DMFI announces Inaugural DFM Access Programme Selected Projects

The Durban FilmMart Institute is pleased to announce its inaugural DFM Access programme and the 22 projects selected to participate in the programme. 

DFM Access is a 10-week development platform for emerging producers.  The programme is created to provide a nurturing framework for participants with existing long-form or episodic independent film projects to hone and improve their scripts and project packages.  The objective of the programme is to help participants with the necessary skills to participate in programmes and markets locally and globally.  

“The virtual incubation programme is aimed to support producers shape their stories, prepare their project presentations and understand the marketplace in order to create effective strategies for their current projects and to plan their professional trajectory,” says Magdalene Reddy, acting General Manager of the Durban FilmMart Institute. “The programme will consist of one-on-one mentorship and plenary sessions lead by industry experts.”

The projects, 6 documentaries, 7 fiction features, 9 episodic were selected from the 2021 DFM project submissions.   Three projects participating in DFM Access will be selected to present their project in the 2021 DFM’s Finance Forum as an official DFM project.  This opportunity will allow participants a chance to engage with potential co producers, financiers and broadcasters. All participants will be given free accreditation to the DFM 2021. 




Cancelled – Producer and Director: Lungile Mayindi 

The Story of a Thorn  Producer: Sinomtha Nduna,  Director: Mzimasi Ndzombane

Sweetheart – Producer and Director: Thabiso Xolo  

IBUYA – Producer: Happiness Mpase, Director: Gugu Kunene

Grade 10D – Producer: Shumelani Mapholi, Siphumelele Nene

Professional Mourners – Producer: Sihle Ndaba,  Director: Amanda Lane

Becoming passionate – Producer: Tenjiwe Pswarayi, Director: Chiziwiso Pswarayi



Windward – Producers: Lusanda Mangqangwana, Lindiwe Mnisi, Katie Taylor, Director: Marie Midcalf

We Are Only Ever Passing Through – Producer and Director: Mandy Mbekeni 

THE NEW AFRIKANS – Producers: Glenn Masokoane and Yolanda Ndhlovu, Director: Glenn Ujebe Masokoane

Dingiswayo: King of Kings – Producer: Linda E.T Gumede, Director: Lwazi Duma

My Plastic Hair – Producer: Mamokuena Makhema, Director: Yolanda Keabetswe Mogatusi

THE UNCHOSEN WORLD  – Producer: Danile Annah Mohlamme, Director: Linda Keiser 



The Oath – Producer: Joe Spirit, Simphiwe Ngcobo, Director: Zuko Nodada

Wisdom Cries Out From The Streets – Producer and Director: Siyasanga Mbikwana 

The Psycho – Producer: Buyani Gumede, Director: Sihle Mzobe 

Pretty Hustle – Producer and Director: Zoe Ramushu 

TWELVE – Producer and Director: Liese Kuhn 

Zulu Dynasty – Producer: Llewellyn James Rice, Adze Ugah, Director: Llewellyn James Rice

In Tongues – Producer: Lerato Sokhulu, Director: Muneera Sallies

Keng daai deng? – Producer: Samkelisiwe Nkabinde, Director: Mlingane Dube

Three Sisters – Producer and Director: Tshego Monaisa

The DFM Access is produced by the Durban FilmMart Institute with principal funding from the Durban Film Office and Ethekwini Municipality.  The DFM Access 2021 is supported by South Africa’s National Film and Video Foundation PESP funding.