South African Durban FilmMart 2021 Opens For Registration
The film and television industry can now register for the 12th edition of the Durban FilmMart. The pan-African film industry event is set to take place between July 16 and July 25, 2021. The theme for this year is 'Disrupt! The Shape of Stories to Come,' which acknowledges the disruption caused by the COVID-19 outbreak in the film industry.
According to the festival, the goal for this year's market is to expand on the success of last year's all-digital event. "Trying to comprehend the disruption the film industry has had to deal with, as well as celebrate the unique opportunities that the Covid-19 pandemic has brought", notes the acting General Manager of the Durban FilmMart Institute, Magdalene Reddy.
The event will recognize aspects of African culture that are unique to Africans while also providing fair access across the industry, providing a platform for networking with an international market, and establishing a community within the African film industry.
From the 16th to July 19, the Pitch Forum will bring together financiers, funders, investors, and programmers with 70 African projects under development. These will include DFM documentary and fiction projects, Talents Durban participants in collaboration with Berlinale Talents, and a spotlight on chosen Lusophone Africa projects in partnership with the International Emerging Film Talent Association.
Following the inaugural DFM Content Shop in 2020, the Shop will feature a digital inventory of 60 African documentary film projects of all lengths, fiction, series, and animation ready for sale and distribution. Films chose by the market to represent the distinct African storytelling available to the international market.
Six new directors will receive script development mentorship through the Jumpstart incubator programme, collaborating with Produire au Sud.
This year's Industry Programme includes the return of the popular DFM in Conversation, Durban Does Docs, Engage, and Talent Filmmaker Talks, as well as the addition of new subject areas.