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40th Durban International Film Festival Award Winners 2019

Jul 24 2019 10:00AM

The 40th Durban International Film Festival announced its winner at its awards ceremony last night (23 July) at the Elangeni Hotel after three jury teams, had deliberated early than usual over the film in the competition section.

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Durban FilmMart Awards 2019

Jul 22 2019 9:06AM

After a bumper four days of meetings, networking, pitching and forums, the 10th Durban FilmMart, the industry development programme of the eThekwini Municipality’s Durban Film Office and Durban International Film Festival (Centre for Creative Arts, UKZN), closed in style with its awards ceremony at the Southern Sun Maharani Hotel in Durban, South Africa on Monday, July 22.

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The French Institute Of South Africa (IFAS) And The French Embassy In South Africa Presents Independent Films And Projects At DIFF-DFM 2019

Jul 21 2019 2:23PM

The French Institute of South Africa (IFAS) and the French Embassy in South Africa are proud to announce their participation in this year's Durban International Film Festival (19 – 29 July) and the Durban FilmMart (19-22 July).

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Engage @DFM announces partnerships with Awotele, Carthage Film Festival & United Screens

Jul 20 2019 11:45AM

Engage @ DFM, the new Durban FilmMart curated think tank conversations and panels on the future perspectives of the African film industry announced today a series of partnerships with other stakeholders with convergent and vested interests in the continent’s screen sector. Spearheaded by industry programmers Themba Bhebhe, Tiny Mungwe, Russel Hlongwane and Mitchell Harper, the 3-day programme, from July 20th – 22nd, comprises closed-rank moderated think tank discussions in the form of round tables in the mornings followed by public-facing panels in the afternoons. The solution-driven conversations are articulated around three foci: Towards a decolonial model for filmmaking and film; How can key African platforms work together create pan-African collaborations to grow cinema?; Strategies for growing documentary filmmaking and documentary audiences in Africa. Designed as spaces for the sharing and production of knowledge, these discussions will be documented and their findings subsequently redacted into a report.

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A Feast of Film starts Today

Jul 18 2019 12:50PM

Durban, South Africa: A South African feast of film kicked off today (Thursday, 18 July) with a media briefing with partners and sponsors of two of the biggest filmic events on the continent: the 40th Durban International Film Festival (DIFF) hosted by the University of KwaZulu-Natal’s Centre for Creative Arts, and the 10th Durban FilmMart (DFM), the film industry development programme of the DIFF and the eThekwini Municipality’s Durban Film Office.

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Canadian Country Focus at DIFF and DFM

Jul 17 2019 1:30PM

Supported by Telefilm Canada and the High Commission of Canada in South Africa, Canada’s film scene will present itself from a variety of perspectives at the 2019 Durban International Film Festival (18-28 July) and Durban FilmMart (19 – 22 July).

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Durban International Film Festival & Durban FilmMart Offers Free Events, Workshops and Screenings

Jul 13 2019 2:45PM

The Isiphethu Hub at the 40th Durban International Film Festival (DIFF) and the 10th Durban FilmMart (DFM) a joint programme of the DIFF and the eThekwini Municipality’s Durban Film Office that aims to develop the film industry, offers a range of free events, workshops and screenings of films at numerous venues around the City.

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Stage 5 Films Announces Award for 'Most Promising Narrative Feature Film Project' at the Durban FilmMart 2019.

Jul 11 2019 4:03PM

Cape-Town based Stage 5 Films has announced the 'Stage 5 Films Award' for the 'Most Promising Narrative Feature Film Project' at the Durban FilmMart 2019 (19-22 July).

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Durban International Film Festival Announces Festival Programme for 40th Edition

Jun 24 2019 12:00AM

The Durban International Film Festival (DIFF) presented by the Centre for Creative (University of KwaZulu-Natal) has launched its programme for it 40th edition , which takes place from 18 to 28 July 2019 at various venues around Durban, South Africa.

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Durban International Film Festival Announces Jahmil X. T. Qubeka’s Knuckle City as Opening Night Film

Jun 22 2019 7:00AM

The Durban International Film Festival (DIFF), presented by the Centre for Creative (University of KwaZulu-Natal) has announced Jahmil X. T. Qubeka’s Knuckle City as its opening film for its 40th edition.

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Durban FilmMart Launches Programme for 10th Anniversary Edition 19 – 22 July 2019

Jun 18 2019 12:00AM

The Durban FilmMart (DFM) has launched its programme for it’s 10th edition which takes place from 19 to 22 July during the 40th Durban International Film Festival (18-28 July).

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Speakers announced for the 10th Durban FilmMart

Jun 7 2019 5:00PM

The Durban FilmMart (DFM) has announced a stellar line-up of speakers for its 10th edition which takes place from 19 to 22 July during the 40th Durban International Film Festival (18-28 July).

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TALENTS DURBAN 2019 PARTICIPANTS

Jun 7 2019 12:00AM

The 40th Durban International Film Festival (DIFF) and Durban FilmMart (DFM) are proud to announce the participants of the 12th edition of Talents Durban, within the official DIFF/DFM programme.

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10th DURBAN FILMMART ANNOUNCES PROJECT SELECTION FOR 2019 EDITION

May 23 2019 12:00AM

The Durban FilmMart, which celebrates its 10th edition this year from 19 to 22 July, during the 40th Durban International Film Festival, has announced the 2019 fiction feature films and documentaries projects from Africa, that have selected to pitch at the Finance Forum at this major film industry event.

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Locations Africa Expo and Conference at 10th Durban FilmMart

Apr 26 2019 12:00AM

The Durban FilmMart, the continent’s leading film industry event, will host the inaugural Locations Africa Expo and Conference, an exciting and innovative new addition to this year’s 10th edition which takes place from 19 to 22 July during the 40th Durban International Film Festival (18 to 28 July) in South Africa.

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12th Talents Durban 2019 Call For Entries - Deadline Extension

Apr 22 2019 12:00AM

Calling emerging African film professionals – New application deadline: April 30th The 40th Durban International Film Festival (DIFF), hosted by the University of KwaZulu-Natal’s Centre for Creative Arts, in co-operation with Berlinale Talents, is proud to announce the 12th edition of Talents Durban in partnership with Durban FilmMart (DFM), taking place from 18 to 22 July 2019. The exciting partnership with DFM, Africa’s leading film finance and co-production market, aims to raise the visibility of Talents Durban projects, create networking opportunities with potential co-producers, and facilitate funding opportunities for promising projects. Talents Durban is open to African screenwriters and directors, with animation, fiction, documentary or hybrid projects in development. The five-day event consists of workshops, discussions, screenings, and programmes for specific disciplines. The initiative also includes Talent Press, a co-operation with FIPRESCI and the Goethe-Institut, which will once again host mentorship for emerging film critics.

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Delegate registration opens for the 10th Durban FilmMart

Apr 15 2019 6:07PM

Delegate registration is now open for the 10th Durban FilmMart (DFM), which takes place from 19 to 22 July during the 40th Durban International Film Festival (DIFF).

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CineFAM/Durban FilmMart 3.0 - Women are the missing link in Canada-South Africa Co-productions.

Apr 1 2019 8:00AM

The Third CineFAM Co-Production Accelerator aims to develop female-led Canada-South Africa content

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The African Film Market of the Future: Durban joins important discussion on the African Film Market of the Future at EFM

Feb 5 2019 12:00AM

The eThekwini Municipality’s film industry unit, the Durban Film Office (DFO) will be attending this year’s European Film Market (EFM) to further strengthen African and international networks, partnerships and communication links for local filmmakers during this year’s iconic Berlinale International Film Festival, which begins this week.

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Realness Pan African Screenwriter's Residency Launches Call for Submissions for 2019

Dec 4 2018 12:00AM

Realness is a pioneering residency initiative conceived by Urucu Media that affords a new generation of filmmakers the opportunity to evolve their talent as authentic voices in African cinema. Over the course of 6 weeks, 5 filmmakers are incubated at Nirox in the Cradle of Humankind where they are furnished with the resources and mentorship that will empower them to create their best work. In the past 3 editions, Realness has hosted writer/directors from 11 countries in Africa.

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Durban FilmMart 2019 Project Submissions call Out

Nov 30 2018 12:00AM

Project submissions for the 10th Durban FilmMart (DFM) which takes place from 19 to 22 July 2019, during the 40th Durban International Film Festival (DIFF) in South Africa, will open on Friday, 7 December 2018.

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39th Durban International Film Festival - Award winners

Jul 29 2018 12:00PM

The 39th Durban International Film Festival held its awards ceremony last night (Saturday, 28 July) at Suncoast CineCentre on as filmmakers and film-lovers gathered to watch the official closing film Rafiki, directed by Wanuri Kahiu.

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The tenth annual 2018 BRICS summit presents BRICS Film Festival Of Free Films!

Jul 24 2018 12:53AM

Programme

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Durban FilmMart Awards 2018 Announced

Jul 24 2018 7:45AM

It’s been a bumper year for this year’s Durban FilmMart (DFM), the industry development programme of the eThekwini Municipality’s Durban Film Office and Durban International Film Festival (Centre for Creative Arts, UKZN), which ended with an awards ceremony at the Southern Sun Maharani Hotel in Durban, South Africa on Monday, July 23.

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Winners of Best International Documentary and Best SA Documentary at DIFF now automatically qualify for Oscar Consideration

Jul 23 2018 1:50PM

Winners of Best International Documentary and Best SA Documentary at the Durban International Film Festival will now automatically qualify for Oscar consideration.

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Durban FilmMart – Enabler for Film Projects on the Continent

Jul 23 2018 9:15AM

Durban, South Africa: The Durban FilmMart (DFM) is one of Africa’s premier film industry events. But it is far more than a glitzy annual showcase – while many of the items on the South African film industry calendar are all about celebrating the success of certain films and individuals, DFM is often the place where cinematic successes have their genesis. In fact, this four-day event, which takes place from 20 to 23 July 2018, is one of the most important cogs in the South African film industry, and fast becoming important to the continent as well, providing a space in which film projects can nurture, grow, and find the most appropriate production partners, funders and sales agents.

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BRICS Film Festival line up announced Durban Playhouse: 22 – 27 July

Jul 22 2018 12:00AM

The line up has been announced for the 2018 BRICS Film Festival taking place in the Playhouse, from 22 – 27 July as part of Durban’s city-wide July focus on film.

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How to unlock up to $2 billion of annual box office revenues in Africa: New study examines growth potential of the continent’s film industries

Jul 22 2018 6:00AM

If Africa were to follow China’s example and broadly invest in cinema infrastructure, it could achieve annual box office revenues of $1.5 to $2 billion; with Nigeria and South Africa accounting for as much as $500 million. This is one of the main findings of the 2018 Framing the Shot: Key Trends In African Film report, which was conducted by Founder of 234 Media, Dayo Ogunyemi, in partnership with the Goethe-Institut and with support from the German Federal Foreign Office. Launched at the Durban International Film Festival 2018, the study aims to fill the substantial gap in information and analysis about the fast-changing film industry in sub-Saharan Africa.

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BRICS Film Festival line up announced - Durban Playhouse: 22 – 27 July

Jul 20 2018 12:00AM

The line up has been announced for the 2018 BRICS Film Festival taking place in the Playhouse, from 22 – 27 July as part of Durban’s city-wide July focus on film.

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IDC & DFM partner to advance entrepreneurship in film

Jul 20 2018 12:00AM

The Industrial Development Corporation, (IDC) as part of its objective to support development capacity and promote entrepreneurship, is a key sponsor of this year’s 9th Durban FilmMart (DFM) taking place from 20 to 23 July at the Southern Sun Elangeni.

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BRICS Film Festival in Durban - Durban Playhouse: 22 – 27 July

Jul 17 2018 12:00AM

DURBAN: One of the events aligned to the tenth annual 2018 BRICS summit - an international relations conference attended by the heads of state or heads of government of its five member states Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa – is the BRICS Film Festival coming to the Playhouse from 22 – 27 July as part of Durban’s city-wide July focus on film.

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SWIFT Presence at this year’s DIFF & DFM

Jul 3 2018 12:00AM

Following highly successful and meaningful engagements with the film industry last year, Sisters Working in Film & Television (SWIFT) will once again have a strong presence at this year’s Durban International Film Festival (19 – 29 July) and the Durban FilmMart (20-23 July).

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Durban International Film Festival Launches 39th Edition

Jun 26 2018 12:00AM

This year, the Durban International Film Festival, the leading event of its kind on the African continent, is once again bringing film lovers and filmmakers from across the globe to the shores of Durban for a feast of the latest and best that cinema has to offer from 19 to 29 July.

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9th Durban FilmMart “Open for Business”

Jun 26 2018 12:00AM

Durban, South Africa: Echoing government’s reassurance to investors into South Africa’s economy, the Durban FilmMart, one of Africa’s premier film industry events will be “open for business” when it begins its four day event on July 20 during the 39th Durban International Film Festival (DIFF).

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CaribbeanTales and Durban FilmMart Partnership 2.0 encourages African Women Filmmakers to think Co-Pro

Jun 14 2018 12:00AM

CaribbeanTales and the Durban FilmMart present the second year of CineFAM - Africa, an accelerator program for African women filmmakers.

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CaribbeanTales and Durban FilmMart Partnership 2.0 encourages African Women Filmmakers to think Co-Pro

Jun 14 2018 12:00AM

CaribbeanTales and the Durban FilmMart present the second year of CineFAM - Africa, an accelerator program for African women filmmakers.

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9th Durban FilmMart Programme Announced

Jun 4 2018 12:00AM

Creating Networks, Developing Content and Building the Business of Film in Africa

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9th Durban FilmMart announces Official Project Selection for 2018 edition

May 14 2018 12:00AM

Durban, South Africa: A total of 16 fiction feature films and documentaries projects from Africa have been selected to pitch at this year’s Durban FilmMart (DFM), which takes place from 20 - 23 July 2018 during the 39th Durban International Film Festival (DIFF) (19 – 29 July).

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Delegate registration opens for 9th Durban FilmMart - 20-23 July, 2018

May 2 2018 12:00AM

Durban, South Africa: Early Bird delegate registration for Africa’s premier film finance and co-production market, the Durban FilmMart (DFM), is now open. The DFM will take place from 20 to 23 July, forming an integral part of the Durban International Film Festival (DIFF) which takes place from 19 to 29 July.

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SA’s First Western Five Fingers For Marseilles in cinemas from April 6, 2018

Apr 9 2018 12:00AM

2018 is turning out to be an exciting year for South African film. The 2014 Durban FilmMart project, ‘Five Fingers for Marseilles’, a western that tells the story of a group of young men (the ‘Five Fingers’) who stand up to brutal police oppression in Marseilles, a town in the rugged badlands of the Eastern Cape opens at cinemas nationwide on 6 April. The film has already lit up the global festival circuit and has earned excellent reviews.

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DFM Alumni Project - Inxeba (The Wound) Wins 6 SAFTA's

Apr 9 2018 12:00AM

The 2014 Durban FilmMart project – the controversial critically-acclaimed film Inxeba (The Wound) swept up the awards at the South African Film and Television Awards (Saftas) on 22 and 24 March at Sun City, winning all the key nods. The film took home six Golden Horns in the following categories: Best Film, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Editing, Best Actor (Nakhane) and Best Supporting Actor (Bongile Mantsai).

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Durban and SA Film Industry Presence at the European Film Market and Berlinale International Film Festival

Apr 9 2018 12:00AM

Following excellent networking and strategic meetings at the Berlin International Film Festival, and European Film Market, and observing the focus around this year’s Academy Awards where much was said about the #MeToo campaign, South African filmmakers can take a bow in being in the forefront of shifting the consciousness of the local industry, ahead of their global peers.

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Realness Announces Award Winners and New Partners with Toronto International Film Festival

Feb 5 2018 12:00AM

Realness Residency is a Pan-African screenwriting initiative. It is seeking diversity in contemporary African perspectives, encouraging risk-taking, originality and authenticity. This ethos has been demonstrated once more by the success of alumnus Luck Razanajaona (Madagascar) at CineMart in Rotterdam where his Realness project Disco Afrika won the Wouter Barendrecht Award of €5,000 given to a director under 35-years-old last night.

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Urucu calls for Submissions to Realness Scriptwriters Residency, on the back of a Success Streak

Nov 1 2017 3:00PM

The Realness Scriptwriters’ Residency programme which seeks to nurture the best African screenwriting talent across the world, opens its submissions today (November 1, 2017)

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Durban FilmMart calls out for 2018 Projects

Oct 20 2017 9:00AM

Project submissions for the 2018 Durban FilmMart (DFM) which takes place during the Durban International Film Festival , South Africa (19-29 July) open on 20 October, 2017.

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Durban International Film Festival Announces Award Winners for 2017

Jul 24 2017 12:00AM

The Durban International Film Festival announced its award-winners tonight (Saturday 22 July) at the 38th DIFF Awards ceremony, which took place at the Playhouse. The Minister in the Presidency, Honourable Minister Jeff Radebe, the Deputy Mayor of eThekwini, Councillor Fawzia Peer and Dr. Mbongeni Ngema, were among some of the VIPs who attended the prestigious event.

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INXEBA (The Wound) SCOOPS BOTH BEST DIRECTOR & BEST ACTOR AWARDS AT THE DURBAN INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (DIFF)

Jul 22 2017 12:00AM

‘Inxeba’ will continue to travel around the world, having been sold to 19 countries for theatrical release thus far, and will be distributed in South Africa by Indigenous Film Distribution. It will open nationwide on 2 February 2018.

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Durban FilmMart Awards 2017

Jul 18 2017 12:00AM

The Durban FilmMart (DFM), the industry development programme of the eThekwini Municipality’s Durban Film Office and Durban International Film Festival (Centre for Creative Arts, UKZN) ended on a high note with an awards ceremony at the Tsogo Maharani Hotel in Durban, South Africa on Monday, July 17.

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Canada and South Africa celebrate 20 years of film and TV co-production at DFM and DIFF 2017

Jul 11 2017 12:00AM

July 6, 2017 – In 1997, Canada and South Africa signed an Audiovisual Co-production Treaty which would pave the way for collaboration between Canadian and South African film and television productions. This was the first ever co-production treaty signed by South Africa and remained the only one until 2003. To celebrate this important milestone, Canada will be a country of focus at the Durban FilmMart (DFM) and at the Durban International Film Festival (DIFF).

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Durban FilmMart Hosts Leading Film Executive Tilane Jones of ARRAY NOW

Jul 10 2017 12:00AM

One of the key figures attending the Durban FilmMart this year, Tilane Jones is the executive director of ARRAY, the film distribution collaborative founded by Oscar-winner Ava DuVernay which is focused on women filmmakers and filmmakers of colour.

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