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Durban FilmMart Institute Announces Inaugural DFM Access Programme and the Selected Projects

31 Mar 2021

Durban FilmMart Institute Announces
Inaugural DFM Access Programme and the Selected Projects

The Durban FilmMart Institute is pleased to announce its inaugural DFM Access programme and the 22 projects selected to participate in the programme. 

DFM Access is a 10-week development platform for emerging producers.  The programme is created to provide a nurturing framework for participants with existing long-form or episodic independent film projects to hone and improve their scripts and project packages.  The objective of the programme is to help participants with the necessary skills to participate in programmes and markets locally and globally.  
“The virtual incubation programme is aimed to support producers shape their stories, prepare their project presentations and understand the marketplace in order to create effective strategies for their current projects and to plan their professional trajectory,” says Magdalene Reddy, acting General Manager of the Durban FilmMart Institute. “The programme will consist of one-on-one mentorship and plenary sessions lead by industry experts.”
The projects, 6 documentaries, 7 fiction features, 9 episodic were selected from the 2021 DFM project submissions.   Three projects participating in DFM Access will be selected to present their project in the 2021 DFM’s Finance Forum as an official DFM project.  This opportunity will allow participants a chance to engage with potential co producers, financiers and broadcasters. All participants will be given free accreditation to the DFM 2021. 

DFM Access 2021 PROJECT SELECTION
FICTION SELECTION 
Cancelled – Producer and Director: Lungile Mayindi 
The Story of a Thorn – Producer: Sinomtha Nduna,  Director: Mzimasi Ndzombane
Sweetheart – Producer and Director: Thabiso Xolo  
IBUYA – Producer: Happiness Mpase, Director: Gugu Kunene
Grade 10D – Producer: Shumelani Mapholi, Siphumelele Nene
Professional Mourners – Producer: Sihle Ndaba,  Director: Amanda Lane
Becoming passionate – Producer: Tenjiwe Pswarayi, Director: Chiziwiso Pswarayi

DOCUMENTARY SELECTION 
Windward – Producers: Lusanda Mangqangwana, Lindiwe Mnisi, Katie Taylor, Director: Marie Midcalf
We Are Only Ever Passing Through – Producer and Director: Mandy Mbekeni 
THE NEW AFRIKANS – Producers: Glenn Masokoane and Yolanda Ndhlovu, Director: Glenn Ujebe Masokoane
Bayede! The Untold Gems of King Dingiswayo– Producers: Linda E.T Gumede, Andile Xaba, Director: Lwazi Duma
My Plastic Hair – Producer: Mamokuena Makhema, Director: Yolanda Keabetswe Mogatusi
THE UNCHOSEN WORLD – Producer: Danile Annah Mohlamme, Director: Linda Keiser 

EPISODIC SELECTION 
The Oath – Producer: Joe Spirit, Simphiwe Ngcobo, Director: Zuko Nodada
Wisdom Cries Out From The Streets – Producer and Director: Siyasanga Mbikwana 
The Psycho – Producer: Buyani Gumede, Director: Sihle Mzobe 
Pretty Hustle - Producer and Director: Zoe Ramushu 
TWELVE - Producer and Director: Liese Kuhn 
Zulu Dynasty – Producer: Llewellyn James Rice, Adze Ugah, Director: Llewellyn James Rice
In Tongues – Producer: Lerato Sokhulu, Director: Muneera Sallies
Keng daai deng? – Producer: Samkelisiwe Nkabinde, Director: Mlingane Dube
Three Sisters – Producer and Director: Tshego Monaisa
The DFM Access is produced by the Durban FilmMart Institute with principal funding from the Durban Film Office and Ethekwini Municipality.  The DFM Access 2021 is supported by the National Film and Video Foundation PESP funding.  

For more information contact:
Durban FilmMart Institute 
info@durbanfilmmart.com