This year, Talents Durban introduces Francophone projects from the African diaspora as it continues to inspire a sense of community on the continent by representing many languages and cultures. After a rigorous adjudication process, 28 projects and 6 film critics from 16 countries across the continent made the final cut with 6 fiction features, 4 episodic, 5 animations, 6 documentaries, 7 fiction shorts films, and 6 film critics being selected.

Fiction Feature Selection:

Kinafo, (COTE D'IVOIRE), Animation Director, Adja Soro

The Northern Lights (L’Aurore Boréale), (TUNISIA), Director, Oubeyd Ayari

Dance Rosa! (Rosa Baila!), (MOZAMBIQUE), Screenwriter, Milvia Atiana

Bushrider (Bosryer), (SOUTH AFRICA), Director, Aadil Dhalech

YVETTE, (KENYA), Director, Se'ydou Mukali

THE PATH OF RUGANZU Part 2, (SIERRA LEONE), Director, Lloyd Zachariah

Fiction Shorts Selection:

WHISPERS FROM MY MOTHER (KENYA), Director, Patricia Geula


Trouble (Wahala), (NIGERIA), Director, Sunny King

Crisis, (COTE D'IVOIRE), Director, Rita Ambeu

The pet, (CAMEROON), Director Njitam Amos

Why The Cattle Wait (SOUTH AFRICA), Director, Phumi Morare

Mob Passion, (SOUTH AFRICA), Director, Twiggy Matiwana

Documentary Selection:

Fanta Sacko, (MALI)    Director, Kanouté Kankou      

Hear Me Out, (SOUTH AFRICA) Director, Celean Nacken    

A History of Distance, (SOUTH AFRICA) Director, Michael James

Solo Moms, (NIGERIA) Screenwriter, Ann Sarafina

Searching for Woody, (EGYPT) Director, Sara Shazli

Terror Scars (Marcas de Terrorismo), (MOZAMBIQUE) Director, Elisio Bajone     

Animation Selection:

Egg (YAI), (KENYA), Screenwriter, Justus Macharia

The Stonemason, (SOUTH AFRICA), Animation Director, Erentia Bedeker

Twins (Ibeji), (NIGERIA), Screenwriter, Omotunde Akiode

Lioness (La Lionne), (DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF THE CONGO), Director, Christian Mokuba

The Memory Keepers (Les Gardiens de la Mémoire), (COTE D'IVOIRE) Animation Director, Roland “Kouadio” Oka

Episodic Selection:

Choice Assorted, (SOUTH AFRICA) Screenwriter Obvious Nomaele

Meet My Family, (ZIMBABWE) Screenwriter Ian Msakanda

Outer Rim Job, (SOUTH AFRICA) Director Xolelwa “Ollie” Nhlabatsi

ADAM TO EVE, (KENYA) Director, Lizz Njagah

Talent Press (Film Critic / Journalist) Selection:

Hélio Nguane (MOZAMBIQUE)

Adham Youssef (EGYPT)

Aina Randrianatoandro (MADAGASCAR)

Thabisa Ngcobo (SOUTH AFRICA)

Precious “Mamazeus” Nwogu (NIGERIA)

Buule Gabriel (UGANDA)


Talents Durban is the Durban FilmMart’s annual 5-day training and development programme, that brings together Africa’s rising film professionals.

Talents Durban was founded in partnership with the Berlin International Film Festival and the Berlinale Talents project. The Berlinale partnership came into effect in 2019, as part of six international initiatives formed by the Berlin International Film Festival. The project takes place on an annual basis in Africa and around the world including Talents Beirut in Lebanon, Talents Buenos Aires in Argentina, Talents Sarajevo in Bosnia-Herzegovina, Talents Tokyo in Japan, Talents Guadalajara in Mexico and Talent Press Rio in Brazil.

Each year Talent Durban invites emerging filmmakers from around the continent of Africa for an intensive five-day programme of workshops, seminars, master classes as well as hands-on development programmes on selected projects. These Talents must be screenwriters, directors or producers. Talents are also partnered with experts and mentors from their respective fields of specialization. These projects also seek to unearth participants who have completed or in the process of completing an industry-related qualification. Talents are also encouraged to have an existing book of evidence with completed work and work in progress.

This project has gone uninterrupted with great success in the Africa continent for the past 14 years, with over 22 African countries represented and 380 alumnae. Being generally open in terms of formats and cinematic approaches, the main focus of Talents Durban is the quality of the proposed content as well as an integrated and comprehensible concept, how content, screening platform, target audience and distribution strategy work hand in hand. 


Talents Durban aims to coordinate a streamlined programme for emerging screenwriters, directors, film critics, producers and other film-related individuals that focus on project development and to host mentorship and hands-on training for emerging film critics/journalists.

This important event aims to achieve the following specific objectives:

  • Focus on sustainability – To inspire finished projects to films which can then be selected to screen in festivals in and around the continent in order to foster growth in African cinema.

  • More project orientated – With a writer/director focus Talents Durban aims to offer a clear and hands-on curriculum for its participants. Storytelling Lab, Doc Lab, Talent Press, Mentorship and Masterclasses.

  • More in-depth project consultation – Talents Durban will increase its efforts to provide individual mentorship and follow-up.

  • Better linked to the key industry programmes and networks - Durban FilmMart and other industry events, residency programmes and talent development initiatives on the continent.

Talents Durban is open to African screenwriters and directors, with animation, fiction, documentary or hybrid projects in development. The five-day event consists of workshops, discussions, screenings, and programmes for specific disciplines. The initiative also includes Talent Press, a co-operation with FIPRESCI and the Goethe-Institut, which will once again host mentorship for emerging film critics.

Talent Labs


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. The participants then pitch their projects at the Durban FilmMart’s African Pitching Forum.

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 three 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, Talents Durban will also cover participants’ accommodation, airfare, and festival accreditation. Participants will have direct access to DIFF screenings, DFM masterclasses, networking sessions, and other activities with experts and industry players from around the world. 

Selection process

Talents Durban will invite selected Talents, carefully selected by a panel of industry experts. Prospective Talents should complete the application form online, provided they have a recognised portfolio of previous work and a project in progress. Selected projects will be announced in early May 2021.

Talents Durban is an initiative of the Durban FilmMart Institute in cooperation with Berlinale Talents. Through the international programme, with a network that extends to Talents events in Berlin, Buenos Aires, Rio de Janeiro, Guadalajara, Sarajevo, Beirut, and Tokyo, as well as Durban, participants are initiated into a global community of filmmakers and connected through the Berlinale’s wide social network platform: (