Produire Au Sud at 2015 Durban FilmMart
As sister cities, Durban and Nantes are glad to welcome back successful partnership between their Film festivals industry programmes, respectively the Durban FilmMart of the Durban International Film Festival and Produire au Sud of Festival des 3 Continents.
Produire au Sud, focuses on developing film co-productions, and supports potentially talented producers with techniques to develop their skills in line with international trends and standards.
It partners with the DFM in an endeavour to develop African content through a programme around story development, and creating networking opportunities for African filmmakers on an international platform.
For this year’s DFM, Produire au Sud and the French Embassy in South Africa will bring 3 international experts: Italian documentary director/producer Stefano Tealdi, Franco-Israeli script-writer expert Sari Turgeman, and French strategy and development consultant Dominique Welinski, who will mentor 19 selected film projects in the finance forum and conduct masterclasses for all attending film industry delegates.
A number of projects have, over the past two years been awarded an opportunity to participate in the Produire au Sud (PAS) Script Studio through this partnership. In 2013, the award was given to The Bill directed by Nosipho Dumisa, (co-produced by Travis Taute and Junaid Ahmed) (South Africa) and Whiplash, directed by Meg Rickards (and produced by Jacky Lourens) (South Africa). As part of the France South Africa Seasons that year, Hhola, Hhola directed by Madoda Ncayiyana (and produced by Julie Frederikse) (South Africa) was also selected. Last year, it went to Hawa Hawaii (Kenya / South Africa Co-production) directed by Amirah Tajdin and produced by Wafa Mohamed Tajdin, Bongiwe Selane, Helena Spring and Junaid Ahmed, and Mrs Popplestone (South Africa) directed by Sarah Ping Nie Jones and produced by Jean Meeran.
Produire au Sud of Festival des 3 Continents is presented as part of 2015 DFM for the third consecutive years. For the first time, two prestigious Cannes Film Festival sections will be part of the DFM programme, the Critics’ Week and the Directors’ Fortnight, together with a delegation of Reunion Island. Alongside, the French director Jean-Jacques Annaud will premiere his new film in South Africa at DIFF as part of an exceptional line-up of French films and guests present this year at the festival, including Boris Lojkine (Hope) as part of a Cannes Critics’ Week best-off.