Durban FilmMart
July 23, 2019

Record Attendance at the 10th DFM


The Durban FilmMart has once again exceeded expectations to offer filmmakers, writers, producers, and other industry professionals and stakeholders incredible insights, networking opportunities, and, of course, an engaging slate of films to explore.

This article was first published in the Durban FilmMart Daily Newspapers

The event saw over 900 delegates descend on the Southern Sun Elangeni and Maharani on the Durban Beachfront to take part in one of the busiest of industry programmes yet. The event has seen over 60 sessions take place over four days from 19-22 July (some of which will take place today), including in-depth closed sessions like Talents Durban, Finance Forum, and the CineFAM Accelerator Incubator Programme. Also of note was the Isiphethu Emerging Filmmakers Programme and the Creative Corner with the Writers’ Guild of South Africa – not to mention the incredible project pitches that took place and are still to come today.

“Over the past ten years we have worked with hundreds of projects, connected with dozens of festivals and markets, and built an industry network in the thousands. Durban FilmMart has been inspired by this global network of industry professionals to forge ahead every year, and to remember that at the centre of all of this is story, many African stories, that must be nurtured and respected, that must be promoted and protected, African stories that must be told, sometimes with urgency and other times with gentle persuasion, but always authenticity,” says Toni Monty, Head of Durban Film Office and Durban FilmMart. “We extend a massive and heartfelt thank you to everyone who attended, to every speaker who shared their knowledge with us, to every partner, sponsor and exhibitor. It is because of you that we are celebrating a decade of Durban FilmMart today.”

Film breakdown

  • 212 films screened in total, 94 of which were African
  • 79 features, 21 of which were African
  • 16 documentaries, 3 of which were African
  • 83 short films, 45 of which were African
  • 19 Wavescape films, 6 of which were African
  • 5 micro-budget films
  • 5 African Perspective films
  • 4 Democracy themed films
  • 4 DFM Decade films

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