Nineteen documentaries and fiction feature film projects from around Africa have been selected for the 2016 Durban FilmMart (DFM) which takes place in Durban, South Africa from June 17 to 20, 2016.
DFM is a joint collaboration between the Durban Film Office and the Durban International Film Festival. The aim of DFM is to raise the visibility of Africa cinema, to stimulate film production on the continent and facilitate project collaborations amongst African filmmakers. The DFM, as a result creates an ideal environment for African filmmakers, broadcasters and top film experts to come together and engage in critical dialogue and creative thinking about future projects. And it is an important networking event for film-makers from around the globe, and has become an important springboard for African projects to be realized.
The Durban FilmMart, now in its it 7th edition, has selected 19 projects from across Africa, including Uganda, Egypt, Kenya, Ghana, Zimbabwe, Madagascar, Tunisia and South Africa.
“We are delighted with the range of projects and countries represented at this year’s DFM,” says Toni Monty, Head of the DFO. “We look forward to welcoming and engaging with these film-makers and being a facilitator and catalyst for the development of their films. We have seen so many projects go on to be awarded further opportunities to develop at various other markets, and eventually be screened in cinemas and festivals around the world, and have no doubt that many of these projects will follow the same path. In previous years, and including this year, past DFM projects have been selected for the Durban International Film Festival, testimony to the value this market adds to the development process.”
These fiction and documentary film-makers will be attending the DFM for one-on-one meetings with potential investors and co-producers in the Finance Forum. The projects will also have an opportunity to pitch to a panel of commissioning editors from local and international funders and financiers. The selected project participants will also be given opportunities to network and meet industry professionals during several scheduled industry sessions.
2016 Durban FilmMart Project Selection
Dungeon Keepers – South Africa. Producer: James Walsh, Director: James Walsh
For Your Precious Love – South Africa. Producer: Steve Buxt, David Heitner, Director: Keith Jones
Hatim’s Dream – Uganda. Producer: Nathan Magoola, Director: Matthew Bishanga
Lift like a Girl – Egypt. Producer: Mayye Zayed, Co-producer: Moritz Helmes, Director: Amrosh Badr
Spirits of the Karoo – South Africa. Producer: Zinzi Nkenene, Directors: Engelbert Phiri and Zinzi Nkenene
Testament – Kenya. Producer: Meena Nanji, Directors: Meena Nanji and Zippy Kimundu
The Letter – Kenya. Producers: Maia von Lekow and Chris King, Directors: Maia von Lekow and Chris King
Voetsak! Us, Brothers? – South Africa. Producer: Trish Urquhart, Co-producer: Sean Moloi, Director: Andy Spitz
Where we Belong – Ghana/South Africa. Producer: Osei Owusu Banahene. Director: Ben Johnson
Wiz of Zim – South Africa. Producers: Lesedi Oluko Moche and Carolyn Carew, Ddirector: Samora Sekhukhune
Abnormal Loads – South Africa. Producer: Elias Ribeiro, Cait Panesgrouw. Director: Neil Coppen
Disco Afrika – Madagascar. Producer: Razanajaona Ambinintsoa Luck, Executive Producers: Herizo Rabary and Randriamantsoa, Director: Razanajaona Ambinintsoa Luck
Down and Dirty – South Africa. Producers: Damir Radonic and Angie Mills, Director: Angie Mills
Headland – South Africa. Producer: David Horler, Director: Elan Gamaker
Imprisoned – South Africa. Producer: Suda Sing, Director: Jayan Moodley
Inga, Inge – Zimbabwe. Producer: Veronique Doumbe, Director: Tsitsi Dangarembga
People You May Know – South Africa. Producer: Laurence Hamburger, Director: Zandile Tisani
The Mango Tree that Danced with Sea Breeze – Kenya. Producer: Lungeleni Zondi, Director: Phillippa Ndsi-Herrmann
Un Fils – Tunisia. Producer: Habib Attia, Director: Mehdi M. Barsaoui