DFM 2023 – Project announcement

Durban FilmMart Institute Announces DFM Official Projects.


28 projects have been selected to be part of the Pitch and Finance Forum of the 2023 Durban FilmMart (DFM), Africa’s premier coproduction and finance market. Under the theme African Constellations, the 14th DFM takes place from 21 – 24 July 2023 as a 4-day physical event in Durban, South Africa. 


The Pitch and Finance Forum functions as a crucial platform for filmmakers to connect with both local and global broadcasters, financiers, streamers, sales agents and producers, garnering the essential support and collaborations required to bring projects in development to completion and reach screens big and small.  


Commenting on the selection of the 2023 projects, Director of the DFMI, Magdalene Reddy says, “Africa offers an abundance of extraordinary narratives as is evident from the remarkable range of subjects explored in this year’s slate of projects. African filmmakers are broadening the scope of cinema and offering fresh perspectives to audiences worldwide.  We are pleased with the calibre and number of submissions received this year, which is testament to the creativity and ever-evolving expertise of our continent’s filmmakers. 

Official Project Selection



Big Tree (Uganda) – Producer: Flavia Mary Bukojja and Director: Dilman Dila


Coconut (South Africa) – Producer: Bongiwe Selane, Dineo Lusenga and Director: Karabo Lediga


Every Stitch a Lonely Thread (South Africa) – Producer: Tiny Mungwe and Director: Jannous Nkululeko Aukema


Graft (Zimbabwe) – Producer: Sue-Ellen Chitunya and Director: Naishe Nyamubaya


Granny Lee (South Africa) – Producers: Shant Joshi, Roelof Storm, Tshepiso Chikapa Phiri and Director: Gabe Gabriel, Ian Gabriel 


Kahawa Black (Black Coffee) (Kenya) – Producer: Juliana Kabua and Director: Esteri Tebandeke


Nomvelo and the Wolf (South Africa) – Producer: Leanne Gail Kumalo and Director: Lindokuhle Langa




Pharming (South Africa) – Producer: Meren Reddy, Luke Rous and Director: Joshua Rous





Cirta (Tunisia) – Producer: Olfa Ben Achour and Director: Saif Chida


Djeliya, Memory of Manding (Burkina Faso, Ivory Coast, Sénégal) – Producer: Mamounata Nikièma and Director: Boubacar Sangaré


Eaglette – A Superstar Erased (South Africa) – Producer: Thandi Davids and Director: Beverley Ditsie


Flying Like a Bird (Morocco) – Producer: Hicham Falah and Director: El Mahdi Lyoubi


Foreign (Ivory Coast) – Producer: Laurent Bitty and Director: Joël Akafou


In My Father’s House (Morocco) – Producer: Merieme Addou and Director: Rachida Elgarni


The Circuit (Cameroon) – Producer: Martinel Nemalieu and Director: Arice Siapi


Wildfire (South Africa) – Producer: Seregeo Kirby and Director: Zahra Moloo




Beyond Fela (formerly The Darker Side of Afrobeats) (Nigeria) – Producer: Aderonke Adeola, Temitayo Ayorinde and Director: Aderonke Adeola


Included in the 2023 selection are 8 animation projects which were announced earlier this year and 3 projects from the emerging filmmaker programme DFM Access currently taking place.


Ahead of the Pitch and Finance Forum, the 2023 DFM projects will benefit from the guidance of esteemed film producers and professionals. Among the mentors for the fiction projects are Kethiwe Ngcobo (South Africa), filmmaker and award-winning television producer, who previously served as the Head of Drama at SABC’s Content Hub. Also lending their expertise is Femi Odugbemi (Nigeria), the Academy Director of the Multichoice Talent Factory and a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Meanwhile, the documentary projects will benefit from the mentorship of Bridget Pickering (Namibia), a filmmaker and award-winning producer whose work includes Whispering Truth to Power, which was honoured with the Special Jury Prize at the Hot Docs Film Festival. Joining her is Amel Bouzid (Belgium), an associate producer of Lágy eső by Denes Nagy, which premiered at La Quinzaine in Cannes. Themba Bhebhe, (United Kingdom), who holds the position of Head of Diversity & Inclusion at the European Film Market (Berlinale) and is also one of the pioneering members of the Programmers of Colour Collective (POC2), will be offering his mentorship to both fiction and documentary projects.


The Pitch and Finance Forum is one element of the Durban FilmMart programme taking place in-person from 21 – 24 July 2023. Delegates can also attend the Industry Programme made up of masterclasses, panel discussions and round tables featuring some of Africa’s best filmmakers and professionals. 


Early Bird registration for participation is now open until the end of June.


Visit https://durbanfilmmart.co.za/ to review the options.

The Durban FilmMart Institute receives principal funding from the Durban Film Office and

the eThekwini Municipality.


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