Durban Film Mart and Produire au Sud : a lasting partnership
As sisters cities, Durban and Nantes are glad to welcome back successful partnership between their Film festivals industry programmes, respectively the Durban FilmMart and Produire au Sud.
This year, the film development programme Produire au Sud, of the Festival des 3 Continents, is a partner again of the Durban FilmMart, which will take place between 19-22 July 2019 at the Elangeni Tsogo Sun Hotel in Durban, alongside the 40th Durban International Film Festival which will run between 18-28 July 2019 in Durban, South Africa.
Africa’s premier film finance and co-production forum, The Durban FilmMart, is a film industry development initiative funded by the City of Durban and founded by the Durban Film Office and the Durban International Film Festival. Celebrating its 8th year of building international partnerships and furthering the development and production of cinema in the African Continent, the Durban FilmMart welcomes back its budding partnership with Produire au Sud/the Festival des 3 Continents, Nantes, in the hope of establishing a partnership that creates a programme around story development over the next three years : the Script Studio.
The Script Studio 2019
The Script Studio is offering an annual partnership between both festivals, that provides two different exchanges, which alternately will take place in Durban and in Nantes.
The Festival des 3 Continents, marking its 40th anniversary as an annual film festival in 2019, centers its spotlight on films created and produced from Asia, Africa and Latin America. Within the Festival of 3 Continents is a development programme, Produire au Sud, which was created in 2000. This programme focuses on enhancing film co-productions, and is set to help familiarize up-and-coming producers with tools and techniques to enhance their skills to international standards.
June 2018, the third edition of the programme launched by the DFM called Jumpstart will be facilitated by two complementary Produire au Sud story experts around contents which goals support narratives quality: Jérémie Dubois, french filmmaker and scriptwriter, and Mmabatho Kau, south african born script consultant and writer.
Jumpstart is an incubator programme presented by the Durban FilmMart in partnership with Produire au Sud to introduce 4 emerging directors from Durban and Kwazulu Natal region to project packaging for the international market. Both consultants will introduce the emerging directors to important techniques & tools surrounding scriptwriting and storytelling.
The selection of the 2019 edition of Jumpstart includes:
THE CRADLE (Time to meet your Maker) by Sharon Kakora
UPHONDO by Thamsanqa Mthiyane
MANNA by Caroline Doherty
FORTUNA by Tokoloho Masamene
On the other hand, the Nantes Produire au Sud workshop 2019 welcomes one film project, which was running the DFM. The producer and director of the film project are offered the opportunity to run the Produire au Sud workshop week along with the others selected film projects, November 18-24, 2019.
This year, the winning film project is a project from Zimbabwe
SUNFLOWERS IN THE DARK
by Tapiwa Chipfupa
and produced by Ben Mahaka (Mahaka Media)
A project supported by the French Embassy in Johannesburg
Furthermore, this year’s partnership is supported by the French Embassy in South Africa, which has been instrumental in finalising the programme and providing financial support for the key experts. The objective is to strengthen the links between France and South Africa in the film industry and create opportunities for professions in both countries.
In 2013, Produire au Sud/the Festival des 3 Continents, Nantes awarded, for the first time at the DFM, three directors the invaluable opportunity of travel and accommodation to the Script Studio, with two script consultations with internationally experienced script consultants.