Durban FilmMart Earlybird

Celebrate African filmmaking, storytelling and innovation at DFM 2022

We are taking the next step in delivering an in-depth and dynamic programme to the widest possible film community by hosting both an online and physical event.  Durban FilmMart (DFM), will return for its 13th edition under the theme of Revolution/Evolution – Changing the Narrative from 22 – 31 July 2022.  Still in the spirit of embracing the digital shift, this year’s hybrid event will continue online whilst presenting an in-person 3-day industry event from 22-24 July 2022.

Register early and save 15%

We are pleased to inform you that registrations have opened and, to encourage you to register as early as possible, we are offering an early bird discount – meaning you save 15% when registering.

The 13th DFM programme will focus on the ever-shifting evolution within the industry, the game changers working to bring inclusivity and access to all levels of filmmakers, and the new spaces driving content creation.  With Africa and the African Diaspora at the heart of the industry programme, mainstream film professionals, established independents, emerging and alternative filmmakers who continue to shape new directions with their work will present masterclasses, panel discussions and hangout sessions.

Pitch and Finance Forum: A selection of 40 projects in development to pitch to a panel of decision makers.

DFM Content Shop: A digital curation of projects ready for sale.

DFM Conversations: A series of keynote talks with leading content producers working in or with Africa.

Durban Does Docs: Documentary film directors, organisations and initiatives presenting on the creative documentary filmmaking process.

Talent Durban Talks: Directors from across the continent highlight their storytelling journeys.

Animation@DFM: Engagement with the growing influence of animation on African storytelling.

Content Shop: New Pathways and Co-Production Corner: We hear from professionals on the exciting developments and digital opportunities in the areas of sales, distribution and festival strategy.

Diversity, inclusivity and access is at the heart of the Durban Filmmart Institution ethos, which is apparent in the sessions on Queer Representation, Women in Film, the Economically Marginalised, Africa in the Diaspora, Global South and Global North Relationships, and South to South Partnerships.