The 40th Durban International Film Festival (DIFF), hosted by the University of KwaZulu-Natal's Centre for Creative Arts, in co-operation with Berlinale Talents, is proud to announce the 12th edition of Talents Durban in partnership with Durban FilmMart (DFM), taking place from 18 to 22 July 2019.
The exciting partnership with DFM, Africa's leading film finance and co-production market, aims to raise the visibility of Talents Durban projects, create networking opportunities with potential co-producers, and facilitate funding opportunities for promising projects.
Talents Durban is open to African screenwriters and directors, with animation, fiction, documentary or hybrid projects in development. The five-day event consists of workshops, discussions, screenings, and programmes for specific disciplines. The initiative also includes Talent Press, a co-operation with FIPRESCI and the Goethe-Institut, which will once again host mentorship for emerging film critics.
As well as focused mentorships, industry-specific expert master classes, workshops, and a creative platform for self-expression and networking, Talents Durban will also cover participants' accommodation, airfare, and festival accreditation.
This year's Talents Durban theme 'Authenticity'is inspired by the contemporary moment in African cinema. Following a global renaissance of African cinema and television content, the demand for stories from the continent is rising.
Talents Durban will invite 18 Talents, carefully selected by a panel of industry experts. Prospective Talents should complete the application form online, provided they have a recognised portfolio of previous work and a project in progress. Selected projects will be announced on 16 May 2019.