By Mona Pilane
Published February 16, 2014
Durban Filmmart, a co-production and finance market held in the framework of Durban International Film Festival in South Africa, reminds filmmakers across Africa that the deadline for them to send in their feature-length fiction, documentary and animation film projects is February 18, 2014.
Durban FilmMart is aimed at developing and assisting emerging African filmmakers through a four-day affair that serves as a meeting place for national and international film producers, buyers, financiers, sales agents, funders and other film professionals, promises a programme that is jam-packed with informative workshops, engaging discussions and exciting interactive opportunities.
“The Durban FilmMart is a gateway to exciting experiences that hold no bounds to the success you can achieve as an African filmmaker,” says Durban Film Office Head, Toni Monty. “Don’t miss out on your window of opportunity; we will select 20 projects to participate in the 2014 Finance Forum.”
Ten fiction projects and 10 documentary projects will be selected for one-on-one meetings with potential investors and co-producers in the Finance Forum. The documentary projects will also be pitched to a panel of commissioning editors and funders in the DOC Circle Pitching Forum.
The final day of the Durban FilmMart includes the closing night dinner which alongside partners and sponsors, will award prizes in various categories to selected participants. Awards include prize-money towards the funding and development of the film project as well as sponsorship grants to attend various international film festivals and their respective film markets across the globe.
“This is a brilliant opportunity to not only develop your film project and cultivate your filmmaking skills, but also to build your global network and learn from established film professionals,” Monty says.
The Durban FilmMart takes place in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, July 18-21, 2014, during the 35th DIFF that runs July 17-27,2014.
Detailed information on the Durban FilmMart and how projects may be submitted is available on durbanfilmmart.com or via firstname.lastname@example.org.