The Cannes and Sundance (and other high-profile) film Markets aren't the only game in town.

To South Africa we go for the 3rd edition on the Durban FilmMart

The Durban FilmMart (DFM) is a joint programme of the Durban Film Office (DFO) and the Durban International Film Festival (DIFF) and takes place in conjunction with Durban International Film Festival.The Durban FilmMart Finance Forum provides selected African film-makers with the opportunity to pitch film projects to leading financiers. The Durban FilmMart also facilitates networking opportunities in order for African and international filmmakers to form alliances for future collaborations. The Durban FilmMart aims to: Raise the visibility of projects from the African Continent and create networking opportunities with potential co-producers and other industry partners; Facilitate funding for promising projects and accelerate financing of participating projects through transnational cooperation; Stimulate production of African content and promote international co-production opportunities; Encourage project collaboration between African Filmmakers; And act as a feeder stage for established co-production markets across the globe.

The event runs from July 20 – 23 in Durban, South Africa and of course film industry professionals and media are encouraged to attend as accredited delegates. 

Registration for media and delegate accreditation for the 3rd edition of Durban FilmMart is now open. You have until July 18 to apply.

For more information, contact the DFM press office at

For a lineup of scheduled events, click HERE.

Unfortunately, S&A won't have a presence there this year, but it's something I'll be looking forward to in coming years; however, you can guarantee that we'll be following all the deal-making that happens. Some new projects can be expected to be revealed.