Durban FilmMart 2024 unveils African Lab Showcase

Durban, South Africa will host the Durban FilmMart (DFM) 2024, spotlighting the inaugural African Lab Showcase from July 19 to 22. Organised by the Durban FilmMart Institute, this event aims to highlight the innovative work being done across the continent in developing feature-length fiction and documentary projects.

The African Lab Showcase will feature projects from various film labs across Africa, providing a unique opportunity for filmmakers to present their projects to industry representatives and DFM delegates. This initiative seeks to bridge the gap between early-stage development and market readiness, fostering exposure, engagement, and professional growth.

Over three days, from July 19 to 21, the showcase will offer open sessions where filmmakers can receive insights and feedback from industry professionals. This feedback is crucial for refining pitches and advancing projects. Additionally, the event promotes collaboration among African film labs, enabling networking, experience sharing, and exploring cooperation opportunities.

Some highlighted projects include The Multiple Man from Mauritius, directed by Patrice Canabady under ACP DOCONNECT, and The Conservationist from Zimbabwe, directed by Rumbi Katedza through Climate Story Lab Africa. Other notable projects are Nok-Nok from Nigeria, directed by Chekwube Okonkwo and produced by Ferdinand Adimefe under the DLA Accelerator, and Looking for the Mermaid from Mozambique, directed and produced by Yara Costa through the Hot Docs Blue Ice Lab.

DFM 2024 aims to help filmmakers understand market dynamics, connect with potential partners, and become pitch-ready. The Durban FilmMart Institute, supported by entities like the Ford Foundation and Netflix, underscores its commitment to nurturing African talent and bringing vibrant stories from the continent to global audiences.

For more details and registration, visit the official DFM website:

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