Jumpstart Application Information

Applications are now open.

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Eligibility Criteria
  1. Projects in which the producer, director or writer is an African citizen. Proof of African citizenship must be provided through a certified copy of a valid African passport. (Africans living in the Diaspora, must  have African citizenship – proof of passport) .
  2. Projects with a producer and director attached. 
  3. Project needs must have first draft script available 
Project Evaluation Process

Technical Evaluation – Application will be evaluated according to eligibility criteria

Project Evaluation – A panel of industry professionals will evaluate the submission and project package

Confirming shortlisted projects – Shortlisted projects will be contacted for availability and confirmation

Announcement of official selection – Public announcement of participants

Terms & Conditions / Obligations of Participants

All enquiries pertaining to the programme must be directed to DFMI via [email protected]

  •  The Durban FilmMart Institute reserves the right to alter programme guidelines with a general email notification to all potential applicants
  •  Time commitments with specific dates will be communicated to selected participants upon confirmation of selection.  Participants are expected to attend all sessions.
  • Terms and Conditions – to be signed by selected project participants upon acceptance.

    Click here Terms and conditions

Important Dates For Participation




3rd October – Project Call opens

31st October – Project Call closes (Extended deadline 4 Nov 2022)


Project Evaluation



Shortlisted project are contacted by DFMI

Project announcement

Introduction to mentor

5th December – Project applications open
JanuaryOnline mentorship commences 
FebruaryOnline mentorship continuesProject applications close
March Project Evaluation
April Shortlisted project are contacted by DFMI
May Project announcement
Introduction to mentor
Online mentorship commences
JuneFinal preparation for DFM Pitch & Finance ForumFinal preparation for DFM Pitch & Finance Forum

Pitch at annual event (in person)

One on one meetings with decision makers

Pitch at annual event (in person)

One on one meetings with decision makers

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