You will be redirected back to your article in seconds
Back to IndieWire

Durban FilmMart 2013 Project Selections (Nikyatu Jusu, Akosua Adoma Owusu, Rungano Nyoni)

Durban FilmMart 2013 Project Selections (Nikyatu Jusu, Akosua Adoma Owusu, Rungano Nyoni)

I’m a few days late on this, but better late than never! It’s what happens when you’re behind on emails.

The full press release follows below, but let me say congrats to all those who were selected, including a few names you should already be familiar with, since they’ve shown up a number of times on this blog – Nikyatu Jusu, Akosua Adoma Owusu, Rungano Nyoni and Sara Blecher, notably! 

I’m certainly looking forward to each success some time down the road. Of course, we’ll be watching as each progresses! Look for profiles of those projects/filmmakers we haven’t already covered.

The 4th edition of the Durban FilmMart takes place from July 19-22, 2013, during the 34th edition of the DIFF (18-28 July 2012).

Here’s the email release:

Durban FilmMart 2013 Official Project Selection Announced

Eighteen projects by African filmmakers have been selected for the finance forum of the Durban FilmMart (DFM) which takes place from July 19 to 22.

The Durban FilmMart, which is a co-production, finance market, and filmmakers networking event, is a joint programme of the Durban Film Office (DFO) and the Durban International Film Festival (DIFF) which takes place from July 18 to 28.

The event, an important event on the South African film calendar, is an opportunity for filmmakers, financiers and top film experts to gather and share expertize, explore new ventures and keep up to date with industry trends.

The finance forum of the DFM provides filmmakers from across Africa an opportunity to pitch their projects to international financiers, distributors, sales agents and potential co-producers, as well as meet experts in master classes, attend meetings and engage with industry professionals.

“The Durban FilmMart, which attracted around 350 delegates last year, is now firmly established as a prominent project development and finance forum on the continent,” said Toni Monty of the Durban Film Office, who is currently at Cannes to promote the DFM.“ We are pleased that the filmmakers are now looking to this market as a valuable step in the development of their projects.”

A total of 113 submissions, comprising 31 documentaries and 82 features were received, out of which eight documentaries and 10 fiction projects were selected. A Reader Panel of African and international film professionals assessed these projects and made the selection based on a number of standard criteria. The directors and producers of these projects will have one-on-one meetings with potential investors and co-producers at the Finance Forum.

“Making film is not simple process. Months and years of planning go into developing concepts and projects. The DFM allows filmmakers an opportunity to unpack and investigate financing possibilities for their projects and it can provide the momentum to shift projects to the next level.” says Peter Machen, the manager of the DIFF. “We look forward to seeing how the DFM paves the way for further opportunities for these African filmmakers.”

Selected Documentaries 

Blindness (South Africa): Directed by Sarah Ping Nie Jones and produced by Jean Meeran

Behind the Falls (South Africa): Directed by Rowan Pybus and produced by Sydelle Willow Smith

Miners Shot Down (South Africa): Directed/Produced by Rehad Desai, produced/written and co-directd by Anita Khanna and produced by Brian Tilley

Not Just a Stripper (South Africa): Directed and produced by Izette Mostert

GTI – Paradise in Hell (Rwanda): Directed and produced by Yves Montand

Searching for Janitou (Algeria): Directed by Mohamed el Amine Hattou and produced by Anusha Nandakumar and co-produced by Claire Mazeau-Karoum

Unearthed (South Africa): Directed and produced by Jolynn Minnaar

We Want Development (Kenya): Directed by Phillipa Ndisi-Hermann and produced by Atieno Odenyo

Selected Fiction Projects 

Andani and the Mechanic (South Africa): Directed and produced by Sara Blecher

Black Sunshine (Ghana): Directed by Akosua Adoma Owusu and Produced by Obibini Pictures

Five Fingers for Marseilles (South Africa): Directed and produced by Michael Matthews and written and produced by Sean Drummond

Free the Town (Kenya): Directed by Nikyatu Jusu and produced by Vincho Nchogu

Life More or Less (Nigeria): Directed by Julius Morno and produced by Kinsley Madueke

Njangi- Fifty Fifty (Cameroon): Directed and produced by Victor Viyuoh

Sea Monster (South Africa): Directed by Anthony Silverston and co-produced by Stuart Forrest and Mike Buckland

Solidarity (Zambia): Directed by Rungano Nyoni and produced by Juliette Grandmont

The Bill (South Africa): Directed by Nosipho Dumisa and produced by Travis Taute

Whiplash (South Africa): Directed by Meg Rickards and produced by Jacky Lourens

The 4th edition of the Durban FilmMart takes place from 19-22 July 2013, during the 34th edition of the DIFF (18-28 July 2012). Filmmakers who did not submit projects for official selection can still register as delegates for the event and enjoy the expert panels, master classes and networking opportunities. Registration will officially open on June 6, 2013. For more information or to register go to www.durbanfilmmart.com

The event, an important event on the South African film calendar, is an opportunity for filmmakers, financiers and top film experts to gather and share expertize, explore new ventures and keep up to date with industry trends.

The finance forum of the DFM provides filmmakers from across Africa an opportunity to pitch their projects to international financiers, distributors, sales agents and potential co-producers, as well as meet experts in master classes, attend meetings and engage with industry professionals.

“The Durban FilmMart, which attracted around 350 delegates last year, is now firmly established as a prominent project development and finance forum on the continent,” said Toni Monty of the Durban Film Office, who is currently at Cannes to promote the DFM.“ We are pleased that the filmmakers are now looking to this market as a valuable step in the development of their projects.”

A total of 113 submissions, comprising 31 documentaries and 82 features were received, out of which eight documentaries and 10 fiction projects were selected. A Reader Panel of African and international film professionals assessed these projects and made the selection based on a number of standard criteria. The directors and producers of these projects will have one-on-one meetings with potential investors and co-producers at the Finance Forum.

“Making film is not simple process. Months and years of planning go into developing concepts and projects. The DFM allows filmmakers an opportunity to unpack and investigate financing possibilities for their projects and it can provide the momentum to shift projects to the next level.” says Peter Machen, the manager of the DIFF. “We look forward to seeing how the DFM paves the way for further opportunities for these African filmmakers.”

Selected Documentaries 

Blindness (South Africa): Directed by Sarah Ping Nie Jones and produced by Jean Meeran

Behind the Falls (South Africa): Directed by Rowan Pybus and produced by Sydelle Willow Smith

Miners Shot Down (South Africa): Directed/Produced by Rehad Desai, produced/written and co-directd by Anita Khanna and produced by Brian Tilley

Not Just a Stripper (South Africa): Directed and produced by Izette Mostert

GTI – Paradise in Hell (Rwanda): Directed and produced by Yves Montand

Searching for Janitou (Algeria): Directed by Mohamed el Amine Hattou and produced by Anusha Nandakumar and co-produced by Claire Mazeau-Karoum

Unearthed (South Africa): Directed and produced by Jolynn Minnaar

We Want Development (Kenya): Directed by Phillipa Ndisi-Hermann and produced by Atieno Odenyo

Selected Fiction Projects 

Andani and the Mechanic (South Africa): Directed and produced by Sara Blecher

Black Sunshine (Ghana): Written and Directed by Akosua Adoma Owusu and Produced by Obibini Pictures

Five Fingers for Marseilles (South Africa): Directed and produced by Michael Matthews and written and produced by Sean Drummond

Free the Town (Kenya): Directed by Nikyatu Jusu and produced by Vincho Nchogu

Life More or Less (Nigeria): Directed by Julius Morno and produced by Kinsley Madueke

Njangi- Fifty Fifty (Cameroon): Directed and produced by Victor Viyuoh

Sea Monster (South Africa): Directed by Anthony Silverston and co-produced by Stuart Forrest and Mike Buckland

Solidarity (Zambia): Directed by Rungano Nyoni and produced by Juliette Grandmont

The Bill (South Africa): Directed by Nosipho Dumisa and produced by Travis Taute

Whiplash (South Africa): Directed by Meg Rickards and produced by Jacky Lourens

The 4th edition of the Durban FilmMart takes place from 19-22 July 2013, during the 34th edition of the DIFF (18-28 July 2012). Filmmakers who did not submit projects for official selection can still register as delegates for the event and enjoy the expert panels, master classes and networking opportunities. Registration will officially open on June 6, 2013. For more information or to register go to www.durbanfilmmart.com

This Article is related to: News and tagged