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Oct 2 2017 12:00PM  |   REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS: Assessment of the film and television business environment ETM. Contract No: 7G- 35021.

The purpose is to advertise for suitably qualified and competent service providers to submit proposals for the Concept, Assessment of the film and television business environment ETM.

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Sep 22 2017 3:00PM  |   LOCAL FEMALE FILMMAKER MAKING WAVES IN MALE-DOMINATED ARENA

TO EMPOWER and expose young previously disadvantaged filmmakers to the business of location scouting, the Durban Film Office introduced SCOUT, a location scouting and management training programme in 2014, which has grown in leaps and bounds and is now yielding positive results. One of the beneficiaries of the three-week practical training programme, Sindisiwe Mngadi, 28, grabbed the opportunity with both hands and is now making waves locally and nationally in the male-dominated filmmaking industry.

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Jul 6 2017 1:00PM  |   Deadline Extension

The Durban Film Office would like to announce extension of submission deadline for both Development Fund Grant and Micro Budget Film Fund that was recently closed on the 30th of June 2017.

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Jul 6 2017 1:00PM  |   Deadline Extension

The Durban Film Office would like to announce extension of submission deadline for both Development Fund Grant and Micro Budget Film Fund that was recently closed on the 30th of June 2017.

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Jun 27 2017 1:00PM  |   REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL

The Durban Film Office requests quotations: SERVICES FOR DURBAN FILMMART PHOTOGRAPHER, a joint project of the Durban International Film Festival.

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Jun 20 2017 12:00AM  |   CALL OUT FOR THE DEVELOPMENT FUND PROGRAMME SUBMISSIONS: 2017/2018

DURBAN FILM OFFICE: DEVELOPMENT FUND PROGRAMME

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Jun 20 2017 12:00AM  |   CALL OUT FOR THE MICRO BUDGET FILM PROGRAMME SUBMISSIONS: 2017/2018

DURBAN FILM OFFICE: MICRO BUDGET FILM PROGRAMME

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May 29 2017 12:00PM  |   REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS: DURBAN FILM OFFICE DESIGN AND PRODUCTION OF MARKETING MATERIALS. CONTRACT NUMBER: 7G-33660

The purpose is to advertise for suitably qualified and competent service providers to submit proposals for the Concept, Design and Production for Marketing Materials for the Durban Film Office (DFO).

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May 25 2017 1:00PM  |   Local Film Market (2017)

You are all invited to attend the Ethekwini Filmmakers Association [EFA] - Annual Local Film Market where EFA will be screening some of the movies that are nominated for the Awards.

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May 25 2017 1:00PM  |   Local Film Market (2017)

You are all invited to attend the Ethekwini Filmmakers Association [EFA] - Annual Local Film Market where EFA will be screening some of the movies that are nominated for the Awards.

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May 24 2017 4:00PM  |   Jumpstart – Pitching programme for emerging South African filmmakers at Durban FilmMart

Ten South African emerging filmmakers will have an opportunity to hone their pitching skills at this year’s Durban FilmMart (DFM) Jumpstart – a compact programme that essentially provides a springboard for filmmakers new to the industry, which takes place in Durban from July 14 to 17 during the Durban International Film Festival.

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May 24 2017 12:00AM  |   Jumpstart – Pitching programme for emerging South African filmmakers at Durban FilmMart

Interested filmmakers are invited to apply for this programme. Submissions are now open and will close at5pm on June 16, 2017.

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May 18 2017 9:00AM  |   Invitation to EThekwini Municipality Film makers to attend Micro Budget and Development Fund workshop kick-start 2017/18

The Ethekwini Municipality’s Durban Film Office have for over the past three years launched a Micro-budget Film and Development Fund Programmes aiming to support local emerging and intermediate filmmakers and encourage the production of local content in order to stimulate the local film industry. These programmes also focus on filmmakers who need to develop projects for local and international investors, markets and audiences.

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May 18 2017 9:00AM  |   CaribbeanTales and Durban FilmMart Join Forces to Support African Women Filmmakers

CaribbeanTales Media Group (CTMG) and the Durban FilmMart (DFM) today announce a new partnership to support the development of original serialized television content created by women from Africa and the African Diaspora.

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May 10 2017 11:00AM  |   Women Led Film – Disrupting the Status Quo

In a resolute move to address the role of women in film, the Durban International Film Festival and the Durban FilmMart (DFM), this year presents an in-depth programme that addresses the inequalities, challenges and successes that women face within the film industry, specifically in South Africa and on the continent.

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May 4 2017 12:00PM  |   SPIER FILMS – OPEN AUDITIONS FOR FEATURE FILM SHOOTING JUNE & JULY 2017

This is an independent South African ART FILM intended for international film festivals and markets, produced by Spier Films. The film will be shot in the Afrikaans language, but Pieter can be English speaking and does not need an Afrikaans accent. CHARACTER BRIEFS

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Apr 26 2017 12:00AM  |   KEEPING UP WITH THE KANDASAMYS BREAKS R15 MILLION AT BOX OFFICE!

Keeping up with the Kandasamys was produced by the award-winning duo, Helena Spring and the late Junaid Ahmed (who sadly passed away in November 2016).

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Apr 20 2017 9:00AM  |   EThekwini Filmmakers Association [EFA] to host auditions

The eThekwini Filmmakers’ Association in partnership with the Durban Film Office [DFO] is hosting auditions/ interviews for those who are interested in the many different aspects of the film making from concept-development, script-writing, acting to directing, production (preproduction to post production) and editing.

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Apr 19 2017 1:00PM  |   Delegate Registration opens April 18 for 8th Durban FilmMart

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 (DIFF), hosted by the University of KwaZulu-Natal’s Centre for Creative Arts, takes place from 14 to 17 July and with some 500 delegates from Africa and the world expected to attend

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Apr 17 2017 12:00AM  |   Announcement of DIFF Manager

One of Africa’s leading and long running film festivals – the Durban International Film Festival (DIFF) – proudly announces the newly-appointed DIFF Manager. It is with great pleasure that we announce Ms. Chipo Zhou who assumed this permanent position on 1 April 2017.

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Mar 15 2017 3:00PM  |   5th African Emerging Filmmakers Awards [AEFA]: New Call out for film submissions

The Ethekwini Filmmakers Association is excited to announce the new date for the 5th African Emerging Filmmakers Awards. The awards could not take place last year in December due to situations beyond the organizers' control. The new date for the awards is 27 May 2017. There is a second film submissions call out as from today the 6th of March 2017 until the 7th of April 2017.

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Mar 9 2017 1:00PM  |   10th Talents Durban – Call for Submission 14-­-18 July 2017

The 38th Durban International Film Festival (DIFF), hosted by the Centre for Creative Arts, University of KwaZulu-Natal, with support from Berlinale Talents, is proud to announce the opening of applications for the 10th Talents Durban taking place 14-18 July under the theme “Perspectives; Seeing Things Differently”.

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Mar 6 2017 12:00AM  |   Durban Film Office Festivals and Markets Support Programme

The eThekwini Municipality’s film industry development unit, the Durban Film Office has announced that applications are now open for its Festivals and Markets Support Programme.

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Feb 28 2017 1:00PM  |   DIFF offers opportunity to local

The 38th Durban International Film Festival (DIFF) is calling upon filmmakers from Durban and surrounding areas to submit their films.

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Feb 27 2017 1:00PM  |   REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL : CONTRACT NO: PQ: 7G-32293

The Durban Film Office requests quotations for: DURBAN FILM OFFICE COMMUNICATIONS & MEDIA EVENTS CONSULTANT.

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Feb 17 2017 9:00AM  |   URGENT CALL FOR SCRIPTS

The Upon-A-Quest Screenwriters' Agency and Management Company needs your stories! TODAY! Especially if you have a story that will appeal to the township generation of between 11 years and 20 years old (in other words the guys and gals with pocket money, time, no commitments and old enough to go to the movies) for a new rural movie-house development initiative. Their favourites are comedies, action and drama.

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Feb 17 2017 12:00AM  |   URGENT CALL FOR SCRIPTS

The Upon-A-Quest Screenwriters' Agency and Management Company needs your stories! TODAY!

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Feb 7 2017 12:00AM  |   DIFF 2017 CALL FOR ENTRIES

The Durban International Film Festival submissions for the 2017 edition of the festival are open

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Feb 3 2017 10:00AM  |   DIFF 2017 CALL FOR ENTRIES

The Durban International Film Festival submissions for the 2017 edition of the festival are open!

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Dec 12 2016 10:00AM  |   African Emerging Filmmakers Awards Postponement

African Emerging Filmmakers Awards Postponement

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Dec 12 2016 12:00AM  |   Tribute to Junaid Ahmed - award-winning Durban filmmaker

The eThekwini Municipality, the Durban Film Office and the Durban FilmMart are deeply saddened by the passing of a colleague and friend, Junaid Ahmed, who died early in November this year.

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Dec 12 2016 12:00AM  |   Nigerian star Ramsey Nouah, International Film Industry Delegations Connect with the Durban Film Office

As part of the eThekwini Municipality’s aim to stimulate international co-operation and understanding, a delegation of film industry representatives from Nigeria, Botswana, Cameroon and America in mid-November.

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Dec 12 2016 12:00AM  |   Final Call for Projects for 2017 Durban FilmMart – Edition 8

Today is D-Day - a reminder that submissions of projects for the 8th edition of The Durban FilmMart (DFM), which takes place in Durban, South Africa from 14 to 17 July 2017 will close today - 12 December 2016.

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Dec 12 2016 12:00AM  |   INDUSTRY NEWS - Durban

An Update on DFO Development Projects

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Dec 12 2016 12:00AM  |   DURBAN BEACH RESCUE GETS A SECOND SEASON

Durban based TV show Durban Beach Rescue is due to start production on season 2. Season 1 of the original documentary series aired on Travel Channel in 113 countries and 23 languages around the world and won the prestigious Maritime Award for Excellence in Media.

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Dec 7 2016 1:00PM  |   REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL

The Durban Film Office requests quotations : SERVICES FOR DESIGN AND PRODUCTION OF DURBAN FILMMART PUBLICATIONS, a joint project of the Durban International Film Festival.

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Dec 7 2016 1:00PM  |   REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL

The Durban Film Office requests quotations : SERVICES FOR DESIGN AND PRODUCTION OF DURBAN FILMMART PUBLICATIONS, a joint project of the Durban International Film Festival.

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Dec 7 2016 1:00PM  |   REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL

The Durban Film Office requests quotations: SERVICES FOR DURBAN FILMMART EVENT LOGISTICS COORDINATOR, a joint project of the Durban International Film Festival.

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Dec 6 2016 12:00PM  |   Call for Projects for 2017 Durban FilmMart – Edition 8

Submissions of projects for the 8th edition of The Durban FilmMart (DFM), which takes place in Durban, South Africa from 14 to 17 July 2017 will open on October 12, 2016.

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Dec 2 2016 9:00AM  |   APPLICATIONS ARE NOW OPEN FOR THE REALNESS PAN AFRICAN SCRIPTWRITING RESIDENCY 2017

Following the success of the inaugural scriptwriting residency, Realness is thrilled to announce the call for submissions for the 2017 edition.

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Nov 29 2016 10:00AM  |   REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS: DURBAN FILM OFFICE SECTOR STRATEGY DEVELOPMENT

The Durban Film Office (DFO) is the film-industry development arm of the EThekwini Municipality, mandated to position Durban as a world-class film production destination and a facilitator for the development of the local film industry

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Nov 7 2016 12:00AM  |   Death of celebrated South African film-maker – Junaid Ahmed

Durban, South Africa: It is with deep sadness that the family of the celebrated South African film-maker Junaid Ahmed, announce his death at Umhlanga Hospital yesterday morning (November 1, 2016) after a short illness.

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Oct 3 2016 9:00AM  |   Call for Projects for 2017 Durban FilmMart – Edition 8

Submissions of projects for the 8th edition of The Durban FilmMart (DFM), which takes place in Durban, South Africa from 14 to 17 July 2017 will open on October 12, 2016.

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Oct 3 2016 12:00AM  |   TWO MAJOR SA FILMS WRAP UP FILMING IN DURBAN, KWAZULU –NATAL

Two major South African films have recently wrapped up production in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, with support from both the eThekwini Municipality’s Durban Film Office and the KZN Film Commission.

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Sep 8 2016 1:00PM  |   SABC’s Uzalo Season 3 - Trainee Opportunities

Stained Glass Productions which produces the daily telenovela, Uzalo, for SABC 1 is looking to train six young filmmakers during its next season of filming in KwaMashu, Durban. Ethekwini Municipality’s Durban Film Office responsible for development of the local film and television industry, in partnership with Stained Glass Productions, will run a second season of the trainee programme for the youth of Ethekwini Municipality in a number of areas of film-making.

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Jul 5 2016 12:00AM  |   CALL OUT FOR THE MICRO BUDGET FILM PROGRAME SUBMISSIONS: 2016/2017

The Durban Film Office is calling for submissions for micro-budget films for its 2016/2017 cycle

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Jul 5 2016 12:00AM  |   CALL OUT FOR THE DEVELOPMENT FUND PROGRAMME SUBMISSIONS: 2016/2017

EThekwini Municipality’s Durban Film Office is announcing its 2016/2017 call out for submissions for the Development Fund Programme. The Durban Film Office Development Fund Programme aims to support intermediate and experienced producers based in Durban who need to develop feature fiction or documentary projects for the local and / or international market.

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Jun 14 2016 9:00AM  |   37th Durban International Film Festival: Free Public Screenings

The Durban International Film Festival, which takes place from June 16 to 26, will host a series of free public screenings. The DIFF will travel to Clermont, Kwangcolosi, Inanda, Umlazi, KwaMashu and the city centre, where people will have the opportunity to watch this year’s opening night film The Journeymen as well as the comedy - Wonder Boy for President, starring Kagiso Lediga

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Jun 13 2016 12:00PM  |   Award winning South African documentary at DIFF

The South African documentary Lost Tongue, winner of the Women Film Critics Circle Award, is set to screen at the 37th Durban International Film Festival (DIFF) which takes place from June 16 and 26.

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Jun 13 2016 9:00AM  |   Durban filmmaker returns to Durban International Film Festival with Radio Rats documentary

“Jiving and Dying - The Radio Rats Story” sees Durban filmmaker Michael Cross return to the Durban International Film Festival (DIFF) (16-26 June) with a documentary about a band he argues are so much more than one-hit wonders.

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