Durban FilmMart

The 2011 Durban FilmMart will take place from 22 to 25 July 2011 during the 32nd Durban International Film Festival, which runs from 21 to 31 July. The film market is a partnership project between the Durban Film Office and the Durban International Film Festival.

The project aims to provide film professionals from across Africa an opportunity to pitch projects to financiers, distributors and sales agents as well as participate in a master-class and workshop programme.

The inaugural edition of Durban FilmMart, held last year, hosted over 200 international producers, sales agents, distributors, financiers and funding organisations, who gathered in meeting lounges and seminar rooms over four days, attending meetings, project presentations and a series of master classes and workshops on current trends in film finance, marketing, distribution and new media technologies.

Raising project visibility

Designed to create partnerships and further the development and production of African cinema, the Durban FilmMart aims to raise the visibility of projects from the African continent, create networking opportunities with potential co-producers and other industry partners and act as a feeder stage for established co-production markets such as DFM's official partner, CineMart, of the International Film Festival Rotterdam.

The organisers are now calling for project submissions for the second Durban FilmMart, offering filmmakers from Africa the opportunity to be selected to pitch projects in one-on-one meetings with potential investors within the Finance Forum segment of the programme.

The closing date for submissions is 15 February 2011.

Entry is open to:

  • Projects with an African citizen attached to one of the three key creative roles of producer, director or writer. Proof of African citizenship or birth must be provided through a certified copy of a valid African passport/ birth certificate;
  • Africans living in the diaspora, but who still have African citizenship or have proof of birth in Africa;
  • Projects with a producer attached.

For more information on the Durban FilmMart and how to submit a project, go to www.durbanfilmmart.com. For further enquires email durbanfilmmart@durban.gov.za or durbanfilmmart@gmail.com, phone +27 31 311 4248 or fax: +27 31 311 4092.