DFM 2024 Animation projects announcement

The Durban FilmMart Institute is pleased to announce the animation project selection for the 15th annual DFM Pitch and Finance Forum. 

The Durban FilmMart 2024 will see the return of the animation elements in its programming in July.  To commence with this strand, the DFM will provide masterclasses and one-on-one mentorship to projects in development as they prepare to pitch in Africa’s leading film finance and co-production market.

“Global demand for African animation content is growing and international investors are looking for authentic African stories capturing authentic African characterisation,” says Magdalene Reddy, Director of the Durban FilmMart Institute.  “Creative talent across the continent are looking for a space to be heard and seen.  This is the aim of the Animation@DFM programme – create visibility for quality African content on the global stage.  This year the programme has selected projects in development from both established and emerging animators from 6 countries.  The strength of the programme lies within these creative individuals who will participate in the DFM Animation Pitch and Finance Forum later this year.”

DFMI received more than 100 applications from animators across the continent and the diaspora which made the selection of 8 projects by the  independent evaluation panel very competitive, challenging and exciting. All 8 projects will go through a 3-month period of training and development to ensure they are ready to meet investors in Durban.  

8 Official projects:

Jay Fly

Produced by Nosipho Maketo van den Bragt and directed by Tiaan Franken

South Africa

Monster Nanny

Produced by Kaya Kuhn and directed by Tafadzwa Hove

South Africa/ Zimbabwe 


Producers AJ Pitre and Thandiwe Mlauli and directed by Thandiwe Mlauli

South Africa

R.E.M. (Rapid Eye Motion)

Produced by Ahmad Abdelhameed and directed by Mahmoud Hemeda


The Legend of Hyena Man

Produced by Mathew Valerian, directed by Elshadye Berhanu and Joshua Faber


The Legends of Bulan

Produced by Ferdinand Adimefe and directed by Azubuike Joseph Duru


Uli & Tata’s African Nursery Rhymes

Produced by Sarah Mallia and directed by Chief Nyamweya



Produced by Annemarie du Plessis and co-writers and producers Devon Delmar & Jason Jacobs

South Africa

Masterclass and Mentorship Programme

The 3-month online masterclass programme will feature script development, visual representation, finance planning, project packaging, pitching and much more while the one-on-one mentorship will allow individual mentors to assist animators with  project packaging and pitch preparation.

More details about the 15th Durban FilmMart will be announced in due course.

The Durban FilmMart 2024 is presented by the Durban FilmMart Institute with principal funding from the Durban Film Office and eThekwini Municipality.

About Durban FilmMart Institute

Durban FilmMart Institute is the business hub of the African film industry in a world where professionals and content are globally competitive and celebrated. The mission of the Durban FilmMart Institute is to provide appropriate and effective programmes and services to promote, support and facilitate investment in the African film industry.  The Durban FilmMart Institute runs year round developmental programmes and an annual market (Durban FilmMart).  The DFMI has recently launched Filmmart.africa which is an online tool for filmmakers to connect and which we hope will enhance visibility for African content.  For more information about the DFMI programmes visit www.durbanfilmmart.co.za

For more information contact: [email protected]

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