Critically acclaimed ‘Inxeba – The Wound’ adds to its awards haul at DIFF

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Nakhane Touré (front left) was named best actor for his work in ‘Inxeba – The Wound’, which also won the prize for best SA director for John Trengrove. Photo: File

INXEBA (known internationally as The Wound) won the prizes for best director for John Trengrove and best actor for Nakhane Touré at the Durban International Film Festival on Saturday, July 22, writes ESTELLE SINKINS.

This is the latest in a string of awards for the film, which has been lauded at film festivals around the world. Continue reading

Eighth edition of Durban FilmMart ends on a high with awards ceremony

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Winners at the Durban FilmMart 2017. Photo: Supplied

The Durban FilmMart (DFM), the industry development programme of the eThekwini Municipality’s Durban Film Office and Durban International Film Festival (Centre for Creative Arts, UKZN) ended on a high note with an awards ceremony at the Tsogo Maharani Hotel in Durban, South Africa on Monday, July 17. Continue reading

Realness African scriptwriter residents head to Durban for DIFF

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This year’s Realness participants are (from left) Mario Fradique Bastos, Lemohang Mosese, Gloria Huwiler, Rama Thiaw and Samantha Nell. Photo: Samantha Nell

THE 2017 Realness Residency programme is now in its final stage with the second cohort of participants heading to Durban International Film Festival (DIFF) to present their projects at the Durban FilmMart to the industry, under the mentorship of script consultant Selina Ukwuoma.   Continue reading

Delegate registration opens for 8th Durban FilmMart

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Delegate registration for Africa’s premier film finance and co-production market, the Durban FilmMart (DFM), is open.

Celebrating its 8th edition, this year’s DFM, a joint programme of the Durban Film Office (DFO), the eThekwini Municipality’s industry development unit, and the Durban International Film Festival – hosted by the University of KwaZulu-Natal’s Centre for Creative Arts – takes place from 14 to 17 July. It will host around 500 delegates from Africa and the world. Continue reading

Applications are now open for the Realness Pan African Scriptwriting Residency 2017

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Following the success of the inaugural scriptwriting residency, Realness is calling for submissions for the 2017 edition.

This pioneering residency provides filmmakers with the opportunity to hone and develop their creative scriptwriting skills. It also serves to address the need for promising African film projects to be supported in their development phase to be able to realistically compete in global film markets. Continue reading

Durban International Film Festival announces award winners for 2016

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Christia Visser (above right) was named best actress at the Durban International Film Festival for her role as Tess in Tess directed by Meg Rickards. The film was also named best SA feature film and won an award for best editing for Linda Man.

The Durban International Film Festival announced its award-winners at the closing ceremony of the festival’s 37th edition at the Playhouse on June 25, prior to the screening of the closing film, The Space in Between. Continue reading

Durban FilmMart 2013 finance forum winner, ‘Five Fingers for Marseilles’, heads to the big screen

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Seven years after writer, Sean Drummond, and director, Michael Matthews, first set out on an 8000km research and development journey around the country, The Be Phat Motel Film Company and Game 7 Films’ Five Fingers for Marseilles, is taking its next big step to the big screen.

The film – which was a project at the 2013 Durban FilmMart – is a contemporary South African thriller modelled on the western and played in Sesotho and isiXhosa, with a top-tier, fully local cast. The movie begins production in the Eastern Cape in July 2016, in association with Stage 5 Films and Above the Clouds. Continue reading

Durban FilmMart partners with Sonoton Music Library

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Sonoton’s Barbara Hintermeier

THIS year’s edition of the Durban FilmMart, which runs from June 17 – 20, includes a new partnership with Sonoton, the largest independent production music library in the world.

As part of the partnership with DFM, Sonoton’s Barbara Hintermeier will be hosting an online music search workshop for filmmakers, while the company will also be sponsoring the SONOfind contest in which entrants can win an Apple iPad and other great prizes. Continue reading