Durban FilmMart awards African filmmakers

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The Durban FilmMart (DFM), which ran from 18 to 21 July in at the Elangeni hotel in Durban alongside the Durban International Film Festival, has awarded a number of promising African filmmakers with funding, access to international networks and festivals as well as mentorship and skills training.

The Best South African Film Project sponsored by Videovision Entertainment was awarded to Nyanga Sky, a film directed by Matthew Griffiths and produced by Rafeeqah Galant who will receive a R75,000 ($7,062) prize, a guarantee of release as well as marketing and distribution assistance from Videovision.

Hawa Hawaii, a Kenyan film directed by Amirah Tajdin and produced by Wafa Mohamed Tajdin, Bongiwe Selane, Helena Spring and Junaid Ahmed won the The CineMart award, which was sponsored by the International Film Festival Rotterdam's co-production market, as well as an award sponsored by the Festival des 3 Continents’ Produire au Sud. The accolades will afford filmmakers the opportunity to attend the Rotterdam Lab, a five-day workshop for emerging producers, and a week-long developmental workshop program that will grant them to better access European networks.

The South African film The Sound of Masks, directed by Kofi Zwana and produced by Sara Gouveia, received the Most Promising Documentary Pitch award from the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA), which afforded the filmmakers an IDFA and Forum Pass.

Another South African film, Alex on Seventh, was awarded The New Cinema Network award, providing director Engelbert Phiri and producer Guy Bragge the opportunity to attend the New Cinema Network (NCN), the Rome Film Festival's co-production market.

In Search of African Duende: The Uganda Flamenco Project received a $2,500 (approximately R26,208) development prize from the East African documentary fund titled The Docubox award. The film is Ugandan, directed by Caroline Kamya and produced by Keren Cogan.

The Restless Talent Pitch award, backed by Restless Talent Management, was awarded to South African film Shattered. The award will offer director Philani Ndaba with a comprehensive one-year representation deal as well as mentorship and developmental assistance.

Rwandan film Home Expulsion which was directed and produced by Kayambi Musafiri will receive €5,000 (approximately R71,100) in prize money after winning the Organisation Internationale de Francophonie award, while South African film The Wound, directed by John Trengove and produced by Elias Ribeiro, will receive €6,000 (approximately R85,323) prize money for winning the ARTE France International Prize.

The Egyptian film Amal, directed by Mohamed Siam, was awarded the new AfriDocs award.

Visit the DFM website for more information.

Source: Screen Africa  24 July 2014