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2024 DFM Programme Information

Friday, 19 July 2024

African Lab Showcase

This new initiative of the Durban FilmMart to create a talent development ecosystem, the African Lab Showcase, brings together filmmakers participating in some of the most important Talent Development Labs on the continent to present their films in early development to key financiers. The Lab Showcase will see the participation of ACP DOCONNECT, Climate Story Labs, The East African Screen Collective (EASC), FIDADOC, Great Lakes Creative Producers Lab,HOTDOCS Fellows, IMPALA, Independent Black Filmmakers Collective (IBFC), OugaLab, the Realness Institute, and Yaoundé Film Lab.

Start Time: 09:00
End Time:
10:30
Duration:
1h30m
Venue:
Elangeni Hotel – Suite 5

SA in Focus: State of the South African Audio Visual Industry

This panel will examine the state of the South African film industry and initiatives by film commissions and institutions critical to the South African industry, as they continue working to make South Africa a pillar of the global film industry.

Start Time: 9:00
End Time:
10:30
Duration:
1h30m
Venue:
Elangeni Hotel – Suites 3+4

Speakers:
Kagisho Bapela
Monica Rorvik
Onke Dumeko
Teboho Pietersen
Victor Senna

In Conversation with Katie Irwin

The DFM In Conversations serves as FilmMart’s keynote conversation, featuring one-on-one sessions where experts from various fields of the film industry unpack their journeys, lessons learned, and the ethos that drives their work.

Katie Irwin, an Agent and the Co-Head of International at WME Independent, handles sales and distribution, as well as advising on financing and packaging for a diverse array of films. Her strategic expertise has been pivotal in the success of films such as Daddio starring Sean Penn and Dakota Johnson, Clicquot starring Haley Bennett and Tom Sturridge, and Tin Soldier starring Jamie Foxx and Scott Eastwood. With a rich background that includes managing titles like the Oscar-nominated The Lost Daughter and The Peanut Butter Falcon at Endeavor Content, Katie brings a wealth of knowledge to the conversation. Her international experience, including consultancy roles and humanitarian work with Doctors Without Borders in regions such as South Sudan and Cameroon, adds a unique dimension to her professional journey.

Katie’s career began in film and TV production in Chicago before moving to Los Angeles to work for Gianni Nunnari’s Hollywood Gang Productions. She has negotiated international distribution deals for acclaimed films and has been a part of significant film groups like Myriad Pictures and Fortitude International. Fluent in French and conversational in Mandarin, Katie’s global perspective is both broad and deep. This session, moderated by Carmen Thompson, will provide insights into the complexities of film production and distribution, making it a must-attend for aspiring and seasoned filmmakers alike.

Start Time: 10:45
End Time:
12:15
Duration:
1h30m
Venue:
Elangeni Hotel – Suites 3+4

Speakers:
Carmen Thompson
Katie Irwin

Voices Unveiled: Empowering Marginalised Narratives and Industry Accountability

This thought-provoking panel delves into the crucial intersection of film, marginalised voices, and industry accountability. Experts explore the cinematic representation of disabilities and marginalised communities, discussing the pivotal role films play in shaping perceptions and dismantling stereotypes. The discussion extends to the responsibility of film festivals and institutions in fostering inclusive spaces and holding the industry accountable for authentic storytelling. Join us as we unravel the power dynamics within filmmaking, emphasising the need for genuine representation and examining how these narratives contribute to a more equitable and responsible film industry.

Katie’s career began in film and TV production in Chicago before moving to Los Angeles to work for Gianni Nunnari’s Hollywood Gang Productions. She has negotiated international distribution deals for acclaimed films and has been a part of significant film groups like Myriad Pictures and Fortitude International. Fluent in French and conversational in Mandarin, Katie’s global perspective is both broad and deep. This session, moderated by Carmen Thompson, will provide insights into the complexities of film production and distribution, making it a must-attend for aspiring and seasoned filmmakers alike.

Start Time: 10:45
End Time:
12:15
Duration:
1h30m
Venue:
Elangeni Hotel – Suite 5

Speakers:
Jihane Bourgine
Louise Callcott-Stevens
Maria Santos
Mikias Mulugeta
Shelley Barry

Pitch and Finance Forum: Documentary

The Durban FilmMart’s selection of documentary projects has the opportunity to pitch their projects to co-producers, sales agents, broadcasters, and film funds. This session includes public pitching as a culmination of one-on-one meetings with decision-makers and personalised mentorship leading up to the market. It serves as a platform for networking, fostering collaborations, securing funding for African films, facilitating the growth of the African film industry, promoting cultural exchange, and amplifying diverse narratives from the continent.

Kindly refer to the DFM Dossier to review the selected projects.

Start Time: 11:00
End Time:
15:00
Duration:
4h
Venue:
Maharani Hotel – Congella

SA in Focus: SWIFT - 30 Years and Counting: The Evolution of Portrayal of Women on Screen

Presented in Partnership with Sisters Working In Film and Television

The representation of women in television and film has evolved over the past three decades. The panel will explore the journey of women’s representation – where they started 30 years ago, the progress made, the challenges faced, and the way forward. The panel will foster a deeper understanding of the role television and film play in shaping perceptions of gender and identity, while also highlighting ongoing efforts towards greater inclusivity and representation in the industry.

Start Time: 12:30
End Time:
13:30
Duration:
1h
Venue:
Elangeni Hotel – Suite 5

Speakers:
Carlynn de Waal-Smit
Keshni Rajoo
Lala Tuku
Lindi Ndebele-Koka

Masterclass: Marketing Your Project - Thinking Early with Nicola Ofoego

Nicola Ofoego, Head of Acquisitions at Paris-based Black Mic Mac, will conduct a masterclass on the crucial early stages of marketing titled “Marketing Your Project – Thinking Early.” Nicola’s extensive experience as an acquisitions consultant and producer, along with her work on high-profile projects like Goya, Carriere, and The Ghost of Bunuel, positions her as an authority on the subject. This session will emphasise the importance of strategic marketing planning during the development phases of a project. Nicola will share insights on how producers can effectively position their films to attract partners and ultimately reach their target audiences. Attendees will gain knowledge on creating a robust marketing strategy from the outset, ensuring their projects have the best chance for success.

Start Time: 12:30
End Time:
13:30
Duration:
1h
Venue:
Elangeni Hotel – Suites 3+4

Speakers:
Nicola Ofoego

Animation@DFM: Addressing Societal Issues through African Animated Content

This session will focus on the potential of using animation as a tool for social change, exploring how animated content can address societal issues, promote awareness, and contribute to positive change in Africa.

Start Time: 14:30
End Time:
15:30
Duration:
1h
Venue:
Elangeni Hotel – Suite 5

Speakers:
Kabelo Maaka
Lesego Vorster
Ng’endo Mukii
Tshepo Moche

NFVF: Show, Don’t Tell: Presenting African Filmmakers to International Markets and Audiences

Presented in Partnership with the National Film and Video Foundation

As African films and content continue to break ground in international markets and gain international recognition, this session brings together international programmers and distributors to discuss how African filmmakers and film professionals can create work that speaks to local audiences while engaging with international spaces and holding onto their core identity. The importance of this journey not only begins from the development of the project to the exhibition of the film, but also with maintaining connections, not only in the exhibition space, but as film professionals in international festivals and markets spaces as well.

Start Time: 14:30
End Time:
15:30
Duration:
1h
Venue:
Elangeni Hotel – Suites 3+4

Speakers:
Kene Mkparu
Nataleah Hunter-Young
Russel Hlongwane
Sarah Dawson
Themba Bhebhe

Round Table Discussion: Development Labs on the Continent

This roundtable brings together training and development labs on the continent to interrogate the current state of independent film development, while exploring ways to collaborate and strategise for the future of development.

Start Time: 14:30
End Time:
15:30
Duration:
1h
Venue:
Elangeni Hotel – Suites 1+2

Speakers:
Tiny Mungwe

Don’t Stop Talking About Climate Chaos!

Presented in Partnership with Doc Society – Climate Story Unit, Climate Story Lab ZA, STEPS and GIPA

At two minutes to midnight, what is the role of creatives in sounding the alarm? The climate crisis is an existential threat that is extremely deadly for our communities on the continent. What timeless power do storytellers have to shift narratives, challenge the status quo, and inspire change? Join us for a town hall-style discussion led by award-winning filmmakers and activists as we take stock of the crisis. We will dare to envision a more just and abundant future, seeded in justice through narratives that resonate with our realities and agency.

Start Time: 15:45
End Time:
16:45
Duration:
1h
Venue:
Elangeni Hotel – Suite 5

Speakers:
Anita Khanna
Emily Wanja
Kudzayi Ngwerume
Kumi Naidoo
Nasreen Al-Amin
Peter Murimi
Simeon Letoole

Talking Cents: Creating a Seat at the Table

As the film industry on the African continent and the Global South continues to grow, and the power dynamics of the current funding structures continue to be interrogated, this panel delves into the critical significance of establishing such a fund, dissecting its potential to amplify diverse voices, narratives, and cinematic perspectives. Our experts will illuminate the profound impact such a financial initiative can have on fostering cultural representation, empowering emerging talents, and challenging the prevailing norms in the global cinematic landscape. This panel will interrogate the potential of a dedicated fund in reshaping the narrative tapestry of the film industry, promoting inclusivity, and creating a more vibrant and representative cinematic sphere.

Start Time: 15:45
End Time:
16:45
Duration:
1h
Venue:
Elangeni Hotel – Suites 3+4

Speakers:
Aya Kasasa
Colette Otusheso
Editi Effiong
Joel Phiri
Kagisho Bapela

In Conversation with DC: Building a Sustainable Ecosystem for Creatives in Africa and Diaspora

Presented in Partnership with The Diaspora Collective

The Diaspora Collective is a diverse ecosystem managing a spectrum of businesses across the creative sectors, including high-end film production exceeding £10m, film production training initiatives, film locations and design hub, and an online live support and documents resource with programmes for black creatives in Africa and the wider Diaspora. Founded with a vision of integrating various initiatives under one umbrella, it is headquartered in London, leveraging the city’s cultural landscape while nurturing strong ties with African creatives, leaders and partners. With further headquarters and operations opening in Africa, USA and the Caribbean, the DIaspora Collective taps into diverse talent and filmmakers globally to bring the diaspora together as one. In conversation with the Diaspora Collective, this session explores the current landscape and identifies barriers for creating a sustainable collaborative ecosystem, and discusses how filmmakers can navigate this world.

Start Time: 17:00
End Time:
18:00
Duration:
1h
Venue:
Elangeni Hotel – Suites 5

Speakers:
Corrine John
Jay Davidson
Ntando Brown
Shantelle Rochester

Netflix: From Development to Success - Highlighting the Success of Sequel Content

Presented in Partnership with Netflix

This session focuses on the success of Netflix’s original African content, which has become a staple for viewers on the continent and across the world. The session will examine how these shows started by finding their homes on the platform and grew into multi-season successes.

Start Time: 17:00
End Time:
18:00
Duration:
1h
Venue:
Elangeni Hotel – Suites 3+4

Speakers:
Dorothy Gethuba
Jayan Moodley
Katleho Ramaphakela
Nosipho Dumisa
Teboho Pietersen

Saturday, 20 July 2024

African Lab Showcase

This new initiative of the Durban FilmMart to create a talent development ecosystem, the African Lab Showcase, brings together filmmakers participating in some of the most important Talent Development Labs on the continent to present their films in early development to key financiers. The Lab Showcase will see the participation of ACP DOCONNECT, Climate Story Labs, The East African Screen Collective (EASC), FIDADOC, Great Lakes Creative Producers Lab,HOTDOCS Fellows, IMPALA, Independent Black Filmmakers Collective (IBFC), OugaLab, the Realness Institute, and Yaoundé Film Lab.

Start Time: 09:00
End Time:
10:30
Duration:
1h30m
Venue:
Elangeni Hotel – Suite 5

SA in Focus: SAGA - Regulating The Production Sector: A Roadmap To Fair Working Conditions

Presented in Partnership with the South African Guild of Actors

The film/TV production sector has always been an outlier among other South African industries. It is a dynamic, creative, and thriving sector that provides work opportunities for thousands of skilled and unskilled workers. Yet, the sector as a whole remains completely unregulated. Creative practitioners, including technical crew, writers, editors, and background actors, all play a part in the production process, but they are all vulnerable to abusive working conditions and rates of pay that threaten their livelihoods.

Start Time: 09:30
End Time:
10:30
Duration:
1h
Venue:
Elangeni Hotel – Suites 3+4

Speakers:
Cheryl Vilakazi
Jack Devnarain
Kaylin Subramaniam
Londiwe Shange
Rani Sitaram
Sphesihle Dlamini
Zinzi Zungu

Forging Alliances: Navigating Equitable Coproductions for African Producers

Presented in Partnership with EAVE

Join a panel of African producers as they unpack the recommendations of the 2024 EAVE Report on Inclusive Coproductions. Discover actionable strategies they use to establish equitable collaborations with international partners, fostering integrity and innovation in their projects.

Start Time: 10:45
End Time:
11:45
Duration:
1h
Venue:
Elangeni Hotel – Suite 5

Speakers:
Mohamed Saïd Ouma
Tamara Dawit

In Conversation with Layla Swart

The DFM In Conversations serve as the FilmMart’s keynote conversation with one-on-one sessions where experts from various fields of the film industry unpack their journeys, lessons learned, and the ethos that drive their work.

Layla Swart is a trailblazing producer and filmmaker who has positioned herself as one of the leading voices in the African film industry. As a young, female producer of colour, Layla has shown incredible resilience in promoting and developing local films for international markets. Her career spans both arthouse and commercial cinema, with notable successes such as Sew the Winter to my Skin and Knuckle City, both of which were South Africa’s submissions to the Academy Awards. Layla’s journey is marked by her commitment to transformation and diversity within the industry. She founded Yellowbone Entertainment in 2017 and has since produced seven feature films and the acclaimed television series Blood Psalms. Recently, she opened The Post Office, a post-production facility with a focus on skills development, further cementing her role as a mentor and leader. Layla’s films have been showcased at prestigious festivals including Cannes, Toronto International Film Festival, and London BFI, among others. Her dedication to nurturing the next generation of women producers is a testament to her vision for an inclusive and dynamic film industry.

Moderated by Carmen Thompson, this session will explore Layla Swart’s impressive career, her challenges and successes, and her vision for the future of African cinema. Attendees will learn about the intricate balance of creativity and business acumen required to thrive in the film industry.

Start Time: 10:45
End Time:
12:15
Duration:
1h
Venue:
Elangeni Hotel – Suite 3+4

Speakers:
Carmen Thompson
Layla Swart

Spotlight on Palestine Films

Presented in Partnership with the Palestine Film Institute

Start Time: 10:45
End Time:
11:45
Duration:
1h
Venue:
Elangeni Hotel – Suites 1+2

Speakers:
Jihan El-Tahri

Pitch and Finance Forum: Fiction

The Durban FilmMart’s selection of fiction projects have the opportunity to pitch their projects to co-producers, sales agents, broadcasters, and film funds. This session includes public pitching as a culmination of one-on-one meetings with decision makers, and personalised mentorship leading up to the market. It serves as a platform for networking, fostering collaborations and securing funding for African films and to facilitate the growth of the African film industry, promote cultural exchange, and amplify diverse narratives from the continent.

Kindly refer to the DFM Dossier to review the selected projects.

Start Time: 11:00
End Time:
15:00
Duration:
4h
Venue:
Maharani Hotel – Congella

Durban Does Docs: Empowering Filmmakers - Leveraging Cross-Continental Collaboration

Presented in Partnership with African Real Collective

In today’s rapidly evolving film industry landscape, producers and filmmakers are at the forefront of driving meaningful change through their storytelling. This panel discussion, tailored specifically for producers and filmmakers, explores the transformative potential of cross-continental collaboration in creating impactful cinema with a social mission. As the film industry undergoes a paradigm shift, challenging existing norms and structures, it is crucial for producers and filmmakers to harness the power of collaboration to address pressing societal issues. The 15th DFM provides a platform for producers and filmmakers to delve into critical topics such as social responsibility, intellectual property protection, artist rights, and sustainable filmmaking practices. By fostering quality collaborations and sharing insights into the filmmaking process, this panel aims to empower producers and filmmakers to create cinema that not only entertains but also inspires social transformation on a global scale.

Start Time: 12:30
End Time:
13:30
Duration:
1h
Venue:
Elangeni Hotel – Suite 5

Speakers:
Emily Wanja
Eugénie Michel
Laurent Bitty
Mohamed Saïd Ouma

SA in Focus: IBFC - The Last 30 Years – Pioneers, Disruptors and The Way Forward

Presented in Partnership with the Independent Black Filmmakers Collective

This panel discussion is dedicated to reflecting on the last 30 years of democracy in our country, and our industry, as well as a look into the future, and what the next 30 years have in store for us. We’ll engage into an insightful exploration of the ideas and actions that propel the South African audiovisual industry forward. Join us for a conversation about creativity, transformation, the importance of Cultural and Creative Industries, and learn about what the IBFC is all about, including how you can join, and more about our Fiction Development Lab and other programmes.

Start Time: 12:30
End Time:
13:30
Duration:
1h
Venue:
Elangeni Hotel – Suites 3+4

Speakers:
Azania Muendane
Bianca Issac
Kethiwe Ngcobo
Mandla Dube
Mayenzeke Baza

Innovative Partnerships and Pathways to Reach Audiences

Presented in Partnership with Doc Society – Climate Story Unit, Climate Story Lab ZA, STEPS and GIPA

In the early 2000’s the world and in particular the African continent was staring down the barrel of the HIV/AIDS pandemic. Miscommunication, denialism, and fake news hampered efforts to tackle the problem. Does this sound familiar? It was through the collective will of scientists, activists, political leaders, civil society, innovators, and the media that we turned the tide on HIV/AIDS-related deaths.

We need to harness the same kind of collective focus and political will to address the climate crisis. Filmmakers can only create impactful content with the support of funders and broadcasters who take the threat serious enough to prioritise climate content. This ship cannot turn itself around. We need conscious decisions with regards to programming and we need the funding to support the work.

In this interactive discussion, we invite funders, broadcasters, alternative distributors and content creators to share innovative partnerships to reach audiences for impactful climate communication.

Start Time: 14:30
End Time:
15:30
Duration:
1h
Venue:
Elangeni Hotel – Suite 5

Speakers:
Cindy Makandi
James Smart
Miki Redelinghuys
Nadine Cloete
Nonto Sibanyoni
Pete Murimi
Pragna Parsotam-Kok
Theresa Hill
Tiny Mungwe

This panel explores the evolving landscape of copyright, examining the ramifications of giants like Amazon exiting the African continent. Experts discuss the surge in opportunities for creators, emphasising the delicate balance between established intellectual property and the hunger for fresh, original content. The dialogue unfolds on the significance of working with streaming platforms, unlocking new avenues for African creators. The success of indigenous original content takes centre stage, shedding light on the growing demand for diverse narratives.

Start Time: 14:30
End Time:
15:30
Duration:
1h
Venue:
Elangeni Hotel – Suites 3+4

Speakers:
Hallie Haller
Mandla Dube
Monde Twala
Ramadan Suleman
Tebogo Matlawa

Yetu (Un)Limited: Growing a Virtuous and Sustainable Ecosystem for African and Diasporic Cinema

Presented in Partnership with European Audiovisual Entrepreneurs

Launched by a consortium of 5 emerging creative producers, Yetu(Un)Limited is a unique multi-venture film studio founded on a sustainable business model and endogenous creative processes. They aim to foster elevated cinematic storytelling to meet the need of a growing, diverse, African global audience. How do you set up such a business on the continent, across different markets and realities ? What risks and challenges must you face and what rewards would you gain from an economical ethos based on solidarity rather than competition?

Start Time: 14:30
End Time:
15:30
Duration:
1h
Venue:
Elangeni Hotel – Suites 1+2

Speakers:
Carol Kioko
Melissa Adeyemo
Tina Trapp
Yanis Gaye

Pitch and Finance Forum: Animation

The Durban FilmMart’s selection of animation projects have the opportunity to pitch their projects to co-producers, sales agents, broadcasters, and film funds. This session includes public pitching as a culmination of one-on-one meetings with decision makers, and personalised mentorship leading up to the market. It serves as a platform for networking, fostering collaborations and securing funding for African films and to facilitate the growth of the African film industry, promote cultural exchange, and amplify diverse narratives from the continent.

Kindly refer to the DFM Dossier to review the selected projects.

Start Time: 15:30
End Time:
18:00
Duration:
2h30m
Venue:
Maharani Hotel – Congella

SA in Focus: DFA Unlocking the Vault (Part 3), Navigating Archive Access and Affordability

Presented in Partnership with the Documentary Filmmakers Association

Part of a three-part panel discussion series taking place at Joburg Film Festival, Encounters and culminating at the DFM, we will delve into the critical challenges, needs and aspirations confronting the South African documentary film community – particularly focusing on the hurdles of obtaining archive material for filmmaking.

Building on the insights and aspirations from the first two discussions, the third panel will focus squarely on creating an actionable plan to improve access to archival materials for documentary filmmakers in South Africa. This conversation will involve key gatekeepers of archive material, including representatives from the South African Broadcasting Corporation, the National Archives, ETV, Gallo Images, and leading figures in the documentary filmmaking community such as the National Film and Video Foundation.

Start Time: 15:45
End Time:
16:45
Duration:
1h
Venue:
Elangeni Hotel – Suite 5

Speakers:
Arya Lalloo
Catherine Meyburgh
Matseliso Motsoane
Sifiso Khanyile
Thando Shozi

Talking Cents: Distant Connection – Reimagining the Investment in the Continent

With the film industry constantly evolving, the financing sector of the film industry has remained one of the most traditional. However, with the new players and models entering the markets, the growth of the African market has seen it become a new space for content and a place for investment and collaboration especially in diasporas. In this panel, we bring together experienced, industry experts, filmmakers and financiers looking to connect with the continent to discuss how the new investment can grow the industry but also benefit both sides. What the short term and long term effects will be and how this could change the landscape of the global industry.

Start Time: 15:45
End Time:
16:45
Duration:
1h
Venue:
Elangeni Hotel – Suites 3+4

Speakers:
Derren Lawford
Erica Grayson
Fred Fiore
Iman Kennerly
Kathleen Burke
Toni Monty

Round Table Discussion: Creating Safer Spaces

This Round Table navigates the transition from on-set dynamics to the realm of festivals and events, spotlighting newer and marginalised voices. Industry leaders engage on the pervasive issues of sexual harassment and abuse, both on set and within festival workspaces. With a critical lens, experts analyse the gaps in current practices and propose tangible solutions for fostering safer environments.

Start Time: 16:30
End Time:
18:00
Duration:
1h30m
Venue:
Elangeni Hotel – Suites 1+2

Speakers:
Marion Schmidt
Themba Bhebhe

DFO: From Artificial Intelligence to African Intelligence - African Leadership in Scripted Futures

Presented in Partnership with the Durban Film Office

The evolution of Artificial Intelligence has led to disruption and opportunities in the creative industry. Feature Filmmaking, high-end and low-budget TV, have been “undermined” by large language models, AI-supported image generation, editing applications and text-to-video/audio generative applications – changing how we ideate, write, direct, shoot, design, perform, edit and work. Between doomsayers and Gen-AI, Africa has largely been left out of authentic consultation towards value-sensitive design. “Get with the programme or else” appears to be the systemic imperative. This is a prismatic, safe-space dialogue towards the formation of a vision, policy, framework for Africa’s contribution to AI adoption by filmmakers for filmmakers.

Start Time: 17:00
End Time:
18:00
Duration:
1h
Venue:
Elangeni Hotel – Suite 5

Speakers:
Zunaid Mansoor

Coproduction Focus: France

Presented in Partnership with the Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs and the French Institute, with IFAS and Alliance française in Durban

Coproduction Focus is a series of discussions that focus on coproduction opportunities with the continent and beyond. Here we bring together national film bodies, and filmmakers as they discuss not only the benefits of collaborating in the regions, but also some of the philosophical connections and reasons for collaboration.

Start Time: 17:00
End Time:
18:00
Duration:
1h
Venue:
Elangeni Hotel – Suites 3+4

Speakers:
Céline Leclercq
Terrence Khumalo

Sunday, 21 July 2024

African Lab Showcase

This new initiative of the Durban FilmMart to create a talent development ecosystem, the African Lab Showcase, brings together filmmakers participating in some of the most important Talent Development Labs on the continent to present their films in early development to key financiers. The Lab Showcase will see the participation of ACP DOCONNECT, Climate Story Labs, The East African Screen Collective (EASC), FIDADOC, Great Lakes Creative Producers Lab,HOTDOCS Fellows, IMPALA, Independent Black Filmmakers Collective (IBFC), OugaLab, the Realness Institute, and Yaoundé Film Lab.

Start Time: 09:00
End Time:
10:30
Duration:
1h30m
Venue:
Elangeni Hotel – Suite 5

Pitch and Finance Forum: Meetings

The Durban FilmMart selection of official projects will have the opportunity to take one-to-one meetings with co-producers, sales agents, broadcasters, and film funders. It serves as a platform for networking, fostering collaborations, and securing funding for African films. The sessions aim to facilitate the growth of the African film industry, promote cultural exchange, and amplify diverse narratives from the continent.

Start Time: 09:00
End Time:
18:00
Duration:
9h
Venue:
Maharani Hotel – Panini Room

SA in Focus: WGSA - The Business of Storytelling: Envisioning a New African Business Model

Presented in Partnership with the Writers Guild of South Africa

In the ever-changing landscape of film and television production, African storytellers need to equip themselves now more than ever to navigate the choppy business waters of getting a story made. Many writers find themselves with hyphenated titles: writer/producer, writer/director, writer/showrunner. This panel is about marrying the show and business in showbusiness. It’s no longer just about having a great story but about which platform best suits that story; traditional broadcasting, streaming platforms, even digital platforms like YouTube and TikTok. And as the creators of those stories, writers need to ensure they are not cut out of the revenue-sharing of projects. The panel includes three creatives who became producers and started their own production companies. They share their own experiences in juggling the balls between artist and businesswoman, dealing with creatives on the ground and dealing with clients in the boardroom. And the unique challenges and joys that come with their work.

Start Time: 09:30
End Time:
10:30
Duration:
1h
Venue:
Elangeni Hotel – Suites 3+4

Speakers:
Bongi Ndaba
Busisiwe Ntintili
Caroline Doherty
Gugulethu Zuma-Ncube

Speed Meetings: Meet the French Film Professionals

Presented in Partnership with the Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs and the French Institute, with IFAS and Alliance française in Durban

Durban FilmMart delegates will have the opportunity to meet selected film professionals from France with the opportunity to finance, distribute, co-produce, and collaborate.

Start Time: 10:00
End Time:
11:00
Duration:
1h
Venue:
Elangeni Hotel – Suites 1+2

Durban Does Docs: Strategic Leadership in Documentary Organisations

Presented in Partnership with African Real Collective

For executives of documentary organisations, the imperative extends beyond individual filmmaking endeavours to shaping the broader landscape of social impact cinema. This panel discussion delves into the strategic leadership required to facilitate cross-continental collaboration and drive meaningful change through documentary filmmaking initiatives. As the documentary industry undergoes transformative shifts, executives play a pivotal role in leveraging collaboration to address pressing societal issues.

The 15th DFM offers a unique platform for documentary organisation executives to explore key topics such as social responsibility, IP protection, sustainable filmmaking practices, and strategic partnerships. By fostering cross-continental collaborations and sharing best practices in leadership, this panel aims to empower executives to spearhead initiatives that catalyse positive social change through documentary storytelling on a global scale.

Start Time: 10:45
End Time:
11:45
Duration:
1h
Venue:
Elangeni Hotel – Suite 5

Speakers:
Hicham Falah
Lara Sousa
Mohamed Saïd Ouma
Rene Weston

In Conversation with Moussa Sene Absa

The DFM In Conversations serve as the FilmMart’s keynote conversation with one-on-one sessions where experts from various fields of the film industry unpack their journeys, lessons learned, and the ethos that drive their work.

Moussa Sene Absa, an esteemed artist, writer, musician, and filmmaker from Dakar, has devoted his career to creating powerful narratives that address critical issues such as censorship, human rights violations, and the impacts of colonialism. He is renowned for his award-winning films, including Tableau Ferraille and Madame Brouette, which won the Silver Bear in Berlin, and Xalé, The Childhood Wounds. Moussa’s work is intrinsically rooted in African culture and storytelling, a legacy he shares with his contemporary, the legendary Djibril Diop Mambéty. His contributions to African cinema are significant, as he continues to influence and inspire with his unique voice and artistic vision. His ability to grapple with the hard truths of the world through compelling cinema has earned him a distinguished place in the industry.

Moderated by Carmen Thompson, this in-depth discussion will delve into Moussa’s career, exploring the significance of his work and the challenges and triumphs he has faced in bringing African stories to the forefront of global cinema.

Start Time: 10:45
End Time:
12:15
Duration:
1h30m
Venue:
Elangeni Hotel – Suites 3+4

Speakers:
Carmen Thompson
Moussa Sene Absa

Watch this Space: Stories Ready to Shoot in KZN - Meet the KZN Filmmakers

Ilembe Story Lab is a screenwriting training and development platform for emerging filmmakers living in the Ilembe district. Eight participants were selected for basic screenwriting training and a chance to write a short film script with dedicated mentor support as an introduction to the screenwriting profession. Each of the writers will be given a one-year membership to the Writers Guild of South Africa, allowing them to connect with the screenwriting community. The best script from the programme will earn the writer a 2-month internship with Stained Glass Productions, where they will work in the writers’ room of the South African telenovela, Uzalo.

Start Time: 11:45
End Time:
13:15
Duration:
1h30m
Venue:
Elangeni Hotel – Suites 1+2

Speakers:
Fezile Peko
Sandiselwe Mjali
Teboho Pietersen
Tiny Mungwe
Ziphozakhe Hlobo

Animation@DFM: Building Sustainable Animation Ecosystems

This topic will explore the importance of collaboration within the African animation industry, fostering partnerships across countries and regions. Panelists can discuss the challenges and opportunities in creating a sustainable ecosystem that supports the growth of the animation sector throughout the continent.

Start Time: 12:30
End Time:
13:30
Duration:
1h
Venue:
Elangeni Hotel – Suite 5

Speakers:
Dillon Khan
Hamid Ibrahim
Kabelo Maaka
Laza Razanajatovo
Nosipho Maketo-van den Bragt

SA in Focus: IPO - Harnessing Cultural Diversity for International Distribution

Presented in Partnership with the Independent Producers Organisation

The film and television industry in South Africa is undergoing a significant transformation by harnessing the country’s rich cultural diversity for successful international distribution. With its vibrant multicultural landscape, South Africa offers a unique opportunity to showcase diverse narratives to a global audience. This panel aims to unpack the strategies, challenges, and success stories involved in navigating international markets while embracing the intricate representation of South African culture. It features representatives from leading production companies, distribution agencies, and film commissions, all of whom possess extensive experience in international distribution and cross-cultural storytelling. The discussion will provide insights into global market trends, audience preferences, and the role of cultural authenticity in international reception.

Start Time: 12:30
End Time:
13:30
Duration:
1h
Venue:
Elangeni Hotel – Suites 3+4

Speakers:
Micheal Auret
Milton Reddy
Thami Ngubeni
Tshepiso Chikapa Phiri

Impact Strategy in Action

Presented in Partnership with Doc Society – Climate Story Unit, Climate Story Lab ZA, STEPS and GIPA

Using three case studies from the continent, this session aims to empower impact producers by providing them with the tools and insights necessary to develop effective impact strategies for their films. Our panel will explore key issues such as identifying target audiences, setting measurable goals, leveraging partnerships, and using media and outreach to maximise impact. By unpacking real-world case studies and sharing best practices, we aim to equip you with practical knowledge and innovative approaches to amplify your film’s social, cultural, and environmental influence.

Start Time: 14:30
End Time:
15:30
Duration:
1h
Venue:
Elangeni Hotel – Suite 5

Speakers:
Anita Khanna
Emily Wanja
Rumbi Katedza
Tiny Mungwe

Masterclass: Animation For All - Beyond Genres and Borders with Stanislas Renaudeau d'Arc

Stanislas Renaudeau d’Arc, Managing Director of Frogbox, will present a masterclass titled “Animation For All – Beyond Genres and Borders.” The session will explore the global landscape of animated content production, focusing on co-productions that transcend regional, linguistic, and cultural boundaries. Stanislas’s experience in supervising international television series and managing a 2D/3D studio with over 100 employees provides attendees with a comprehensive understanding of the nuances involved in global animation projects. He will discuss ethical collaborations, navigating different markets, and the importance of creating content that resonates with diverse audiences. This masterclass is essential for anyone involved in or aspiring to enter the field of animation.

Start Time: 14:30
End Time:
15:30
Duration:
1h
Venue:
Elangeni Hotel – Suites 3+4

Speakers:
Stanislas Renaudeau d’Arc

Talents Durban: Story Junction

The official projects of the 2024 Talents Durban will present their stories to industry representatives attending the Durban FilmMart. The 26 projects from 15 African countries will present their projects, which have gone through masterclasses and hands-on training for developing their stories with experienced mentorship, in a roundtable format.

Start Time: 14:30
End Time:
15:30
Duration:
1h
Venue:
Elangeni Hotel – Suites 1+2

The KwaZulu-Natal Tourism and Film Authority presents the KwaZulu-Natal Animation Strategy

The purpose of this session is to introduce the KZN Animation Strategy develop by the KZN Tourism and Film Authority. This Strategy aims to stimulate and nurture a vibrant culture of animation across the entire KZN Province, through the development of a robust partner network and ecosystem, innovations in value chain and production methods, the exploration of diverse animation techniques, accessible training, and business development support.

Start Time: 15:45
End Time:
16:45
Duration:
1h
Venue:
Elangeni Hotel – Suite 5

Speakers:
Isabelle Rorke
Mocke Jansen Van Vuuren

Industrial Development Corporation Engagement with Industry

The session with give feedback to the industry on the work done by the IDC since the last DFM where the IDC strategy was introduced. The session is aimed at sharing lessons learnt, new ways for structuring transactions, clarity on requirements for funding, and introducing exiting developments within the IDC.

Start Time: 15:45
End Time:
16:45
Duration:
1h
Venue:
Elangeni Hotel – Suites 3+4

Speakers:
Kagisho Bapela

Round Table Discussion: Meet the Festivals

This roundtable session brings together festivals such as the Anim’ato Mada Festival, Cape Town International Animation Festival, Durban International Film Festival, Encounters South African International Documentary Festival, FESPACO , Focus On Ability, International Documentary Festival Amsterdam, International Film Festival Rotterdam, Les Rencontres du Film Court, Miradas Doc, Movies That Matter, Programmers of Colour, and Toronto International Film Festival to meet with the DFM delegates.

Start Time: 15:45
End Time:
16:45
Duration:
1h
Venue:
Elangeni Hotel – Suites 1+2

While the world is gripped by challenging times, and institutions remain silent or complicit, what roles do filmmakers and these institutions play? In this compelling panel discussion, industry experts and filmmakers delve into the pivotal role of cinema, film festivals, and institutions in addressing social responsibility amidst conflict and upheaval. From shedding light on marginalised voices to fostering empathy, the discourse explores how films become powerful tools for societal reflection and change. Panelists will dissect the ethical responsibilities of filmmakers and festivals in portraying complex narratives, navigating censorship, and amplifying diverse perspectives. Join us as we unravel the dynamic interplay between art and activism, examining how the film industry can shape narratives, challenge norms, and inspire collective action during turbulent times.

Start Time: 17:00
End Time:
18:00
Duration:
1h
Venue:
Elangeni Hotel – Suites 3+4

Speakers:
Jihan El-Tahri
Jihane Bourgine
Julie Nederkoorn
Themba Bhebhe

Read The Room

This panel navigates the evolving landscape of audience design in film, considering the influence of new distribution platforms, streamers, and grassroots screenings. Experts explore strategies for engaging diverse audiences, from harnessing the reach of streaming giants to the intimate settings of grassroots events. The discussion delves into the intersection of technology and human connection, unraveling how filmmakers can tailor experiences for distinct platforms. Join us for an insightful conversation on the dynamic interplay between storytellers and audiences, redefining the art of engagement in a digital era where every screening, from streaming to grassroots, becomes a unique and immersive experience.

Start Time: 17:00
End Time:
18:00
Duration:
1h
Venue:
Elangeni Hotel – Suite 5

Speakers:
Caitlin Mae Burke
Claire Diao
Hallie Haller
Hawa Essuman
Nondumiso Madlala

NEFTI All Star Competition

NEFTI All Stars is a short film competition where 4 of the previous NEFTI winners will compete against each other for the NEFTI All Star prize of $5000. There will also be a $2000 Audience Choice award. Some of the rules from the NEFTI Competition still apply. The film must be 6 minutes or less. The filmmakers had 30 days to produce and complete their films, with a budget of $3000. They also still had to pitch their idea to the NEFTI panel of judges. However, unlike the traditional NEFTI competition, the All Stars will all be creating their films from the same log line. Also, they each had to draw, at random, to discover which genre their film had to be. The filmmakers: Minenhle Luthuli (South Africa), Nahom Abraham (Eritrea), Moreetsi Gabang (Botswana), and Cheyi Okoaye (Nigeria). The screening will consist of profiles of each director followed by their NEFTI All Stars short film.

Start Time: 18:00
End Time:
20:30
Duration:
2h30m
Venue:
Maharani Hotel – Congella

Networking Cocktails

Start Time: 18:00
End Time:
19:00
Duration:
2h30m
Venue:
Maharani Hotel – Sky

Monday, 22 July 2024

Unlocking the Future of Filmmaking: Integrating Virtual Production into Traditional Pipeline

Presented in Partnership with Fak’ugesi

The panel discussion brings together key players from the digital creative sector and the film industry to explore the integration of virtual production into traditional production pipelines. In this session, representatives from the digital creative sector, including animation, video gaming, virtual reality (VR), and augmented reality (AR) experts, interactive media producers, and digital artists, collaborate with film industry professionals such as directors, producers, cinematographers, and visual effects supervisors. Together, they unpack the potential of virtual production technologies to revolutionise traditional filmmaking processes. From pre-visualisation and set design to on-set production and post-production, panelists examine how virtual production tools can streamline workflows, enhance creative collaboration, and elevate the visual storytelling experience. Discover real-world examples of successful integrations of virtual production techniques into film projects as panelists share insights, best practices, and lessons learned from their respective fields. Explore the possibilities of blending digital innovation with cinematic storytelling to create immersive and captivating narratives that captivate audiences worldwide.

Start Time: 09:30
End Time:
10:30
Duration:
1h
Venue:
Elangeni Hotel – Suite 5

Speakers:
Colin Payne
Eduardo Cachucho
Rene Smith

Power to People: Labour Relations in the Film Industry

As the film industry continues to expand, and in a year marked by significant industrial action, the film industry continues to grapple with how to find a balance between business and the people involved in the creation. In this panel, we bring together professionals to discuss what the effect will be on the global industry and what it means for the African film landscape.

Start Time: 09:30
End Time:
10:30
Duration:
1h
Venue:
Elangeni Hotel – Suites 3+4

Speakers:
Andile Sinqoto
Dana Sims
Farren van Niekerk
Jihane Bourgine
Julie Nederkoorn
Rehad Desai

The Importance of Short Films

Presented in Partnership with NEFTI

This session brings together the previous winners of the NEFTI Africa competition. These young professionals discuss how short films can boost and/or create a career, and how they can help filmmakers get their features produced.

Start Time: 09:30
End Time:
10:30
Duration:
1h
Venue:
Elangeni Hotel – Suites 1+2

Speakers:
Cheyi Okoaye
Minenhle Luthuli
Moreetsi Gabang
Nahom Abraham
Paul Robinson

Pitch and Finance Forum: Meetings

The Durban FilmMart selection of official projects will have the opportunity to engage in one-on-one meetings with co-producers, sales agents, broadcasters, and film funders. It serves as a platform for networking, fostering collaborations and securing funding for African films. The sessions aims to facilitate the growth of the African film industry, promote cultural exchange, and amplify diverse narratives from the continent.

Start Time: 10:00
End Time:
18:00
Duration:
8h
Venue:
Maharani Hotel – Panini Room

Breaking Barriers: Gender Equality and Justice in the Film Industry

In this panel discussion, film professionals delve into the ongoing quest for gender equality and justice within the film industry. The discussion highlights the systemic challenges women and non-binary individuals face, both in front of and behind the camera. Our panelists explore strategies to foster inclusive representation, equitable opportunities, and transformative change. Engage with us in this critical conversation to envision a future where gender equity is the norm in the cinematic world.

Start Time: 10:45
End Time:
11:45
Duration:
1h
Venue:
Elangeni Hotel – Suite 5

Speakers:
Debra Zimmerman
Hallie Haller
Thishiwe Ziqubu
Whitney Spencer
Zanele Mthembu

Coproduction Focus: Nigeria

Coproduction Focus is a series of discussions that focus on coproduction opportunities with the continent and beyond.

Durban FilmMart delegates will have the opportunity to meet a selection of projects by Nigerian filmmakers in one-on-one meetings for opportunities related to finance, distribution, co-production, and collaboration.

Start Time: 10:45
End Time:
11:45
Duration:
1h
Venue:
Elangeni Hotel – Suites 1+2

Masterclass: Pitch-Worthy Characters with Chris Mack

Presented by Netflix

Returning to DFM, Chris Mack, Director of Grow Creative for Netflix International Originals, will lead an engaging masterclass titled “”Pitch-Worthy Characters.”” In this 60-minute session, Chris will delve into the intricacies of creating compelling and rootworthy characters that engage audiences worldwide. Drawing on his extensive experience, including his previous roles as Senior Vice President of Scripted Content for Stage 13 and head of the Warner Bros. Workshop, Chris will provide a deep dive into character development, examining iconic cinematic figures to uncover the archetypes that resonate with viewers. His background in writing and executive roles on shows like ER, The Practice, and The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air adds a rich layer of expertise to this session. This masterclass is a must for anyone looking to enhance their storytelling by crafting unforgettable characters.

Start Time: 10:45
End Time:
12:15
Duration:
1h30m
Venue:
Elangeni Hotel – Suites 3+4

Speakers:
Chris Mack

KZN Tourism and Film Authority: Unpacking the Opportunities for the Audio Visual Industry

What does KZN Tourism and Film Authority mean for the film and audio visual industry? This session will unpack the strategy for the new entity and highlight the areas of collaboration between the audio visual and tourism industries. This then ensures the collaboration discussion is industry wide.

Start Time: 12:00
End Time:
13:00
Duration:
1h
Venue:
Elangeni Hotel – Suite 5

Speakers:
Dr Ngqabutho Bhebhe
Jackie Motsepe
Phindile Makwakwa
Russel Hlongwane
Wayne Tifflin

Animation@DFM: Cultural Authenticity - Navigating the Balance Between Tradition and Innovation

This panel explores how African animators can draw inspiration from traditional stories, folklore, and art while infusing their work with innovation. Discussions include challenges and successes in maintaining cultural authenticity while pushing the boundaries of animation in the African context.

Start Time: 12:00
End Time:
13:00
Duration:
1h
Venue:
Elangeni Hotel – Suite 5

Speakers:
Betty-Sulty Johnson
Deidre Jantjies
Dianne Makings
Kabelo Maaka
Terence Maluleke

Talking Cents: The Cost of Business

This panel discussion delves into the intricate power dynamics shaping the global film industry. Exploring the nuanced relationships between the Global South and North, our experts will dissect the ongoing disparities rooted in colonial histories. Unravelling the complexities, we’ll scrutinise the influence of traditional funds, progressive funds, and emerging African funds in shaping cinematic narratives. Engage in a dialogue about how these financial streams impact storytelling, representation, and cultural narratives on a global scale. Gain insights into the evolving landscape and discuss strategies to foster a more equitable and inclusive future for the film industry worldwide.

Start Time: 12:30
End Time:
13:30
Duration:
1h
Venue:
Elangeni Hotel – Suites 3+4

Speakers:
Aya Kasasa
Emad Eskander
Mamadou Dia
Toni Monty
Wakiuru Njuguna

Impact Hackathon

Presented in Partnership with Doc Society – Climate Story Unit, Climate Story Lab ZA, STEPS and GIPA

The Global Impact Producers’ Alliance (GIPA) and Climate Story Labs invite selected projects to participate in a blitz impact design and idea sharing session with impact strategists from the continent. This promises to be a high energy, interactive and inspirational session that will benefit all attendees.

Start Time: 13:15
End Time:
14:15
Duration:
1h
Venue:
Elangeni Hotel – Suite 4

Speakers:
Emily Wanja
Liani Maasdorp
Miriam Ayoo
Nasreen Al Amin
Tiny Mungwe

Gauteng Film Commision

Start Time: 13:15
End Time:
14:15
Duration:
1h
Venue:
Elangeni Hotel – Suites 1+2

Future Proofing the Industry: Technology and the Film Industry

Presented in Partnership with the National Film and Video Foundation

Technology continues to weave itself into the fabric of the film industry. Acknowledging that this has already impacted the filmmaking landscape and that its workflow can help the filmmaking process is something the industry needs to embrace. How can the film industry find a way to integrate the technology ethically and continue to grow the industry while benefiting all those involved? This panel brings together innovators from the industry to discuss how technology can support the filmmaker.

Start Time: 13:45
End Time:
14:45
Duration:
1h
Venue:
Elangeni Hotel – Suites 3+4

Speakers:
Themba Sibeko
Sara Jones
Zoe Ramushu

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