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19 July 2011

Two Days to Durban International Film Festival and FilmMart

18 July 2011


If you have not REGISTERED yet…DO IT TODAY!

By visiting our website on you can see who's
already registered, view the programme and the speaker line-up.

For information or to register as a delegate visit
or e-mail or Kamille Padayachee on

This week, the Durban Film Office's acting CEO Toni Monty, announced
that leading British 3D film-industry player, Matthew Bristowe,
Head of Production for Prime Focus 3D in London, would attend the
2011 edition of Durban FilmMart as a key speaker.

"This is an extremely exciting time for the film-making industry
worldwide and to have somebody of the calibre of Matthew Bristowe
as one of our lead specialists is a massive coup for the DFM," Monty says.

Matthew Bristowe, together with the other lead specialists Juliane Schulze,
Peter Broderick and Hetty Naaijkens-Retel Helmrich, brings the very
latest in global film industry developments and trends to the
continent's premier film market.

Bristowe's visit has been made possible through the sponsorship of
Durban's COA Group and Microsoft, who together have sponsored the
Digital Focus stream of Durban FilmMart 2011. The Durban-based
COA Group, provides customised audio visual and digital production
pipeline solutions to the digital content creation markets.

Matthew Bristowe, one of London's foremost 3D Producers, began his
production career at MPC as a DI Producer where he worked on major
feature film projects including '28 Days Later', 'Shaun of the Dead',
'Troy' and '10,000BC'. His dedication and expert knowledge of issues
both creative and technical, led him to assume the role of Senior
DI Producer when MPC was taken over by Technicolor in 2009.

His essential input to feature films such as Danny Boyle's
'Slumdog Millionaire', Guy Ritchie's 'Sherlock Holmes' and Wes Anderson's
'Fantastic Mr Fox', reaffirmed his status in the industry. He has
recently led the London arm of Prime Focus 3D in the 2D to 3D conversion
of Lucasfilm's 'Star Wars: Episode I: The Phantom Menace', which was
completed across Prime Focus' global facilities in LA, London and Mumbai.

Prime Focus, through its worldwide facilities, is able to maximise
time zone efficiencies by operating as a 24 hour a day production
facility, enabling leading film studios to meet film deadlines without
compromising on quality.

Bristowe established and lead the Prime Focus 3D London facility
just over 12 months ago, and now with a team of 100+ fully-trained
personnel, is competing for some of the largest stereo projects hitting
the cinemas. Significant projects being completed over the last year
include 'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part Two', 'Star Wars:
Episode 1 - The Phantom Menace', 'Green Lantern', 'Transformers:
Dark Side of the Moon', 'Shrek', and 'The Chronicles of Narnia:
Voyage of the Dawn Treader'.

Bristowe's presentations at Durban FilmMart 2011 will cover the
Prime Focus journey from its 3D VFX work on 'Avatar' through to the
successful delivery of the final instalment of the 'Harry Potter'
franchise. He will also cover the building and development of the
London studio, and the putting in place of a Global Pipeline and
Infrastructure in order to meet demand. There will also be an
overview of 3D as whole, covering broadcast, commercials, and live
events…………and everything in between!

PAUL BRETT - Prescience

Paul is a director of Prescience and has worked in the media since
leaving university 28 years ago. He has worked at Video Arts,
the world's first audio/visual training company), Catalyst,
(the world's first audio-visual publishing company backed by Goldcrest),
TEN – The Movie Channel (Britain's first PAY TV company), Video
Collection International, (the world's first sell-through label),
Paramount Pictures, Universal Studios, and Pathé.

Paul developed and implemented the UK exhibition and distribution
strategy over a three year period at the British Film Institute/UK
Film Council, leaving to found Prescience with Tim Smith. At the BFI/UKFC,
Paul was responsible for BFI's relationships with exhibitors throughout
the UK and Northern Ireland, including both arthouse and commercial cinemas.

Prior to this, he worked for Miramax International as Vice President
of European Marketing, as well as Path/Guild, VCI and CIC (a joint
venture between Paramount and Universal).


Born in Genova, she graduated in Philosophy and completed the first
year of Master in Aesthetics at the University of Pennsylvania. After
returning to Italy, she became Head of the Press and Communication
Office for the Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della RAI, where she
was also in charge of the Educational Department.

During this time she founded Scuola Holden in Torino together with
Alessandro Baricco. She is Director of Scuola Holden's Master in
Narration Techniques, and she supervises all the school activities,
focusing on the international contacts. In the last ten years she
has written articles and interviews on narration and classical
music, book reviews and film reviews for Italian and international
newspapers. She has ideated and directed Script&Pitch Workshops
since 2005 and TorinoFilmLab since 2008

BRUNI BURRES - The Sundance Documentary Program

Bruni Burres is a New York based film producer and consultant whose
work focuses primarily on documentary projects exploring contemporary
human rights themes. She is a senior consultant with the Sundance
Documentary Program (SDP). At the SDP she works to expand the roster
of national and international documentary filmmakers working with
the program; deepen national and international collaborations with
filmmakers and cultural institutions, and broaden the human rights
themes currently explored by the SDP.

Bruni is also a consultant with the Open Society Foundation's US
National Security and Human Rights Campaign, guiding them on incorporating
arts and cultural initiatives into their work. In collaboration with
the International Center for Transitional Justice (,
Bruni recently produced the feature length documentary, La Toma/The Siege,
which explores the lasting cultural and political impact of the 1985
siege of the Palace of Justice in Colombia ( Bruni
was the co-founder and director of the Human Rights Watch International
Film Festival ( from 1991-2008.

Durban FilmMart (22-25 July) is a joint venture between the Durban
Film Office (DFO)and the Durban International Film Festival (DIFF)
(21-31 July) created to raise the visibility of projects from the
African continent and to facilitate financing and networking opportunities
with potential co-producers and other industry players.

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