Historic CA Trade Mission To Durban South Africa Yields Durban Film Mart Call

Dec. 12, 2016 is the last day to submit film projects to the 2017 Durban FilmMart-Edition 8. The CA Trade Mission 2016 to South Africa stimulated new opportunities. Call for projects results in creativity with commerce to ensue.
Durban FilmMart 2017-Edition 8
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SAN FRANCISCO - Dec. 6, 2016 - PRLog -- The Historic California Trade Mission to Durban, South Africa, November 2016, established by Vee Govender and Associates of Durban and Roland Washington of San Francisco, continues to stimulate trade opportunities.  The reminder from the Durban Film Mart promoting its 8th annual event is just one indicator.  Read the following notice from The Durban FilmMart.

Call for Projects for 2017 Durban FilmMart – Edition 8

Submissions of projects for the 8th edition of The Durban FilmMart (DFM), which takes place in Durban, South Africa from 14 to 17 July 2017, continues through December 12, 2016.

The DFM is a joint project of Durban Film Office, the City's industry development unit, and the Durban International Film Festival (DIFF), and aims to raise the profile and visibility of African cinema, encourage increased production in Africa, and stimulate collaboration across borders between African filmmakers.

The DFM, which takes place over four days during the Durban International Film Festival (13 – 23 July, 2017), is a significant global player in providing a springboard for filmmakers with projects in conceptual stages in the African film industry. Since it began in 2010 the DFM has supported the promotion of over 150 African co-production projects, many of which have been developed into viable film products with cinema and festival release.

Ten documentary and ten fiction feature length film projects will be selected from the submissions, and these projects will undergo a two-day packaging and mentoring programme followed by two days of one-on-one meetings with a panel of film financiers, buyers and distributors from across the globe. Besides the project mentorships and pitching sessions, the DFM also offers project- and general delegates with an opportunity to network, and attend workshops and seminars conducted by film industry experts.

The DFM is open to full length feature and documentary films projects with Africans in the major creative roles (writers, directors and producers) that are looking for co-producers, financiers, sales agents and funders. All film projects submitted are reviewed by a selection committee for consideration. All projects must have both a producer and director attached to them, and must be submitted by 12 December 2016.

"The success of the DFM is seen in the number of films we have seen go from concept stage to the big screen, so we appeal to African film-makers to take full advantage of the opportunity provided by the DFM by making their submissions." says Durban Film Office's Toni Monty. "The opportunities at the DFM to network with global and continental industry players have proved to be invaluable for film-makers. It is truly inspiring to see many DFM alumni secure further funding grants for their films at other markets and to see their works screened at cinemas and festivals around the globe."

For more about the DFM 2017, project submission criteria and how to submit your project, visit http://www.durbanfilmmart.co.za/.

For further enquires contact: http://www.durbanfilmmart.co.za/ or call   +27 31 311 4243.
"We are pleased with yet another opportunity for trade that is generating ideas, films, networking, finances, travel and more as a result of our trade mission to Durban," said Jackie Wright, President of Wright Enterprises.  "Durban, South Africa is open for business as it achieves it's 2030 Vision of being 'the most caring and comfortable city in Africa.'  The added value is that a specific call has been made to African Americans and the African Diaspora to help build that vision."

For more details about "The Durban FilmMart," last call for submissions  visit www.wrightnow.biz and http://www.durbanfilmmart.co.za/.

For more information about the 38th Durban International Film Festival, July 13-23, 2017 visit: http://www.durbanfilmfest.co.za/. The deadline for all entries (short films, documentaries and feature fiction films), including delivery of screeners is February 28, 2017.

The California Trade Mission 2016 hosted by the EThekwini Municipality/Durban was sponsored by The California Black Chamber of Commerce (www.calbcc.org), Council Member Allen Wayne Warren: City of Sacramento, Wright Enterprises, Roland Washington of San Francisco and V. Govender and Assoc. (@VeeGovender)


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