15 January 2020


Durban FilmMart

Call out for film project submissions Durban FilmMart 2020 is encouraging filmmakers to submit projects.

PROJECT submissions for the 11th Durban FilmMart (DFM), Africa’s leading film industry co-production market, close on 31 January.

The 11th DFM is scheduled to take place from 17 to 20 July, during the 41st Durban International Film Festival (DIFF) in Durban.

A joint programme of the Durban Film Office (DFO), the eThekwini Municipality’s industry development unit and the DIFF, the DFM aims to support and stimulate the growth of the African film industry and develop connections between African filmmakers and the world.

The project-in-development section of the DFM offers opportunities for film-makers to pitch to industry experts with the view to advancing their ideas closer to production.

The 2020 edition of DFM over four days will include pitching sessions for projects in development, workshops, panel discussions and seminars with industry experts and the ever-popular networking sessions enabling film-makers to connect and re-connect with an array of significant representatives from the industry both locally and internationally.

Last year the market drew a record number of over 1000 delegates, including film-makers, distributors, broadcasters, agents, financiers and investors from around the world.

The selection panel will choose up to 10 documentaries and ten fiction feature length film projects from the submissions. Selected projects will be announced in early May, and will participate in a programme of mentorship and project packaging before presenting their projects to potential investors at the DFM in July.

Full length feature and documentary film projects with Africans in the major creative roles (writers, directors and producers) that are looking for co-producers, financiers, sales agents and funders, are invited to submit.

To submit a project, visit www.durbanfilmmart.com. Contact info@durbanfilmmart.com or 031 311 4243.



2020 AMAA calls for entries

The 16th edition of the Africa Movie Acacdemy Awards (AMAA) has opened entries for filmmakers to submit their feature, short, animation and documentary works for consideration in 28 film categories of the awards.

The submissions are from December 25, 2019 and will close on April 1, 2020.

Nominations will be announced on August 30, 2020.

The AMAAs will be held on October 25, 2020 in Lagos and will be televised globally. Only films produced and released between January 2019 and March 2020 may be entered for this celebration of African cinema.

Each completed entry for 2020 entries must be accompanied by all the supporting materials listed on the submission forms, including a synopsis of the film, the list of credits, marketing stills of the film, filmographies of the directors and producers, submissions can be made here

All films must indicate the year of copyright. The Africa Film Academy will not accept any film that exceeds the 120-minute run as a feature or a short film that is longer than 40 minutes.

AMAA awards two major categories of short films and animation. The Academy also awards the category for Best Africa Film in the Diaspora and Best Diaspora Short Film Awards. inclusive of Caribbean Shorts and Caribbean features .

In 2020 the Africa Film Academy will introduce a special category for Asian Foreign language category.

Founded in 2005, AMAA has mostly held annually in Nigeria, the primary aim of the AMA Awards is to facilitate the development and showcase the social relevance of African cinema from filmmakers across the globe.