Presented at the DFM annual market
Talents Durban is a training and development programme that brings together Africa’s rising film professionals – screenwriters and directors with fiction, documentary, animation, and hybrid projects in development (this includes all media formats such as film, television series, web series, and content for mobile platforms).
Talents Durban is an initiative of Berlin International Film Festival and is part of six international initiatives of Berlinale Talents. Talents Durban was founded in 2007 as a partnership between the Durban International Film Festival and Berlinale. Since 2019, Talents Durban has become a project of the Durban FilmMart Institute.
Storytelling Lab selects three features, three shorts and three TV/Web series currently in development. The stories are given advanced consultation and mentoring by three script editors, as well as participating in scriptwriting workshops.
Doc Lab is a hands-on training programme in which three Talents Durban participants who submitted documentary projects are given expert mentorship.
Animation Lab is open to screenwriters and animation directors with animation projects. The lab will focus on character development, visual development, and the business of animation in Africa.
Talent Press offers mentorship for emerging African film critics and journalists.
As well as focused mentorships, industry-specific expert masterclasses, workshops, and a creative platform for self-expression and networking