2016 Durban FilmMart Industry Programme

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7th Durban FilmMart 17 - 20 June 2016, Tsogo Sun, Elangeni Hotel, Durban.

The Durban FilmMart (DFM) is a finance and co-production market which aims to create partnerships and further the development and production of film on the African continent. It’s a co-production between the film industry development arm of the city of Durban and the Durban International Film Festival (DIFF), South Africa’s largest and longest-running film festival and a flagship project of the Centre for Creative Arts (University of KwaZulu-Natal). This collaboration brings to Africa, growth, recognition and the opportunity to develop strategic relationships between film financiers and African filmmakers. The Durban FilmMart continues to raise the visibility of African cinema, stimulate production, and facilitate project collaboration between African filmmakers.

Partners and supporters of the Durban FilmMart include International Film Festival Rotterdam's (IFFR) CineMart, the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA) and the IDFA Bertha Fund, the Berlinale Film Festival as well as Dubai Film Connection. DFM has continued to build on its partnerships locally and internationally to include Arte France, COA Group, Hot Docs - Blue Ice Documentary Film Fund, Independent Filmmaker Project, National Film and Video Foundation, Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie, Paris Cinema – Paris Project, Videovision Entertainment, WorldView Film Fund and others.

Finance Forum, Master Classes and Africa in Focus make up the Durban FilmMart programme. Delegates of the Durban FilmMart will have full access to the leading experts in the Master Classes who will share their expertise in the areas of finance, marketing, distribution, project packaging, co-production, New Media as well as access to Talent Campus. Delegates will also have the opportunity to attend Africa in Focus where a range of seminars and panel discussions featuring local and international filmmakers and industry experts with a special focus of African issues and initiatives will be discussed. Delegates seeking co-production partners can interact during several scheduled networking sessions.

The official selection of Durban FilmMart projects comprising will includes 10 feature films and 10 documentaries. The selected projects will participate in one-on-one closed meetings within the Finance Forum.

Filmmakers who are not in the official selection still have an opportunity to register and attend Durban FilmMart as delegates.