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Talents Durban at 35th Durban International Film Festival

 Talents Durban at 35th Durban International Film Festival

The 35th Durban International Film Festival (July 17 to 27) is proud to present the 7th edition of Talents Durban (formerly named Talent Campus Durban) – a skills sharing, development and networking platform or emerging filmmakers from Africa. Talents Durban is presented in collaboration with the Berlinale Talents programme of the Berlinale Film Festival with support from the KZN Film Commission, German Embassy, Goethe Institute and Gauteng Film Commission. Talents Durban, along with the Durban FilmMart (which is a co-production between DIFF and the Durban Film Office) forms part of the Durban International Film Festival Industry Programme.

40 filmmakers from 10 countries across the continent including South Africa, Kenya, Ghana, Egypt, Morocco, Nigeria, Madagascar, Tunisia and Namibia will be in attendance. The programme consists of master classes, in depth discussions with critically acclaimed film professionals from across the globe, hands-on training programme as well as networking opportunities for selected participants.

Master Classes

Talents Durban participants will be able to participate in a co-production master class with French producer Denis Vaslin. Vaslin is a producer of documentary and fiction, and his titles include 40 Days of Silence, Solo, The World Belongs to Us, The Hum of Holland and Snackbar. He heads up a Dutch production company Voyla Films and co-owns a French production company Madra Films.

Australian documentary development expert, Julia Overton will present a Documentary Finance master class on Documentary Financing. Overton is a Development and Investment Manager at Screen Australia where she is instrumental in assisting filmmakers with getting their projects produced with local or international support. Overton has been involved in the development of several critically acclaimed films including The Snowman, A Good Man, Forbidden Lies, First Australians, Contact and Salt.

Talents Durban participants will also have access to a master class with pitch expert Stefano Teadly, a South African-born, Italy-based producer, director and pitch expert. Teadly has produced and directed numerous films including A World of Pasta, Doctor Ice, Coffee Please and Tea for All and the series Food Markets – In the Belly of the City. Recent works produced include Mostar United, Vinylmania and Char, No Man’s Island.  Teadly is a graduate of the EAVE programme and director of the Italian workshop, Documentary in Europe, has chaired EDN and is a national coordinator for INPUT. He also tutors film development and production at numerous universities and organizations including ; Biennale Cinema College, Cannes Film Market, Films de 3 Continents – Produire au Sud, Media Business School,Med Film Factory, Scuola Holden, TFL-Torino Film Lab, ZELIG Film School.

The above master classes will also be open to Durban FilmMart delegates.

Talents Durban will also feature a hands-on training programme including Doc Station, Script Station and Talent Press.

Doc Station selects three documentary projects in development for coaching and mentoring towards participation in a public pitch at the DFM’s pitching forum – The African Pitch. Participants are given mentoring prior to the pitch and during preparations at the festival. After the pitch they are given advice from mentors on how to proceed with their projects

Script Station is a script development programme for short films which pairs four participants with script editors who assist in clarifying story and getting to an advanced draft of their script.

Talent Press is presented in cooperation with Fipresci, an association of national organizations of professional film critics and film journalists from around the world which lobbies for the promotion and development of film culture and for the safeguarding of professional interests. The programme invites four critics to cover the films and events of the Durban International Film Festival for online and print publication.

The following are the selected participants of the Talents Durban:

Susan Wanjiru (KENYA), Christiaan Kritzinger (SOUTH AFRICA), Timoteo Edzeani Doh (GHANA), Donovan Orr (SOUTH AFRICA), Alexander Melck (SOUTH AFRICA), Jozua Malherbe (SOUTH AFRICA), Bahaaeldin Elgamal (EGYPT), Frances Bodomo (GHANA), Shane Vermooten (SOUTH AFRICA) Abdellatif AMAJGAG (MOROCCO), Mohamed Siam (EGYPT), She Mulinya (KENYA), Harold Holscher (SOUTH AFRICA), Udoka Oyeka (NIGERIA), James Walsh (SOUTH AFRICA), Diana Keam (SOUTH AFRICA), Willem Grobler (SOUTH AFRICA), Francis William Nicholson (SOUTH AFRICA), Zolani Ndevu (SOUTH AFRICA), Roger Young (SOUTH AFRICA), Sitraka Randriamahaly (MADAGASCAR), Fatma Azibi (TUNISIA), Perivi John Katjavivi (NAMIBIA), Manqoba  Nkosi (SOUTH AFRICA), Miklas Simeon Manneke (SOUTH AFRICA), Aidan Whytock (SOUTH AFRICA), Mustafa Aiman (EGYPT), Henok Birhanu (ETHIOPIA), Ofonime Inyang (SOUTH AFRICA), Terhemen  Agbedeh (NIGERIA), Monica Obaga (KENYA), Oribhabor Kelvin Aigbokhaevbolo (NIGERIA), Saskia  Schiel (SOUTH AFRICA), Morokwe Kaizer Mokgobu Mokgobu (SOUTH AFRICA), Ntuthuko Qwabe (SOUTH AFRICA), Caroline Doherty (SOUTH AFRICA), Mark Middlewick (SOUTH AFRICA), Kulanen Ikyo (NIGERIA), Penelope  Tshilwane (SOUTH AFRICA), Marcus  Hebbelmann (SOUTH AFRICA), Emma Bestall (SOUTH AFRICA)

“The Durban International Film Festival welcomes these filmmakers to the Industry Programme and are proud to present them as the future of African Cinema,” says DIFF festival manager Peter Machen, “The diversity of voices in this selection echoes the theme of this year’s Talents Durban – Continent of Contrasts/de Contraste – inspired by a revered elder of African cinema Djibril Diop Mambéty whose 1968 short films was entitled Contras’city (City of Contrasts). We hope this crop of Talents at DIFF will follow in the footsteps of giants of African cinema.”

Talents Durban takes place on 18-22 July within the DIFF Industry Hub at Elangeni Hotel on the Durban beach front. For more information go to

Talents Durban is produced by the Durban International Film Festival and Berlinale Talents, and is supported by the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Economic Development and Tourism, German Embassy in South Africa and the Goethe-Institut South Africa and Gauteng Film Commission.

The 35th Durban International Film Festival is organised by the Centre for Creative Arts at the University of KwaZulu-Natal (a special project of the Deputy Vice Chancellor of Humanities, Cheryl Potgieter) with support from the National Film and Video Foundation, KwaZulu-Natal Department of Economic Development & Tourism, KwaZulu-Natal Film Commission, City of Durban, German Embassy, Goethe Institut, Industrial Development Corporation, KwaZulu-Natal Department of Arts and Culture and a range of other valued partners.


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