Animation in the DFM Industry Programme

Presented at the DFM annual market

The Durban FilmMart Industry Programme through its Animation@DFM stream of programming and masterclasses endevours to create a space for impactful dialogue on all facets of the sector, delving into trends, changes, challenges and opportunities while highlighting the work of some of the significant role players in the sector.

The Animation@DFM stream of programming includes masterclasses and panel discussions. This is featured at the annual Durban FilmMart event in July.

To attend the Industry Programme at the physical market you will need to register as a delegate. The 2024 DFM will take place on 19-22 July.

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Click on the links below to view sessions from previous programmes .

Session titleDescriptionModeratorParticipantsLink
Animation@DFM: The Correct Picture – The Dynamics of Characterisation in AnimationAs the world continues looking for content from the African continent, the animation industry continues to struggle with issues around authentic voices and characterisation across the film mediums. Unfortunately, incidents still occur in international platforms and festivals. In this panel discussion, we bring together filmmakers and organisations to unpack why the discussion is important for creating a more diverse industry as content continues to reach new audiences.Isabelle Rorke (Animation SA)Raymond Malinga (Creatures Animation) , Yolanda Mogatusi (1000 Hugs Films) , Lesego Vorster (The Hidden Hand Studios)
Animation Strategy ConsultationPresented by the KwaZulu-Natal Film Commission.
Animation SA has identified KZN as the next province with animation growth potential. As such, KZN Film Commission in partnership with Animation SA are developing a 5-year Animation growth strategy for the province. Animation SA has partnered with Red Ibis Education, a company specialising in research, development and education within the South African audiovisual media industry, whose members share a long history with animation production, development and education. The goal of the launch is to present the strategy to KZN stakeholders at DFM to provide insight into the strategy and set the stage for partnerships and participation in the growth of animation education, production and audience development.
Isabelle Rorke (Animation SA)Clare Louis (Katanamate Studios), Justin Yarrow (SuperScientists), Nompi Vilakazi (Buthano Pictures)
Animation@DFM: Creative Currency – Professional Opportunities For Women in the Animation IndustryPresented by GIZ (The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit GmbH).
As animation continues to grow and become an important facet of the African film industry, the industry is grappling with the challenge of becoming more diverse and generating opportunities for professionals across the gender spectrum. In this session, we bring together professionals from across the continent and the globe who are working to create a more diverse and inclusive industry for women-identifying film professionals.
Isabelle Rorke (Animation SA)Ebele Okoye (Jolly Squid), Nosipho Maketo-van den Bragt (Chocolate Tribe), Mounia Aram (Mounia Aram Company)
Session titleModeratorParticipantsLink
Animation@DFM: ProductionIsabelle Rorke (Animation SA)Francis Y Brown (Animax FYB Studios), Nanda Sooben (Centre For Fine Art, Animation And Design)
Animation@DFM: ExhibitionIsabelle Rorke (Animation SA)Diana Rosu (Accra Animation Film Festival), Evans Eghan (Accra Indie Filmfest)
Animation@DFM: Gaming and FilmmakingIsabelle Rorke (Animation SA)John Giwa-Amu (Good Gate Media), Xolie Vundla (Animation SA)
Animation@DFM: FundingIsabelle Rorke (Animation SA)Nick Wilson (The Great Big African Animation Pitch),  Maishe Mosala (KwaZulu-Natal Film Commission), Enrico Chiesa (Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie)
Animation@DFM: DistributionMary CorrigallMounia Aram (Mounia Aram Company), Milton Reddy (TRACE Studios)
Session titleModeratorParticipantsLink
Animation @ DFM: Sketching African Animation Development PlatformsMary Glasser (Cape Town International Animation Festival)Mukui Mbindyo (African Digital Media Group), Jesse Kang’ethe (Heva Fund), Tumelo Selamolela (Digital Canvas Academy), Kabelo Maaka (Cabblow Studios (Pty) Ltd , Colin Payne (Triggerfish)
Animation @ DFM : Building a Community for Animators in SAMary Glasser (Cape Town International Animation Festival)Isabella Roarke (Tshimologong / Enlightened Poppy Network Pty Ltd), Deidre Jantjies (Na Aap Production), Clare Louis (Katanimate Studios) Bokang Koatja (Animation Studio)
Animation @ DFM: Animation on the continent – Connecting International OpportunitiesMary Glasser (Cape Town International Animation Festival)Mounia Aram (African Animation Network-Morrooco), David Masanso (Crossroads Digital Multimedia Ltd), Mukui Mbindyo (African Digital Media Group)

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