AFDA alumni have once again made an impact at the Durban FilmMart receiving two awards.The Videovision Entertainment award went to AFDA alumni producers Elias Ribeiro & Cait Panesgrouw for “Best South African Film Project” with their film Abnormal Loads The prize is valued at R75 000, which guarantees the film’s release once it is completed. The prize includes marketing and distribution support from Videovision Entertainment.
Produire au Sud of Festival des 3 Continents (Nantes), awarded the fiction film Headland – producer AFDA alumni David Horler, an opportunity to attend its developmental workshop program, PAS, where they will be given tools, expertise, and opportunities to develop European networks.
The winners at DFM 2016
“DFM is considered one of Africa’s most important film finance platforms and industry gatherings, and this year around 550 film-makers from around the globe, with a significant representation from Africa, attended the festival for four days of pitching, forums and networking sessions,” says Toni Monty, Head of the Durban Film Office. “Over 600 meetings were held, in a robust and very engaging event this year.”
An integral part of the DFM is the finance and co-production forum, which this year had 10 features and nine documentary films selected for intense mentoring and pitch sessions to financiers and distributors, and other industry representatives.
Over the years the DFM has developed key relationships with a variety of industry partners that have seen the value of supporting and developing African content for both continental and global markets. These partners have engaged with projects over the four days, and a number of grants and awards were provided to projects with the aim to support their further development.