Durban FilmMart (DFM) opens delegate registration next week on April 18



Africa’s premier film finance and co-production market, the Durban FilmMart (DFM), opens delegate registration next week on April 18.


Celebrating its 8th edition, this year’s DFM, a joint programme of the Durban Film Office (DFO), the eThekwini Municipality’s industry development unit, and the Durban International Film Festival, hosted by the University of KwaZulu-Natal’s Centre for Creative Arts, takes place from 14 to 17 July and will host around 500 delegates from Africa and the world.


The DFM programme provides opportunities for film-makers to come together with a common focus, network and keep themselves updated on the latest trends and developments within the industry.


The DFM has three main areas of focus: Master Classes conducted by industry experts, unpack a wide array of challenges and issues faced by film-makers in developing their projects; a series of industry workshops set the scene for networking and social opportunities for industry representatives and the co-production market, features pre-submitted and selected film projects that are presented to the industry.


“The objective of the DFM is to provide a market platform for African projects in development that supports and encourages project collaboration between African filmmakers, ” says Toni Monty, of the Durban Film Office who heads up the DFM programme.


”We are very excited about this years programme, which will be published next week. International programme partners for 2017 include the International Film Festival Rotterdam’s (IFFR) CineMart, the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA), Sundance Institute, AfriDocs, Talents Durban, Caribbean Tales International Film Festival, HotDocs – Blue Ice Documentary Film Fund, Produire au Sud, Restless Talent Management, Sørfond, the Goethe Institute and the Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie.


The Durban FilmMart runs from 14 to 17 July, during the Durban International Film festival (July 13-23). Early bird registration opens on April 18. Delegates will have access to the 4 day event which includes access to industry sessions, networking lunches, DFM networking events, entrance into the Durban International Film Festival screenings  (subject to ticket availability) and company listing in the DFM Industry Manual.


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The Durban FilmMart (DFM) is a co-production and finance market and is a joint programme of the Durban Film Office (DFO) and the Durban International Film Festival (DIFF). DFM provides filmmakers from across Africa with a valuable opportunity to pitch projects to financiers, distributors, sales agents and potential co-producers, and to participate in meetings, project presentations and a series of master classes and workshops on the latest industry


The Durban Film Office (DFO) is the film industry development arm of the eThekwini Municipality, mandated to position Durban as a world-class film production destination and facilitator for the development of the local film industry. The DFO drives activity and development in the sector in order to boost tourism, job creation and the development of core skills and SMMEs in the region.


 The Durban International Film Festival (DIFF) presents over 200 screenings from different countries and cultures with a special focus on Africa. The festival includes development programmes such as Talents Durban and a rich schedule of workshops. DIFF is a flagship project of the Centre for Creative Arts, University of KwaZulu-Natal, which facilitates creative platforms and economic opportunities for artists and related industries, intercultural exchange and network development, training, audience development and strategic Pan-African and international cooperation in the cultural sectors.

New DIFF manager announced

New DIFF manager


One of Africa’s leading and long running film festivals – the Durban International Film Festival (DIFF) – proudly announces the newly-appointed DIFF Manager. It is with great pleasure that we announce Ms. Chipo Zhou who assumed this permanent position on 1 April 2017.

DIFF is hosted by the University of KwaZulu-Natal’s Centre for Creative Arts (CCA) under College of Humanities’ School of Arts. Ms. Zhou, a versatile film practitioner and film festival curator, has over a decade experience in the creative industry.

“After such a vigorous search, we are grateful that we finally found a rounded candidate of her calibre, with whom the festival is bound to have a refreshed face. We welcome Chipo to the CCA team and we are confident that she will steer the festival to a better future.” says the Director of Centre for Creative Arts, David wa Maahlamela.

Ms. Zhou holds a B.A. Hons Motion Picture Medium degree (cum laude) from AFDA, and she is currently completing an MFA Motion Picture Medium.

Between 2006 and 2009, she was the Assistant Festival Director of International Images Film Festival for Women (IIFF). She also served on the board of the Women Filmmakers of Zimbabwe for five years.

On her appointment, Ms. Zhou says, “I am exceedingly honoured by the opportunity to be affiliated with this esteemed organisation and I am excited by this new chapter in my career, where I step onto the global stage, at the helm of one of the oldest and biggest film festivals in Africa.”

“This comes at a time of great transformation within the industry,” she adds, “not only with regards to how films are made and distributed but how they are consumed by our audiences. With this development comes the challenge to stay current and relevant, a task I am eager to tackle.”

Ms. Zhou served as the coordinator for prestigious events such as the South African Communication Association (SACOMM) conference, and most recently a media consultant for DERT-SA, a human rights and education development NGO operating within Southern Africa.

She has great interest in practice led research, with particular focus on Women in Film and Television. The film industry will benefit immensely from her film review passion.

Ms. Zhou will be introduced to the international film fraternity at the forthcoming 70th Festival de Cannes in Paris, France. The 38th DIFF edition, to be held from July 13 to July 23, will among others have focus on women filmmakers. Ms. Zhou is, therefore, a perfect festival manager to ensure that such focus will not become an event but rather part of the conscious identities of DIFF. Ms Chipo Zhou can be reached on (031) 260 1367, or