Durban FilmMart Institute in partnership with DW Akademie, supported by the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Developments, the Durban FilmMart Institute presents a 12-week business skills development programme aimed at nurturing and empowering producers with the necessary skills to effectively engage in a global market.

Programme Overview

The programme will include online sessions and mentoring on business and financial management, understanding legal framework and distribution strategies. Each session will be 90 minutes long. The sessions will take place twice a week over a 12-week period commencing in December 2021.
The programme will be in English, with simultaneous translation in French and Portuguese

Eligibility Criteria

The programme is open to DFM Alumni, including filmmakers who have presented or pitched a project at DFM through our partners Talents Durban, JUMPSTART, CINEFAM, REALNESS and HotDocs Fellows. Programme is also open to DFM ACCESS 2021 Alumni.

The programme is targeting producers with African passports who have produced films and have less than 5 years’ experience in the industry.

Directors and scriptwriters who also have 5 years’ experience in the industry and are interested in the programme will need to provide a 1-page letter of motivation for consideration to participate.

If you are an African film industry professional based outside of Africa, you will have to advise what percentage of your work is based in the continent.

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).

Submission Criteria – What must I submit with my application?

This will appear on the form

Evaluation Process

Phase 1: Technical Evaluation Stage

Phase 2: Evaluation

Phase 3: Confirming shortlisted projects

Phase 4: Announcement of official selection

Terms & Conditions / Obligation of participants


Click here for make a submission:
Deadline for submissions: Sunday, 7 November 2021 @ 23:59 (CAT)

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