'Live From Zimbabwe' nabs Hubert Bals coin

DURBAN, South Africa — The third Durban FilmMart wrapped with a host of awards lending financial support to documentary and feature projects in Africa.

Durban Film Office head Toni Monty, addressing more than 400 delegates Monday on the market’s closing night, said that its growth over the past three years is “a major indication that we are addressing the needs and challenges relevant to African cinema.”

The Hubert Bals Fund Award of €5,000 ($6,078) for script and project development for the most promising African project went to Zimbabwean producer Jackie Cahi and director Rumbi Katedzi for “Live From Zimbabwe.”

Cahi will also attend Rotterdam Lab 2013 at the Rotterdam Film Festival along with producers Ikechukwu Omenaihe of Nigeria, for “In Silence…& in Tears,” and South Africa’s David Horler, for “Flatland.”

Horler and director Jenna Cato Bass received $6,078 from WorldView for the most promising feature project, as well as a prize from the European Audio Visual Entrepreneurs to attend its European Producers Workshop.

The Intl. Documentary Festival of Amsterdam’s Fund, together with WorldView, presented a $6,078 travel grant for the most promising documentary projects to Kenyan directors Anjali Nayar and Hawa Essuman for “Logs of War,” and to South African producer Neil Brandt and director Riaan Hendricks for “The Devil’s Lair,” which will enable them to attend IDFA next year.

Arte France awarded its $7,300 prize for best feature project to producer Steven Markovitz and director Wanuri Kahiu for “Jambula Tree,” a South African-Kenya co-production.

Rwandan director-producer Joel Karekezi won the Canal France Intl. award for the most promising project for “The Mercy of the Jungle,” his first feature.

Anant Singh’s Videovision awarded a $9,000 prize for best South African film project to helmer Nadia Davids’ “The Visit,” co-produced by Imraan Jeeva, Omar Khan and Sara Blecher.

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