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DFMI names business lab participants

DFMI business lab participants

The Durban FilmMart Institute (DFMI) has revealed the 30 participants that have been selected for the second edition of the DFMI business lab to be held this month.

The 12-week business skills development programme will nurture and empower those taking part with the necessary skills to effectively engage in a global market.

They will also receive training on various modules ranging from business management to intellectual property and entertainment law and distribution.

The participants are Abisola Aboaba (Nigeria), Ahmad Mahmoud (Sudan), Aissa Djouamaa (Algeria), Alyaa Musa (Sudan), Ceke Mathenge (Kenya), Crizelle Anthony (South Africa), Damilola Aleje (Nigeria), Daniel Abebe (Ethiopia), Emma Tollman (South Africa), Essam Hayder (Egypt), Fulfilment C Awaturuocha (Nigeria), Hallie Haller (South Africa), Hatibu Madudu (Tanzania), Hayat Aljowaily (Egypt), Kondwani Banda (Zambia), Marwa Abdalla (Egypt), Mary [Wanjiku] Waweru (Kenya), Mogomotsi Nsengathekwe (Botswana), Mohamed Kateb (Egypt), Nahom Abraham (Eritrea), Natasha Elkington (Kenya), Nkosilesisa Ncube (Zimbabwe), Obett Motaung (South Africa), Olivier Medjigbodo (Benin), Omolemo Nthathe (South Africa), Oprah Oyugi (Kenya), Petrus van Staden (South Africa), Phoebe Ntandegwawo (Uganda), Ruth Nazzinda (Uganda) and Wambui Gathee (Kenya).

The business lab programme is presented in partnership with DW Akademie and supported by the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development.

DFMI is a non-profit company that facilitates local and international trade and investment in African film content.

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Durban FilmMart seeks animation pitches

The Durban FilmMart (DFM) Institute, a non-profit company that facilitates local and international trade and investment in African film content, is on the lookout for 10 animation projects in development for its Animation Pitch & Finance Forum taking place next year.

Magdalene Reddy

The initiative is in partnership with Cape Town International Animation Film Festival (CTIAF) and Tshimologong Digital Innovation Precinct (Tshimologong).

The Animation Pitch & Finance Forum will be a part of the 14th annual DFM event that will take place in July 2023 as an in-person event in the South African city.

The selected 10 projects will pitch to a panel of international decision makers including potential coproducers, broadcasters, film funds and distributors, while five of the 10 project teams will be able to participate in the Road to Annecy at CTIAF, in addition to their participation in Durban.

Magdalene Reddy, DFMI’s general manager, said: “2022 marked the first time the DFM formally welcomed animation projects to pitch at the market. Pitches were well received from the industry and filmmakers were eager to share their stories, which we cannot wait to see in the very near future.

“Together with our partners from CTIAF and Tshimologong, we hope to deepen the programme for animators on the continent offering more pitching opportunities, extended development, and greater engagements with the industry.”

Lesley Donna William, CEO of Tshimologong, said: “This has proven to be one of the most successful and impactful partnerships that offer our talent an opportunity to engage with decision makers. DFMI and CTIAF continue to play a vital role in providing platforms where our talent can gain access to industry experts through the mentorship programme and allow them to pitch to a panel of decision makers in the broadcasting and distribution sector.”

“The best way to perfect a pitch is to practice a pitch. Events like this are integral to getting market ready and I encourage everyone to enter competitions like this to hone their skills,” added Dianne Makings, director of CTIAF.

Animated fiction and documentary projects in development to be submitted should have at least one African citizen in one of the key creative roles of writer, director or producer. Deadline for submission is October 31 at 23.59 CAT. Click here to apply.

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Abudu joins DFMI advisory committee

African media heavyweights Mo Abudu, Judy Kibinge and Tendeka Matatu have joined the advisory board of the Durban FilmMart Institute (DFMI).

Mo Abudu

Nigerian Abudu is the founder of EbonyLife Media; Kibinge is a Kenyan filmmaker, writer and producer; and Matatu is a South African producer and director.

The DFMI is a non-profit company that facilitates local and international trade and investment in African film content. The advisory committee will bring a wealth of industry experience and an international perspective to promote African cinema, according to the company.

Jacintha de Nobrega, chairman of DFMI’s board of directors, said: “We are privileged to have been afforded access to a diverse group of industry role players who are committed to taking African content to the global market, thereby ensuring that DFMI remains a key entry point that connects our industry to the world.

“We purposefully selected esteemed and influential industry leaders who will support the DFMI in increasing its footprint in the global market. This is aligned with our overarching strategy and our mission to consolidate the DFMI as the leading film market in Africa and the access point for African content.”

Abudu took to Instagram to say: “I am pleased to announce I have been invited to join the advisory board of the Durban FilmMart Institute, as a board representative from Nigeria amongst a distinguished panel of others from the UK, USA, Egypt, Canada, France and Kenya.”

Other committee members include award-winning US producer Steven Adams; Todd Brown, head of acquisitions for XYZ Films in Canada; award-winning Egyptian film director Jihan El-Tahri; Cécile Gérardin, head of drama at France-based Canal+ International; award-winning US director Roger Ross Williams; and Dana Sims, talent agent at Hollywood agency CAA.

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