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The French Institute Of South Africa (IFAS) And The French Embassy In South Africa Presents Independent Films And Projects At DIFF-DFM 2019

21 Jul 2019

The French Institute of South Africa (IFAS) and the French Embassy in South Africa are proud to announce their participation in this year's Durban International Film Festival (19 – 29 July) and the Durban FilmMart (19-22 July).

At the Durban International Film Festival, IFAS and the French Embassy in South Africa will be supporting the strong French line-up in the feature film official competition and at the Durban FilmMart in partnership with DFM and Produire au Sud (Festival des 3 Continents, Nantes, France), and they will continue their collaboration on the strong programme for scenario development and international networks called The Script Studio.

Independent French Movie selection

  • « Les Miserables » by Ladj Ly – Award Jury Cannes 2019 - Docu-fiction / drama

    A sensation at Cannes this year, winning the Jury Award, Ladj Ly’s docu-fiction/drama, Les Misérables will have its South Africam premiere at the DIFF. This is Ladj Ly’s first feature film. after making several web-documentaries about riots and conflict places (as 365 days in Clichy-Montfermeil and 365 Days in Mali). Les Miserables  will be released in South African cinemas in early 2020 by Videovision Entertainment.

    Screening dates: 21 July 17:30 Gateway / 25 July 20:30 Suncoast

  • “Fornacis” by Aurélia Mengin - Genre film / fantastic / LGBTQ+

Fornacis is 100% independent and the first movie ever produced by a women director from La Réunion, the French island in the Indian Ocean. Aurélia Mengin, who is both director and lead actress of this genre film will be in attendance at the DIFF.

Screening dates: 20 July 12:15 Musgrave 3 / 27 July 18:30 Musgrave 1

The Script Studio: Writing workshops in partnership with Produire au Sud (Festival des 3 Continents)

Once again, IFAS supports the successful partnership between DFM and Produire au Sud. For the next three years, they will share a programme for scenario-development and international networks called The Script Studio. This is a partnership between both festivals provides two different exchanges, which take place in Durban and in Nantes.

For Durban “Jumpstart”, is an incubator programme for four pre-selected emerging directors from the KwaZulu-Natal region to introduce them to project-packaging for the international market. Consultants will introduce these directors to important techniques and tools surrounding scriptwriting and storytelling.

In addition, one film project from the Durban FilmMart will be selected to pitch at the Produire au Sud workshop in Nantes, France in November 2019.




More about the French Embassy/French Institute of South Africa

As the cultural agency of the Embassy of France in South Africa, the French Institute of South Africa (IFAS) is the operator of the cultural action of France abroad, one of 96 institutes in the world. IFAS organises and supports artistic events and scientific projects throughout the country. Of these, the audio-visual projects develop links and long-term partnerships between the South African and the French cultural industries in the fields of innovation, training, storytelling, production, distribution, professional markets, public policies and regulation frameworks.


More about Videovision Entertainment

Videovision is a diversified company with operations that range from its core business of film and television production and distribution to media, live entertainment and film studio and real estate development.

Through its diversification programme, the company has achieved phenomenal growth over the years, resulting in it becoming one of the leading media and entertainment entities in South Africa and the African continent.


More about Produire au Sud and Festival des 3 Continents

PRODUIRE AU SUD is a workshop focusing on the outline and structure of film co-production within the industry. 

The workshop aims to familiarize young producers based in the Asia, Africa, Latin America with a variety of important tools and international coproduction techniques by coaching individual projects in development.

It is actually the most important workshop of the year, as it lasts 7 days and invites each year a dozen of international and European professionals as experts. Each year, it takes place in Nantes in the framework of the Festival des 3 Continents and in partnership with the Institute for Advanced Study (IEA-Nantes).

It is dedicated to any producer from the 3 Continents (Latin America, Africa, Asia) paired with a director who currently develops a feature fiction project.

The next workshop will take place in Nantes November 18-24, 2019.