DFM Announces New Platform for Content sales, Distribution and Festival Strategy

July 2, 2020

The 2020 Durban FilmMart will launch a new platform for content sales, distribution, and festival strategy, the DFM Content Shop as part of this year’s Virtual Edition, which takes place from September 4-13. The DFM opened its call for submissions on 1 July.

The DFM Content Shop is a curated digital catalogue film project that aims to create opportunities and engender inclusivity and champion access to markets for emerging talent as well as established professionals.

The Shop is a space for producers with content ready for the market, to connect with potential buyers.

The Durban FilmMart will select African and African Co-Production projects that are completed (ready to be presented) or in post-production from 2018-2020 in the following categories:

  • Fiction Feature Films (of the minimum runtime of 55 minutes) ready to screen or in advanced post-production stages;
  • Fiction Short Films (up to 55 minutes) ready to screen or in advanced post-production stages;
  • Documentary Films (both feature and short length) ready to screen or in advanced post-production stages;
  • Serials (Web and Television) ready to screen or in advanced post-production stages.

Projects will be presented exclusively to a selected group of international programmers, sales companies, broadcasters, distributors, exhibitors, and talent agents.

The 2020 DFM event is presented by the Durban FilmMart Institute and will be managed by the eThekwini Municipality’s Durban Film Office. Head of the DFO Toni Monty, who has headed up the DFM for the past 10 years says, “This is a particularly exciting addition to the DFM this year. Going online has opened up some really creative ideas to provide more business opportunities for filmmakers, and to bring key members of the film value chain face to face with filmmakers. The Content Shop now provides a collective opportunity for industry professionals to see and engage with an impressive body of African content.”

Submissions are now open and will close on 15 July. Click here to submit your project.

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