DFM Access

Presented as part of DFMI’s year round programme

DFM Access is a 10-week development platform for entry level producers. It provides a nurturing framework for participants with existing long-form or episodic independent film projects to hone and improve their scripts and project packages.

This incubation programme supports producers in shaping their stories, preparing their project presentations and understanding the marketplace in order to create effective strategies for their current projects and to plan their professional trajectory. The programme consists of one-on-one mentorship and talks led by industry experts. At the end of the 10 week mentorship projects pitch to an independent panel who selects 3 projects to participate in the annual Durban FilmMart as an official project.

2021 Selected Projects

Bayede! The Untold Gems of King Dingiswayo

Director: Lwazi Duma

Bayede! The Untold Gems of King Dingiswayo

Producers: Linda E.T Gumede

Becoming passionate

Director: Chiziwiso Pswarayi

Becoming passionate

Producer: Tenjiwe Pswarayi


Producer and Director: Lungile Mayindi

Grade 10D

Producer and Director: Shumelani Mapholi

Grade 10D

Producer: Siphumelele Nene


Director: Gugu Kunene


Producer: Happiness Mpase

In Tongues

Director: Muneera Sallies

In Tongues

Producer: Lerato Sokhulu

Keng daai deng?

Director: Mlingane Dube

Keng daai deng?

Producer: Samkelisiwe Nkabinde

My Plastic Hair

Producer and Director: Yolanda Keabetswe Mogatusi

My Plastic Hair

Producer: Mamokuena Makhema

Pretty Hustle

Producer and Director: Zoe Ramushu

Professional Mourners

Director: Amanda Lane

Professional Mourners

Producer: Sihle Ndaba


Producer and Director: Thabiso Xolo


Producer and Director: Glenn Masokoane

The Oath

Producer: Joe Spirit

The Oath

Simphiwe Ngcobo

The Psycho

Director: Sihle Mzobe

The Psycho

Producer: Buyani Gumede

The Story of a Thorn

Director: Mzimasi Ndzombane


Producer: Danile Annah Mohlamme

Three Sisters

Producer and Director: Tshego Monaisa


Producer and Director: Liese Kuhn

We Are Only Ever Passing Through

Producer and Director: Mandy Mbekeni


Director: Marie Midcalf


Producer: Lusanda Mangqangwana

Wisdom Cries Out from The Streets

Producer and Director: Siyasanga Mbikwana

Zulu Dynasty

Producer and Director: Llewellyn James Rice

Past Projects

Past projects can be accessed in the ‘Archive

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