The DFA was established in 2007 to promote and protect the interests of doc filmmakers in South Africa. To contact the DFA, please use the contact form: here . The DFA website is at: Membership applications can be made through the website here.

09 February 2011

Documentary Projects at Durban FilmMart

Alongside existing programmes for fiction projects, opportunities for documentary filmmakers will be strengthened in the upcoming Durban FilmMart (DFM) which takes place between 22 to 25 July during the 32nd Durban International Film Festival.

In cooperation with the leading documentary festival IDFA (International Documentary Festival of Amsterdam) and its industry Forum, DFM will invite local and international commissioning editors to engage with pitches by selected documentary projects. Strong interest has already been expressed in the potential for DFM to unearth and profile a presentation of viable projects from around the continent of Africa.

Aimed at stimulating film production in Africa, Durban FilmMart will facilitate meetings with film financiers and co-producers for selected projects. The broader Durban FilmMart programme, for selected projects as well as registered delegates, encompasses a four-day programme of masterclasses, seminars, industry networking activities and access to the Durban International Film Festival (21-31 July).

Documentary, fiction and trans-media projects should apply online at before the submission deadline of 15 February.

Now in its 2nd year, Durban FilmMart is a partnership project between the Durban Film Office and the Durban International Film Festival, with principal support by the City of Durban.

Ms Tozi Mthethwa and Ms Yolanda Mbelu
DFO Publicists
Tel: 031-705 7131
Fax: 031-705 2479
Cell: 083 307 9067
Email: and

For media enquiries regarding the Durban International Film Festival:
Sharlene Versfeld
Versfeld & Associates: The Communication Works
Tel: 031-8115628
Cell: 083 326 3235

The Durban Film Office (DFO) is the film-industry development arm of the City of Durban, mandated to position Durban as a world-class film production destination and facilitator for the development of the local film industry. The DFO drives activity and development in the sector in order to boost tourism, job creation and the development of core skills and SMME’s in the region. The organization is also actively seeking and creating opportunities for setting the benchmark as the leading authority in the field in South Africa.

The Durban International Film Festival (DIFF) is a flagship project of the Centre for Creative Arts (UKZN). The CCA facilitates creative platforms and economic opportunities for artists and related industries, intercultural exchange and network development, training, audience development and strategic Pan-African and international cooperation in the cultural sectors. The CCA also produces three other major annual festivals - Time of the Writer, Jomba! Contemporary Dance Experience and Poetry Africa.

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