Durban FilmMart Durban International Film Festival
July 18, 2019

Durban FilmMart’s 10th Anniversary


The 10th edition of Durban FilmMart takes place from 19-22 July 2019 with an exciting four-day programme lined up.

The Durban FilmMart (DFM) has announced a stellar line-up of speakers for its 10th edition which takes place from 19 to 22 July during the 40th Durban International Film Festival (18-28 July). A four-day industry programme of masterclasses, workshops, networking opportunities and content development is set to see hundreds of filmmakers converge on the city’s famous Golden Mile.

The opening night film for Durban International Film Festival is Jahmil XT Qubeka’s Knuckle City – a riveting exploration of the psychology of a fighter from the Mdantsane township known as the boxing mecca of South Africa.

READ MORE: Durban International Film Festival Announces Knuckle City as Opening Night Film

Speaker Highlights

Speakers this year include Irish screenwriter and producer Gabrielle Kelly, London-based curator, audience development specialist and author Nadia Denton, South African producer and founding manager of the Cape Town chapter of the shnit Worldwide Shortfilmfestival Sean Drummond and prolific Egyptian Director Mohamed Siam.

Gabrielle Kelly will share insights on the gains being made by women film professionals, filmmakers and actors in fighting against discrimination, sexual harassment and imbalanced representation on screen in a masterclass titled Towards Gender Equity in Film and Television.

Nadia Denton leads the masterclass A New Black Cinema: Pan-African, Global and Bankable, while Sean Drummond will look at the competitive market of filmmaking from a scriptwriting perspective.

Mohamed Siam will present a session called Documenting the Unique Perspective. Mohamed, whose feature debut Amal opened IDFA 2017, has actively worked to tell the Egyptian story from the perspective of its own people.

Also of note is Themba Bhebhe, who has been in charge of Diversity and Inclusion at the last two editions of the European Film Market (Berlinale). At DFM he will lead a series of think-tanks concerning diversity and decolonial models to filmmaking under title Engage @ DFM.

“This year’s speakers represent a range of relevant and important voices for African filmmakers, bringing with them a wealth of experience, knowledge and thought-leadership to our 10th edition,” says Toni Monty, Head of the Durban Film Office and the Durban FilmMart.

Exhibition, Documentary Focus, and More

The Locations Africa Exhibition and Conference will be part of DFM this year. It’s aim is to focus on film locations in an effort to reposition Africa as a key film destination for inbound productions and local film projects.

DFM will launch its inaugural documentary programme Durban Does Docs. It will feature a dynamic local, continental and international mix of funders, filmmakers and professionals. Topics include areas of aesthetic concern, funding, distribution and audience development.

Another first for DFM is the launch of a public programme called Creative Corner. This programme will engage with local film and television industries, such as editing, sound design, make-up and special effects, costume, and set design. In this stream, the Writers’ Guild of South Africa will host a Script To Live session – where live script reading sessions will see actors perform in development scripts to a panel of judges. Isiphethu Emerging Filmmakers’ Hub will return again this year to engage emerging local filmmakers.

READ MORE: Creative Corner – Free Film-Making Workshops and Panel Discussions at DFM

DFM Project Selection

The annual DFM projects will see directors and producers mentored for two days and then given opportunities to pitch to panels and meet one-on-one with investors, broadcasters, financiers, agents and distributors.

Fiction Selection

  • Day of the Vow (South Africa)
  • Mami Wata (Nigeria)
  • Mkhulu Wase Next Door (South Africa)
  • Pieces of Salma (South Africa)
  • Sunflowers in the Dark (Zimbabwe)
  • The Bursary (South Africa)
  • The Legend of the Vagabond Queen of Lagos (Nigeria/South Africa)
  • Those Who Dwell in Darkness (South Africa)
  • Tunis-Djerba (Tunisia)
  • Yam and I (Egypt)

Documentary Selection

  • Africa Mother (Burkina Faso)
  • A Suitcase of Memories (South Africa)
  • Black Women and Sex (South Africa)
  • Kongo is Burning (Uganda / Congo)
  • Living like a Shadow (Rwanda)
  • Murder in Paris – Dulcie September (South Africa)
  • Girlheart (Tunisia)
  • The Home (South Africa)
  • The Last Survivor (Egypt)
  • The Missing Middle (South Africa)

READ MORE: CineFAM Brings 7 International Projects from Women of Colour to DFM


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