Durban FilmMart Institute announces DFM Official Projects

The Durban FilmMart Institute is pleased to announce the 30 projects that have been selected to be part of this year’s Durban FilmMart.

Under the theme of Revolution//Evolution – Changing The Narrative, the 13th DFM takes place from 22 – 31 July 2022 as both a virtual event and a 3-day physical event.

“Africa is rich with stories that the world is waiting to hear, as evidenced by the diversity of topics of this year’s selection of projects in development.   We are delighted at the quality of projects coming through, reflecting the originality and ever-increasing professionalism of African filmmakers, and the selection includes an exciting mix of experienced veterans and new voices.” says Magdalene Reddy, General Manager of the DFMI.  Reddy adds, “the Pitch and Finance Forum component of DFM provides a key platform for the filmmakers to engage with international and national broadcasters, sales agents, financiers, and producers for the necessary support and partnership to bring these projects to fruition.”

Official Project Selection:


Amasotsha (South Africa/Central African Republic) – Producers: Nami Mhlongo and William Gaoate Monchusi and Director: Omelga Mthiyane

Captured Water (South Africa)- Producer: Anita Khanna and Director: Rehad Desai

Conjestina (The Final Round) (Kenya) – Producers: Natasha Elkington and Director: Bill Jonnes Afwani

Fatna Une Femme Nommee Rachid (Fatna, a woman named Rachid) (Morocco) –  Producer: Ilham Raouf and Director: Helene Harder

In Transit (Burkina Faso) – Producer: Mamounata Nikiema and Directors: Tomisin S Aderuku

Kange (Democratic Republic of Congo) – Producer: Arnold Aganze and Ali Musoke and Director: Arnold Aganze

Khamseen Mitr (50 Meters) (Egypt) – Producer: Ahmed Amer and Director: Yomna Khattab

Plagued (South Africa) – Producers: Nicole Schafer and Teboho Pietersen and Director: Nicole Schafer

The Camera Never Lies (Sudan) – Producer: Alyaa Musa and Directors Abuzar Adam and Elsadig Abdelgayoum

The Missing Camel (Mauritania) – Producers: Iham Raouf and Maud Huynh and Director: Cheikh N’diaye

Trash Cemetery (Tunisia) – Producer: Firas Rebii and Dhia Rebii and Director: Firas Rebii

Vigango: The Vanishing Totems (Kenya/USA) – Producer: Mumo Liku and Director: Saitabao Kaiyare

Women in the sun (Morocco) – Producers: Merieme Addou and Karim Aitouna and Director Merieme Addou


THE SHARP END OF A KNIFE (South Africa) – Producer and Director: Godisamang Khunou


Aisha Can’t Fly Away Anymore (Egypt/Sweden) – Producer: Sawsan Yusuf and Director: Morad Mostafa

Bla Akal (Brainless) (Morocco) – Producer: Jean-David Lefebvre and Director: Hicham Lasri

Black Burns Fast (South Africa) – Producer: Cait Pansegrouw and Elias Ribiero and Director: Sandulela Asanda

Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner (Egypt/France) – Producer: Marwa Abdalla Co-producer: Claire Chassagne Director: Mohamed Samir

Captain Mbaye (Senegal/Rwanda) – Producer: Katy Lena Ndiaye and Director: Joel Karekezi

Escape (South Africa) – Executive Producer: Mandlakayise Walter Dube, Producers: Nhlanhla Mthethwa and Happy Zondi and Directors: Lupumlo Tinta and John Nyoka

Eziko (South Africa) – Producers and Directors: Babalwa Baartman Babsie and Jenna Bass

God’s Work (South Africa) – Executive Producer: Toni Monty, Producer: Sithabile Mkhize, Co-producer: Ingrid Lil Høgtun and Director: Michael James

Maji Yanakuita (The Water Calls To You) (Kenya) – Producer and Director: Patricia Guela

Nama Queen of the Ropes (Uganda/Tanzania/South Africa) – Producers: Saphina Lubeera and Molly Nakamya and Director: Enock Timothy Jjemba

Omapando (Shackles) (Namibia) – Producers: Desiree Meiffret, Eleonora Granata, Vickson Hangula and Gabriel Jenkinson and Director: Vickson Hangula

Specters of Alhoot (Sudan) – Producers: Rua Osmanm Germen Boelens and Issraa Elkogali and Director: Ahmad Mahmoud

The Beast (South Africa) – Producers: Princess Mhlongo and Norman Maake and Director: Norman Maake

The Russian Princess (South Africa) – Producer and Director: Ramadan Suleman

Bosryer (Bushrider) (South Africa) – Producer David Franciscus and Sean Drummond Director: Aadil Dhalech


Funny Business (South Africa) – Producer: Cati Weinek and Director: Sibusiso Khuzwayo

Project Mentors

Prior to the Pitching Fora the 2022 DFM projects will receive mentorship assistance from renowned film producers and professionals.  Mentors for the Fiction Projects are Bongiwe Selane (South Africa), the award-winning producer of Happiness is a Four Letter Word and its sequel Happiness Ever After amongst others; Femi Odugbemi (Nigeria) Academy Director of the Multichoice Talent Factory and member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in the United States; and Themba Bhebhe (United Kingdom) team member at the European Film Market whose work includes co-managing the DocSalon Toolbox Programme and the Programmers of Colour Collective (POC2).  Mentors for the Documentary Projects are South African’s award-winning journalist, writer, playwright and filmmaker Prof Sylvia Vollenhoven (South Africa);  Amel Bouzid (Belgium ) associate producer of LAGY ESO by Denes Nagy, which premiered at La Quinzaine in Cannes;  and documentary film and arts producer Tiny Mungwe (South Africa) who currently works at STEPS (Social Transformation and Empowerment Projects).

The Pitch and Finance Forum will take place in the online DFM programme between 22 and 24 July.

Registrations are open for both online and physical participation at Durban FilmMart.  Visit to review the participation options, and to explore the full programme of activities and opportunities on offer.

The Durban FilmMart Institute receives principal funding from the Durban Film Office and the eThekwini Municipality.  The DFM 2022 event is kindly supported by the National Film and Video Foundation, KwaZulu-Natal Film Commission, Afreximbank and Wesgro.


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