DFM Pitch and Finance Forum

Presented at the DFM annual market

Each year, through an open application process and two independent selection panels, the Durban FilmMart Institute selects 20-30 official African fiction and documentary projects in development to present to a panel of potential co-producers, sales agents, broadcasters and film funds. The Pitch and Finance Forum consists of public pitching, one on one meetings with decision makers and individual mentorship leading up to the market.

DFM 2024 Official Projects

Animation

Jay Fly

(South Africa)

Producer: Nosipho Maketo van den Bragt

Jay Fly

(South Africa)

Director: Tiaan Franken

Monster Nanny

(South Africa, Zimbabwe)

Producer: Kaya Kuhn

Monster Nanny

(South Africa, Zimbabwe)

Director: Tafadzwa Hove

Oarona

(South Africa)

Co-Producer: AJ Pitre

Oarona

(South Africa)

Co-Producer and Director: Thandiwe Mlauli

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R.E.M. (Rapid Eye Mystery

(Egypt)

Producer: Ahmad Abdelhameed

R.E.M. (Rapid Eye Mystery

(Egypt)

Co-Director: Ahmad Thabit

R.E.M. (Rapid Eye Mystery

(Egypt)

Director: Mahmoud Hemeda

The Legend of Hyena Man

(Tanzania)

Producer: Mathew Valerian

The Legend of Hyena Man

(Tanzania)

Co-Director: Elshadye Berhanu

The Legend of Hyena Man

(Tanzania)

Co-Director: Joshua Faber

The Legends of Bulan

(Nigeria)

Producer: Ferdinand Adimefe

The Legends of Bulan

(Nigeria)

Director: Azubuike Joseph Duru

Uli & Tata’s African Nursery Rhymes

(Kenya)

Producer: Sarah Mallia

Uli & Tata’s African Nursery Rhymes

(Kenya)

Director: Chief Nyamweya

Unseen

(South Africa)

Producer: Annemarie du Plessis

Documentary

A Girl and a Gun

(South Africa)

Producer: Antoinette Engel

A Girl and a Gun

(South Africa)

Director: Arya Lalloo

Africa AI

(South Africa)

Producer and Co-Director: Amílcar Patel

Africa AI

(South Africa)

Co-Director: Chris Kets

Children of Honey

(Tanzania, United Kingdom)

Producer: Natalie Humphreys

Children of Honey

(Tanzania, United Kingdom)

Director: Jigar Ganatra

In Pursuit of Ghosts

(South Africa)

Producer: Jacintha de Nobrega

In Pursuit of Ghosts

(South Africa)

Director: Jethro Clifton Westraad

Kam Leila Kam Youm? (How Many Nights How Many Days?)

(Egypt)

Producer: Kesmat Elsayed

Kam Leila Kam Youm? (How Many Nights How Many Days?)

(Egypt)

Director: Alaa Dajani

My Father Killed Bourguiba

(Tunisia)

Producer: Sarra Ben Hassan

My Father Killed Bourguiba

(Tunisia)

Director: Fatma Riahi

The One Who Sings

(South Africa)

Co-Producer: Rene Weston

The One Who Sings

(South Africa)

Co-Producer and Director: Chelsea Art

Unsung

(South Africa)

Producer: Masechaba Khumalo

Unsung

(South Africa)

Director: Amanda Lane

We Had The Moon

(Mauritius)

Producer and Director: Pamela Eduoard

Zerri3a Morra

(Algeria, France)

Producer: Antoine Goldet

Zerri3a Morra

(Algeria, France)

Director: Camelia Gadhgadhi

Fiction

Acts of Man

(South Africa)

Producer: Sean Drummond

Acts of Man

(South Africa)

Director: Sheetal Magan

Benimana

(Ivory Coast)

Producer: Samantha Biffot

Benimana

(Ivory Coast)

Marie-Clémentine Dusabejambo

Dear Tarkovsky

(Tunisia)

Producer: Asma Chiboub

Dear Tarkovsky

(Tunisia)

Director: Firas Khoury

Garde Baissée (Guard Down)

(Egypt, France, Tunisia)

Co-Producer: Imed Marzouk

Garde Baissée (Guard Down)

(Egypt, France, Tunisia)

Co-Producer: Mark Lotfy

Garde Baissée (Guard Down)

(Egypt, France, Tunisia)

Director: Sami Tlili

Jua Kali

(Kenya)

Producer: Joash Omondi

Londoner

(Nigeria)

Producer: Pamela Drameh

Londoner

(Nigeria)

Director: Babatunde Apalowo

Mimouna

(Algeria)

Producer: Jeremie Palanque

Mimona

(Algeria)

Director: Amel Blidi

Numalali (My Voice, My Void)

(Guatemala)

Producer: Kurt Orderson

Numalali (My Voice, My Void)

(Guatemala)

Director: Kimeshree Munsamy

Pour Toi Je Reviendrai (I'm Coming For You)

(Cameroon)

Producer: Alice Abah

Pour Toi Je Reviendrai (I'm Coming For You)

(Cameroon)

Director: Cyrielle Raingou

Past Projects

Past projects can be accessed in the ‘Archive

2023 Awards

AWARDSNAME OF AWARDGenreDETAILS OF AWARD
CASH AWARDS
Known Associates, Inner City Films, Circle Blue Entertainment,Known Inner Circle AwardAll genres$10,000
Red SeaRed Sea Film Fund Award X2Development and
Post-production
$5,000 x 1 awards (for development projects)
$5,000 x1 award (for post production)
Game ChangerGame Changer Films AwardAll genres$5,000
Canal +CANAL+ Development GrantAll genresCANAL+ grant to the value of 5,000 € euros, with a development contract.
TRTTRT AwardFiction or Documentary$5,000
MTN GroupMTN Group Digital AwardAll genres$5,000
International Documentary AssociationIDA Supported Artist AwardDocumentary$5,000 grant
One (1) IDA Supported Artist Grant to 1 nonfiction filmmaker. The IDA Supported Artist Grant
includes the following:
○ USD $5000 cash prize
○ 1 Getting Real Fellowship
○ Free one-year Doc Maker Membership to IDA
● 8 x IDA year long Doc Maker memberships for Durban FilmMart Documentary projects.
Sisters in CinemaSisters in Cinema Sustainability Award $ 2500
National Film and Video FoundationBest Fiction Grant
Best Non-Fiction Grant
Fiction and DocumentaryR100,000
R100,000
Africa No Filter awardsAfrica Narrative-change Film Award $5,000
Hot Docs-Blue Ice Docs FundHot Docs-Blue Ice Docs AwardDocumentary$1,500 CAD
The WhickersThe Whickers Bursary AwardDocumentary£3,000
    
PROGRAMME PARTICIPATION
IFFR ProRotterdam Lab AwardFictionA prize package to a selected DFM project, the package will include:
• Participation in the Rotterdam Lab
• Accommodation
DOK.fest München and IEFTAThe DOK.fest München Award
With support from IEFTA
documentaryA prize package to a selected DFM project, the package will include:
• participation in DOK.forum Marketplace
• accommodation expenses
Flight suppported by IEFTA
Dok Leipzig and IEFTAThe DOK Leipzig Award
With support from IEFTA
documentary or animationA prize package to a selected DFM project, the package will include:
• 2 x accreditation and 3 nights accommodation to DOK Leipzig 2024 in a twin room
• Participation of the selected project in the DOK Co-Pro Market
Flight suppported by IEFTA
SorfundSørfond AwardFiction / Documentary / AnimationTravel expenses covered in full for 1 team member from the awarded project
Miradas DocMiradas Doc AwarddocumentaryA prize package to a selected DFM project, the package will include:
• Participation in the Miradasdoc
• Flight, accommodation and accreditation
Guangzhou International Documentary Film Festival and IEFTASpecial GZDOC Invitation
With support from IEFTA
documentaryA prize package to a selected DFM project (documentary), the package will include:
• Participation in the GZ Doc Market Pitch
• Accreditation and 5nights accommodation
Flight suppported by IEFTA
FIDA DOCThe FIDA DOC Awarddocumentary• Participation in the FIDADOC Pan African Writing residency
• Accreditation, flights and accommodation
Movies that matter and IEFTAMovies that Matter Award
With support from IEFTA
documentary• Participation in Movies that Matter 2025
• Flights, Accreditation and accommodation
Vision du reel and IEFTAVisions du Reel Award
With support from IEFTA
documentary• 2 x complimentary Networking accreditation (valued at CHF 190 each) to participate in the
Visions du Reel Industry days from Sunday 6 to Wednesday 9 April 2025.
• 3 x nights accommodation (twin share) for up to 2 project participants (must be the
director/s and/or producer/s).

Flight suppported by IEFTA
Fak’ugesiFak’ugesi Residency AwardanimationPartipcation in the Residency Programme
Hidden Hand StudioThe Hidden Hand Studios presents: The Hidden Talents AwardanimationA trailer production of a story by the awardee by The Hidden Hand Studios of MAX 1:30 min with all parts of the pipeline handled by the studio with the awardee as either Director or Co-Director depending on their skill and experience level.
    
MENTORSHIP
OIF-ACP -EUOIF-ACP -EU Award 12-18 month mentorship
Torina Lab and IEFTATFL Next Award supported by IEFTA TFL Next – Film online workshop in 2025
    
TALENTS DURBAN
IEFTAIEFTA Connect Mentorship by IEFTA
DFMIDFM Talents Durban Award DFM Talents Durban Project Award to Talent project to participate at DFM 2022 programme

2021 Winners

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