DFMI Business Lab Application Information


Applications are now CLOSED.

The third edition of the DFMI Business Lab will commence in September 2023. Selected participants will be contacted shortly.

Eligibility Criteria

The programme is open to producers with African passports who have produced films and have no more than 5 years’ experience in the industry.  Directors or script writers who want to change to producing are welcome to apply.

Kindly note that acceptance into the programme will not be based on a specific film project. (You will not need an active film project to participate in the programme).

Participant Evaluation Process

Technical Evaluation – Application will be evaluated according to eligibility criteria

Participant Evaluation – A panel of industry professionals will evaluate the application

Confirming shortlisted participants – Shortlisted participants will be contacted for availability and confirmation

Announcement of official selection – Public announcement of participants

Terms & Conditions / Obligations of Participants
  • All enquiries pertaining to the programme must be directed to DFMI via [email protected].
  • Applicants are not permitted to direct any questions or comments to evaluation panel members in advance of deadlines or following decisions.
  • The Durban FilmMart Institute reserves the right to alter programme guidelines with a general email notification to all potential applicants.
  • Time commitments with specific dates will be communicated to selected participants upon confirmation of selection.  Participants are expected to attend all sessions.
Important Dates For Participation
August04 August – Call for participation opens
18 August – Call for participation closes
18 August to 13 September – Evaluation process
September13 September – Selected participants are contacted by DFMI
18 September – Online Programme (Lab) commences (twice a week)
OctoberOnline Programme (Lab) commences (twice a week)
NovemberOnline Programme (Lab) continues (twice a week)
DecemberOnline Programme (Lab) continues (twice a week)
JanuaryOnline Programme (Lab) continues (twice a week)
Lab ends 31 January 2024

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Have you participated at DFM before?
List of films produced
Have you participated at a film festival or film market before?*
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Thank you

Submission received