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Durban FilmMart Announces 2020 Project Award-winners

After 10 days packed with virtual panel discussions, conversations, presentations, pitches, and meetings, the 11th Durban FilmMart ended on a high with the announcement of the 2020 Official Awards for Projects on Sunday, 13 September.

A total of 64 projects were selected to participate at the DFM, Africa’s premier co-production and finance market. These included: 32 official fiction and documentary projects, 26 Talents Durban projects and 6 Jumpstart projects.

“We were impressed by the high quality of project submissions that were pitched to the various broadcasters, financiers, investors, markets and producers at our first virtual edition,” says Mandisa Zitha, Chairperson of the Board of the Durban FilmMart Institute. “What is coming through in these projects is an overall boldness, and willingness of filmmakers to push the boundaries of their uniquely African stories. We are delighted that through our partners and funders that some of these film projects will be given the opportunity to develop further through some very generous grants and awards provided.”

Awards and Awardees:

The CineMart Award sponsored by the co-production market of the International Film Festival Rotterdam (The Netherlands), went to The Accident (South Africa), produced by Khosi Dali and directed by Imran Hamdulay. The filmmakers will be able to attend the Rotterdam Lab, a five-day training and networking event for producers in 2021.

The Produire au Sud of Festival des 3 Continents (Nantes, France))/ IFAS Award went to We All Fall Down (Zimbabwe), directed and produced by Tapiwa Chipfupa. Ms Chipfupa will be given the opportunity to attend the developmental workshop programme, PAS, where they are supported with developing tools, expertise, and opportunities to forge European networks.

The Sørfond Award (Norway) was awarded to the project Vlees van my Vlees (Flesh of my Flesh) (South Africa) produced by Lucia Meyer-Marais and Jozua Malherbe and directed by Matthys Boshoff. The filmmakers have the opportunity to attend a pitch course, as well as pitch this project at the Sørfond Pitching Forum in Oslo, Norway.

Durban Filmmart Talents Durban Award (South Africa) for the Talents Durban Project went to Between Worlds (Uganda) director Adong Judith, This project automatically qualifies for the DFM 2021 pitch and finance forum.

The DoK Leipzig Award (Germany) went to The House is Burning (South Africa) directed and produced by Sara Gouveia and co-produced by Natalie Geyser. These filmmakers will now participate in the 2021 DoK Leipzig Industry Programme and are given an opportunity to do a public presentation of the project in the DOK Co-Pro Market or DOK Preview Presentation.

International Documentary Film Festival of Amsterdam (IDFA) Award (The Netherlands) was given to The Ship and the Sea (O Navio e o Mar) (Mozambique) produced by Lara Sousa, co-produced by Matheus Mello, and directed by Lara Sousa and Everlane Moraes allowing them to participate in IDFA 2020 virtual event later this year.

Guangzhou International Documentary Film Festival (China) Special GZDOC Invitation went to five film projects providing them with the opportunity to participate in the virtual GZ Doc Pitch Session in 2021.

  • The House is Burning (South Africa) – Producer and director Sara Gouveia, Co-producer Natalie Geyser
  • Rising Up at Night, (Democratic Republic of the Congo) – Producers: Dada Kahindo, Rosa Spaliviero, Director: Nelson Makengo
  • How to Build a Library, (Kenya) – Producer and director Maia von Lekow and Christopher King
  • The Ship and the Sea (O Navio e o Mar), (Mozambique) – Producer: Lara Sousa, Co-producer: Matheus Mello, Directors: Lara Sousa and Everlane Moraes
  • The Wall of Death, (Morocco) – Producers: Merieme Addou, Alexis Taillant, Nadege Labe, Director: Amine Sabir

Festival International de film Documentaire d’Agadir (Morocco) (FIDADOC) Awards went to the Talents Durban project To Be Loved (Togo) directed by Justin Kpatchaa and Pan Africa & The Ticking Time Bomb (Kenya) produced by Jean Meeran and directed by Eva Njoki Munyiri providing the filmmakers with the opportunity to participate in the FIDADOC Writing Residency in December 2020.

International Emerging FilmMakers Association (IEFTA) Award (Monaco) went to three Talents Durban projects:

  • Feature Documentary Film: Conti-Mental/Black People Don’t Get Depressed (South Africa) directed by Sara Chitambo
  • Feature Film: Between Worlds (Uganda) directed by Adong Judith
  • Short Film: I Might Not Normally Share This (Egypt) directed by Noura Sharaf

These projects will be given mentorships through one of IEFTA’s partner development programmes and labs.

DOK.fest München Award (Germany) was given to The House is Burning (South Africa) directed and produced by Sara Gouveia and co-producer Natalie Geyser who will participate in the DOK.forum Marketplace.

Miradas Doc Award (Spain) was given to Rising up at Night (Democratic Republic of the Congo), produced by Dada Kahindo, Rosa Spaliviero and directed by Nelson Makengo which includes participation in the Miradasdoc 2021.

FIPADOC International Documentary Festival Award (France) went to Des Espoirs (Hope) (Tunisia), produced by Erige Sehiri, Carine Ruszniewski, Clothilde Bunod and directed by Dhia Jerbi to participate in FIPADOC 2021 programme.

The National Film and Video Foundation (South Africa) awarded three projects this year with cash grants to further develop their films:

  • Best SA Non-fiction grant of R50 000 went to 12 Pangas (South Africa) produced by James Tayler and Xola Mteto and directed by Xola Mteto
  • Best SA Fiction grant of R50 000 went to the Talents Durban project Behind High Walls (South Africa) produced by Jono Kyriakou and directed by Pheello Mokokeng
  • Best Overall Pitch grant of R100 00 went to The House is Burning (South Africa) directed and produced by Sara Gouveia and co-produced Natalie Geyser

The Durban FilmMart platform is still open to registered delegates to review presentations, pitches and network until 30 September.

For more information about the DFM go to www.durbanfilmmart.com.

The Durban FilmMart 2020 is produced by the Durban FilmMart Institute with principal funding from the Durban Film Office and Ethekwini Municipality. The DFM 2020 virtual event is supported by the National Film and Video Foundation, KwaZulu-Natal Film Commission, Film and Publications Board, Gauteng Film Commission, IEFTA, Institut Francais – South Africa, Candian High Commission of SA, Wesgro/Film Cape Town and Namibia Film Commission with the following programme partners – Talents Durban Berlinale Talents, Documentary Filmmakers Association, DOK.fest München, Dok Leipzig, FidaDoc, FipaDoc, Hot Docs Blue Ice Fund, Guangzhou International Documentary Film Festival, International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam, Incoproduction, Independent Producers Organisation, Miradas Doc, Netflix, Norwegian South Film Fund, Produire au Sud, Rotterdam Cinemart, Realness Institute, San Francisco Black Film Festival, SASFED, SWIFT, TRT 12 Punto, Writers Guild of South Africa, University of Cape Town’s Screen Incubator programme. DFM media partners include Awotele, Callsheet and Variety.

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The NFVF To Participate In Durban FilmMart’s Virtual Edition This September

Under the banner of “Brave new cinema”, the Durban FilmMart will once again come to life this year from 4-13 September, albeit virtually. The National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF), is proud to once again be participating at this all-important event on the filmmakers’ calendar.

As a finance and co-production market which will create a virtual space for collaboration, planning, and discussion, DFM is perfectly positioned to advance the NFVF’s objectives of encouraging the development and distribution of local film and video products, as well as support and develop access to the film and video industry. Additionally, through the DFM platform, the NFVF will support three producers selected from the Official Projects participating in the pitching sessions, with a once-off DFM Development Incentive.

“We look forward to participating in this year’s film mart and are looking forward to hosting various panel discussions which are necessary at the moment as we battle with Covid-19 interruptions. We are also excited to have an incentive in place at DFM this year, as our industry slowly picks up momentum from the effects of a devastating pandemic. There is no doubt that what the DFM manages to accomplish every year in bringing together different voices from all around the world is nothing short of amazing,” commented Makhosazana Khanyile NFVF CEO

NFVF Programme:

Date: 4 September 2020
Time 11:00 AM
NFVF: Distribution under current conditions

A panel discussion around the future of content distribution in SA.

Date: 4 September 2020
Time 12:00
Mzansi Shooting in COVID times – Sponsored by NFVF

As the South African film industry grapples with the fallout from COVID-19 and lockdown restrictions, many film productions were initially put on hold to ensure the safety of cast and crew. Since the show must go on, many producers are grappling with new responsibilities and challenges. We speak to producers and directors about on-set safety for shooting in the pandemic.

Date: 6 September 2020
Time: 15:00 PM
NFVF: Future of film in SA

The future of feature films in South Africa given the changing landscape, what do we need to change in our model looking at our current Box Office stats. our research (box office data) shows that on average only 22 films get released in South Africa – what needs to change for this picture to change.

Date: 7 September 2020
Time 13:00 PM
NFVF: Handling Stress Levels: Support and Help Group

Along came Covid-19, creating unprecedented levels of stress, especially for those who are freelance workers. This session aims to highlight the financial, mental and professional support resources available to industry practitioners. Panellists to discuss their struggles, coping mechanisms etc.

To register for the DFM go to: www.durbanfilmmart.co.za/Brave-New-Cinema-2020

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Engage At DFM – A Think Tank On The Future Perspectives Of African Film Industry At 11th Durban FilmMart

This year’s edition of Engage, presented at the 11th Durban FilmMart from 4 to 13 September, will be hosted as a series of webinars highlighting the future perspectives of the African film industry. .

The Engage discussions will focus on the following three topics : The Art of Fallism – Reflecting on North/South Collaboration moderated by Oris Aigbokhaevbolo (Nigeria) a film/music writer, media consultant, and Nollywood expert; and Who Feels, Knows It – The Power of African Story Development by Africans and East Africa Rising – Reflections on a Diverse and Dynamic Industry both of which will be moderated by Binwe Adebayo (Kenya, Nigeria), an internationally-published arts and culture writer and trend strategist.

The collaborative documentary debut, The Art of Fallism interrogates colonialism and ‘Fallist’ movements as a whole. In the Engage session highlighting this documentary, producers Wisaal Abrahams (South Africa) and Ingvild Aagedal Skage (Norway) speak candidly about their experience and the notion of decolonial approaches to storytelling which became a strong guiding tool for their production process.

The second Engage panel brings together script development experts to discuss story development in Engage: Who Feels, Knows It – The Power of African Story Development by Africans. With the growing presence of Africa in the global film landscape, this panel looks at story development and the key role it plays in the film value chain.

Featuring in this panel are South African script writers Tracey-Lee Rainers, whose experience includes Sho’t Left, Breaking New Ground and Mshika Shika and script doctor Mmabatho Kau whose films include amongst others Happiness is a Four Letter Word, Kalushi, the Solomon Mahlangu Story and This is not a Burial, it’s a Resurrection. They will be joined by the celebrated award-winning Nigerian film director/screenwriter/producer Ike Nnaebue and Kenyan award-winning producer, feature film, series script writer and Academy Director of the MultiChoice Talent Factory Academy for the East African Region Njoki Muhoho.

The Engage: East Africa Rising – Reflections on Diverse and Dynamic Industry panel brings together young dynamic film professionals from East Africa in a discussion about initiatives and communities that are building support structures for film professionals and creating spaces for filmmakers to drive growth. Panellists include Silas Miami (Kenya) performing artist, photographer and filmmaker whose films include the award-winning Supamodo (2018) and Lusala (2019). Hajooj Kuka, (Sudan) an Academy member, who directed and produced Akasha (2018) and award-winning Beats of the Antonov (2014), and Fibby Kioria (Uganda) the Programme Director of Maisha Film Lab, a leadership development organization to empower visionary filmmakers in Africa.

Engage forms part of 35 sessions of talks and panel discussions that will be hosted during the DFM. Delegate Registration is still open at this link: www.durbanfilmmart.co.za/Brave-New-Cinema-2020

The Durban FilmMart 2020 is produced by the Durban FilmMart Institute with principal funding from the Durban Film Office and Ethekwini Municipality. The DFM 2020 virtual event is supported by the National Film and Video Foundation, KwaZulu-Natal Film Commission, Film and Publications Board, Gauteng Film Commission, IEFTA, Institut Francais – South Africa, Candian High Commission of SA, Wesgro/Film Cape Town and Namibia Film Commission with the following programme partners – Berlinale Talent, Documentary Filmmakers Association, DOK.fest München, Dok Leipzig, FidaDoc, Hot Docs Blue Ice Fund, Guangzhou International Documentary Film Festival, International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam, Incoproduction, Independent Producers Organisation, Miradas Doc, Netflix, Norwegian South Film Fund, Produire au Sud, Rotterdam, Cinemart, Realness Institute, San Francisco Black Film Festival, SASFED, SWIFT, TRT 12 Punto, Writers Guild of South Africa, University of Cape Town’s Screen Incubator programme. DFM media partners include Awotele, Call sheet and Variety.

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Durban FilmMart Welcomes Netflix As Programme Partner For 11th Edition

Netflix, the World’s leading streaming entertainment service, has joined the Durban FilmMart as a new programme partner to the 11th edition of Africa’s premier film industry event which will host its virtual edition from 4 to 13 September 2020.

With 193 million paid memberships in over 190 countries enjoying TV series, documentaries, and feature films across a wide variety of genres and languages, Netflix has, in recent times, expanded their African content and distribution in line with global trends as the consumption of content transcending borders increases.

Netflix lead for African Originals,, Dorothy Ghettuba, and Director of Licensing and Co-Productions in Africa, Ben Amadasun will present a session: Netflix: Made by Africans, Watched by the World – Netflix on taking Africa’s stories to the World in which they unpack Netflix content ecosystem as well as how the team works with local creators to bring their stories to the global streaming service.

Netflix lead for African Originals, Dorothy Ghettuba, and Director of Licensing and Co-Productions in Africa, Ben Amadasun will present a session: Netflix: Made by Africans, Watched by the World – Netflix on taking Africa’s stories to the World at the 11th Durban FilmMart virtual edition (4 – 13 September).

Another panel, titled Africa’s Future is Female – Women Filmmakers on Centering Women in our Narratives will feature dynamic women creatives and producers in a conversation about representation of African women’s narratives on popular media.

Since its 2016 launch on the continent, Netflix has added hundreds of local licensed content from South Africa, Nigeria, Zimbabwe, Kenya, Senegal, Angola, Ghana, Malawi and many other African countries. In early 2018, Netflix announced its intention to“amplify local voices to bring new, diverse and never-before-seen stories from Europe, the Middle East, and Africa (EMEA) to the world …believing that great stories can come from anywhere and that some of the world’s best content creators are in EMEA.” By doing this, Netflix nearly doubled the number of produced shows and its investment since the previous year..

Since the announcement, Netflix has added two Originals from South Africa to its offering with the premiere of its first script-to-screen production, Queen Sono, earlier this year, created by South African Kagiso Lediga,and starring Pearl Thusi in the leading role as well as Blood & Water, a young-adult series directed by Nosipho Dumisa and starring a diverse cast of new and established talent like Ama Qamata, Khosi Ngema and Gail Mabalane. Other originals announced by the service include JIVA! a dance drama series from South Africa by Busisiwe Ntintili, an animated series Mama K’s Team 4, a ground-breaking partnership with Nigeria’s Mo Abudu for multiple originals and licensed projects and a yet-untitled six-part original series by Akin Omotoso. Lediga and Omotoso will feature in a panel discussion at DFM about their journeys in making their series for Netflix. In addition, Nosipho Dumisa will feature in a discussion around African storytelling.

“We know that great storytelling transcends borders. We have seen this is the success of both our original and licensed series, films and documentaries,” says Amadasun. “These stories from different countries, languages, and cultures are finding a worldwide platform, expanding our local filmmakers’ and talents’ audience base. We are really pleased to be partnering with the DFM, as it brings us closer to the African creative community with whom we can engage, exchange knowledge with and possibly partner with to create great African stories that will be watched by the world.”

“Netflix is one of the most significant role players in the development of the film industry on the continent, and the world, and its reach is expanding exponentially, so we are delighted that they are partnering with us to share their insights with African filmmakers at the DFM,” says Toni Monty, Head of the DFM. “This is a great opportunity for independent professionals and emerging filmmakers to understand Netflix’s vision for African stories, and how it drives, creates, and selects content.”

The DFM takes place online and registration is open at this link: www.durbanfilmmart.co.za/Brave-New-Cinema-2020.aspx

The Durban FilmMart 2020 is produced by the Durban FilmMart Institute with principal funding from the Durban Film Office and Ethekwini Municipality. The DFM 2020 virtual event is supported by the National Film and Video Foundation, KwaZulu-Natal Film Commission, Film and Publications Board, Gauteng Film Commission, IEFTA, Institut Francais – South Africa, Wesgro/Film Cape Town and Namibian Film Commission with the following programme partners – Berlinale Talent, Documentary Filmmakers Association, DOK.fest München, Dok Leipzig, FidaDoc, Hot Docs Blue Ice Fund, Guangzhou International Documentary Film Festival, International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam, Independent Producers Organisation, Miradas Doc, Netflix, Norwegian South Film Fund, Produire au Sud, Rotterdam, Cinemart, Realness Institute, San Francisco Black Film Festival, SASFED, SWIFT, TRT 12 Punto, Writers Guild of South Africa, University of Cape Town’s Screen Incubator programme.

Biographies of Netflix representatives:

Dorothy Ghettuba

Dorothy is the Manager of African Originals in Africa at Netflix. In May 2019, Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta appointed her to chair the Kenya Film Commission for a three year period. The commission was established in 2005 to develop a vibrant local film and TV industry and position Kenya as a preferred filming destination for sustainable wealth and job creation. Dorothy is the founder and CEO of the Nairobi-based Spielworks Media, an African production company launched in 2009. Through her experience she is dedicated to developing creative talent, creating quality content and telling authentic African stories that resonate and engage audiences.

Ben Amadasun

Ben is the Director of Licensing for Africa at Netflix, the world’s leading internet entertainment service. In Ben’s role, he nurtures key partnerships and drives the licensing strategy across Africa to support Netflix’s membership growth and streaming rates on the continent. His portfolio includes sourcing local programming that is relevant for the region and acquiring global rights for shows and movies from Africa. Ben is an accomplished media business leader with valuable experience in Africa, having filled various strategic roles on the continent, ranging from developing compelling business cases and driving growth of subscription-model television and free-to-air services. He has more than 20 years’ experience in business strategy and consulting, as well as a professional background in investment banking. Prior to joining Netflix, Ben was the senior vice president and CEO of Econet’s Kwese Free TV, working across the borders of various Sub-Saharan African countries. He enjoyed a successful stint at Modern Times Group’s TV1 in Tanzania, where he served as CEO and Head of Scripted Development.

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Produire au Sud Partners With Durban FilmMart For Story Lab Programme For 2020 Virtual Edition

Produire au Sud of the Festival des 3 Continents, Nantes for the 9th year has partnered with the Durban FilmMart (DFM), in Jumpstart, a story lab programme for African filmmakers in the virtual edition that takes place from 4 to 13 September 2020.

The DFM, Africa’s premier film industry event, has for 10 years built international partnerships in its endeavour to develop cinema on the African Continent. The Jumpstart incubator programme will introduce six South African filmmakers to project packaging for the international market. Three script development consultants will introduce them to important techniques and tools that can be used in scriptwriting and storytelling.

Participating filmmakers are:

Vusiafrica Sindane director of The Killing of A Beast (Johannesburg), produced by Naledi Bogacwi

Vusiafrica Sindane

Sibusiso Buthelezi director of Wrath (Durban/Newcastle), produced by Sibongile Nene

Sibusiso Buthelezi

Deidre Jantjies producer of Carisa (Cape Town) directed by Devon Delmar

Deidre Jantjies

Camilla Pontiggia director of Missionaries (Durban), produced by Michael James

Camilla Pontiggia

Dick d’vLz Reubïn director of Whoonga Jeezas (Johannesburg), produced by Layla Swart

Dick d’vLz Reubïn

Ayanda Halimana producer of One Day in June (Port Shepstone), directed by Reem Morsi.

Ayanda Halimana

These projects will be given the opportunity to receive individual insights by script consultants to refine their scripts. Consultants working with them are Mmabatho Kau, a South African script doctor, story consultant, and producer, who has two feature film projects and a drama series due to be released in 2021, and who has worked extensively with emerging filmmakers. Jérémie Dubois from France, a screenwriter who has written a dozen short stories, two of which were selected at the Cannes Film Festival, four feature-length films as well as working with several programmes to support screenwriters. Guillaume Mainguet who heads up the international training workshop for Produire au Sud in Nantes with six programmes abroad.

As an extension of this partnership, the Produire au Sud workshop 2020 will select one of the 31 film projects from the DFM’s Finance and Pitching forum, providing the producer and director with the opportunity to attend the event in Nantes, along with the others selected international film projects.

‘Durban and Nantes are sister cities, so we welcome this developing partnership once again between our industry events,” says Guillaume Mainguet, of Produire au Sud. “The programme will provide a unique opportunity for individual and group consultations with our script mentors.”

This year’s partnership is supported by the Institut Francais of South Africa , which has been instrumental in finalising the programme and providing financial support for the key experts. The objective is to strengthen the links between France and South Africa in the film industry and create opportunities for professions in both countries.

Jumpstart is one of the many programmes offered to filmmakers during the DFM. The DFM includes 35 webinar sessions with 70 speakers offering interesting industry discussions around the making and distribution of films in Africa as well as extensive opportunities for filmmakers to network, collaborate, and pitch their ideas.

For further information about the Durban FilmMart or to register go to www.durbanfilmmart.com.

The Durban FilmMart 2020 is produced by the Durban FilmMart Institute with principal funding from the Durban Film Office and Ethekwini Municipality. The DFM 2020 virtual event is supported by the National Film and Video Foundation, KwaZulu-Natal Film Commission, Film and Publications Board, Gauteng Film Commission, IEFTA, Institut Francais – South Africa, Invest SA, Wesgro/Film Cape Town and Namibian Film Commission with the following programme partners – Berlinale Talent, Documentary Filmmakers Association, DOK.fest München, Dok Leipzig, FidaDoc, Hot Docs Blue Ice Fund, Guangzhou International Documentary Film Festival, International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam, Independent Producers Organisation, Miradas Doc, Netflix, Norwegian South Film Fund, Produire au Sud, Rotterdam, Cinemart, Realness Institute, San Francisco Black Film Festival, SASFED, SWIFT, TRT 12 Punto, Writers Guild of South Africa, University of Cape Town’s Screen Incubator programme.