BrandArena: Durban FilmMart 2012 Calls For Submissions

Friday 11 November 2011

Durban FilmMart 2012 Calls For Submissions

Dates for the third edition of Durban FilmMart have been confirmed for 20-23 July 2012, during the 33rd Durban International Film Festival (19-29 July).

This partnership project between the Durban Film Office (DFO) and the Durban International Film Festival (DIFF) provides filmmakers from across Africa a valued opportunity to pitch projects to financiers, distributors, sales agents and potential co-producers.

Over 200 industry professionals attended the successful Durban FilmMart of 2011, participating in meetings, project presentations and a series of master classes and workshops on latest trends in film finance, marketing, distribution and new media technologies.

Durban International Film Festival manager Nashen Moodley has also been appointed as director of the Sydney Film Festival. Previously a journalist at Independent Newspapers, for whom he still writes film reviews, Moodley has been centrally involved in the development and management of Durban International Film Festival programmes since joining the University of KwaZulu-Natal’s Centre for Creative Arts in 2001.

DFM calls for submissions of both feature-length fiction and documentary projects (including animation). Selected projects will be invited to pitch projects in one-on-one meetings with potential investors within the Finance Forum segment of the programme.

Entry is open to projects in which either producer, director or writer is an African citizen. Proof of African citizenship or birth must be provided through a certified copy of a valid African passport/ birth certificate, Africans living in the Diaspora, but who still have African citizenship or have proof of birth in Africa and projects with a producer attached.

The closing date for submissions is 15 February 2012.

For more information on the Durban FilmMart and project submission criteria and processes please visit or e-mail: or; Tel: 031 311 4243 Fax: 031 311 4092

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