Africa’s premier co-production market, the Durban FilmMart (DFM) is now open for project submissions. With principal funding from the eThekwini Municipality, Durban FilmMart (DFM) is a partnership between the Durban Film Office (DFO) and the Durban International Film Festival (DIFF).
 
Calls for submission of feature-length fiction, documentary and animation films opens today, 25th October 2013, and closes on 18th February 2014. Selected projects will be invited as official projects of the 2014 DFM programme, with support provided for one representative of each selected project to attend DFM in July next year.
 
The 5th DFM takes place in Durban from 18-21 July 2014, during the 35th edition of the DIFF (17-27 July 2014). DFM will serve as a meeting place for national and international film producers, buyers, financiers, sales agents, funders and other film professionals, who will participate in industry-related workshops, master classes, seminars and networking events. Ten fiction projects and ten documentary projects will be selected for one-on-one meetings with potential investors and co-producers in the Finance Forum. Documentary projects will also be pitched to a panel of commissioning editors and funders in the DOC Circle Pitching Forum.
DFM, a catalyst for growth of the African Film industry, aims to develop African filmmakers by creating opportunities within the sector. Ms Toni Monty, head of DFO, encourages African filmmakers to submit their projects “We are excited to provide a platform for African filmmakers to be heard as well as providing a chance to get their foot in the door through facilitating funding and networking within the industry. Don’t let this opportunity of a lifetime pass you by,” says Toni Monty.
 
Peter Machen, Manager of the Durban International Film Festival, said, “After the massive success of last year’s festival, we are hugely excited about another year of partnership with the Durban FilmMart. DFM is a major event on the African and international film calendar”.
Entries are open to all Africans in key creative roles, whether they are writers, directors or producers (all projects must have a producer attached). To find out how to submit your project, please visit www.durbanfilmmart.com. Submissions for Durban International Film Festival 2014 will open shortly.
For further enquires contact: info@durbanfilmmart.com

For more information contact Thabo Mofokeng on 031 311 4820 / 082 731 7456 or email Thabo1.mofokeng@durban.gov.za
 
Issued by the eThekwini Communications Unit. Contact Sohana Singh on 031 311 4805 or 083 30 90 207email Sohana.Singh@durban.gov.za