Talents Durban

Presented at the DFM annual market

Talents Durban is a training and development programme that brings together Africa’s rising film professionals – screenwriters and directors with fiction, documentary, animation, and hybrid projects in development (this includes all media formats such as film, television series, web series, and content for mobile platforms).

Talents Durban is an initiative of Berlin International Film Festival and is part of six international initiatives of Berlinale Talents. Talents Durban was founded in 2007 as a partnership between the Durban International Film Festival and Berlinale. Since 2019, Talents Durban has become a project of the Durban FilmMart Institute.

Application Information

Applications are currently closed.

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Deadline: 26 January 2024

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The Programmes

Storytelling Lab selects three features, three shorts and three TV/Web series currently in development. The stories are given advanced consultation and mentoring by three script editors, as well as participating in scriptwriting workshops.

Doc Lab is a hands-on training programme in which three Talents Durban participants who submitted documentary projects are given expert mentorship.

Animation Lab is open to screenwriters and animation directors with animation projects. The lab will focus on character development, visual development, and the business of animation in Africa.

Talent Press offers mentorship for emerging African film critics and journalists.

As well as focused mentorships, industry-specific expert masterclasses, workshops, and a creative platform for self-expression and networking

2023 Participants

Fiction Features

Josh Omondi (Kenya)

- Jua Kali - Director & Screenwriter

Kaelo Iyizoba (Nigeria)

A Nollywood Story - Director & Screenwriter

Parthiben Chellapermal (Mauritius)

The Other one country (Au pays de l'Autre) - Director & Screenwriter

Rafeeqah Galant (South Africa)

Aya - Director & Screenwriter

Fiction Shorts

Isabelle Christiane KOURAOGO (Morocco)

Curfew (COUVRE-FEU) - Director & Screenwriter

Kwazikwenkosi Ntombela (South Africa)

Slow Fruit - Screenwriter & Director

Tarek El Sherbeny (Egypt)

Rotten Blood (دم فاسد) - Director

Faycal Leonce Soura (Burkina Faso)

Join Us (NA AN FÊ) - Director & Screenwriter


Camélia Gadhgadhi (Algeria)

Bitter Seed - Director

Ntombizodwa Masuku (Zimbabwe)

Half A Tribe - Director & Screenwriter

Babucarr Manka (Gambia)

Standing Up - Director & Screenwriter

Fezeka Mkhabela (South Africa)

Kazi: To Be Born and To Die A Woman - Screenwriter & Director

Linda Mkhize (South Africa)

Izintombi Zomkhonto: Flowers of the Revolution - Director


Stanley Nwaturuocha (Nigeria)

The Song Maiden - Director

Garth Sanders (South Africa)

Mysteries at the Majestic - Director

Moreti Seepi (South Africa)

Chronicles of Z and Z (Adventures of Z and Z) - Director


Katya Aragão (Sao Tome & Principe)

Out of Options - Director & Screenwriter

Thandi Nicola Nayma Tshifhiwa Sebe (South Africa)

The Rainforest Witch (Nha Fim di Mundo) - Screenwriter & Actor

Okoko Nyumbaiza (Democratic Republic of the Congo)

The Masters of Elegance - Screenwriter & Director

Talent Press (Film Critic/ Journalist)

Gbenato Carolle Tonoukouen (Benin)

Film Critic & Journalist

Tonderai Cosmas Chiyindiko (Zimbabwe)

Film Critic & Journalist

Gaël Hounkpatin (Benin)

Film Critic & Journalist

Seyi Lasisi (Nigeria)

Film Critic & Journalist

Past Projects

Past projects can be accessed in the ‘Archive

Application Information

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