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23 September 2010

Durban Film Office Update

The last few months have been punctuated by a flurry of planning and excitement around the organisation and hosting of the inaugural Durban FilmMart, by the Durban Film Office (DFO) in partnership with the Durban International Film Festival

As I write, the FilmMart has just come to a highly successful close and we are thrilled with the feedback we have received from speakers, the industry and delegates alike.

We were privileged to have a line-up of excellent lead experts and speakers in Luciano Gloor, Mike Kelly, Leena Pasanen, Clare Downs and Hugh Melamdowitz, who presented master-classes, workshops and fora and covering topical, industry-related issues, such as financing and funding projects, managing rights in the digital age, pitching and packaging product, scriptwriting and marketing and distribution strategies.

Leading funders, financiers and producers from around the world gave generously of their time and expertise to the delegates in attendance.

While we are encouraged by the accolades and compliments we are enjoying about the DFM, it is the learnings from the experience that will really provide the impetus for what we hope is just the beginning of a successful co-production film market for years to come...

For the Durban Film Office, the Durban FilmMart is one of a set of strategic programmes geared at raising the bar when we look at how Durban engages with the global marketplace. The overarching vision of the Durban Film Office is for Durban filmmakers to be empowered to create high-quality content for local and international audiences, funded and distributed via multiple channels. Strategic partnerships are key to progress and success in realising this vision, and it was a heart-warming experience to receive the level of support and commitment from local and international role players in the lead up to the 2010 FilmMart event and in the forward planning for Durban FilmMart 2011.

We thank everybody who played a part in Durban's first FilmMart. From sponsors, to staff, to industry role-players, to our partners, the Durban International Film Festival. It was a collaborative team effort...the results of which...are speaking for themselves.

Till next time...

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