Durban FilmMart 2023 announces major partnerships to support African Film industry
The 14th edition of the Durban FilmMart (DFM) came to a close a few weeks ago, with a number of major partnerships announced that are expected to support the growth of the African film industry.
One of the most significant partnerships is between the National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF) of South Africa and Spcine of Brazil. The two organisations will collaborate to support diasporic narratives between the two countries, with each project receiving an investment of US$20,000.
The NFVF also announced a partnership with Sheer Publishing Africa to develop a skills development initiative that will unpack the key elements of music scoring for filmmakers. The partnership will also include outreach and information workshops for stakeholders and the public at large.
In addition, Sound & Motion Studios and The Refinery have signed a strategic partnership deal, which will see the two companies collaborate on audio post-production projects. This partnership will bring together two of the leading audio post-production facilities in South Africa, and will provide filmmakers with access to the latest technology and expertise.
The Durban Film Office (DFO) has also announced partnerships with the Companies Intellectual Property Commission (CIPC) and the Film and Publication Board (FPB). These partnerships are aimed at empowering emerging local filmmakers and fostering creativity and innovation in the industry.
Finally, the Durban FilmMart Institute (DFMI) has announced a new partnership with DW Akademie to launch the DFMI Business Lab, a 12-week online business skills development programme for African film producers. The programme will provide participants with the skills they need to thrive in the global market.
These partnerships are a testament to the growing importance of the African film industry, and to the commitment of organisations across the continent to supporting its growth. They are also a sign of the increasing collaboration between African filmmakers and their counterparts in other parts of the world.
The 14th Durban FilmMart was a success in many ways, and these partnerships are a major reason for that success. They will help to ensure that the DFM continues to be a vital platform for the development of the African film industry in the years to come.