuss the challenges that national lockdowns present, and the unique opportunities that these circumstances have offered filmmakers.

DFM Conversations – 5 sessions

Filmmakers rarely get a chance to network with one another and learn from each other. DFM Conversations are a series of sessions aimed to address that, offering you the opportunity to have in-depth conversations with prominent filmmakers. We look forward to covering topics like screenwriting, audience development, representation in filmmaking and pioneering an African aesthetic.

Engage – 5 sessions

African problems require African solutions. Our Pan-African Think Tank will use these sessions to discuss the difficult social, economic and political landscapes that filmmakers are required to navigate. We also look forward to the robust conversation around representation and authenticity in the content created within Africa.

South African Film in Focus – 5 sessions

The South African context provides interesting challenges for the production and distribution of media, and these sessions will take a look at the various areas of focus for South African filmmakers.