When the 9th annual Durban FilmMart (Dfm) kicks off on July 20, with a busy four-day program running parallel to the Durban Int’l. Film Festival (Diff), organizers will be looking to build on nearly a decade of steady growth at the continent’s leading finance forum, and the premier springboard for African filmmakers launching into the international marketplace.
“One of the key objectives in establishing Durban FilmMart was to create a platform for African filmmakers to connect with the global markets,” said Toni Monty, head of the Durban Film Office
, which jointly organizes the Dfm
along with Diff
and the eThekwini Municipality. “Durban FilmMart
, however, can only take them so far. We work with partner markets in identifying projects that are ready to be exposed to international markets, so in this sense, in many respects, Dfm acts as an introduction and entry point for these filmmakers.”
16 African projects, evenly split between fiction and documentary,