Monday, 22 December 2014

Durban FilmMart call for film project submissions

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Durban FilmMart call for film project submissions
The annual Durban FilmMart recently celebrated five amazing years as Africa’s leading film co-production and funding market, and is calling all African filmmakers to submit their film projects for 2015 DFM selections which opens today, the 31st October and closes on the 15th February 2015.
“DFM 2014 has been an exceptionally successful one; with amazing talent coming through, innovative workshops taking place and exciting opportunities presented. We look forward to the submissions for next year’s DFM and encourage African filmmakers to take a chance and put themselves out there - you never know where this first step can take you.” says Durban Film Office’s Toni Monty.
DFM has worked with ninety-five official projects making their debuts at the four day event in Durban over the past five years. Many DFM alumni’s have secured further funding grants and screened at film festivals around the world, establishing Durban FilmMart as a key platform for budding African filmmakers to propel their film making careers.
Planning is already underway to ensure the 2015 Durban FilmMart, an innovative development initiative created by the Durban Film Office (DFO) and the Durban International Film Festival (DIFF) and funded by the City, offers profitable and exciting opportunities for selected projects.
Have you been developing a great film idea that tells a dynamic African story or need to raise funding to complete your film in development? In order to benefit from the Durban FilmMart experience, African filmmakers are urged to submit their fiction or documentary feature projects in development for consideration before the closing date 15 February 2015.
Durban FilmMart 2015 will select 10 fiction feature and 10 Documentary feature projects in development to participate in the 6th Durban FilmMart taking place 17 – 20th July 2015. Interested African filmmakers, from writers to directors, are encouraged to submit their projects by 15 February 2015. It is important to note that all projects must have a producer attached.  To find out more about the DFM 2015, project submission criteria and how to submit your project, please visit
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Note to Editors:
The Durban FilmMart (DFM) is a co-production and finance market and is a joint programme of the Durban Film Office (DFO) and the Durban International Film Festival (DIFF). DFM provides filmmakers from across Africa with a valuable opportunity to pitch projects to financiers, distributors, sales agents and potential co-producers, and to participate in meetings, project presentations and a series of master classes and workshops on the latest industry trends.
The Durban Film Office (DFO) is the film industry development arm of the eThekwini Municipality, mandated to position Durban as a world-class film production destination and facilitator for the development of the local film industry. The DFO drives activity and development in the sector in order to boost tourism, job creation and the development of core skills and SMMEs in the region.
The Durban International Film Festival (DIFF) presents over 250 screenings from different countries and cultures with a special focus on Africa. The festival includes development programmes such as Talent Campus Durban and a rich schedule of workshops. DIFF is a flagship project of the Centre for Creative Arts, University of KwaZulu-Natal, which facilitates creative platforms and economic opportunities for artists and related industries, intercultural exchange and network development, training, audience development and strategic Pan-African and international cooperation in the cultural sectors.

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