France’s Produire au Sud Links Up With Durban FilmMart

Partners to boost opportunities for African filmmakers

The Durban FilmMart, Africa’s premier film finance and co-production forum, which runs July 19 to 22, has partnered with Produire au Sud, the film development program of the Festival des 3 Continents in Nantes.

Produire au Sud is a workshop program within 3 Continents, an annual fest that focuses on films from Asia, Africa and Latin America. The workshop program focuses on the development of co-productions, to familiarize young producers on those continents with filmmaking tools and international co-production techniques.

The Durban FilmMart comprises a finance forum, master-classes and Africa in Focus workshops. Eight documentary  and 11 feature projects have been selected for this year’s Finance Forum, and these filmmakers will pitch their projects to a panel of financiers and producers. The directors of two feature projects will be given the opportunity to further develop their projects at Produire au Sud, in the framework of a dedicated residency, named “Produire au Sud (PAS) Script Studio,” which guarantees them two script consultations with experienced consultants.

“The Produire au Sud workshop was created in 2000, in order to support the creation of a network of young producers from the three continents and lay the foundations for lasting cooperation between European film professionals and emerging professionals from the South,” said Guillaume Mainguet, head of the workshop. “This is a significant partnership for both DFM and Produire au Sud, as we both have a vision to stimulate the development of new work on the African continent.”

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“It is also apt that this partnership has formed during the France South Africa Seasons, which is supported by the National Arts Council in South Africa and the Institut Francais,” Mainguet said.

Mainguet added that “Hhola Hhola,” which was in the official selection of the 2010 Durban FilmMart, had been selected for Produire au Sud Script Studio as part of the Seasons. The film’s director Madoda Ncayiyana (pictured) and producer Julie Frederikse of Vuleka Productions in Durban were also participants in the Produire au Sud workshop in Nantes in 2004 with their film project “Izulu Lami” (My Secret Sky).

Durban Film Office’s Toni Monty added, “With our objective to facilitate the development of African film content and fuel business and employment opportunities in the industry, this partnership is a welcome addition to the growing importance of the DFM and the value it provides filmmakers.”

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