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TALENTS DURBAN 2017 PARTICIPANTS ANNOUNCED

The Durban International Film Festival (DIFF) is proud to announce the participants of the 10th edition of Talents Durban and Talent Press.

Talents Durban is a five-day development programme presented in cooperation with Berlinale Talents, an initiative of the Berlin International Film Festival, made up of workshops and seminars for African filmmakers, delivered by film industry professionals and academics.

Talent Press is presented in cooperation with Fipresci, an association of national organizations of professional film critics and film journalists from around the world which lobbies for the promotion and development of film culture. The programme invites four critics to cover DIFF films and events for online and print publication.

After a rigorous selection process, 30 filmmakers and film critics from 19 countries across the continent made the cut:                 

Alaa Abdelrazek (Egypt)

Angela Wamai (Kenya)

Belinda Yanga (Nigeria)

Djia Mambu Nlandu (Democratic Republic of Congo)

Charles Mawungwa (Zimbabwe)

Christopher Sinclair Kets (South Africa)

Clare Louis (South Africa)

Domoina Marina Ratsarahaingotiana (Madagascar)

Gloria Huwiler (Zambia)

Gnignipoutya Cyrielle (Cameroon)

Harto Macharia (Kenya)

Imran Hamdulay  (South Africa)

Jihene Ayari (Tunisia)

Jordan Ndawula (Uganda)

Lemohang Mosese (Lesotho)

Llewellyn James Rice (South Africa)

Marie Laurentine Bayala (Burkina Faso)

Mario Fradique         Bastos (Angola)

Mia Cilliers (South Africa)

Mohamed Aly (Egypt)

Mohamed Suliman (Sudan)

Moreetsi Gabang (Botswana)

Nthabiseng Nontsikelelo Mosieane (South Africa)

Rama Thiaw (Senegal)

Selaelo Maabela (South Africa)

Samantha Nell (South Africa)

Samuel Joseph Akiwumi (Ghana)

Thembelihle Masache (South Africa)

Wilfred Okiche (Nigeria)

Yassine El Idrissi (Morocco)

Presented under the theme Perspective: Seeing Things Differently, the 10th Talents Durban aims to boost the already rising flow of contemporary filmmaking in Africa, and to encourage filmmakers on the continent to share their stories through the lens of their own particular culture.

Participants will interact with over 600 delegates from DIFF and Durban FilmMart, the co-production and finance forum which takes place from 14-18 July during the festival. The Talents will also get to be part of several project-oriented, hands-on skills development programmes. Practical development programmes within Talents Durban include Story Junction, masterclasses, and one-on-one mentorships.

Story Junction is a platform showcasing projects linked to the festival. Talents will present their project at Story Junction to peers and industry delegates. Delegates will be able to request meetings with participants whose projects they wish to engage with further.

Each of the Talents will receive a mentor for an intensive programme of one-on-one consultation and the entire group will engage in project and strategy development workshops. The mentors selected are experts in their respective fields (e.g. documentary, fiction, drama series, web, mobile content, TV and animation) that suit the needs of the participants and their projects.

Participants of both programmes will have access to film screenings, industry masterclasses, panel discussions, festival functions and events of the Durban FilmMart.  

Talents Durban is one of 6 Talents International Programmes formed by Berlinale Talents in Africa and around the world including Talents Beirut in Lebanon, Talents Buenos Aires in Argentina, Talents Sarajevo in Bosnia-Herzegovina, Talents Tokyo in Japan and Talents Guadalajara in Mexico.

Talents Durban is supported by the KwaZulu-Natal Film Commission, Goethe-Institut SA, German Embassy in South Africa, National Film and Video Foundation and Gauteng Film Commission.

The 38th Durban International Film Festival is organised by the Centre for Creative Arts at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, with support from eThekwini Municipality, KwaZulu-Natal Film Commission, the National Film and Video Foundation, German Embassy, Goethe-Institut and a range of other valued partners.

For more information about Talents Durban at the DIFF go to www.durbanfilmfest.co.za, or call Lungile Ngubelanga on (031) 260 1816.

TALENTS DURBAN

OVERVIEW

Talents Durban is the Durban International Film Festival’s annual 5-day training and development programme, that brings together Africa’s rising film professionals.

Talents Durban was founded in partnership with the Berlin International Film Festival and their Berlinale Talents project. The CCA-UKZN and Berlinale partnership came into effect in 2008, as part of six international initiatives formed by the Berlin International Film Festival. The project takes place on an annual basis in Africa and around the world including Talents Beirut in Lebanon, Talents Buenos Aires in Argentina, Talents Sarajevo in Bosnia-Herzegovina, Talents Tokyo in Japan, Talents Guadalajara in Mexico and Talent Press Rio in Brazil.

Each year Talent Durban invites between 25 to 50 emerging filmmakers from around the continent of Africa for an intensive five-day programme of workshops, seminars, master classes as well as hands-on development programmes on selected projects. These Talents must be screenwriters, directors, producers, cinematographers, editors, sound designers or actors. Talents are also partnered with experts and mentors from their respective fields of specialization. These projects also seek to unearth participants who have completed or in the process of completing an industry related qualification. Talents are also encouraged to have an existing book of evidence with completed work and work in progress.

This project has gone uninterrupted with great success in the Africa continent for the past 9 years, with over 21 African countries represented over the 9 editions of Talents Durban. Being generally open in terms of formats and cinematic approaches, the main focus of Talents Durban is the quality of the proposed content as well as an integrated and comprehensible concept, how content, screening platform, target audience and distribution strategy work hand in hand.

AIMS AND OBJECTIVES

Talents Durban aims to coordinate a streamlined programme for emerging screenwriters, directors, film critics, producers and other film related individuals that focus on project development and to host mentorship and hands-on training for emerging film critics/journalists.

This important event aims to achieve the following specific objectives:

  • Focus on sustainability – To have Durban International Film Festival serve as a platform for Talents Durban projects to return as finished films incubated by the project. Which are then selected to screen in the main programme in order to foster growth in African cinema.
  • More project orientated – With a writer/director focus Talents Durban aims to offer a clear and hands-on curriculum for its participants. Script Station, Doc Station, Talent Press, Mentorship and Masterclasses.
  • More in-depth project consultation – As of 2017, Talents Durban will increase its efforts to provide individual mentorship and follow-up.
  • Better linked to the key industry programmes and networks of the festival - e.g. Durban FilmMart and other industry events, residency programmes and talent development initiatives on the continent.

The programme aims to have 5 film critics/journalist and 35 screenwriters, directors, producers with both fiction and documentary projects of different length and developed for various formats ranging from short to feature length fiction and documentary films as well as mid-length formats e.g. for web, mobile or TV platforms.

2017 PROGRAMME

This year’s theme “Perspectives; Seeing Things Differently”,is an observation that film alone may not change the world but can show the world when it changes. Celebrating the 10th anniversary of the programme, this edition looks to bring filmmakers from across the continent drawing inspiration from Africa’s diverse interpretations of storytelling, breaking away from the stereotypical and homogenous narrative of Africa.

Talents Durban aims to challenge the perspective of filmmakers and audiences alike. Our unique experiences and different views of life are the very sources of our stories. These may influence and rectify the reality where these stories are often not told by those who have lived these experiences and what this does to either further separate or connect emerging audiences.

This edition aims to highlight a new dimensional Africa with a fresh point of view that this continent is home to a melting pot of cultures, colours and stories. The 10th Edition looks to not only highlight the stories of Africa, but create a culture of Africans telling their own stories, and most importantly from their experience and perspective of cutting edge and modern cinematic technology.

The program will give access to the DIFF screenings, masterclasses and networking sessions and other activities with experts and industry role players from around the world, Talents will gain a new perspective and understanding of not only their discipline but of others in an effort to increase collaboration.

PARTNERS

Talents Durban has been privileged to be supported by the below sponsors and supporters over the years. We thank you for your generous support for past and coming years.

 

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SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

 
 
 
 
SUBMISSION GUIDELINES
  
Total prize money: R165, 000
 
Abbreviations:
UKZN: University of KwaZulu-Natal
CCA: Centre For Creative Arts
DIFF: Durban International Film Festival
DFM: Durban Film Mart
 
General rules
 
REGULATIONS OF THE 2017 DURBAN INTERNTATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
 
 
1. Introduction
1.1 Durban International Film Festival (DIFF) is organised by the Staff of the Centre for Creative Arts (CCA), University of KwaZulu-Natal(UKZN).  The CCA is a non-commercial organisation, based in KwaZulu-Natal  as a non-profit-making company that is part of University of KwaZulu-Natal , in the School of the Arts, The College of Humanities.
 
1.3 The 38th Durban International Film Festival will take place in Durban, South Africa from 13-23 July 2017.
1.4 The mission of the DIFF is: to develop and deliver a sustainable world class film festival, which engages all stakeholders and achieves critical acclaim by presenting a unique program that inspires, challenges and entertains an increasingly broad and diverse audience. The festival aims to bring audiences and offer a platform to content that is unavailable to through mainstream cinema.
1.5 The Durban Internal Film Festival reserves the right to alter the regulations and/or terms and conditions without notice.
 
2. Categories of the Durban International Film Festival
The festival is composed of the following main categories:
2.1 The Official Section (non-competitive) reserved for fiction films 
2.2 Documentaries (non-fiction) of any length, which are innovative, informative, challenging and/or entertaining in style or content.
2.3 The Official Competition established to reward films that are bold, inspiring, innovative and that have added value to the cinema world. The winners are chosen by an independent jury selected by the festival. The competitions are divided into the following categories.
 
2.3.1 Best Feature Film – This is section to award the best feature length fiction film from across the world taking place in the festival. The selection for the competition is chosen at the discretion of the festival. The prize is valued at R50,000
 
2.3.2 Best South African Feature Film – This is section to award the best feature length fiction film from South Africa taking place in the festival. All South African features selected for the festival are entered into the competition. The prize is valued at R25,000
 
2.3.3 Best Documentary - This is section to award the best feature length documentary film from across the world taking place in the festival. The selection for the competition is chosen at the discretion of the festival. The prize is valued at R 25,000
 
2.3.4 Best SA Documentary – This is section to award the best feature length fiction film from South Africa taking place in the festival. All South African features selected for the festival are entered into the competition. The prize is valued at R25,000
 
2.3.5 Best Short Film - This is section to award the best short fiction film from across the world taking place in the festival. All short films selected for the festival are entered into the competition. The prize is valued at R20,000
 
2.3.6 Best African Short Film Award – This is section to award the best short fiction film from the African continent taking place in the festival. All African short films selected for the festival are entered into the competition
 
2.3.7 Best South African Short Film -  This is section to award the best short fiction film from South Africa taking place in the festival. All South African short films selected for the festival are entered into the competition. This award is presented by the Gauteng Film Commission.
 
2.3.8 Best Actor Award- This is section to award the best acting from a male actor in a feature film in competition taking place in the festival. 
 
2.3.9 Best Actress- This is section to award the best acting from a female actor in a feature film in competition taking place in the festival.
 
2.3.10 Best Direction – This is section to award the best directing in a feature film in competition taking place in the festival.
 
2.3.11 Best Cinematography - This is section to award the best cinematography actor in a feature film in competition taking place in the festival.
 
2.3.12 Best Screenplay - This is section to award the best written story in a feature film in competition taking place in the festival.
 
2.3.13 Best Editing – This is section to award the best editing in a feature film in competition taking place in the festival. The prize is sponsored by the South African Editors Guild.
 
2.3.14 Artistic Bravery – This is section to award the film with most daring direction. The film looks at feature films in the festival that challenge the audience and cinema with new and interesting ways.
 
2.3.15 The Audience Choice Award – This award is for the most popular feature length film at the festival. The winner is selected by audience votes which are selected at the end of each screening. All films selected for the festival are entered into the competition. The winner will be announced after the festival.
 
2.3.16 The Wavescape Audience Choice Award - This award is for the most popular film in the Wavescape section at the festival. The winner is selected by audiences votes which are selected at the end of each screening. All films selected for the festival are entered into the competition. The winner will be announced after the festival.
 
2.3.17 The Amnesty International Durban Human Rights Award is awarded to the documentary that deals with social and political issue. The award is selected by an independent jury memebers selected by Amnesty International Durban branch.
2.3 A Retrospective Section (non-competitive) paying tribute to a filmmaker, film movement or genre and designed to make a contribution to film history.
 
The Wavescape Section is used to highlight the best surf and environmental films from around the world. This section is curated in conjunction with DIFF by the Wavescape Surf Film Festival that takes place in Cape Town.
3. Conditions of Entry
Films are only eligible for selection in the DIFF if they submit a Submission Entry as detailed in clause 3.9 and meet the following criteria:
3.1 Films must have been completed since January 2016. The date of completion shall mean the date of the delivery or availability of a locked-off print, tape or final digital format.
3.2 Feature-length productions (over 60 minutes in length, fiction and non-fiction) must not have been shown publicly on South African television, internet streaming services or had a commercial screening prior to their DIFF presentation.
3.3 Films under 60 minutes in length (fiction and non-fiction) produced outside South Africa must not have been shown publicly in the submitted version on South African television, internet streaming services or had a commercial screening prior to their DIFF presentation.
4 Films under 60minutes in length (fiction and non-fiction) produced in South Africa must not have been shown publicly, in on South African television, internet streaming services or had a commercial screening prior to their DIFF presentation.
3.5 For the purposes of these regulations, a public screening is any screening accessible to the public including television broadcasts, previews, online/DVD/video release, and festival screenings.
3.6 All works selected for the DIFF will be presented in English or in their original language with English subtitles on DCP, .MPEG 4, Blu Ray and .MOV.Further information on digital formats will be provided upon request. Subtitling is the sole responsibility of the film's rights holder.
3.7 Works that are solely promotional, educational or scientific in nature are not eligible for selection for the DIFF.
 
3.9 A valid Submission Form must be received at the DIFF office by the official closing date, 28 February 2017, and must include: 
3.9.1 A completed online Submission Form;
3.9.2 An uploaded film file of appropriate quality, with English subtitles (if the original language is not English):
3.9.3 A synopsis, a director's statement, biography and filmography of the director and producer;
3.9.5 Entries will not be accepted without a Submission Form, except, in exceptional cases only. 
3.10 Uploaded film files will be used for the sole purpose of considering the suitability of the film for the festival program and will not be used for any other purpose, including marketing or festival screenings, without the permission of the rights holder.
3.11 Links to the screener must be available and valid until the 31 March 2017. Films whose links are not working will be notified by email that the link is not working. The onus is on the rights holder/submitter to maintain their links.  
3.12 A film may only be submitted once to the festival.
 
4. Official Competition
4.1 The Official Competition has been established to reward new directions in film. The DIFF will be seeking films that have emotional power and resonance, are audacious, cutting edge and courageous, and go beyond the usual treatment of a subject matter.
4.2 2017 Official Competition is by invitation from the DIFF.
4.3 A maximum of 12 features will be presented to the Jury of the Official Competition.
4.4 The Jury, appointed by the DIFF, will comprise 3-5 members with at least one South African member of the jury. 
4.5 Selected films must meet the following criteria:
4.5.1 Films must be fictional and feature length (defined as over 75 minutes). The DIFF reserves the right to invite non-fiction features if they clearly meet all other criteria.
4.5.2 Films must have been completed after 13 July 2016 and must not have been released theatrically outside their country of origin more than 12 months before the start date of the 2017 Durban International Film Festival (13 July 2017). 
4.5.3 Films must not have screened publicly on television, commercial cinemas and on internet streaming services (see clause 3.2) in South Africa prior to 13 July 2017.
4.5.4 Priority will be given to films that are South African premieres provided all the criteria are met.
4.5.5 Films must have provided the DIFF with the information and materials specified in Clause 3.
4.6 The Jury will determine the winner of the award based on a simple majority of votes. The Jury President will exercise a casting vote in the event the Jury is unable to determine a winner. The final results will be known only by the Jury and DIFF and will be kept secret until the announcement at the 2017 Official Competition Award Ceremony.
4.7 A DIFF representative may attend Jury deliberations as an observer but will take no part in the voting or proceedings.
4.8 Any person, including as determined by DIFF, who has taken part in, or to have or perceived to have an interest in relation to the production or distribution of a film in the 2017 Official Competition will declare that interest and will not participate in the selection or judging process.
4.9 Jury decisions will be final and no correspondence will be entered into.
 
5. Films invited to participate - General
5.1 Once a film has been selected to participate in the Festival, the entrant must complete an official Participation Confirmation Form (a more detailed version of the Submission Form) and forward it to the DIFF office no later than 30 March 2017, accompanied by following materials:
5.1.1 at least five high resolution stills (by email) from the selected film;
5.1.2 a one 300 word minimum synopsis (in English);
5.1.3 director's statement about the film;
5.1.4 the director's photo, biography and filmography;
5.1.5 Relevant materials required for materials work.
5.1.6 in the case of films over 60 minutes in length, two sets of at least four different excerpts of maximum three minutes in length, the film's trailer and an electronic press kit with scene clips . Excerpts must be broadcast quality.
5.2 By submitting the DIFF PARTICIPATION CONFRIMATION Form and the above materials, the entrant(s) grant to DIFF a non-exclusive licence to publicly screen the selected film in the 2017 Durban International Film Festival (13-23 July 2017) in theatres used by the festival.
5.3 By submitting the Participation Confirmation Form and the above materials, the entrant(s) grant to DIFF a non-exclusive licence to:
5.3.1 publicly screen any submitted excerpts - or any selected excerpts as specified under the rights holder's agreement in the DIFF Confirmation Form - from the submitted film on screen (cinema screen and monitors); 
5.3.2 use stills from the submitted materials and descriptive material about the selected film in the marketing and promotion of the festival, the official festival program and on the official festival website;
5.3.3 make information extracted from the submitted materials available to the press.
5.4 By submitting the DIFF Confirmation Form the entrant accepts the Terms and Conditions for participation. 
5.5 The entrant may not withdraw the film from the DIFF once it has been selected for participation and the entrant has confirmed its agreement.
5.6 By entering in the DIFF the entrant warrants that the rights to their films are cleared to allow the DIFF to use the film for the purposes specified in paragraph 6.2.
 
6. Films invited to participate - Official Competition
6.1 Films selected for the Official Competition must comply with the criteria in clauses 5 and 6. In the event of inconsistency between clauses 5 and 6, clause 6 prevails.
6.2 By submitting the DIFF Participation Confirmation Form and the materials specified in clause 5.1 the entrant(s) in the Official Competition grant(s) to DIFF a non-exclusive licence throughout the world in perpetuity (and at no cost to DIFF) to:
6.2.1 screen the submitted Film to the Jury or members of the Jury for the purposes of determining the winner of the 2017 Official Competition;
6.2.2 publicly screen any submitted excerpts - or any selected excerpts as specified under the rights holder's agreement in the DIFF Participation Confirmation Form - from the submitted film on screen (cinema screen and monitors) at any DIFF Awards Ceremony and at any pre- and post- DIFF Awards functions;
6.2.3 use stills from the submitted materials at any DIFF Awards Ceremony and any pre- and post-DIFF Awards functions;
6.2.4 use stills from the submitted materials and descriptive material about the submitted film in the official program for any DIFF Awards Ceremony and on the DIFF's Official Website;
6.2.5 make information extracted from the submitted materials available to the press.
6.3 The licence specified in clause 5.2 is in addition to that granted under clause 6.2.
6.4 It is a condition of participation in the Official Competition that the winner of the Official Competition will use the name and logo of the DIFF and the Official Competition in all their publicity in the most prominent position on all publicity material as agreed with the DIFF.
 
7. The Audience Vote
7.1 The DIFF audience is encouraged to rate the feature-length films and Wavescape films (over 60 minutes in length) they have viewed on a scale of Bad- Excellent via the official DIFF Voting Slips handed out at the beginning of each screening.
7.2 The count and result will be checked and counted by members of the Centre For Creative. The results will then be announced after the closing of the festival and all screenings have concluded. 
 
8. Transportation of Selected Prints & Digital format
8.1 Presentation materials (e.g. DCP drive) of films invited to screen in the DIFF must arrive in Durban no later than 14 days before the first screening unless special arrangements are made with the DIFF organisers.
8.2 The DIFF will cover the cost of shipping the digital copy of the film to and from South Africa. However, if the print/digital copy is to be forwarded to another festival the outward costs from DIFF must be covered by the festival receiving the print/digital copy, as is the usual arrangement between festivals.
8.3 Films will be returned to participants within a month following the end of the DIFF.
8.4 The DIFF will insure works for all sections of the festival for the entire time the material (of whatever format) is in the DIFF's custody, either before and during any loss or damage.
8.5 The liability of the DIFF is limited to reimbursement of the replacement costs of a new drive or print (in the case of retrospective works supplied on such formats), as per the prices declared by the entrant. All other costs or liabilities are specifically excluded.
8.6 The DIFF may refuse to allow the participation of any film where the print or digital format of that film fails to meet the technical requirements for a public screening of good quality.
The festival in numbers
•Films submitted
•1185 
•Public attendance
•3000
•Films invited
178
Industry attendance
•475 people
•Total prize money
•R165000
•Total Press attendance
•154
 

About Talents Durban

About Talents Durban 2016

 

TALENTS DURBAN: 14-18 JULY 2016 – PERSPECTIVES: SEEING THINGS DIFFERENTLY

In co-operation with Berlinale Talents at the 38th Durban International Film Festival (DIFF).

This year, Talents Durban opens submissions to African writers and directors with fiction, documentary and hybrid projects in development. Talents Durban will again welcome projects of all media formats such as film, television series, web series and content for mobile platforms.

As part of the 10-year celebration, this year’s programme is also opened to alumni of Talents Durban, building on sustainable networks and opening doors for collaboration. As before, Talents Durban will host mentorship and hands-on training for emerging film critics. The Talent Press programme is a co-operation with FIPRESCI and the Goethe-Institut.

Talents Durban is also excited to include a new discipline in Animation and Visual Effects. The Animation Studio, will be launched as part of the programme to keep Africa at the forefront of current and new cinematic technology. Here, Talents of this discipline can share their ideas with fellow participants and experts, take part in various hands-on programmes, excursions, and discuss and improve their aesthetics and mechanics of their own work under the tutelage of renowned mentors and experts.

The 10th Talents Durban will give selected participants from across Africa the opportunity to forge relationships in an intensive five-day programme of one-on-one project consultation and industry networking activities with renowned mentors and professionals in the fields of production and distribution.

All applicants must apply with a project currently in development. Alumni are not required to complete the general application but simply apply through their existing alumni profiles and only complete the film project presentation section of the application. Alumni can either login through the Talents Durban link below, or through the berlinale-talents.de website, both will redirect them to their alumni profile.

Applications Now Open To apply now click here: http://www.berlinale-talents.de/bt/durban/ap/info/index

DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS: 5 May 2017

For more information contact:

Lungile Ngubelanga

Centre for Creative Arts, University of KwaZulu-Natal

Tel: +27 31 260 1816

Fax: +27 31 260 3074 Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Submission FAQ

Submission FAQ

1 - When is the deadline for submissions?             
2 – How can I submit my film?
3 - To which address do I send my DVD screener?
4 - How can I tell if my DVD SCREENER has arrived at the CCA?
5 - My film was made in 2014 (or earlier), can I still submit?
6 - What format is required for submission?
7 - How do I submit an ONLINE SCREENER?
8 – Are the sections? How do I classify my film?
9 - I wish to submit a film for Wavescape Surf Film Festival; how do I do this?
10 - I wish to submit a film for the HIV/Aids Focus area, how do I do this?
11 - I have a project I wish to submit for the 7th Durban FilmMart, how can I do this?
12 - When will we find out if our film has been selected?
13 - How much does it cost to submit my film?
14 - My film is not yet complete; can I still submit?
15 - My film was selected; by when must I send the final exhibition format?
16 - My film was not selected; can I get feedback on why my film was not selected?
17 - Section contacts


1 - When is the deadline for submissions?             

DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS: 29 February 2016

·      Online submission form must be submitted and film screener received before this deadline date.
·      Late entries will not be considered.


2 – How can I submit my film?
All submissions must be entered via the DIFF Visitor Page at vp.eventival.eu/cca/diff2016
·       In order to submit a film, you will need to create a free DIFF Visitor Page account (if you have not already done so in past years).
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       Then choose the applicable submission type ONLINE SCREENER or DVD SCREENER from the available tabs. Short films will be accepted with ONLINE SCREENERS only 
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       If you choose to give us an ONLINE SCREENER you will need to include the URL and password for your screener on the submission form.
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       If you choose to send us a DVD SCREENER via the post please make sure we receive your DVD before the deadline. (We suggest allowing ample time for your parcel to reach us before the deadline)


3 - To which address do I send my DVD screener?
·       Please mark your post as follows for customs: NO COMMERCIAL VALUE – SAMPLE FOR CULTURAL USE ONLY.
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       Please specify on the envelope for the attention of either: Feature Film Department / Documentary Film Department. Please also include the basic film information directly on the disc (Name/director/runtime/country/section).

·       Please keep note of your tracking information (Waybill / Tracking Number)


Centre for Creative Arts
University of KwaZulu-Natal
Howard College Campus
Durban, 4041
South Africa.


4 - How can I tell if my DVD SCREENER has arrived at the CCA?
We send out periodic emails to confirm the receipt of DVD SCREENERS. It can take up to 2 weeks to process a DVD from its arrival to the confirmation email being sent. DIFF advises that you keep a record of your parcel’s tracking number.


5 - My film was made in 2014 (or earlier), can I still submit?
For the 2016 edition of DIFF, we will only consider films completed in 2014, 2015 and 2016.


6 - What format is required for submission?
We accept both ONLINE SCREENERS and DVD SCREENERS.
FOR DVD SCREENERS:  We require a DVD PAL disc. This should be region 2/region 0 DVD and playable on a South African DVD player. Please ensure you follow the instructions in section 3 above with regards to correctly labeling your disc.

FOR ONLINE SCREENERS: Password protected Vimeo video is the preferred format. Please avoid ftp links, and do not send us your account login information. We do not accept Youtube links.


7 - How do I submit an ONLINE SCREENER?
When completing your online entry form on the DIFF Visitor Page (vp.eventival.eu/cca), in the fields marked ONLINE SCREENER, please provide the URL link, username (if necessary) and password for your film’s screener.


8 – Are there sections? How do I classify my film?
You will need to indicate to which section you are applying. We use the following rules to classify films:
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       Feature (fiction film that is 60 minutes and over)
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       Short (fiction film that is under 60 minutes)
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       Documentary (60 minutes and over)
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       Short Documentary (under 60 minutes) – *submit as a documentary


9 - I wish to submit a film for Wavescape Surf Film Festival; how do I do this?
For Wavescape Surf Film Festival film submissions, please visit www.wavescapefilmfestival.co.za/about/submissions/


10 - I wish to submit a film for the DIFF HIV/Aids Focus, how do I do this?
This year’s edition of the festival will feature a focus on films dealing with the subject of HIV/Aids. If you have a film that speaks to these areas please make a normal submission, you can note the area of focus under the Categories section of the online submission form, and we will enter your film into consideration for this special focus.


11 - I have a project I wish to submit for the 7th Durban FilmMart, how can I do this?
For Durban FilmMart project submissions, please visit durbanfilmmart.com.


12 - When will we find out if our film has been selected?
You will be notified whether or not your film has been selected. Please do not contact us to ask if your film has been selected. Films are confirmed at different stages in the process and you will be notified of the selection status of your film in due course.


13 - How much does it cost to submit my film?
Submissions for DIFF are free.


14 - My film is not yet complete; can I still submit?
We do accept unfinished films, as long as they are submitted before the deadline. Please state that it is a work in progress, and also state your expected completion date. Should your film be selected, you will have an opportunity to submit a final exhibition copy. However, we do not accept multiple edits of the same film.


15 - My film was selected; by when must I send the final exhibition format?
If your film is selected, you will receive communication from us regarding exhibition formats and the date by which we will need to receive it.  


16 - My film was not selected; can I get feedback on why my film was not selected?
The process of film selection is subjective, and it is up to the discretion of the relevant selection committee to decide which films will be presented at the festival. Due to the high volume of submissions we receive, we unfortunately do not have the capacity to provide feedback on individual submissions.


17 - Section contacts

Feature Films and Documentaries
Mitch Harper
+27 31 260 1650
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Short Films
Sakhile Gumede
+27 31 260 1145
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6th Durban FilmMart 17 - 20 July 2015

6th Durban FilmMart 17 - 20 July 2015

The Durban FilmMart (DFM) is a finance and co-production market which aims to create partnerships and further the development and production of film on the African continent. It’s a co-production between the film industry development arm of the city of Durban and the Durban International Film Festival (DIFF), South Africa’s largest and longest-running film festival and a flagship project of the Centre for Creative Arts (University of KwaZulu-Natal). This collaboration brings to Africa, growth, recognition and the opportunity to develop strategic relationships between film financiers and African filmmakers. The Durban FilmMart continues to raise the visibility of African cinema, stimulate production, and facilitate project collaboration between African filmmakers.

Partners and supporters of the Durban FilmMart include International Film Festival Rotterdam's (IFFR) CineMart, the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA) and the IDFA Bertha Fund, the Berlinale Film Festival as well as Dubai Film Connection. DFM has continued to build on its partnerships locally and internationally to include Arte France, COA Group, Hot Docs - Blue Ice Documentary Film Fund, Independent Filmmaker Project, National Film and Video Foundation, Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie, Paris Cinema – Paris Project, Videovision Entertainment, WorldView Film Fund and others.

Finance Forum, Master Classes and Africa in Focus make up the Durban FilmMart programme. Delegates of the Durban FilmMart will have full access to the leading experts in the Master Classes who will share their expertise in the areas of finance, marketing, distribution, project packaging, co-production, New Media as well as access to Talent Campus. Delegates will also have the opportunity to attend Africa in Focus where a range of seminars and panel discussions featuring local and international filmmakers and industry experts with a special focus of African issues and initiatives will be discussed. Delegates seeking co-production partners can interact during several scheduled networking sessions. The official selection of Durban FilmMart projects comprising will includes 10 feature films and 10 documentaries. The selected projects will participate in one-on-one closed meetings within the Finance Forum. Filmmakers who are not in the official selection still have an opportunity to register and attend Durban FilmMart as delegates.

GENERAL ENQUIRIES

  • Tel: +27(0)31 260 2506
  • Email: diff@ukzn.ac.za
  • MEDIA ENQUIRIES:
  • Noluthando Lamula
  • Tel: +27(0)31 260 1815
  • Email: lamulan@ukzn.ac.za