DFMI Alumni Business Lab Application Information

The programme is open to DFM Alumni - these include filmmakers who have presented or pitched a project at the Durban FilmMart either as an Official Project or through our partners Talents Durban, JUMPSTART, CINEFAM, REALNESS and HotDocs Fellows. The programme is also open to participants of the DFM ACCESS programme.


The programme is targeting producers with African passports who have produced films and have no more than 5 years’ experience in the industry.  Directors or script writers who want to change to producing are welcome to apply.


Kindly note that acceptance into the programme will not be based on a specific film project. (You will not need an active film project to participate in the programme).

Technical Evaluation - Application will be evaluated according to eligibility criteria

Project Evaluation - A panel of industry professionals will evaluate the application

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

Announcement of official selection - Public announcement of participants

  • All enquiries pertaining to the programme must be directed to DFMI via info@durbanfilmmart.com.
  • Applicants are not permitted to direct any questions or comments to evaluation panel members in advance of deadlines or following decisions.
  • 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.


Applications are currently closed.

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