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11 May 2016


This year’s edition of the Durban FilmMart, which runs from 17–20 June, includes a new partnership with Sonoton, the largest independent production music library in the world. As part of the partnership with DFM, Sonoton’s Barbara Hintermeier will be hosting an online music search workshop for filmmakers, while the company will also be sponsoring the SONOfind contest in which entrants can win an Apple iPad and other great prizes.

Operating in South Africa through Synchro Music Management in Johannesburg, Sonoton offer filmmakers the option of 180 000 tracks, with more than 100 new albums in various musical and compositional styles added every year, sourced from composers and producers from around the world. Sonoton’s online search platform, SONOfind, is an extensive platform for efficient music searches, enabling users to find an appropriate track within seconds. The SONOfind Workshop takes place at DFM at 2pm on Saturday 18 June where delegates will be able to meet Sonoton’s Barbara Hintermeier, who will demonstrate useful tips and tricks when conducting an online music search.

To enter the SONOfind contest and win an Apple iPad Pro, Samsung Galaxy Tablet or a pair of Dr Dre Wireless Studio Earphones, go to, log in and correctly answer four simple questions about SONOfind. Entry forms are also available at and at

Only registered SONOfind users and legal residents of South Africa who are 18 years and older are eligible for participation in this competition. Entrants agree to abide by all contest rules and regulations. The deadline for entries is 12 noon, 1 July, 2016. A random draw will held on 6 July, 2016, and the winners announced. Prize winners will receive their prizes by mail. The names of all winners will be published on www.sonoton.comand Terms and conditions apply.

The Durban FilmMart is a co-production and finance market and is a joint programme of the Durban Film Office (DFO) and the Durban International Film Festival (DIFF).

To register for DFM and to find out more about the delegate registration process, visit the official website at  An Early Bird registration discount for the 4-day event is available to delegates who book before 30 May at a cost of R1 485, which includes access to allocated sessions, a daily luncheon, DFM networking events, entrance into festival screenings (subject to ticket availability), listing in the DFM Industry Manual, and access to Masterclasses and the Africa in Focus programme. After 30 May 2016, the cost is R2035. Daily passes to the event cost R605. (This does not include tickets to the DIFF screenings or access into the opening and closing events.)


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