Durban FilmMart

Dates for the third edition of Durban FilmMart have been confirmed for 20 to 23 July 2012, during the 33rd Durban International Film Festival (DFO), which takes place from 19 to 29 July.

A partnership project between the Durban Film Office (DFO) and DIFF, the FilmMart provides filmmakers from across Africa a valued opportunity to pitch projects to financiers, distributors, sales agents and potential co-producers. Over 200 industry professionals attended the successful Durban FilmMart of 2011, participating in meetings, project presentations and a series of master classes and workshops on latest trends in film finance, marketing, distribution and new media technologies.

Call for submissions

DFM calls for submissions of both feature-length fiction and documentary projects (including animation). Selected projects will be invited to pitch projects in one-on-one meetings with potential investors within the Finance Forum segment of the programme. Entry is open to:

  • Projects in which either the producer, director or writer is an African citizen. 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 project submission criteria and processes please visit

The closing date for submissions is 15 February 2012.

For further enquires email or, phone +27 31 311 4243 or fax +27 31 311 4092.

The Durban Film Office is the film-industry development arm of the City of Durban, 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 SMME’s in the region. The organization is also actively seeking and creating opportunities for setting the benchmark as the leading authority in the field in South Africa.

The Durban International Film Festival is South Africa’s oldest and largest film festival, and is a flagship project of the Centre for Creative Arts (CCA) at the University of KwaZulu-Natal. The CCA 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. The CCA also produces three other major annual festivals: Time of the Writer, Jomba! Contemporary Dance Experience and Poetry Africa.