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Jul 3 2018 12:00AM  |   SWIFT Presence at this year's DIFF & DFM

Following highly successful and meaningful engagements with the film industry last year, Sisters Working in Film & Television (SWIFT) will once again have a strong presence at this year’s Durban International Film Festival (19 – 29 July) and the Durban FilmMart (20-23 July).

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Jun 26 2018 12:00AM  |   9th Durban FilmMart “Open for Business”

Durban, South Africa: Echoing government’s reassurance to investors into South Africa’s economy, the Durban FilmMart, one of Africa’s premier film industry events will be “open for business” when it begins its four day event on July 20 during the 39th Durban International Film Festival (DIFF).

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Jun 26 2018 12:00AM  |   Durban International Film Festival Launches 39th Edition

This year, the Durban International Film Festival, the leading event of its kind on the African continent, is once again bringing film lovers and filmmakers from across the globe to the shores of Durban for a feast of the latest and best that cinema has to offer from 19 to 29 July.

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Jun 26 2018 12:00AM  |   Durban International Film Festival Launches 39th Edition

This year, the Durban International Film Festival, the leading event of its kind on the African continent, is once again bringing film lovers and filmmakers from across the globe to the shores of Durban for a feast of the latest and best that cinema has to offer from 19 to 29 July.

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Jun 14 2018 12:00AM  |   CaribbeanTales and Durban FilmMart Partnership 2.0 encourages African Women Filmmakers to think Co-Pro

CaribbeanTales and the Durban FilmMart present the second year of CineFAM - Africa, an accelerator program for African women filmmakers.

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Jun 13 2018 12:00AM  |   Durban Film Office: Development Fund and Micro Budget Film Programme - Call Out for Submissions

Submissions are now open for the 2018/2019 eThekwini Municipality’s Durban Film Office’s Development Fund and Micro Budget Programme.

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Jun 11 2018 12:00AM  |   CALL OUT FOR THE DEVELOPMENT FUND and MICRO BUDGET FILM PROGRAMME SUBMISSIONS: 2018/19

EThekwini Municipality’s Durban Film Office is announcing its 2018/2019 call out for submissions for the Development Fund and Micro Budget Programme.

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Jun 4 2018 12:00AM  |   9th Durban FilmMart Programme Announced

Creating Networks, Developing Content and Building the Business of Film in Africa

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May 2 2018 12:00AM  |   Delegate registration opens for 9th Durban FilmMart – 20-23 July, 2018

Durban, South Africa: Early Bird delegate registration for Africa’s premier film finance and co-production market, the Durban FilmMart (DFM), is now open. The DFM will take place from 20 to 23 July, forming an integral part of the Durban International Film Festival (DIFF) which takes place from 19 to 29 July.

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Apr 10 2018 12:00AM  |   New daily drama for Durban - great news for the local film industry

A gripping new television daily drama, ‘Imbewu: The Seed’, commissioned by e.tv, which is being shot entirely in Durban, has been hailed as yet another major milestone towards fulfiling eThekwini’s vision of becoming a ‘Film City’.

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Apr 10 2018 12:00AM  |   Development Programmes Funding 2017/18

Seven Local filmmakers were selected to receive film funding of up to R1 250 000 in total in the 2017/18 financial year from the Durban Film Office film grant funding programme.

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Feb 23 2018 12:00AM  |   Micro Budget Filmmaker Research

The KZN Film Commission (KZNFC) has appointed LUMEC to undertake research on the Socio-Economic Impact of Micro-Budget Films in KZN.

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Oct 26 2017 6:00AM  |   All new season of Durban Beach Rescue premieres on Travel Channel (DSTV 179) on Saturday, 27th November at 20:00.

The hugely popular Durban Beach Rescue is back - and according to executive producer Bronwyn Berry, this new season is “bigger and better than ever.”

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Oct 24 2017 6:00AM  |   Local film - Deep End wraps up filming in Durban

After 29 days of filming in Durban, local film production company Arclight, begins the next stage of their journey with the post-production on their surf-flick Deep End in the in the City.

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Oct 20 2017 9:00AM  |   Durban FilmMart Calls Out for 2018 Projects

Project submissions for the 2018 Durban FilmMart (DFM) which takes place during the Durban International Film Festival , South Africa (19-29 July) open on 20 October, 2017.

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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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