The Durban FilmMart

The Durban FilmMart (DFM) is an African finance and co-production market which aims to create partnerships and further the development and production of film on the African continent. The Mart provides selected African filmmakers with projects in development an opportunity to pitch film projects to leading financiers and content buyers. It also offers a full programme of industry-film related masterclasses, workshops, and panel discussions as well as networking opportunities for African and international filmmakers to form alliances for the future.

Delegates of the Durban FilmMart have the opportunity to engage with a range of seminars and panel discussions featuring local and international filmmakers and industry experts with a special focus of African issues and initiatives discussed at the market. Delegates seeking co-production partners can interact during several scheduled networking sessions.

The following components make up the Durban FilmMart programme:


Finance Forum

Every year the DFM selects 20 – 30 official feature length projects in development, both fiction and documentary who are looking for co-producers; project partners and financiers to participate in the finance forum. The finance forum consists of public pitching, one on one meetings with decision makers and individual mentorship leading up to the market.

Decision makers include broadcasters; financiers; potential co-producers and programmers from around the world.

To find out more about how to submit your project, please visit our project submissions page.

Talents Durban

Talents Durban is training and development programme that brings together Africa’s rising film professionals. Talents Durban was founded in partnership with the Berlin International Film Festival and the Berlinale Talents project. The Berlinale partnership came into effect in 2019, as part of six international initiatives formed by the Berlin International Film Festival. The project takes place on an annual basis in Africa and around the world including Talents Beirut in Lebanon, Talents Buenos Aires in Argentina, Talents Sarajevo in Bosnia-Herzegovina, Talents Tokyo in Japan, Talents Guadalajara in Mexico and Talent Press Rio in Brazil.

To find out more about how to submit your project, please visit our Talents Durban page.


Jumpstart is an incubator programme presented by the Durban FilmMart in partnership with Produire au Sud (PAS) and the Institut Francais of South Africa (IFAS). The Jumpstart incubator programme will introduce six South African filmmakers to project packaging for the international market. Three script development consultants will introduce the filmmakers to important techniques and tools that can be used in scriptwriting and storytelling.  These projects will be given the opportunity to receive individual insights by internationally renowned script consultants to refine their scripts.

Industry Programme

The industry programme includes a series of filmmaker talks, discussion forums and networking opportunities, as per below:

Durban Does Docs sessions, invite delegates to meet and engage with well-known documentary filmmakers to learn from their journeys of getting their work conceptualised, produced and into the market.

DFM Conversations, provide an opportunity for filmmakers to participate in in-depth conversations with prominent filmmakers covering topics like screenwriting, audience development, access to funding opportunities and representation in filmmaking and pioneering an African aesthetic.

Filmmaker Talks, give our industry’s leading lights a platform to discuss the stories they are telling in their works of art – ranging across feature, documentary, animation, and short film creation.

Engage, our Pan-African Think Tank unpacks 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. African problems require African solutions.

DFM Content Shop

2020 and the move to present the market as an online event birthed an exciting new addition to the Durban FilmMart - The DFM Content Shop, where distributors, sale agents and programmers were presented a catalogue of 90 market ready African projects (fiction, documentary film of all lengths as well as series). 

For more about the project submission criteria, and how to submit your project, please visit The submission link is opened for applications.

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