9th Durban FilmMart Announces Official Project Selection For 2018 Edition

A total of 16 fiction feature films and documentaries projects from Africa have been selected to pitch at this year’s Durban FilmMart (DFM), which takes place from 20 – 23 July 2018 during the 39th Durban International Film Festival (DIFF) (19 – 29 July).

A joint programme of the eThekwini Municipality’s film industry development unit, the Durban Film Office (DFO) and the DIFF, the Durban FilmMart aims to showcase and increase awareness of African cinema through stimulating film production on the continent by encouraging collaborations amongst African filmmakers.

“We are thrilled to announce the 2018 DFM Official Project selection,” says Toni Monty, Head of the Durban Film Office. “These sixteen projects were carefully picked from over 130 applications and will join the DFM team in Durban to partake in a two-day preparatory workshop, followed by two days of public pitching, round tables, and individual meetings, where they will face industry professionals (Broadcasters, funds, festivals and distribution and production company representatives) to negotiate support for their projects.”

The eight documentaries and eight feature fictions this year have been selected from Egypt, Zimbabwe, Tunisia, Mozambique, Cape Verde, Libya, Niger and South Africa representing a dynamic range of work-in-progress and collaborations between the various countries and nationalities.

“This year’s selection profiles an eclectic mix of stories from across Africa, bringing some new talents to the Durban FilmMart that we are excited to present to attending industry professionals,” says Monty. “We would like to congratulate all the selected projects on their success and thank all directors and producers who took the time to apply with their projects.”

Durban FilmMart 2018 Official Project Selection


Blood & Honey, (Egypt) – Producer: Mohamed Siam, Guillaume de Seille, Director: Mohamed Siam

Insila kashaka, (South Africa) – Producer: Sibongile Nene, Director: Brian Khawula, Sibongile Nene, Country

Insila Dirctor Brian Khawula

Nyanga / The Horn, (Zimbabwe) – Producer: Sue-Ellen Chitunya, Brett Michael Innes, Director: Brett Michael Innes

Nyanga Producer Sue-Ellen Chitunya

Snake, (South Africa) – Producer: Paul Egan, Stanford Gibson and Mustapha Hendricks, Director: Meg Rickards

Snake Producer Mustapha Hendricks

Streams, (Tunisia) – Producer: Moufida Fedhila, Director: Mehdi Hmili

Streams Director Mehdi Hmili

Of Virtue, (South Africa) – Producer: David Horler, Director: Imran Hamdulay

Of Virtue Director Imran Hamdulay

Plunderer, The, (Nigeria) Producer: Ikechukwu Omenaihe Director: Didi Cheeka

Plunderer Producer Ikechukwu Omenaihe

Porta-Retrato, (Mozambique) –  Producer: Aldino Languana, Osvaldo Lupini Bambamba, Director: Orlando Mabasso Jr.

Porta-Retrato Producer Aldino Languana


At Dawn, (Nigeria) – Producer / Director: Adeyemi Michael

Cheese Girl, (South Africa) –  Producer: Batana Vundla, Marion Isaacs, Director: Milisuthando Bongela

Cheese Girl Director Milisuthando Bongela

Fitrah: To Be as God Created You, (South Africa) – Producer: Kelly Scott, Director: Richard Finn Gregory

Fitrah Producer Kelly Scott

How to Steal a Country (And win it back.), (South Africa) – Producer: Zivia Desai, Rehad Desai, Director: Mark Kaplan, Rehad Desai

How to Steal a Country Director and Producer Rehad Desai

Master’s Plan, The, (Cape Verde) –  Producer: Hanne Phlypo, Director: Yuri Ceuninck

Master’s Plan Director Yuri Ceuninck

Mother City, (South Africa) – Producer: Pearlie Joubert, Miki Redelinguys, Director: Pearlie Joubert, Miki Redelinguys

Mother City Director and Producer Miki Redelinguys

Searching for Kikhia, (Libya) – Producer: Desert Power / Christina Carvalho, Director: Jihan Kikhia

Searching for Kikhia Director Jihan Kikhia

Zinder, The Seeds of Violence, (Niger) – Producer: Clara Vuillermoz, Ousmane Samassekou, Director: Aicha Macky

Zinder Director Aicha Macky

Over and above the finance forum for these projects the DFM offers a robust programme of masterclasses, seminars, workshops, labs and networking opportunities for filmmakers to share knowledge and benchmark themselves and their work within a global and continental context.

Early bird discount for registration is open until 4 June 2018 and includes four day’s access to the DFM Industry Programme, access to DFM producers lounge and DFM networking events, 10 tickets to Durban International Film Festival screenings and company information published in the industry manual. Normal registration closes on 13 July 2018.

For more information on the Durban FilmMart and to register as a delegate visit www.durbanfilmmart.com

Published by Andrew Germishuys

Founder of SAMDB, Andrew has worked full time in the film industry since the early 2000's. He has trained as an actor, completing his LAMDA Gold Medal, and attending many courses in Cape Town acting studios, with masterclasses with some of the international industries top directors, producers and filmmakers. Working as an actor and armourer in the film and television industry have given Andrew a great balance of skills across the board when it comes to the entertainment industry. Catch him on Twitter: twitter.com/andrewgerm_za And IMDb: www.imdb.com/name/nm5390453/

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