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Durban FilmMart 2019 Project Submissions call Out

A pitching session during the 9th Durban FIlmMart

Project submissions for the 10th Durban FilmMart (DFM) which takes place from 19 to 22 July 2019, during the 40th Durban International Film Festival (DIFF) in South Africa, are now open.

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

“We are very proud to be celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Durban FilmMart and we look forward to welcoming the next set of projects to join our network,” says Head of the Durban Film Office, Toni Monty. “The Durban FilmMart has worked with over 200 projects since its inception 10 years ago, and we are thrilled to have seen many of these projects finding their way onto the international cinema circuit, and for some, winning prestigious awards at global markets and festivals.”

The DFM comprises a stimulating four-day programme of workshops, seminars and networking sessions. The market attracts approximately 600 film-makers, distributors, broadcasters, agents, financiers and investors and other film industry representatives from around the world.

“The Durban FilmMart has become an important launch pad for African content, and we intend to expand opportunities for participating filmmakers even further as we approach our decade celebrations,” says Monty. “For the 2019 project selection, we will be looking for extraordinary African stories with strong creative visions that offer interesting and unique perspectives on African realities. For 2019 we will also be on the lookout for narratives and documentaries that bring women’s voices to the fore.”

Some examples of DFM alumni projects that have received international acclaim include Inxeba:The Wound andTrain of Salt and Sugar (which were South Africa and Mozambique’s respective selections for an Oscar consideration for Best Foreign Language Film in 2018), Five Fingers for Marseilles and Rafiki to name a few.

Ten documentaries and ten fiction feature length film projects will be selected from the submissions, and these projects will undergo a two-day packaging and mentoring programme followed by two days of one-on-one meetings with a panel of film financiers, buyers and distributors from across the globe.

The DFM is open to both full length feature and documentary films projects with Africans in the major creative roles (writers, directors and producers) that are looking for co-producers, financiers, sales agents and funders. Film projects submitted are reviewed by a selection committee for consideration. All projects must have both a producer and director attached to them and must be submitted by 14 January 2019.

For more about the Durban FilmMart 2019, project submission criteria and how to submit your project, visit The submission link will open on December 7, 2018.

The 40th Durban International Film Festival (DIFF) takes place from 18 to 28 July 2019.

For further enquires or call   +27 31 311 4243.



CaribbeanTales and Durban FilmMart Partnership 2.0 encourages African Women Filmmakers to think Co-Production

CaribbeanTales and the Durban FilmMart present the second year of CineFAM – Africa, an accelerator program for African women filmmakers.

African / Caribbean partnerships
African / Caribbean partnerships

CaribbeanTales Media Group (CTMG) and the Durban FilmMart (DFM) today announce the renewal of their partnership to support the development of original, serialized television content and films created by women from Africa and the African Diaspora.


CineFAM is the CaribbeanTales program that supports bold, original films and television series by women of colour worldwide. In the Haitian-Creole language, “Cinefam” means “films by women”.  This Accelerator Incubator Program builds capacity and creative leadership among women of colour who are traditionally under-represented in leadership roles in the film and television industry globally.  


“We have invited a select group of experienced South African women producers to bring their original television series projects that are currently in development to the second edition of CineFAM – Africa to be held during DFM2018,” says CaribbeanTales CEO Frances-Anne Solomon. “We know they will enjoy CaribbeanTales’ unique two-day intensive Accelerator Program that ensures an excellent overview and close guidance on the nuts and bolts of production within the context of Canada and South Africa. They will learn how best to meet the co-production demands of these two countries with their stories, finance and marketing strategies along with enhancing pitch skills.”


“We are absolutely thrilled to embark on the second edition of our partnership with CaribbeanTales. The 2018 Accelerator Incubator Program will not only provide an exciting platform to support the development of women-led audio-visual content in Africa, it will create a space to interrogate the application of the SA/Canada Co-production Treaty with serialised content. Through this partnership, we hope to build a bridge between the two organisations that will raise the voices of African women filmmakers,” said Toni Monty, Head of Durban Film Office and DFM the co-production and finance market, which is a joint programme of the Durban Film Office (DFO) and the Durban International Film Festival (DIFF), South Africa.


“We are incredibly excited to continue to build on this extraordinary initiative with the Durban Film Mart that opens the gateway of co-productions between our organizations and our two countries” says CaribbeanTales CEO Frances-Anne Solomon. “Our goal is to see the program grow from training to production within the next couple of years and to show the world what women from Africa and the African Diaspora can do within the Canada / South Africa co-production treaty.”  


CineFAM – Africa, led by CaribbeanTales Vice-President Nicole Brooks, is a two-day program that will take place during the Durban FilmMart July 20 – 22, 2018.


This two-day Accelerator will culminate in a private Mini-Pitch to deliver and work with local and international (specifically Canadian) broadcasters and funders for consideration and feedback. The winner will qualify to participate in the renowned CaribbeanTales Incubator (CTI), in Toronto, Canada. CTI is a year-round development and production hub for Caribbean and Caribbean Diaspora Producers that aims to create strong, compelling and sustainable content for the global market. Thus, CTI will increase the pool of world-class indigenous film and television content and build the Region’s audio-visual capacity.