Monday, April 4, 2016

Registration opens for 7th Durban FilmMart

The 7th Durban FilmMart (DFM), Africa’s premier film finance and
coproduction forum will open for early bird delegate registration
on April 4, 2016.

The dates for this year’s DFM, a joint project of Durban Film Office
(DFO), the eThekwini Municipality’s industry development unit, and
the Durban International Film Festival (DIFF) are from June 17 to 20,
earlier than in previous years, to coincide with the DIFF (June 16
26), which was moved to an earlier slot for this year.

“The aim of the DFM is to increase the visibility of African cinema,
kindle the creation of film on the continent, and to stimulate the
development of project collaboration between African filmmakers
through a dynamic networking programme,” explains Durban Film
Office’s Toni Monty. “The objective of the Mart speaks to the need
for African film makers to be creating their own content and telling
their own stories to their own markets. By driving the development
of local content, we believe that it lays a bedrock for business and
employment within the sector to thrive and look towards its own
models for success.”

This year, the Mart, will provide delegates with access to prominent
film industry experts, financiers, content directors and broadcasters
from around Africa and the world, and other industry specialists
attending both the DFM and DIFF as independents to connect and
develop business associations

The DFM is structured around three programmatic pillars – Master
Classes, a Finance Forum and Africa in Focus – a series of industry
workshops, which offer networking and social opportunities for
industry representatives.

Master classes are led by wellknown industry experts and will
unpack issues and challenges in concept development, project
packaging, coproduction development, new media, finance,
marketing, distribution, and other related themes.

The DFM’s coproduction market, which called for submissions of
film projects last year, has roughly ten feature films and ten
documentary films selected for mentorship. These will be
presented to industry experts during the Mart, and following
thorough sessions with experts, projects are awarded grants for
further development.

Partners of this year’s DFM include the International Film Festival
Rotterdam's (IFFR) CineMart, the International Documentary Film
Festival Amsterdam (IDFA), Sundance Film Festival, AfriDocs, the
Berlinale Film Festival, HotDocs Blue Ice Documentary Film Fund,
Produire au Sud, Restless Talent Management, Sørfond, French
Embassy South Africa, , National Film and Video Foundation,
KwaZuluNatal Film Commission, Durban Film Office, VideoVision
Entertainment, Goethe Institute and the Organisation
Internationale de la Francophonie.

For registration or for more information view the delegate
registration process online at the official website:

Early Bird registration discount for those booking before 30 May 2016.
Fees are R1 485 (ZAR) for the 4 day event which includes access to allocated
sessions, lunch, access to DFM networking events, entrance into
the Durban International Film Festival screenings (subject to ticket
availability), listing in the DFM Industry Manual and access to
Masterclasses and the Africa in Focus programme. After 30 May
2016, fees are R2035. Daily passes are R605 (this does not include
tickets to the DIFF screenings or access into the opening and closing

This edition by Fred Felton
Twitter @fredfelton

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