The Durban FilmMart (DFMI) has opened the various call for live action projects in development for the 14th annual Durban FilmMart.

The annual Durban FilmMart is a pan-African finance and co-production market designed to create partnerships and further the development and production of African cinema, the DFM was named in UNESCO’s 2021 Film Trends in Africa Report as ‘the continent’s best film market’. The next edition of the Durban FilmMart will return fully as an in person event in Durban, South Africa in July 2023.

“Over the last 13 years, projects pitched at DFM have attracted attention from both the local and international film industry, DFM Alumni projects continue to have success on both small and big screens,” says Magdalene Reddy, General Manager for the Durban FilmMart Institute. “We are committed to providing filmmakers with a platform which gives access and creates opportunity for growth.”

The DFMI invites filmmakers to submit for the four DFM programmes – DFM Finance and
Pitch Forum (DFM Official Projects), JUMPSTART, Talents Durban and DFM ACCESS.
The DFM Access programme, supported by the National Film and Video Foundation PESP funding, is a 12 week mentorship programme for producers with a project in development and not participating in an international lab/ pitching programme or market before. The programme will focus on story development, coproduction, marketing and distribution strategies, finance planning and more.  DFM Access ends in a pitching forum where 3 projects will be considered to participate in DFM 2023 as official DFM projects.  The programme is open to emerging South African filmmakers with an active project in development.For more about the project submission criteria, and how to submit your project, please visit
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