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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