11è Durban FilmMart (DFM 2020)
11th Durban FilmMart


The Durban FilmMart (DFM) is a finance and co-production market which aims to create partnerships and further the development and production of film on the African continent. It’s a co-production between the film industry development arm of the city of Durban and the Durban International Film Festival (DIFF), South Africa’s largest and longest-running film festival and a flagship project of the Centre for Creative Arts (University of KwaZulu-Natal). This collaboration brings to Africa, growth, recognition and the opportunity to develop strategic relationships between film financiers and African filmmakers. The Durban FilmMart continues to raise the visibility of African cinema, stimulate production, and facilitate project collaboration between African filmmakers.

The Programme
Finance Forum is a development platform where selected projects will have an opportunity to hold one-on-one meetings with potential financiers, co-producers, distributors and sales agents…

Head of the DFM: Toni Monty.

Le 11ème The Durban FilmMart (DFM) a lieu du 04 au 13 septembre 2020, à Durban, Afrique du Sud., en mode virtuel pour la première fois de son histoire.
Le 41ème Festival International du Cinéma de Durban (DIFF 2020) a lieu du 10 au 20 septembre 2020, à Durban, Afrique du Sud., en mode virtuel pour la première fois de son histoire.

DATES: 16 – 26 JULY 2020 postponed to 10-20 September 2020

Opening Film
« This is not a Burial, but a Resurrection » by Lemohang Jeremiah Mosese (South Africa, Lesotho and Italy), starring Mary Twala (South African actress).

Closing Film
« Dust« , by Pieter du Plessis (South Africa), with actress Shana Mans in the lead role.

Now celebrating its landmark 41st year, this prestigious South African international film festival is a unique phenomenon on the African cultural calendar. The festival will screen around 100 selected films, most of them premiere screenings in this region; host seminars and workshops and include screenings in township areas where cinema facilities do not exist. The international nature of the festival is balanced with a highlighted component of the finest of African cinema.

For the first time in its 41-year history, Durban International Film Festival (DIFF) will go virtual from 10 to 20 September 2020. This prestigious South African international film festival is a unique phenomenon on the African cultural calendar and also promises to be in its virtual version. The festival will screen over 50 selected films, and the international nature of the festival is balances with a highlighted component of the finest of African cinema.

Talent Press (Film Critics / Journalists) Selection:
Amarachukwu Iwuala (Nigeria)
Donald Matthys (Namibia)
Elinoro Véronique Rajaonah (Madagascar)
Mohamed Moawad (Egypt)
Taryn Joffe (South Africa)
Tsakane Shikwambana (South Africa)

Thirty-One African Projects Selected for Durban FilmMart’s Finance Forum

The Durban FilmMart Institute selected the 2020 Finance Forum Projects for the 11th Durban FilmMart Virtual Edition which takes place from 4 to 13 September.
The selected projects, 16 documentaries and 15 Fiction features, will have the opportunity to present a pre-recorded pitch to a panel for investors, agents, distributors, content editors, broadcasters, and programmers for possible further development.



Abo Zabaal 1989, (Egypt) – Producer: Kesmat El Sayed, Director: Bassam Mortada

Beyond the Light Barrier (South Africa) – Producer: Uga L Carlini, Associate producers: Jacqui Teasdale-Pearson and Dumi Gumbi, Director: Uga L Carlini

Big Boys Don’t Cry, (Egypt) – Producer: Hala Lotfy, Co-producer: Philipp Mairice Raube, Director: Muhammad Mustapha

Des Espoirs (Hope), (Tunisia) – Producers: Erige Sehiri, Carine Ruszniewski, Clothilde Bunod, Director: Dhia Jerbi

E Quem Cozinha? (And Who Will Cook?), (Cape Verde) – Producer and Director: Samira Vera-Cruz

How to Build a Library, (Kenya) – Produced and Directed by Maia Lekow and Christopher King

Les Oublies (The Forgotten Ones), (Mali) – Producers: Abdoulsalam Hama, Julien Fiorentino, Director: Ousmane Samassekou

Man of God, (South Africa) – Producer: Jack Chiang, Director: Poppy Madela

The Ship and the Sea (O Navio e o Mar), (Mozambique) – Producer: Lara Sousa, Co-producer: Matheus Mello, Directors: Lara Sousa and Everlane Moraes

Our Bomb for Pan Africa, (South Africa) – Producer: Jean Meeran, Director: Eva Njoki Munyiri

Rising up at Night, (Democratic Republic of the Congo) – Producers: Dada Kahindo, Rosa Spaliviero, Director: Nelson Makengo

The House is Burning, (South Africa) – Producer: Natalie Geyser, Sara Gouveia, Director: Sara Gouveia

The Men Who Speak Gayle, (South Africa) – Producers: Georgie Paget, Thembisa Cochrane, Director: Andrew Brukman

The Wall of Death, (Morocco) – Producers: Merieme Addou, Alexis Taillant, Nadege Labe, Director: Amine Sabir

Twelve Pangas, (South Africa) – Producers: James Tayler, Xola Mteto, Director: Xola Mteto

What’s Eating my Mind, (Kenya) – Producer: Sam Soko, Director: Noella Luka


A Can Of Condensed Milk (Working Title), (South Africa) – Producer: Julie Laurenz, Director: Sara Blecher

Al Bahs An Manfaz L Khoroug Al Sayed Rambo (Seeking Haven For Mr Rambo), (Egypt) – Producer: Rasha Hosny, Director: Khaled Mansour

Al Mostamara (The Settlement), (Egypt) – Producers: Hala Lotfy, Etienne de Ricaud, Director: Mohamed Ibrahim

Ape Town, (South Africa) – Producer: Bridget Pickering, Director: Kurt Oderson, Screenwriter: Rea Human

Goodbye Julia (Sudan)- Producer: Amjad Abu Alala, Director: Mohamed Kordofani

Mehal Sefari (Median), (Ethiopia) – Producer: Tamara Dawit, Director: Abraham Gezahagne

Over The Republic, (South Africa) – Executive Producer: Ramadan Suleman, Director: Lamar Bonhomme

Searching For Lebo, (Kenya) – Producer: Matrid Nyagah, Director: Simon Mukali

Sola, (Chad) – Producer: Wilf Varvill, Arnaud Dommerc, Michael Henrichs, Director: Issa Serge Coelo

Stellar Collision, (South Africa) – Producer: Layla Swart, Director: Thishiwe Ziqubu

The Accident, (South Africa) – Producer: Khosi Dali, Director: Imran Hamdulay

The Weekend, (South Africa) – Producer: Akona Matyila, Director: Kenneth Gwele

Vlees Van My Vlees (Flesh from my Flesh), (South Africa) – Producers: Lucia Meyer-Marais, Jozua Malherbe, Director: Matthys Boshoff

Vrees (Fear), (South Africa) – Producer: Corne Van Rooyen, Director: Rene Van Rooyen

We All Fall Down, (Zimbabwe) – Producer and Director: Tapiwa Chipfupa

Besides the Finance Forum, the DFM will host several webinars with panel discussions, conversations, forums and hangouts for filmmakers with film industry experts, where they will be able to benchmark themselves, expand their professional knowledge, pitch projects and ideas in meetings and extend their network on a global level.

The 2020 DFM takes place on line from 4 to 13 September. Registration will open on 31 July on www.durbanfilmmart.com.

DFM is presented by the Durban FilmMart Institute in partnership with the Durban Film Office, eThekwini Municipality, the National Film and Video Foundation, the Film and Publications Board, the SABC, Berlinale Talents, CAA Motion Pictures, Rotterdam Cinemart, Dok Leipzig, IEFTA, Institut Francais – South Africa, International Documentary Festival Amsterdam, Hot Docs, Norwegian South Film Fund, Produire au Sud and the Realness Institute.
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