South Africa: Durban FilmMart Announces 2018 Festival For African Filmmakers
Africa is set to hold the 9th edition of its leading film industry events known as the Durban FilmMart (DFM), from 20 to 23 July 2018 in Durban, South Africa.
According to Head of the Durban Film Office, Toni Monty: “The 2018 Edition of Durban FilmMart will offer exciting opportunities through a variety of programmes such as seminars, master classes, and events. These events are for African filmmakers to build business networks, develop content, explore collaborations, benchmark their production and creative works in tandem with global trends as well as look for business opportunities and investment.”
Curator of the DFM and DIFF industry programme, Russel Hlongwane disclosed some lead speakers that will be at this year’s DFM whose discussions promises to stretch the mindsets of stakeholders, providing them with new thinking and innovation. Participants would get the opportunity to engage with thought-leaders like Dayo Ogunyemi from Nigeria, Peter Russell from the US and Stephen Follows from the UK among others.”
The Lagos based creative entrepreneur and founder of 234 Media, Dayo Ogunyemi, will offer an insightful presentation titled: "Africa Through The Lens That Foregrounds African Markets As Lucrative Territories" which would give insight into the state of regional film industries and economies across sub-Saharan Africa.
Manager of the DIFF, Chipo Zhou says, “Our strategy, regarding industry growth, is to support filmmakers in content development as well as the quality of content. We want to be able to offer African filmmakers the opportunity to incubate projects, be mentored by experts, network with seasoned and experienced peers to grow quality African content.”
According to Monty: “One of the major goals of the Durban FilmMart is to foster a situation where African filmmakers collaborate, finance and develop content within the continent. We are thrilled to see so many DFM alumni projects that doing very well on local and global festivals and cinema circuits with good distribution deals.”