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Realness Pan African Screenwriters’ Residency - update on progress

Apr 25 2017 12:00AM

After attending Durban FilmMart (DFM) as Durban Talents in 2016, the Realness residents worked at Nirox in the Cradle of Humankind for 6 weeks under the mentorship of Nadja Dumochel and Selina Ukwuoma. Following this they had a further 6 weeks to polish their work from home and submit the drafts to the awards committees.

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Delegate Registration opens today for 8th Durban FilmMart

Apr 18 2017 6:00PM

Registration opens today (April 18) and there is an early Bird registration discount for those booking before 23 June 2017. Fees are R1,630.00 (ZAR) for the 4 day event which includes access to allocated sessions, lunch, access to DFM networking events, entrance into the Durban International Film Festival screenings (subject to ticket availability), listing in the DFM Industry Manual and access to Masterclasses and the Africa in Focus programme.

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10th Talents Durban – Call for Submission 14-­-18 July 2017

Mar 9 2017 12:00AM

DEADLINE: 5 May 2017

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DIFF 2017 CALL FOR ENTRIES

Feb 3 2017 12:00AM

REMINDER:

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South African film, The Wound to open the Panorama programme of the Berlin International Film Festival

Dec 21 2016 12:00AM

Just after celebrating its selection to have its world premiere in competition at the Sundance Film festival in the USA, the film-makers of the South African film The Wound, have received news that the film has been selected to open the Berlin International Film Festival’s Panorama section in February 2017.

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Final Call for Projects for 2017 Durban FilmMart – Edition 8

Dec 12 2016 12:00AM

Today is D-Day - a reminder that submissions of projects for the 8th edition of The Durban FilmMart (DFM), which takes place in Durban, South Africa from 14 to 17 July 2017 will close today - 12 December 2016.

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The Wound to Make World Premiere at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival

Dec 5 2016 12:00AM

The Wound tells the story Xolani, a lonely Xhosa factory worker who joins the men of his community in the mountains of the Eastern Cape to initiate a group of teenage boys into manhood. When a defiant initiate from the city discovers his best kept secret, Xolani's entire existence begins to unravel.

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APPLICATIONS ARE NOW OPEN FOR THE REALNESS PAN AFRICAN SCRIPTWRITING RESIDENCY 2017

Nov 29 2016 12:00AM

ealness is a pioneering residency that provides filmmakers with the opportunity to hone and develop their creative scriptwriting skills. It serves to address the need for promising African film projects to be supported in their development phase to be able to realistically compete in global film markets.

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Call For Applications : SA-France Co-Production Workshop

Nov 7 2016 12:00AM

The National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF) and the National Centre for Cinema (CNC) of France, in conjunction with the French Embassy in South Africa, are organising a 2 day co-production workshop between the two countries, which will be held in Paris the week of 27 March 2017 (date TBC).

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Train of Salt and Sugar – wins Best Film at Joburg Film Festival

Nov 7 2016 12:00AM

The Mozambiquan Train of Salt and Sugar, a 2014 Durban FilmMart project, directed by Licínio Azevedo, which had its African premiere in competition at the Joburg Film Festival won the Festival’s inaugural Best Film Award on Saturday.

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DIFF Film Manager post

Oct 24 2016 12:00AM

DIFF seeks a new manager

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Women's Voices Now (WVN) Online Film Festival

Oct 24 2016 12:00AM

Women’s Voices Now seeks to amplify the voices of all women. We believe in the power of free expression to realize the aspirations of women's rights. At WVN, we look for compelling films in the documentary, narrative, and experimental genres that push boundaries and subvert expectations.

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Train of Salt and Sugar – a film by Licínio Azevedo for Joburg Film Festival

Oct 18 2016 12:00AM

Train of Salt and Sugar, which was a selected project at the 2014 Durban FilmMart, has it’s SA premiere at the Joburg Film Festival on 29th of October at 4 pm. Entrance is free of charge on a first comes first basis at the iconic Alexander Theatre in Braamfontein.

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CROSSCURRENTS DOCUMENTARY FUND – SHORT/INTERACTIVE/EXPERIMENTAL STREAM

Oct 17 2016 12:00AM

The CrossCurrents Doc Fund provides one successful applicant per year with a grant of $10,000 CDN (ten thousand dollars), which could reflect up to 100 per cent of the project’s production budget.

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New CEO at Göteborg Film Festival

Oct 5 2016 12:00AM

Mirja Wester takes over as CEO of Göteborg Film Festival. Mirja is well-established in the film industry and has worked at the festival for several years in different capacities, most recently as Festival Manager.

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Call for Projects for 2017 Durban FilmMart – Edition 8

Oct 3 2016 12:00AM

Submissions of projects for the 8th edition of The Durban FilmMart (DFM), which takes place in Durban, South Africa from 14 to 17 July 2017 will open on October 12, 2016.

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CineMart - Call for Projects

Aug 31 2016 12:00AM

Deadline 16 September 2016

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Berlinale Co-Production Market: New Opportunities for International Feature-Length Fiction Film Projects

Aug 25 2016 12:00AM

Until October 12, experienced producers from around the world may submit feature-length fiction film projects to the Berlinale Co-Production Market 2017. With budgets between one and 20 million euros, the projects should be suitable for international co-production, and have 30% of their financing or at least local production support already in place.

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SOUTH AFRICAN FILM BUSINESS TRAINERS TAKES A BOLD STEP FORWARD

Aug 2 2016 12:00AM

For the second year in a row at the Durban FilmMart Tina-Louise Smith and Orla Garriques ran the Business Model Programme. This Programme is a series of dynamic, interactive workshops, running over the four days of the FilmMart, consisting of the Trainers’ Boot Camp, Producers’ Workshops and the Industry Panel.

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Film4Africa Global Video Competition

Jul 28 2016 12:00AM

The competition invites filmmakers between the ages of 14-35 years from around the world to express their vision for a sustainable future by creating a Public Service Advertisement (less than 1 min) or a Short Film (1-5 minutes) about climate action.

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CALLING ALL ASPIRING SCREENWRITERS TO THE HOT PLATE SCRIPTWRITING INCUBATION PROGRAMME

Jul 28 2016 12:00AM

Award winning film and television production company, Coal Stove Pictures, is inviting all writers that have a desire for a career in the television and film industry to apply to The Hot Plate Scriptwriting Incubation Programme. This exciting programme combines the elements of an internship, a writing course and an incubator, into a three-month course that will take place in Newtown Johannesburg.

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Call For Entries Berlinale Talents

Jul 7 2016 12:00AM

Deadline 1 September 2016

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Durban International Film Festival Announces Award Winners for 2016

Jun 26 2016 12:00AM

The Durban International Film Festival announced its award-winners tonight (June 25) at the closing ceremony of the festival’s 37th edition at the Playhouse prior to the screening of the closing film, The Space in Between – Marina Abramovic and Brazil.

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The National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF) of South Africa and the Namibia Film Commission (NFC) Sign Agreement during DIFF 2016

Jun 22 2016 12:00AM

The National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF) and the Namibia Film Commission (NFC) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding

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Durban FilmMart Awards 2016

Jun 21 2016 12:00AM

“DFM is considered one of Africa’s most important film finance platforms and industry gatherings, and this year around 550 film-makers from around the globe, with a significant representation from Africa, attended the festival for four days of pitching, forums and networking sessions,” says Toni Monty, Head of the Durban Film Office. “Over 600 meetings were held, in a robust and very engaging event this year.”

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DURBAN FILMMART 2013 FINANCE FORUM WINNER ‘FIVE FINGERS FOR MARSEILLES’ SADDLES UP

Jun 16 2016 12:00AM

Seven years after writer Sean Drummond and director Michael Matthews first set out on an 8000km research and development journey around the country, The Be Phat Motel Film Company and Game 7 Films’ Five Fingers for Marseilles, which was a project at the 2013 Durban FilmMart, is taking its next big step to the big screen. The film, a contemporary South African thriller modelled on the western and played in Sesotho and isiXhosa, with a top-tier, fully local cast, begins production in the Eastern Cape in July 2016, in association with Stage 5 Films and Above the Clouds.

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DIFF AND SAGE ANNOUNCE EDITING AWARDS

Jun 15 2016 12:00AM

The South African Guild of Editors (SAGE) has announced that the Durban International Film Festival (DIFF) has included an award for best editing this year. The American Cinema Editors (ACE) has over a number of years campaigned for the inclusion of a Film Editing awards category at international film festivals. In support of this initiative, SAGE consulted with the DIFF management team in early 2016, and the festival has decided to implement an award for Best Editor for this year’s festival.

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Oliver Hermanus’ Latest Film Makes SA Debut at DIFF

Jun 14 2016 12:00AM

Award-winning South African director Oliver Hermanus’ new film, The Endless River, will have its first South African screening at the Durban International Film Festival this month.

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Award winning South African documentary at DIFF

Jun 13 2016 12:00AM

The South African documentary Lost Tongue, winner of the Women Film Critics Circle Award, is set to screen at the 37th Durban International Film Festival (DIFF) which takes place from June 16 and 26.

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Durban’s KZNSA Gallery Short Films Hub and Journeymen Exhibition

Jun 13 2016 12:00AM

The KZNSA Gallery in Glenwood, Durban will once again be the Short Films Hub for the 37th Durban International Film Festival (DIFF). In addition, the gallery will be home to opening night film The Journeymen’s accompanying photographic exhibition entitled Twenty Journeyfrom June 18 to 24.

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37th Durban International Film Festival: Free Public Screenings

Jun 13 2016 12:00AM

The Durban International Film Festival, which takes place from June 16 to 26, will host a series of free public screenings. The DIFF will travel to Clermont, Kwangcolosi, Inanda, Umlazi, KwaMashu and the city centre, where people will have the opportunity to watch this year’s opening night film The Journeymen as well as the comedy - Wonder Boy for President, starring Kagiso Lediga.

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Durban filmmaker returns to Durban International Film Festival with Radio Rats documentary

Jun 13 2016 12:00AM

“Jiving and Dying - The Radio Rats Story” sees Durban filmmaker Michael Cross return to the Durban International Film Festival (DIFF) (16-26 June) with a documentary about a band he argues are so much more than one-hit wonders.

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SARAFINA! COMMEMORATES 40 YEARS OF 16 JUNE 1976

Jun 9 2016 12:00AM

Leading the initiatives is a unique collaboration between Videovision Entertainment, United International Pictures, Ster Kinekor, Nu Metro, Times Media and e.tv to have free screenings of Sarafina! at selected cinemas across South Africa at 12 noon on 16 June 2016. The participating cinemas are: Baywest, Bedford Centre, Blue Route, Bridge, Brooklyn, Canal Walk, Carlton Centre, Clearwater, East Rand Mall, Eastgate, Eikestad, Galleria, Gateway, The Glen, Key West, Kollanade, Loch Logan Development, Maponya Mall, Menlyn Park, Mimosa, Mooi River, Newtown Junction, Northcape (Kimberley), Parow, The Pavilion, Sandton, Southgate, Sterland, TygerValley, Vaal Mall, Nu Metro V&A and Walmer Park.

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TALENTS DURBAN 2015 PARTICIPANTS ANNOUNCED

Jun 8 2016 12:00AM

Talents Durban is one of the six Talents International programmes formed by Berlinale Talents. The other Talents programmes include Talents Beirut in Lebanon, Talents Buenos Aires in Argentina, Talents Sarajevo in Bosnia-Herzegovina, Talents Tokyo in Japan and Talents Guadalajara in Mexico. 20 filmmakers from eight countries across the continent, including South Africa, Kenya, Ghana, Nigeria, Mozambique, Ethiopia, Egypt and Madagascar, will be in attendance.

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Durban International Film Festival Partners with Festival Scope Pro – Online Platform for Film Professionals

Jun 7 2016 12:00AM

The partnership between DIFF and Festival Scope Pro aims to bring a greater visibility – and potentially a wider distribution – to the African film industry. Each film will be made available after its initial screening, bringing them from Durban, South Africa, straight to film professionals’ screens.

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Kalushi: The Story of Solomon Mahlangu to feature at 37th Durban International Film Festival

Jun 7 2016 12:00AM

Kalushi screens at DIFF on Saturday, June 18, at 16:00 at The Playhouse, Thursday, June 23, at 12:00 at Luthuli Museum in Groutville and Saturday, June 25 at 20:00 at Musgrave Ster Kinekor.

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CALL FOR PROJECTS Digital Lab Africa

Jun 7 2016 12:00AM

Digital Lab Africa is a new platform for African talent in multimedia, organised by the French Institute of South Africa, in partnership with DISCOP AFRICA and TRACE.

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Wavescape Film Festival at the Durban International Film Festival

Jun 6 2016 12:00AM

The Wavecsape Film Festival, which features films about surfing, the ocean and associated adventure sports, opens with the much celebrated Bay of Plenty outdoor screening on Sunday 19 June at 7pm, with indoor screenings taking place Monday to Friday 20 to 24 June at the Rivertown Beerhall (www.facebook.com/rivertownbeerhall).

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World Premiere of Nobody’s Died Laughing - A Journey with Pieter-Dirk Uys

Jun 3 2016 12:00AM

kykNET films and Vry Films in association with Lion’s Head Productions and Who Projects are proud to announce Nobody’s Died Laughing, a theatrical-action-documentary that celebrates the life and work of performing artist and activist Pieter-Dirk Uys, will have its world premiere at the 37th Durban International Film Festival on Sunday, June 19 at 6pm at the Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre.

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Wonder Boy for President – World Premiere at DIFF

Jun 3 2016 12:00AM

Wonder Boy for President tells a story of Wonder Boy, a charismatic and authoritative young man from the Eastern Cape, who is coerced into running for president by two dubious and corrupt characters played by Ntosh Madlingozi and Tony Miyambo. Their aim is to mould him into a great politician and manufacture his down-fall at the right time, for the right price. It is a political satire that delves into political dynamics and challenges that arise.

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DURBAN INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES PROGRAMME FOR 37TH EDITION

May 27 2016 12:00AM

The festival will kick off on the 40th anniversary of June 16, 1976 with the World Premiere of the South African documentary, The Journeymen, directed by Sean Metelerkamp and produced by Jolynn Minnaar, whose film, Unearthed, was one of the big hits at DIFF 2014.

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7th Durban FilmMart Full Programme Announced

May 25 2016 12:00AM

This year’s DFM industry development programme has a strong focus on story development, the essential starting point for any film, and so a number of sessions will delve into topics that will address the subject of “What is an African story and how to sell these African stories”. South African film-makers Junaid Ahmed and Akin Omotoso will share their experiences of developing their latest films – Happiness is a Four Letter Word and Tell Me Sweet Something respectively.

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Call for African filmmakers to submit proposals for the Al Jazeera-Encounters Pitching Forum - Johannesburg, 11 June 2016

May 24 2016 12:00AM

The Encounters South African International Documentary Festival, in partnership with Al Jazeera, is calling African filmmakers to submit proposals for the Al Jazeera-Encounters Pitching Forum taking place in Johannesburg on Saturday, 11 June 2016. The deadline is this Friday, 27 May 2016.

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Bertha Foundation is co-commissioning 12 short films with Guardian.

May 24 2016 12:00AM

Guardian is relaunching their documentary strand in Summer 2016 in partnership with the Bertha Foundation. For the new Guardian Documentaries strand, the idea is that we will do slightly longer shorts - possibly as long as 20 minutes - and that we will invest up to a maximum of £15,000 per film.

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Strong African Content for DIFF 2016

May 19 2016 12:00AM

Of the 101 feature-length films to be shown at the festival, 50 are African films, including 17 fiction films and 9 documentaries, while there are 24 South African films, including 10 fiction films and 14 documentaries. Additionally, the festival’s programme will include more than 90 short films, the majority of which are African and South African.

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URUCU MEDIA ANNOUNCES SELECTION OF FIVE AFRICAN FILMMAKERS TO PARTICIPATE IN REALNESS SCRIPTWRITING RESIDENCY

May 18 2016 12:00AM

The five writers will participate in a programme that will begin with an immersive industry experience at Africa’s leading finance and co-production market, Durban FilmMart (from June 17 to 20), which will be a platform where Residents will have an opportunity to attach producers to their projects, and be publicly presented on a date to be scheduled.

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Official DFM Project Selection for the 7th Durban FilmMart

May 16 2016 12:00AM

Nineteen documentaries and fiction feature film projects from around Africa have been selected for this year's Durban FilmMart (DFM) which takes place in Durban, South Africa from 17 to 20 June, 2016.

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DFM PARTNERS WITH SONOTON MUSIC LIBRARY

May 11 2016 12:00AM

This year’s edition of the Durban FilmMart, which runs from 17–20 June, includes a new partnership with Sonoton, the largest independent production music library in the world. As part of the partnership with DFM, Sonoton’s Barbara Hintermeier will be hosting an online music search workshop for filmmakers, while the company will also be sponsoring the SONOfind contest in which entrants can win an Apple iPad and other great prizes.

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DFM WELCOMES THE SØRFOND NORWEGIAN SOUTH FILM FUND AS A NEW PARTNER

May 4 2016 12:00AM

Sørfond Norwegian South Film Fund to its roster of strategic partners for its 7th edition, which runs from 17-20 June. As part of the partnership, Sørfond will provide a new DFM award which will give the selected project the opportunity to pitch at the Sørfond Pitching Forum in Oslo later this year. The main objective of Sørfond is to increase film production in countries where filmmakers face political or economic restraints.

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GG ALCOCK TO PRESENT MASTERCLASS AT DFM 2016

Apr 28 2016 12:41PM

South African author and entrepreneur, GG Alcock, will present an unusual Masterclass at this year’s edition of Durban FilmMart, which takes place from June 17 to 20 during the Durban International Film Festival. Under the banner of "Authenticity is Key – Building Credibility with Audiences”, Alcock will talk about the vital necessity of engaging with an audience on their own terms through an authentic understanding of local narratives.

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