Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Award-Winners at Durban FilmMart 2020

Award-Winners at Durban FilmMart Announced

13 September, 2020.

After 10 days packed with virtual panel discussions, conversations, presentations, pitches, and meetings, the 11th Durban FilmMart ended on a high with the announcement of the 2020 Official Awards for Projects on Sunday, 13 September.

A total of 64 projects were selected to participate at the DFM, Africa’s premier co-production and finance market.  These included: 32 official fiction and documentary projects, 26 Talents Durban projects and 6 Jumpstart projects.

“We were impressed by the high quality of project submissions that were pitched to the various broadcasters, financiers, investors, markets and producers at our first virtual edition,” says Mandisa Zitha, Chairperson of the Board of the Durban FilmMart Institute. “What is coming through in these projects is an overall boldness, and willingness of filmmakers to push the boundaries of their uniquely African stories. We are delighted that through our partners and funders that some of these film projects will be given the opportunity to develop further through some very generous grants and awards provided.”

The National Film and Video Foundation (South Africa) awarded three projects this year with cash grants to further develop their films:

Best SA Non-Fiction Grant of R50 000 went to 12 Pangas (South Africa)  produced by James Tayler and  Xola Mteto  and directed by Xola Mteto.

Best SA Fiction grant of R50 000 went to the Talents Durban project Behind High Walls (South Africa) produced by Jono Kyriakou and directed by Pheello Mokokeng

Best Overall Pitch grant of R100 00 went to The House is Burning (South Africa) directed and produced by Sara Gouveia and co-produced Natalie Geyser.

The Durban FilmMart platform is still open to registered delegates to review presentations, pitches and network until 30 September.

For more information about the DFM go to www.durbanfilmmart.com.

The Durban FilmMart 2020 is produced by the Durban FilmMart Institute with principal funding from the Durban Film Office and Ethekwini Municipality.  The DFM 2020 virtual event is supported by the National Film and Video Foundation, KwaZulu-Natal Film Commission, Film and Publications Board, Gauteng Film Commission, IEFTA,  Institut Francais – South Africa, Candian High Commission of SA, Wesgro/Film Cape Town and Namibia Film Commission with the following programme partners - Talents Durban Berlinale Talents, Documentary Filmmakers Association, DOK.fest München, Dok Leipzig, FidaDoc, FipaDoc, Hot Docs Blue Ice Fund, Guangzhou International Documentary Film Festival, International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam, Incoproduction, Independent Producers Organisation, Miradas Doc, Netflix, Norwegian South Film Fund, Produire au Sud, Rotterdam Cinemart, Realness Institute, San Francisco Black Film Festival, SASFED, SWIFT, TRT 12 Punto, Writers Guild of  South Africa, University of Cape Town’s Screen Incubator programme.  DFM media partners include Awotele, Callsheet and Variety.

See the complete news release for full list of the winners on http://www.durbanfilmmart.co.za/press-office/article?news=10342.

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