5th Durban FilmMart Project Selection announcement



It's that exciting time of the year again when the Durban FilmMart proudly reveal the names of the African filmmakers whose film and documentary projects have been officially selected to participate in the continent's leading finance and coproduction film market.  The Durban FilmMart was pleased to receive applications from filmmakers from around the African continent intent on participating in the biggest edition of Durban FilmMart thus far.
Set to take place in Durban at the new venue of Tsogo Sun, Elangeni Hotel from 18-21 July 2014, during the 35th edition of the Durban International Film Festival (17-27 July 2014), the Durban FilmMart ' a joint initiative between the Durban Film Office and the Durban International Film Festival - will serve as a meeting place for African filmmakers, financiers, broadcasters and top film experts.
'We are very pleased to note that the number, quality and geographical spread of project submissions are growing every year. Our evaluation committee had a tough job selecting the top twenty projects most suited to the Durban FilmMart programme and we thank everybody who submitted projects for their interest in Durban FilmMart.' said Durban Film Office Head Toni Monty.
The project selection process was undertaken by a Reader Panel consisting of African and international film professionals who were given the daunting task of moderating and scoring the 164 submissions, which consisted of 85 feature and 79 documentary projects.
Following the outcome, 10 fiction projects and 10 documentary projects have been selected for one-on-one meetings with potential investors and co-producers in the Finance Forum. This year's programme will also include a full day pitch forum in which both documentary and fiction projects will be pitched to a panel of commissioning editors, funders and financiers.  Durban FilmMart participants will also have the opportunity to liaise with industry professionals during several scheduled networking sessions.
Many of the Durban FilmMart alumni have gone on to compete and premiere at festivals across the globe, including the Durban International Film festival, said festival manager Peter Machen.  'From Durban to Cannes, Toronto and Berlin, talented African filmmakers, including those selected to participate in DFM 2014, are making their mark in the global arena.  African filmmaking is on the rise.'

The following fiction film projects have been selected for DFM 2014:
All Time Idlers (Egypt) - Directed by Khaled Hafez and produced by Hossam Elouan
The Boy in the Mask (South Africa) - Directed by Jan Lampen and produced by Jennifer Mostert             
Cold Stone Jug (South Africa) - Directed by William Collinson and Ashleigh Nash
Dances of Red (Namibia) - Directed by Oshosheni Hiveluah and produced by Tapiwa Mahaka    
Hawa Hawaii (Kenya) - Directed by Amirah Mohamed Tajdin and produced by Wafa Mohamed Tajdin
Nyanga Sky (South Africa) - Directed by Matthew Griffiths and produced by Rafeeqah Galant  
The Story Of A Kiss (Egypt) - Directed by Ahmed Amer and produced by Wael Sayed El Ahl         
The Train of Salt and Sugar (Portugal/Mozambique) - Directed by Licinio De Azevedo and produced by Pandora Cunha Telles  
Tree of Crows (South Africa) - Directed by Stephen Abbott and produced by Eduan van Jaarsveldt
The Wound (South Africa) - Directed by John Trengove and produced by Elias Ribeiro   
The following documentary film projects have been selected:
Afterglow (South Africa) - Directed and produced by Amber (Arya) Lalloo
Alex On Seventh (South Africa) - Directed by Engelbert Phiri and produced by Guy Bragge
Alison (South Africa) - Directed by Uga Carlini and produced by Amy Nelson      
Beyond the Barricades (South Africa) Directed by Zanele Muholi and produced by Joost Verheij              
The Colonel's Stray Dogs (South Africa) - Directed by Khalid Shamis and produced by Steven Markovitz
Egyptian Jeanne d'Arc (Egypt) Directed by Iman Kamel and produced by Talal Al-Muhanna        
Home Expulsion (Rwanda) - Directed and produced by Kayambi Musafiri
In search of African Duende: The Uganda Flamenco Project (Uganda) - Directed by Caroline Kamya and produced by Keren Cogan
Kula: A Memory in Three Acts (Mozambique) - Directed and produced by Inadelso cossa
The Sound of Masks (South Africa) - Directed by Kofi  Zwana and produced by Sara Gouveia
The 5th Durban FilmMart takes place in Durban from 18-21 July 2014, during the 35th edition of the Durban International Film Festival (17-27 July 2014). Filmmakers who do not have projects as part of the official selection can still register as delegates for the event, and will have the opportunity to attend numerous cutting-edge masterclasses throughout the four-day event.  Registration is now open and early bird rates apply until 27 June.
For more information on the Durban FilmMart and how to register as a delegate please visit www.durbanfilmmart.com
The Durban FilmMart (DFM) is a co-production and finance market and is a joint programme of the Durban Film Office (DFO) and the Durban International Film Festival (DIFF). DFM provides filmmakers from across Africa with a valuable opportunity to pitch projects to financiers, distributors, sales agents and potential co-producers, and to participate in meetings, project presentations and a series of master classes and workshops on the latest industry trends.  www.durbanfilmmart.com
The Durban International Film Festival (DIFF) presents over 250 screenings from different countries and cultures with a special focus on Africa. The festival includes development programmes such as Talent Campus Durban and a rich schedule of workshops. DIFF is a flagship project of the Centre for Creative Arts, University of KwaZulu-Natal, which 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.  www.cca.ukzn.ac.za

Source: The Durban Film Office