The Durban FilmMart Institute (DFMI) has selected eight animation projects from across Africa for this year’s Durban FilmMart.
The work includes one entry each from Egypt, Kenya, Nigeria and Tunisia and four from South Africa.
“Animation has been named by Forbes Magazine as one of the fastest growing creative industries across Africa in recent years,” said Magdalene Reddy, Director of DFMI. “With this in mind, the annual Durban FilmMart (DFM) will for the second time include animation projects in development in its Pitch and Finance Forum.
“As the leading film market in Africa, DFM is perfectly positioned to provide animation content creators with a platform to meet potential collaborators and funders, thereby contributing to the continued growth of animation on the continent.”
The DFM animation project teams from across the continent are currently preparing their pitches for DFM 2023, which will take place from July 21-24, 2023 as an in-person event in Durban, South Africa.
● Azania Rises: Season 1 (South Africa), Producers: Dr. Farayi Chinyanga and Fatuma Abdullah and Director: Farisai Kavayi
● Boy Boi (Kenya), Producers: Shadrack Munene & J. Njogu Macharia and Director J. Njogu Macharia
● Between heaven and earth (Entre ciel et terre) (Tunisia), produced by Sarra Ben Hassen and directed by Nadia Rais
● my BIG name (South Africa), Producers: Busisiwe Ntintili, Mpumi Sinxoto & Amanda Zungu and Director: Lebogang Sekwelenkwe
● Naledi (South Africa), Producer: Lesego Vorster, Co-Producers: Valentin Maupin and Aristote Douroudakis and Director: Lola Aikins
● Spiky to the Core (Ø²ÙŠÙ†) (Egypt), Producer and Director: Nermeen Salem
● Sola (South Africa), Producers AJ Pitre, Thandiwe Mlauli and Director: Thandiwe Mlauli
● The Passport of Mallam Ilia (Nigeria), Producer: Ferdinand Adimefe and Director: Chekwube Okonkwo
Each team has been assigned an individual mentor who will give them the tools to pitch and the confidence to navigate the market, which includes face-to-face meetings with decision makers from around the world. Each team has access to an 8-week masterclass series presented by DFMI, which began in mid-January.
The masterclass series is specifically designed to educate and prepare filmmakers for the international market and will be presented by Beth Parker, Terence Maluleke, Aseye Tamakloe and Mounia Aram. The series includes creative elements such as story development, character development, and visuals, as well as business elements such as sales and financial planning.
At the end of the 8-week masterclass series, selected project teams will be invited to participate in the Road to Annecy Animation Incubation Program presented by DFMI’s animation partners, Digital Lab Africa (DLA), the Tshimologong Precinct and Cape Town International Animation Film Fixed (CTIAF).
The eight animation projects in development will be presented at the 14th Durban FilmMart Pitch and Finance Forum to a panel of international decision-makers consisting of potential co-producers, broadcasters, film funds and distributors.
The Durban FilmMart Institute is primarily funded by the Durban Film Office and the eThekwini community.
The Durban FilmMart animation program is funded by the cultural and creative industries project of the German Society for International Cooperation on behalf of the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development and in cooperation with the Goethe Institute. It improves employment and income opportunities for creative people in Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq, Kenya, Senegal and South Africa and is mainly active in the fields of music, fashion, design and animation.