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Durban FilmMart Institute announces Talents Durban Project Selection

Talents Durban

The Durban FilmMart Institute is pleased to announce the participants of the 15th edition of Talents Durban, which takes place virtually during the Durban FilmMart from 22-31 July.

Initiated by the Berlin International Film Festival and Berlinale Talents, Talents Durban is an important partner programme of the Durban FilmMart Institute. This training and development platform offers the selected Talent participants a 6-week mentorship by experienced film professionals and an opportunity to present their film projects to an international market.

“We are excited to once again work with our international partners to provide a platform for African filmmakers to access the global market,” Magdalene Reddy, General Manager of the Durban FilmMart Institute said.

“Now in its 15th year, the 2022 edition of Talents Durban will bring together creatives from across the continent whose work not only inspires but challenges industry norms, these bold young voices are the future of film in Africa” Reddy added.

Following a thorough adjudication process, 27 projects, and 4 film critics, representing 16 countries made the final selection.  

Feature Film Selection: 

Kwibuka or How We Remember the Ending of Time (Kenya) Director: Arnold Mwanjila

Eliane (Benin/Togo) Director: Beola Touggourt 

The Ambitious (Les Ambitieux) (Togo) Director: Gilbert Bararmna-Boukpessi

And me too (وانا كمان ) (Egypt) Director: Sondos Shabayek

The Dark Cloud (Ifu Elimnyama) (South Africa) Director: Hallie Haller

One More Night in Lagos (Côte d’Ivoire) Director: Marina Audrey Imboua-Niava Sangowawa

Documentary Film Selection: 

Kamina, The Forgotten City (Kamina, La Cité Oubliée) (Togo) Director: Yelebo Amanou

Nidhal (نِضال) (Tunisia) Animation Director: Bassem Ben Brahim

Genetic Dissonance (South Africa) Director: Gabriella Blumberg

Fragile (هش) (Egypt) Director: Sally Abo Basha

The Darker Side of Afrobeats (Nigeria) Director: Aderonke Adeola

Born Between The Cracks/Follow The Sun (Izingane Zodlame) (South Africa) Director: Nontobeko YamaNungwa Sibisi

Revenge Porn (Uganda) Director: Ruth Nazzinda

Shorts Selection: 

The Lamb of Ha-‘Matli (Nku ea Sehlabelo) (Lesotho) Director: Phillip Leteka

Fleas (Amazeze) (South Africa) Director: Jordy Sank

The Last Tears of Eissa (Egypt) Director:  Morad Mostafa

On the Edge (Bord a Bord) (Tunisia) Director: Sahar El Echi

Lost Things (Mamelles) (Senegal) Director: Mamadou Socrate Diop

Still Night (South Africa) Screenwriter: Veron Vadivelu

Episodic Selection: 

Queens! (Kenya) Screenwriter: Lawrence Murage

Sowing Wild Oats (South Africa) Director: Lwazi Duma

The School of Life (A Escola da Vida) (Angola) Screenwriter: Ariel Casimiro

Gloria (Nigeria) Director: Adesua Okosun

Animation Selection:

Circus Odd (Swaziland) Screenwriter: Gcinaphi Dlamini

Ubizo (The Calling) (South Africa) Animation Director: Zamokuhle Thusi

Soul Tie (Namibia) Screenwriter: Micheal Pulse

The Bird and The Tree (Kenya) Animation Director: Stanslaus Manthi

Talent Press (Film Critic / Journalist) Selection:

Fabiola Uwera (Rwanda)

Jerry Chiemeke (Nigeria)

Dieubrebie Annick Rachelle Kandolo (Burkina Faso)

Merryn Haller (South Africa)

“Sustainability is key to us and central to our partnership with the Durban FilmMart Institute. To spark change and establish a healthy, fair, and free-spirited environment for filmmakers and their stories takes time and the deepest passion of those involved. Seeing Talents Durban prosper and with again also more alumni returning as mentors and decision-makers proves to us its strength as an important talent developer on the African continent and beyond,” say Christine Tröstrum and Florian Weghorn, Heads of Berlinale Talents.

In addition, Talents Durban Talks, a series of conversations with some of the continent’s most successful writers, directors, and film critics will be presented at the DFM 2022 online programme. These panel discussions will highlight some of the most innovative young African creatives  interrogating processes of authenticity in writing for cultures across the continent.  Discussions will feature director Amil Shivji of Zanzibar festival hit Tug of War, Mamadou Dia of Sengalese Nafi’s Daughter, and writer director Jenna Cato Bass, who has followed her success with Flatland with a new horror film entitled Good Madam. In addition, the programme will probe the new spaces for film criticism, looking at the rise of podcasting and video essays amid a changing world where technology is increasingly entwining with film criticism. The discussion will feature Nikita Neo Mokgware and Yazz The Student from This Is Africa and Afriquan Film podcasts respectively

DFM 2022 will be presented under the theme ‘Revolution Evolution: Changing the Narrative’ as both an online and physical programme during the period 22-31 July.  Registrations are open for both online and physical participation at Durban FilmMart.  Visit https://durbanfilmmart.co.za/dfm-event-2022/ to review the participation options, and to explore the full programme of activities and opportunities on offer.

The Durban FilmMart Institute receives principal funding from the Durban Film Office and the eThekwini Municipality.  The DFM 2022 event is kindly supported by the National Film and Video Foundation, KwaZulu-Natal Film Commission and Wesgro.

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