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Delegate Registration opens today for 8th Durban FilmMart

18 Apr 2017

Delegate Registration opens today for 8th Durban FilmMart

Durban, South Africa:

Delegate registration for Africa’s premier film finance and co-production market, the Durban FilmMart (DFM), opens today (April 18).

Celebrating its 8th edition, this year’s DFM, a joint programme of the Durban Film Office (DFO), the eThekwini Municipality’s industry development unit, and the Durban International Film Festival (DIFF), hosted by the University of KwaZulu-Natal’s Centre for Creative Arts, takes place from 14 to 17 July and with some 500 delegates from Africa and the world expected to attend.

The planned programme provides opportunities for film-makers to come together with a common focus, network and keep themselves updated on the latest trends and developments within the industry.

The DFM has three main areas of focus: Master Classes conducted by industry experts, unpack a wide array of challenges and issues faced by film-makers in developing their projects; a series of industry workshops set the scene for networking and social opportunities for industry representatives, and the co-production market, features pre-submitted and selected film projects that are presented to the industry.

“The objective of the DFM is for Durban to provide a market platform for African projects in development, that supports and encourages project collaboration between African filmmakers,” says Toni Monty, of the Durban Film Office who heads up the DFM programme.

A highlight of the 2017 programme is a special focus on Women Led Film, presenting a series of sessions that will speak to challenges and successes that women face within the film industry, specifically in South Africa and on the continent. Included in the focus is an Intensive Accelerator Incubator Program for women filmmakers presented by Canadian Caribbean Tales.

Additional highlights include a focus on co-producing with Canada, presented by the National Film and Video Foundation; Sessions on the latest in the world of virtual reality and how filmmakers can get involved, presented by Electric South and the AFDA Film School; ‘Music for film and TV’ offers an inside look into the use of music, rights and scores, presented by Sheer Publishing; Charles Hopkins, Shoreline Entertainment, will present on  “10 questions to ask yourself before making your pitch”, and other sessions include “How to produce social impactful documentary”, “Getting to grips with hybrid distribution models and “Structuring your finance plan” amongst others.

Durban FilmMart 2017 will present 22 official projects from across Africa that will pitch projects in the co-production forum and pitching sessions, as well as additional project pitches from DFM partners, Hot Docs Blue Ice, Durban Talents, Realness and Restless Talent.

“We are very excited about this year’s programme,” says Monty. “We have a strong programme line-up providing African filmmakers a unique opportunity to meet with key international festivals, markets, funds and industry professionals, and to forge relationships and grow their own spheres of influence.”

International programme partners for 2017 include the International Film Festival Rotterdam's (IFFR) CineMart, the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA), Sundance Institute, AfriDocs, Talents Durban, Caribbean Tales International Film Festival, HotDocs - Blue Ice Documentary Film Fund, Produire au Sud, Restless Talent Management, Sørfond, the Goethe Institute and the Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie.

Registration opens today (April 18) and there is an early Bird registration discount for those booking before 23 June 2017. Fees are R1,630.00 (ZAR) for the 4 day event which includes access to allocated sessions, lunch, access to DFM networking events, entrance into the Durban International Film Festival screenings  (subject to ticket availability), listing in the DFM Industry Manual and access to Masterclasses and the Africa in Focus programme. After 23 June 2017, fees are R2035. Daily passes are R605 (this does not include tickets to the DIFF screenings or access into the opening and closing events.

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