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Monday, April 7, 2014

Still time to enter Talents Durban for Filmmakers and Film Critics and A Book Launch Tonight



Talents Durban will be extending the closing date of applications for 2014 by a week, making the new closing date 8 April 2014.

The 35th Durban International Film Festival (DIFF), hosted by the Centre for Creative Arts, University of KwaZulu-Natal, with support from Berlinale Talents, would like to announce the extension of applications for 7th Talents Durban taking place 18-22 July. 

What we’re looking for:
·         Filmmakers from Africa.
·         Filmmakers with at least one film that has been screened at a recognised film festival or has been broadcast.
·         Final year/postgraduate students of film.
·         Film critics from Africa.
More information/ participation conditions are available on the online application tool.

This year’s Talents Durban’ theme, Continent of Contrast/de Contrastes, is an ode to the godfather of African cinema, Djibril Diop Mamb├ęty’s, first film Contras'city (City of Contrast). Celebrating the 45th anniversary of the film, the 7th Talents Durban will bring film makers from across the continent that will draw inspiration from Africa’s long tradition of story-telling. Breaking away from the stereotypical and homogenous narrative Africa, this year’s edition of Talents Durban aims to highlight the fact that the continent is home to a diversity of cultures, colours and stories. The 7th Talents Durban will not only highlight the stories of Africa, but will help to advance a culture of Africans telling their own stories.

Now in its 7th edition, Talent’s Durban looks to continue its proud history of acting as a launch pad for filmmakers from Africa. Understanding the unique needs and challenges facing film makers on the continent, Talent’s Durban will provide filmmakers with the tools to enable their careers to thrive in the international film industry.

The programme provides the selected participants with a unique opportunity to meet with international industry professionals, experts and mentors in various aspects of the filmmaking business through participation in a 5-day programme of master classes, workshops and industry networking events. Running in parallel to the 35th Durban International Festival programme, this year’s Talent Campus Durban will offer three hands-on training programmes: Doc Station which will focus on documentary-making, Talent Press which is dedicated to film criticism, and Script Station which will support story development.

Doc Station will offer three selected Talents the opportunity to refine and polish documentary projects for pitching at the 5th Durban FilmMart’s DOC Circle. Meanwhile, Talent Press will mentor four African journalists in the art of film criticism with access to all the screenings of the 35th Durban International Film Festival, creating reviews that will be published on numerous platforms. Script Station will offer the opportunity to writers to develop their stories while pitching their ideas to a panel of industry experts. Talents will also have access to the networking events available during the film festival.

Applications for the 7th Talents Durban are completed through an online application process. Applicants must meet the criteria found on website. The new application deadline is midnight (CAT) on 8 April 2014. Applications and materials which arrive after 8 April will not be considered. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Successful applicants will be informed via email and the website by 21 April 2014.

Talent’s Durban is presented in partnership with Berlinale Talents, with support from the German Embassy of South Africa, the Goethe-Institute of South Africa, and the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Economic Development and Tourism. Through the international programme, with a networks that extends to Talents International events in Berlin, Buenos Aires, Guadalajara, Sarajevo and Tokyo, as well as Durban, participants are initiated into a global community of filmmakers and connected via a wide social network platform operated through the Berlin Film Festival.

Application forms and full regulations are available at www.durbanfilmfest.co.za


Book Launch Tonight At St Clements


This edition by +Fred Felton 



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