3rd Durban FilmMart will include a finance forum


The official countdown to Africa’s premiere film finance and coproduction forum kicks off with a bang this year. With less than six weeks to go to the 3rd Durban FilmMart, organisers are gearing up for the ‘behind-the scenes’ film event of the year. The Durban FilmMart Delegate Registration is officially open promising access to key experts, broadcasters, financiers at the new venue Blue Waters Hotel on the Golden Mile of Durban’s beachfront.

Created as a partnership project between the Durban Film Office and the Durban International Film Festival, the Durban FilmMart is positioned to facilitate the development of African film content and ultimately create further business and employment opportunities within the sector.  “It is with great excitement and much anticipation that we announce the countdown to the Durban FilmMart,” said Durban Film Office’s Toni Monty.

Last month the official selection of Durban FilmMart projects comprising 11 feature films and 12 documentaries was announced.  Filmmakers who are not in the official selection still have an opportunity to register and attend Durban FilmMart as delegates. Delegates will have the opportunity to partake in a majority of the Durban FilmMart’s events, said Monty. “This will be a unique informative platform for delegates seeking stimulation and growth within their professional careers”.

The Durban FilmMart 2012 programme will be presented in three strands – the Finance Forum, Master Classes and Africa in Focus. Delegates of the Durban FilmMart will have full access to the Master Classes held with leading experts in the areas of Finance, Marketing, Distribution, Project Packaging, co-production, New Media and other topics. Delegates will also have the opportunity to attend the Africa in Focus range of seminars and panel discussions featuring local and international filmmakers and industry experts with a special focus of African issues and initiatives.  Delegates seeking co-production partners will also have a chance to interact during several scheduled networking sessions.

Partners and supporters of the Durban FilmMart 2012 include International Film Festival Rotterdam's (IFFR) CineMart, the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA), the Berlinale Film Festival as well as Dubai Film Connection, and several others. Also on board this year is the Hot Docs Documentary Film Festival- North America’s largest documentary film festival, which through the inaugural Hot Docs - Blue Ice Fund Group initiative will be facilitating a financing and mentorship program to six African film grantees, awarded earlier this year. The initiative, which was founded in 2011, will fly in the grantees and a highly acclaimed panel of film experts to join in the Durban FilmMart 2012 programe.

So far 18 broadcasters will be in attendance at the Durban FilmMart 2012. These include the presence of a delegation of African broadcasters facilitated through the Canal France International (CFI) as part of the French Season in South Africa involvement with the Durban International Film Festival. A dozen African broadcasters will by visiting South Africa attending CFI’s annual conference and these African broadcasters will attend the Durban FilmMart DOC Circle pitches and take part in the one-on-one meetings.

A number of European and North American financiers and co-producers will take one-on-one meetings with selected projects at the Finance Forum. International guests  confirmed so far include Kisha Cameron Dingle (Completion Films), Joslyn Barnes (Louverture Films), Alice Ramsey (Bankside Films), Meinolf Zurhorst (ZDF Arte), Remi Burah (Arte France), Simon Kilmurry (Point of View), Kate Townsend (BBC Storyville), Cynthia Kane (ITVS), Zanele Mthembu (etv) and Dominique Young (Al Jazeera).

Heading up the expert panel this year are facilitators from the European Audio Visual Entrepreneurs – EAVE a professional training, project development and networking organization for producers within the audiovisual sector.  The Durban FilmMart is excited to be building a new partnership with EAVE who aim to provide training opportunities and bring producers of different regions together in order to facilitate co-production relationships. EAVE representatives attending the Durban FilmMart include EAVE president Alan Fontain, Roshanak Behesht Nediad who will present a masterclass on Finance and Jacques Akchoti who will present a masterclass on script writing.

Peter Rorvik, director of the Durban International Film Festival added that this year’s line-up would add value to the development of African Cinema. Said Rorvik; “With this our third edition, the Durban FilmMart is set to spread its wings and build on its already significant contributions to the development of the African film Industry.”

The 3rd edition of Durban FilmMart takes place from 20-23 July 2012 during the Durban International Film Festival and is open for delegate registration. For more information view the delegate registration process online at the official website; www.durbanfilmmart.com