18 July 2019


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Announcing Official DFM 2019 Project Selection for the 10th Durban FilmMart .

Durban, South Africa: The Durban FilmMart, which celebrates its 10th edition this year from 19 to 22 July, during the 40th Durban International Film Festival, has announced the 2019 fiction feature films and documentaries projects from Africa, that have selected to pitch at the Finance Forum at this major film industry event.

A total of 20 projects (10 documentaries and 10 feature films) were selected out of 140 submissions from around the continent. Countries represented in the official selection include South Africa, Nigeria, Tunisia, Egypt, Zimbabwe, Uganda, Congo and Burkina Faso. Directors and producers of these film projects, which are in development, will be mentored for two days during Durban FilmMart, and then given opportunities to pitch to panels of investors, broadcasters, financiers, agents and distributors, as well as take one-on-one meetings with them.

This project in development programme is part of the overall aim of the DFM to increase awareness of African cinema, encourage collaborations amongst African filmmakers and stimulate the growth of the industry.

Toni Monty, Head of the Durban Film Office, the industry unit of the eThekwini Municipality, and head of the DFM says, “We believe that this forum within the DFM, is one of the most exciting film industry programmes to have been established on the continent to help support films get off the ground. It is from here that the idea on the page is able to begin its complex journey to completion and exhibition.” “The selectors were very encouraged by the content, themes and subject matter, that came through in this year’s selection portraying some complex and unique African stories that provide intimate insights into the continents consciousness.”

Fiction Selection

   Day of the Vow, (South Africa) - Producers: David Franciscus, Nicki Priem, Marlie S. Jacobs, Director: David Franciscus ·

   Mami Wata (Nigeria) - Producer: Oge Obasi, Director: C.J. Obasi

   Mkhulu Wase Next Door (South Africa) - Producers: Bongiwe Selane, Brendan Campbell, Director: Xolelwa Nhlabatsi,

   Pieces of Salma (South Africa) - Producers: Khosie Dali, David Horler, Director: Imran Hamdulay ·

   Sunflowers in the Dark (Zimbabwe) – Producer: Ben Mahaka, Tapiwa Chipfupa, Director: Tapiwa Chipfupa, ·

   The Bursary (South Africa) - Producer: Brett Michael Innes, Director: Nomawonga Khumalo

   The Legend of the Vagabond Queen of Lagos (Nigeria/South Africa) - Producers: James Tayler, Megan Chapman, Andrew Maki, Mat Cerf, Joel Bolnick, Director: Know Your City Radical Co-creative Film Collective

   Those Who Dwell in Darkness (South Africa) - Producers: Dolly Mhlongo, Sithabile Mkhize, Director: Michael James

   Tunis-Djerba (Tunisia) - Producer: Asma Chiboub, Director: Amel Guellaty

   Yam and I (Egypt) - Producers: Hala Lotfy, Ruba Atiyeh, Nadine Salib, Director: Nadine Salib

Documentary Selection:

   Africa Mother (Burkina Faso) - Producer: Koussoubé Abdoul Karim, Director: Yssouf Koussé

   A Suitcase of Memories (South Africa) - Producer: Zinzi Nkenene Directors: Zinzi Nkenene, Engelbert Phiri,

   Black Women and Sex (South Africa) - Producer: Godisamang Khunou, Director: Godisamang Khunou ·

   Kongo is Burning (Uganda / Congo) - Producer: Ali Musoke, Director: Arnold Aganze

   Living like a Shadow (Rwanda) - Producer: Romeo Umulisa, Director: Claudine Ndimbira

   Murder in Paris - Dulcie September (South Africa) - Producer: Liezel Vermeulen, Director: Enver Samuel ·

   Girlheart (Tunisia) - Producers: Salem Trabelsi, Latifa Doghri Directors: Latifa Doghri , Salem Trabelsi

   The Home (South Africa) - Producers Justin Cohen, Jessie Zinn,and Chase Musslewhite, Directors: Jessie Zinn, Chase Musslewhite

   The Last Survivor (Egypt) - Producer: Mark Lotfy, Director: Muhammad Taymour

   The Missing Middle (South Africa) - Producer: Nomakhomazi Dewavrin, Director: Okuhle Dyosopu

This Finance Forum forms one of many offerings at the DFM, which this year includes a one-day conference on documentary filmmaking - Durban Does Docs, the inaugural Locations Africa Exhibition and Conference - a private sector initiative that focuses on film locations in an effort to re-ignite efforts to position Africa as a key filming destination, a programme on women-led film hosted by Sisters Working in Film and Television (SWIFT), and a selection of masterclasses, seminars, workshops, labs and networking opportunities for filmmakers.

For emerging filmmakers there is a Creative Corner focussing on the creative elements of film-making, and the Isiphethu Hub with workshops and seminars on filmmaking.

Early bird registration is open until 28 June 2019.

Early bird fees are R1300 (ZAR) for the four-day programme, which includes four day's access to the DFM Industry Programme, access to DFM producers lounge and DFM networking events, 10 tickets to Durban International Film Festival screenings and company information published in the industry manual.

After 28 June fees are R1600 for the full programme while daily passes are R450 each (the daily pass does not include tickets to DIFF screenings or access into the opening and closing events). All tickets exclude meals.


Animation du Monde 2020 returns to DISCOP Abidjan

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Animation du Monde 2020 returns to DISCOP Abidjan in partnership with the African Animation Network (AAN) will host the 3rd annual Animation du Monde pitching competition next month.

As Africa’s animation industry continues to develop, and in recognition of the challenges that creators face in being able to reach a market, there will be a strong focus on animated short film and series.

DISCOP Abidjan is the second of 5 preliminary rounds of the Pan-African Animation du Monde 2020. Through the DISCOMICS footprint– an initiative run by DISCOP Markets and AAN– and which includes partnerships with 3 of Africa’s longest running comic conventions, AAN will be hosting 4 regional prelims in Johannesburg (at ICON CGC), Abidjan (DISCOP Abidjan), Lagos (at Lagos Comic Con), and Nairobi (Nairobi Comic Con). Because the partners are always looking to create new opportunities for creators across Africa, AAN has partnered with the Accra Animation Film Festival (AAFFia) to add a 5th regional preliminary round.


The MIFA Pitches are arguably the biggest animation focused pitching forum in the world and take place against the backdrop of the Annecy Int. Animated Film Fest’ & Market/MIFA (Annecy/MIFA). A place where filmmakers can celebrate the craft while building relationships and a deeper understanding of the industry. Contestants have until the 17th of May to submit their project and can do so by clicking HERE.

Animation du Monde’s mission is to give animation projects in developing animation industries from across the world the opportunity to participate at the highest level internationally during the MIFA Pitches. Video pitches will be accepted for those not able to attend the preliminary regional round at DISCOP Abidjan however, candidates who are able to attend the event will be given preference. The competition regulations can be viewed HERE.

“The value of entering a pitch competition like Animation du Monde goes far beyond winning or losing. Through it you build relationships, your confidence to sell your project, and most of all the insight of industry professionals with years of experience with projects from around the world.” says Nick Wilson, Head of Projects & Content at AAN.

During the 2018 Animation du Monde finals in Annecy Ingrid Agbo, from Togo, secured a pre-sale for her project L’arbre à Palimpseste which is currently in pre-production. Ingrid qualified with her project through the 2017 regionals run by AAN at DISCOP Abidjan and won one of two places to represent Africa at Annecy/MIFA 2018 via the Animation du Monde 2017 Continental Finals at DISCOP Johannesburg Through her journey she was able to connect with other African animation filmmakers who were able to help her refine her project through to the 2018 finals in France.

Ingrid shared her Annecy experience with us, “My Annecy experience was so unexpected. Winning the opportunity to pitch my project there was a huge pleasure but also a real challenge for me. This festival was like a gauge for my project. There were so many and different, great projects coming from all around the world.”



Reed Exhibitions Africa and ReedPOP announced that the second edition of Comic Con Africa will take place from 21 – 24 September 2019, at Gallagher Convention Centre in Midrand.

Due to the unprecedented success of the inaugural Comic Con Africa, the event will now take place over four days, including the Heritage Day Public Holiday on the 24th. This is to accommodate even more pop culture fans that will be wanting to attend after the success of this year’s event.

Comic Con Africa is coming to Cape Town

Following the wild success of Comic Con Africa in Johannesburg last year and the anticipated continued success this year, the companies responsible for the popular pop culture and gaming event, announced that the Mother City will get its very own Comic Con in 2020. Comic Con Cape Town will take place from May 1-3 2020 and will have its own tailored lineup of talent geared towards the fanbase of the city, playing towards its unique strengths and personality.

“With the unprecedented success of the 2018 Comic Con Africa it is the natural next step to bring this format to the city of Cape Town. While the style of this Comic Con will be slightly different to Comic Con Africa, we still expect the same level of entertainment focusing on our key pillars which include film, series, animation, cosplay, comic books and gaming. We are thrilled to be announcing the dates when we will be bringing the Comic Con magic to another South African city,” says managing director Carol Weaving.

With Cape Town being the film capital of South Africa, Comic Con Cape Town will have a stronger focus on films and series than the Comic Con in Johannesburg. With this in mind, Comic Con Cape Town has partnered with the Cape Town International Animation Festival, the only dedicated animation festival in Africa which hosts local and international delegates, appealing to those that are creatives, producers and technical artists.

Comic Con Africa will be held separately from Comic Con Cape Town from September 21-24 2019 at the Gallagher Convention Centre in Johannesburg. Comic Con Africa is a multi-genre entertainment and comic convention that features comic books, games, arts, movies, pop culture elements, and so much more.

Source: Cape Town Etc