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Talents Durban Announces 2020 Participants from 19 Countries Across Africa

July 28, 2020

The Durban FilmMart Institute has announced the participants for the 13th edition of Talents Durban, within the official 11th Durban FilmMart (DFM) virtual edition – scheduled to take place from 4 to 13 September.

Talents Durban is a development programme presented in cooperation with Berlinale Talents, an initiative of the Berlin International Film Festival, made up of workshops and seminars for African filmmakers, delivered by film industry professionals and academics.

This year, Talents Durban introduces Francophone projects from the African diaspora as it continues to inspire a sense of community on the continent by representing many languages and cultures. After a rigorous adjudication process, 26 projects and 6 film critics from 19 countries across the continent made the final cut with 6 fiction features, 3 TV/web series, 3 animations, 6 documentaries, 6 fiction shorts films, and 6 film critics selected.

In addition to these 32 Talents, 2019 alumnus Talents award-winner, Xola Mteto will present his project Twelve Pangas along with 30 other projects at the DFM’s Finance Forum.

Official 2020 Talents Durban Participants & Projects

Fiction Feature Selection:

10.628 (Tunisia) Director: Issam Bouguerra

Behind High Walls (South Africa) Director: Jonathan Kyriakou

Between Worlds (Uganda) Screenwriter: Adong Judith

Extravagant Ways to Say Goodbye (South Africa) Screenwriter: Liese Kuhn

Ndi & Friends (Cameroon) Director: Nkuh Paul Samba

Objective Fespaco (Ivory Coast) Director: Yoan Sea Douin Guelaté Casimir


Fiction Shorts Selection:

Happiness (Morocco) Director: Aymen El Hankouri

Kidawa (Tanzania) Director: Florence Mkinga

Paulina (South Africa) Screenwriter: Hlumela Matika

Our Identity (Benin) Director: Dossou Gildas

The Last Scar (Cameroon) Director: Stella Tchuisse

The Robot’s Last Job (South Africa) Screenwriter: Neo Sibiya


Documentary Selection:

Black People Don’t Get Depressed (South Africa) Director: Sara Chitambo

I might not normally share this (Egypt) Director: Noura Sharaf

No winners in war (Botswana) Director: Tricia Laone Sello

Nzonzing (Democratic Republic of Congo) Director: Moimi Wezam

To Be Loved (Togo) Director: Palakiyem Kpatchaa

Their Choir (Morocco) Director: Zineb Chafchaouni

The Kingdom of Masindi (South Africa) Director: Dowelani Edward Nenzhelele


Animation Selection:

The Fam (South Africa) Director: Kabelo Maaka

The Elected (Togo) Director: Kossi Messan Akoda

Lwanda Magere (Kenya) Director: Mark Kinuthia


TV & Web Series Selection:

The Oath (South Africa) Director: Johannes Mzwandile Spirit

Dilema (Kenya) Screenwriter: Voline Ogutu

Leviathan (Cape Verde) Director: Nuno Pereira

Inside (Rwanda) Screenwriter: Denis Valery Ndayishimiye

Talent Press (Film Critic / Journalist) Selection:

Amarachukwu Iwuala (Nigeria)

Donald Matthys (Namibia)

Elinoro Véronique Rajaonah (Madagascar)

Mohamed Moawad (Egypt)

Taryn Joffe (South Africa)

Tsakane Shikwambana (South Africa)

The 13th edition Talents Durban, takes on the overarching DFM theme of ‘Brave New Cinema’ as African film professionals gather to connect, benchmark, share ideas, collaborate, pitch, learn and market their Pan-African work in a global context.

“This year, we are excited that going virtual has meant we are able to welcome more projects from across the continent with a programme that will be delivered in two additional African languages; French and Portuguese,” says Head of the DFM Toni Monty. “This means increased opportunities for African filmmakers to connect across the post-colonial divides and create new robust synergies and networks.”

The Talents will participate in several project-oriented, hands-on skills development programmes. Practical professional development sessions within Talents Durban include Story Junction sessions in which they present their projects, masterclasses, and one-on-one mentorships. Mentors this year for projects are: Moussa Sene Absa,Trish Malone, Jihan El-Tahri , Nadine Cloete, Kethiwe Ngcobo, Isaac Mogajane, Tracey-Lee Rainers, Newton Aduaka and for the film critics, this year’s mentors include Wilfred Okiche and Djia Mambu.

In addition, the Talents will have access to the various DFM sessions that include webinars, and panel discussions with renowned industry filmmakers.

Talents Durban is an initiative of the Durban FilmMart Institute in cooperation with Berlinale Talents, with support from the Durban Film Office.

Talents Durban is one of 7 Talents International Programmes formed by Berlinale Talents in Africa and around the world including Talents Beirut in Lebanon, Talents Buenos Aires in Argentina, Talents Sarajevo in Bosnia-Herzegovina, Talents Tokyo in Japan, Talents Guadalajara in Mexico and Talent Press Rio.


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