French presence at Durban Film Mart / Durban International Film Festival 2016
In terms of French participation, this year’s edition of Durban Film Mart (DFM) and Durban International Film Festival (DIFF) was marked by the organisation of a case-study on South-African/French co-productions together with the National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF). Produire au Sud co-production programme was present for the fourth consecutive year at Durban Film Mart, which hosted the launch of REALNESS, a new screenwriters residency supported by the French Institute in South Africa. On the festival side, two French-South African short film programmes were screened : the fiction films produced as part of the South African Factory films (Cannes Directors’ Fortnight young talents programme), and Soweto, Time of Wrath (documentary shorts).
Case-study on South-African-French co-productions within the scope of the co-production Treaty [20 June 2016 – DFM Industry Programme]
The French Embassy together with NFVF organised a South Africa-France co-production panel as part of the DFM industry programme with the participation of Terrence Khumalo (NFVF), Frédéric Chambon (French Embassy), Lucas Rosant (producer, Melia Films, France), and Rudi van As (producer, Film Afrika). The objective of this panel was to share with the industry the study conducted by French expert Lucas Rosant on co-productions within the scope of the co-production treaty signed between France and South Africa in 2010.
Six years after, the French Embassy and NFVF decided to commission this study to assess the implementation of the treaty and review the 5 films co-produced within this framework. The study includes recommendations like the organisation of co-production workshops on a regular basis.
As a consequence, a France-SA coproduction workshop should be organised in France in 2017. In order to promote co-productions from South African initiative, a call for applications should be launched by end 2016 for South African producers to apply and submit projects in search of French producers.
Produire au Sud Industry Programme (Festival des 3 Continents, Nantes, France)
As sister cities, Durban and Nantes were glad to continue this year the successful partnership between their film festival industry programmes, respectively the Durban Film Mart and Produire au Sud (Festival des 3 Continents). For this year’s DFM, Produire au Sud and the French Embassy in South Africa brought back international expert Stefano Tealdi who taught pitching techniques to young talents from the KZN film industry.
Guillaume Mainguet, Head of Produire au Sud programme, was also present at DFM/DIFF. As part of the DFM prizes, he awarded the South African film project Headland with the opportunity to attend the Produire au Sud programme in Nantes in November. Producer David Horler and Director Elan Gamaker will be given tools, expertise, and opportunities to develop their project with French and European experts and potential partners.
Launch of REALNESS – a pioneering screenwriters residency
REALNESS is a residency initiative presented by Urucu Media South African production company, with the support of IFAS. Five writers from South Africa, Madagascar, Kenya and Ethiopia have been selected to participate in the residency programme which started at DFM. The 5 residents are now at the Nirox Artists’ Residency in the Cradle of Humankind, where they were given the opportunity to develop their screenplays under the guidance of French script consultant Nadja Dumouchel.
REALNESS is presented under the mentorship of Berlinale Talents, in partnership with Nirox Foundation, Durban Filmmart, Restless Talent Management, the French Institute of South Africa and Institut Français’s Cinémas du Monde, Torino Film Lab (TFL), EAVE, Locarno’s Filmmakers Academy, Cinematheque Afrique and World Cinema Fund.
The 5 residents are:
- AMIRAH TAJDIN [KENYA] Feature film project: HAWA HAWAII
- HIWOT ADMASU [ETHIOPIA] Feature film project: A FOOL GOD
- LUCK RAZANAJAONA [MADAGASCAR] Feature film project: DISCO AFRICA
- SHEETAL MAGAN [SOUTH AFRICA] Feature film project: THE DAY AND NIGHT OF BRAHMA
- WIM STEYTLER [SOUTH AFRICA] Feature film project: UITLANDER
Click here to read the full article about REALNESS
South African Factory (Directors’ Fortnight)
After being premiered at the Cannes Film Festival, the 4 short films from the South African Factory, were screened at DIFF. The South African Factory is a young talent programme initiated by French producer Dominique Welinski in collaboration with the Cannes Film Festival Directors’ Fortnight selection. The SA Factory allowed 8 young directors (4 from South Africa, 4 from the rest of the world) to work in tandem and to create short films shot in South Africa.
The short films were produced by Jeremy Nathan (Zidaka) and Dominique Welinski (DW) in association with the KwaZulu Natal Film Commission, the National Film and Video Foundation and the Industrial Development Corporation of South Africa. The project was also supported by the French Institute of South Africa.
Directors of the South Africa Factory
- Zee Ntuli (South Africa) and Isabelle Mayor (France / Switzerland)
- Zamo Mkhwanazi (South Africa) and Alejandro Fadel (Argentina)
- Sheetal Magan (South Africa) and Martín Morgenfeld (Argentina)
- Samantha Nell (South Africa) and Michael Wahrman (Brazil)
Soweto, Time of Wrath at 2016 DIFF
The SA/French documentary Soweto, Time of Wrath (Soweto, le temps de colères) directed by South Africans Siphamandla Bongwana, Jerry Obakeng Gaegane, Stanford Gibson, Nduduzo Shandu, Asanda Kupa & Gontse More was part of DIFF 2016 line-up. The film also opened the 2016 Encounters Documentary Festival in Cape Town on the 2nd of June.
The documentary was commissioned by ARTE France TV and produced by French production company JBA productions. It is the outcome of a one year long documentary workshop mentored by French Director Jean-Loïc Portron and supported by IFAS.
Source: French Institute in South Africa