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African film Elelwani to kick off Durban International Film Festival 2012

Wanda Hennig

South Africa Travel Examiner

The Durban International Film Festival (DIFF) has announced the selection of Elelwani as the movie that will launch the 33rd edition of South Africa’s largest and longest running film festival. This world premiere opening night screening takes place on July 19.

Directed by Ntshavheni wa Luruli and produced by Florian Schattauer, Elelwani deals with the collision of modernity and traditionalism, through an updated, magical realist take on the very first and much loved Tshivenda novel of the same name, says media relations manager Sharlene Versfeld.

“Against a backdrop of startling primary colors and rich ochre hues, young Elelwani (perfectly played by the beautiful Florence Masebe, pictured) must negotiate her transition into fully-fledged womanhood amidst the conflicting flows of rigidly patriarchal cultural protocol, and opportunities that may offer her a chance to grow in new ways, but that will sever her from her roots.”

According to Luruli, who regards this as a very personal project, “Elelwani is the first Venda feature film, in Tshivenda language. It is about a progressive young woman growing up in the new South Africa, trying to shed her cultural past but later realizing its value; that the past is still relevant in dealing with the present, including the future.”

The complexity of the way in which this story is handled, as well as deft directorial auteurship, suggests that this film will slot easily into the canon alongside the great African films, and DIFF is proud to present the historic moment of its first public screening, says Versfeld.

“With a radiantly fresh African aesthetic and warmly dark historical undercurrents, Elelwani will set the tone for the following 10 days of cinematic excellence at the festival.”

Running for 10 days from July 19 to 29 the Durban International Film Festival will offer over 250 screenings, most of which are South African premieres.
For more information go to the DIFF website, Twitter: @DIFFest or e-mail [email protected].

Organized by the Centre for Creative Arts (University of KwaZulu-Natal) the Durban International Film Festival is supported by the National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund (was both the first funder of the film and is the principal funder of the festival), National Film and Video Foundation, KwaZulu-Natal Department of Economic Development andTourism, HIVOS, City of Durban, German Embassy, Goethe Institut, Industrial Development Corporation, The French Season in South Africa, KwaZulu-Natal Department of Arts and Culture and other partners.

http://www.examiner.com/article/
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Durban Film Festival and FILMMART

All things related to the fest and business sessions
 

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SA 3D animation film to close 33rd Durban International Film Festival
Published: 22 June 2012

South African 3D animation, Adventures in Zambezia, has been selected as the closing film for the 33rd Durban International Film Festival.

The festival, which runs from 19 to 29 July, with principal funding by the National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund, will present Adventures in Zambezia on 28 July, immediately following the festival award evening.

Director Wayne Thornhill at Triggerfish Studios in Cape Town says: "This coming of age story was a coming of age for the whole crew, and dare I say, South African animation. Over three grueling years, it turned many young, talented people into talented veterans of the industry. I am exceptionally proud to present their work to the world. I think it is of a quality not seen before in South African animation, and that it points to a bright future for a small industry that can punch well above its weight."

The film relates the inspiring tale of an intrepid young falcon, Kai, who seeks out a rumoured bird city called Zambezia, where he hopes to find personal prestige as a talented flyer. But his competitive individualist ways must give way to working together with his fellow feathered friends in order to save the whole community. The film moves away from the predictable narrative of many international animated children's films, towards an entirely fresh, distinctively African structure. While on the one hand this is Kai's story, on the other it is a story about an entire nation - a story of ubuntu.

For more information on the 33rd Durban International Film Festival visit www.durbanfilmfest.co.za.


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Durban to play Asian tunes
By Patrick Frater

Tue, 03 July 2012, 08:05 AM (HKT)
Festival News

The Durban International Film Festival has assembled a strong selection of Asian films for its 33rd edition (19-29 July).

South Africa's longest-running film festival, the DIFF presents over 290 screenings of current films from around the world, with strong focus on South African and African cinema. Screenings take place throughout Durban including township areas where cinemas are non-existent.

The festival also runs extensive seminar and workshop programmes to stimulate industry capacity.

Asian films in the line-up include
Competition
Beautiful Miss Jin (South Korea, pictured)
A Simple Life (Hong Kong)
Good Bye (Iran)

Other sections
Captive (The Philippines)
Fable of the Fish (The Philippines)
Final Whistle (Iran)
Hara-kiri (Japan)
I Wish (Japan)
Our Homeland (Japan)
Scabbard Samurai (Japan)
Tatsumi (Singapore)
Warriors of Rainbow, Seediq Bale (Taiwan)

Documentaries
Planet of Snail (South Korea)
Bitter Seeds (India)
This Is Not A Film (Iran)


http://www.filmbiz.asia/news/durban-to-play-asian-tunes
 

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Durban FilmMart update
Wed, 04 Jul 2012 12:00




The Durban FilmMart co-production and finance market recently highlighted some of its partners, experts and special guests attending the event in 2012. Durban FilmMart is taking place from 20 to 23 July, and is a joint programme of the Durban Film Office (DFO) and the Durban International Film Festival (DIFF).

Durban-based Videovision Entertainment is returning as sponsor of the Best South African Project award presented at the Durban FilmMart Closing Night and Awards ceremony on 23 July. The prize - valued at R75,000 - goes towards the print, advertising and marketing costs related to the theatrical release of the film project. Additionally, Videovision Entertainment guarantees the film distribution in South Africa. The objective of the award is to nurture and develop emerging South African filmmakers, which is a key objective of the company.

Commenting on the sponsorship, Videovision Entertainment’s CEO, Anant Singh said, “We are delighted to be returning as the sponsor of the Best South African Project prize at the Durban FilmMart this year. We are firmly committed to the South African film industry and believe that there is a wealth of emerging filmmakers who are extremely talented. Our sponsorship is designed such that these emerging filmmakers are motivated with the knowledge that a theatrical release is guaranteed. We look forward to exciting and innovative projects at Durban FilmMart this year.”

Industry expert Roshanak Behesht Nedjad from EAVE (European Audiovisual Entrepreneurs) will be presenting a Masterclass on Finance at the Durban FilmMart this year. The Masterclass, which is open to all DFM participants and delegates with an interest in acquiring finance to their film projects, will offer invaluable advice from the award-winning producer.

Behesht Nedjad is one of the founders and producers of Flying Moon, a prominent Berlin-based production company that has received over 70 nominations and 40 awards at international film festivals since its inception in 1999. She is a graduate of the EAVE European Producers Workshop programme and works with several EAVE initiatives including European Producers Workshop and Interchange, their Middle East programme. Most recently she delivered a Masterclass at the 2012 Cannes Producers Network titled ‘Branding Yourself & Your Projects’. She also serves as a member of the German Film Academy as well as the European Film Academy.

A special guest attending Durban FilmMart this year is Bankside Film’s Alice Ramsey, who will be attending as a Financier for the Durban FilmMart’s Finance Forum. Ramsey is a Sales & Acquisitions Co-ordinator at the International sales company, and will be looking to partner with projects with an international appeal. Based in London, Bankside Films operates in an executive producer capacity, utilising its extensive relationships with international financiers and distributors to source funding and pre-sales in order to move projects into production.

For more information, visit http://www.durbanfilmmart.com
 

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Durban International Film Festival opens this week
16 Jul 2012 10:21

The 33rd Durban International Film Festival begins screenings at Ster-Kinekor Theatres, Musgrave and Cinema Nouveau, Gateway from Thursday 19 July 2012.

Putting Africa in the spotlight are films such as Elelwani by Ntshavheni wa Luruli, starring Florence Masebe, which will be opening the festival as well as the story of animal kingdom ubuntu in the pioneering 3D animation, Adventures in Zambezia, which will close the festival.

European films include Le Havre by Aki Kaurusmäki and Michael Glawogger's *****'s Glory from Austria. There will be a focus on French film, such as the biopic on Burmese leader Aung San Sui Kyi, The Lady. Eco-issues will be explored in films such as Bitter Seeds and LoveMEATender. Each theme highlights filmmakers' talents and passion in comedies, documentaries, drama and storytelling.

Top picks include Searching for Sugarman - The Rodriguez Story and Beasts of the Southern Wild directed by Benh Zeitlin, which are exclusive to Ster-Kinekor Cinema Nouveau. To Rome with Love - releasing 24 August 2012 at Cinema Nouveau nationwide, 2 Days in New York, Rebel Sessions and Surfing and Sharks with many more films and documentaries to entertain and educate.


http://www.bizcommunity.com/Article/196/97/78443.html
 

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I think we need to bare in mind that 5 events are running simulataneously... 4 of the most important film related events on the continent and one soo durban.

33rd Durban International Film Festival
5th Durban Talent Campus (with strong ties to Talent Campus globally)
3rd Durban FilmMart (The film financing meeting in africa)
Canal+ Annual Conference of Anglophone African TV broadcasters
5th Wavescape Surf Film Festival

Its becoming another mighty events package of its own.
 

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Durban FilmMart a success
Tue, 24 Jul 2012 15:07


Over 400 delegates from around the African continent attended the Durban FilmMart Co-Production & Finance Market which drew to a close on 23 July. A joint programme between the Durban International Film Festival (DIFF) and the Durban Film Office (DFO), Durban FilmMart highlighted training and funding opportunities, facilitated skills development and comprehensive industry engagements and promoted interaction between African filmmakers and international key experts.

The event took place at the Blue Waters Hotel in Durban, South Africa and with an awards ceremony which recognised and honoured outstanding feature film and documentary film projects emanating from the African continent. (See story headlined Durban FilmMart winners announced.)

“It has been our labour of love to promote and develop the African Film Industry which is both our livelihood and passion,” said DIFF director Peter Rorvik at the close of the event. “We have walked away from this event remaining true to our African roots and local story-telling in the face of global and commercial film industry trends; this is what our primary message to our delegates has been.”

DFO head Toni Monty expressed satisfaction with representation at the event. “Our large contingent of delegates have shown and expressed their support and appreciation to the Durban FilmMart. This is a major indication that we are addressing the needs and challenges relevant to African Cinema.

The Durban Film Mart programme was undertaken in threefold; the development platform Finance Forum which is open to selected documentary and feature film projects and the Master classes and Africa in Focus range of panel discussions and seminars which are both open to all participants and delegates of the event.

DIFF’s range of Africa in Focus panel discussion sessions highlighted the nitty-gritty of film production in Africa from sourcing international coproduction, access to global funding and training opportunities, film packaging, marketing and distribution to developing authentic African stories and digital and new media technology.

Master classes were held with acclaimed local and international experts in the fields. These included: Getting to Greenlight for independent producing with acclaimed South African producer Helena Spring; Co-production and Finance between Africa and Europe with Roshanak Behesht Nedjad and Developing African Stories for Global Markets with Scriptwriting expert Jacques Akchoti, both of the European Audio Visual Entrepreneurs (EAVE); and visual film experts Stefan Puschendorf and Steve Macpherson as part of the COA partnership leading discussions on the Art of 3D Dimension and Pre-visualisation to Virtual Production Technologies respectively.

The Africa in Focus programme also includes presentations by the National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF) which present its annual comprehensive industry engagement under the guidance of newly-appointed CEO Zama Mkosi. This session provided a platform for industry dialogue between executive management of the national body and the South African film industry and the public.

In addition the NFVF facilitated the high level scriptwriting training and development programme Sediba Spark Masterclass targeted at providing foundational principles of scriptwriting. Also on the programme was the NFVF’s ‘In Conversation with Filmmakers on International Platforms’ series.

The NFVF has been a long-time funder and partner of the Durban International Film Festival and this year also committed its support to the Durban FilmMart.

Driving the agenda of African Film Industry was the presence of a dozen African broadcasters for the first time at the Durban FilmMart as part of sponsors Canal France International’s contribution to the France South Africa Season 2012 & 2013.

The ‘Meet the funders’ panel discussion, another event highlight on the schedule of events, introduced a group of international funders and co-producers who informed delegates of the many funding opportunities available with a vested interest in African Cinema.

Delegates and participants also had the opportunity hear the first-hand accounts of filmmakers who had participated in film funding, mentorship and residency programmes as well meeting with local and international television broadcasters who are currently seeking proposals for authentic African stories. The programme also delved into case studies unpacking the challenges and experiences of African distributors as well as Documentary Filmmakers Association case studies of transmedia projects.

Also high on the agenda was the significant launch on the KZN Film Commission, a project undertaken by the KZN Department of Economic Development and Tourism which will be mandated to develop, promote and market the province of KZN as a global destination for film production to a local, national and international audience as well as facilitate the investment in the film industry in the province of KZN.

For more information on the Durban FilmMart visit www.durbanfilmmart.com

http://www.screenafrica.com/page/news/festivals/1337751-Durban-FilmMart-a-success
 

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Good that KZN is finally establishing its own film commission...

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South African province bows film commission: Pols hope body will attract shoots to KwaZulu-Natal
Christopher Vourlias

11:55 p.m. CDT, July 24, 2012

DURBAN, South Africa -- The province of KwaZulu-Natal has launched a film commission that is expected to boost South Africa's rapidly growing film industry.Ads by Google

Speaking at a ceremony during the Durban Film Festival on Monday, minister of economic development and tourism Michael Mabuyakhulu said the commission would add to the region's rich cinematic heritage and become a vital engine for growth.

Citing the area's appeal, Mabuyakhulu noted, "Our province is blessed with scenic beauty and favorable exchange rates, which make it up to 40% cheaper to make a movie in KwaZulu-Natal than in Europe or the U.S."

The minister expressed his hope that the commission would increase the province's competitiveness both internationally and domestically; more established film industries already exist in Cape Town and Johannesburg.

The KwaZulu-Natal film industry contributed nearly $70 million to the provincial economy last year, according to Mabuyakhulu.

He said that the commission would play a vital role in developing the local biz "along the industry value chain," from script development to exhibition.

It's the country's third film commission after the Johannesburg-based Gauteng Film Commission and the Cape Film Commission, based in Cape Town.

Situated on the Indian Ocean coast, KwaZulu-Natal has been used as a location for films including helmer Edward Zwick's Leo DiCaprio starrer "Blood Diamond" and South African helmer Darrell Roodt's "Yesterday."

http://www.chicagotribune.com/enter...varietynvr1118056977-20120724,0,4759442.story
 

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Wavescape film fest 'best yet'

26 July 2012 - 15:43
By Hannah Keal

Organisers of this year's Wavescape Surf Film Festival, which forms a part of the Durban International Film Festival, have hailed it as the best yet.


Wavescape's Steve Pike - better known as Spike - says a number of the surf film screenings have sold out, and there was a good response to their Bay of Plenty beach clean-up.

He says there are still two days to catch the Wavescape films on the big screen.

"One of my favourite films is Come Hell or High Water, a really beautiful film about body surfing. We've also got Rebel Sessions, which is about the big wave season in Cape Town last year and [stars] some of the pre-eminent big wave surfers, including Twiggy Baker, who is obviously from Durban," he said.

Meanwhile, Spike will be presenting a talk on weather, waves and wave formation as part of the programme tomorrow night. He says the talk will likely appeal to any ocean users.

http://www.ecr.co.za/kagiso/content...ail&pid=490476&Wavescape-film-fest--best-yet-
 

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Michael Haneke’s “Amour” wins top prize at Durban International Film Festival 2012

By NewsDesk
Sunday, July 29th, 2012

Love (Amour) directed by Michael Haneke won the Best Feature Film award at the 33rd edition of the Durban International Film Festival that announced its award-winners on July 28, 2012.

The Best First Feature Film prize went to Julia Leigh for Sleeping Beauty (Australia).

The Best South African Feature Film was awarded to Adventures in Zambezia (South Africa), directed by Wayne Thornley.

The Amnesty International Durban Human Rights Award went to Malika Zouhali-Worral and Katherine Fairfax Wright’s film Call Me Kuchu which focuses on attacks on gays in Uganda.

The full list of awards is:

Best Film: Love (Amour) (France, Austria, Germany), directed by Michael Haneke

Best South African Feature Film: Adventures in Zambezia (South Africa), directed by Wayne Thornley

Best First Feature Film: Sleeping Beauty (Australia), directed by Julia Leigh

Best Director: Benh Zeitlin for Beasts Of The Southern Wild (USA)

Best Actress: Deanie Ip in A Simple Life (Tao Jie) (Hong Kong SAR China)

Best Actor: Joseph Wairimu in Nairobi Half Life (Kenya, Germany)

Best Cinematography: Gökhan Tiryaki for Once Upon A Time In Anatolia (Bir Zamanlar Anadolu’da) (Bosnia and Herzegovina, Turkey)



Best Screenplay: Ercan Kesal, Ercan Ceylan and Nuri Bilge Ceylan for Once Upon A Time In Anatolia (Bir Zamanlar Anadolu’da) (Bosnia and Herzegovina, Turkey)

Special Jury Mention Feature Film: Goodbye (Be Omid E Didar) (Iran), directed by Mohammad Rasoulof

Best Documentary: 5 Broken Cameras (Palestinian Territories, France, Israel, The Netherlands), directed by Guy Davidi

Best South African Documentary: The African Cypher (South Africa), directed by Bryan Little

Documentary Special Jury Mention: Calvet (Costa Rica, France, Nicaragua, United Kingdom, United States), directed by Dominic Allan

Best Short Film: The Bird Spider (La Migala) (Spain), directed by Jaime Dezcallar

Best South African Short Film: Doppelganger (South Africa), directed by Joshua Rous

Amnesty International Durban Human Rights Award: Call Me Kuchu (USA), directed by Malika Zouhali-Worral and Katherine Fairfax Wright

DIFF Wavescape Audience Choice Award: The Art of Flight (USA), directed by Curt Morgan

DIFF Documentary Audience Choice Award: Searching for Sugarman (Sweden, United Kingdom), directed by Malik Bendjellou

DIFF Feature Film Audience Choice Award: The Lady (France, United Kingdom), directed by Luc Besson


http://dearcinema.com/news/michael-...-durban-international-film-festival-2012/0342
 

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Article excerpts with DIFF prizemoney details...

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Award-winners announced at DIFF
Sharlene Versfeld
07/29/2012 06:44:54

The 33rd edition of the Durban International Film Festival, with principal funding from the National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund, this evening (Saturday, July 28) announced its award-winners, prior to the closing film.

Winner of the Best Feature Film award, Love (Amour) was applauded by the International Jury as “unmissable”, and the film’s director Michael Haneke, as a “contemporary master with an astute understanding of his cinematic world”. The Best Feature Film award carries a cash prize of R50 000.

The international Jury which comprised Zimbabwean filmmaker and novelist Tsitsi Dangarembga, hot South African director Oliver Hermanus, producer and television presenter Kgomotso Matsunyane, and Canadian producer, director Peter Wintonick also awarded the Best First Feature Film prize ( R20 000) to Australian Julia Leigh for Sleeping Beauty (Australia).

Animation Film wins best SA prize

Receiving a cash prize of R30 000, the Best South African Feature Film was awarded to Adventures in Zambezia (South Africa), directed by Wayne Thornley. Of the large number of South African films screened this year, the jury’s unanimous voice lauded this film as one with “strong writing and direction, and beautiful animation infused with the spirit of the continent…” and one that “tells an African story from an African perspective while having clear global appeal”.

The Amnesty International Durban Human Rights Award, with a prize of € 2,500, went to Malika Zouhali-Worral and Katherine Fairfax Wright’s film Call Me Kuchu which focuses on attacks on gay people in Uganda.



http://www.artlink.co.za/news_article.htm?contentID=30699
 

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FilmMart winners with prizemoney details...

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Durban FilmMart wraps with development, production grants and festival invites

26 July, 2012
By Andreas Wiseman


The Durban FilmMart (July 20-23) wrapped this week with a number of African projects awarded development and production funding and grants to attend European film festivals.

Producers and directors of 12 documentaries and 11 features pitched their projects during one-on-one sessions with international film funders, broadcasters, distributors and sales agents.

The winners were announced at the closing night awards ceremony.

• The Hubert Bals Fund Award of €5000 towards script and project development for The Most Promising African Project went to Live from Zimbabwe; producer Jackie Cahi and director Rumbi Katedzi.

• Three producers were awarded the prize to attend the Rotterdam Lab 2013 presented by Bianca Taal of the International Film Festival Rotterdam’s CineMart. They were David Horler for Flatland (South Africa), Ikechukwu Omenaihe for In Silence… &In Tears (Nigeria) and Jackie Cahi for Live from Zimbabwe (Zimbabwe).

• Isabel Arrate Fernandez of the International Documentary Festival of Amsterdam (IDFA) and the IDFA Fund presented the Most Promising Documentary Projects, together with Himesh Kar of WorldView which awarded the two travel grant funds totalling €5000 for travel and accommodation for two filmmaker teams to IDFA. The prize was given to director Anjali Nayar and director Hawa Essuman for Logs of War (Kenya) and producer Neil Brandt and director Riaan Hendricks for The Devils Lair (SA).

• WorldView also awarded a €5000 to The Most Promising Feature Projects to producer and director David Horler and Jenna Cato Bass for Flatland (SA).

• EAVE CEO Alan Fountain awarded a prize to attend the European Producers Workshop. The award was given to producer and director David Horler and Jenna Cato Bass for Flatland (SA)

• Arte France awarded the Best Feature Film Project award of €6000 to producer Steven Markovitz and Wanuri Kahiu for Jambula Tree (a SA/Kenya coproduction)

• Canal France International (CFI) awarded the The Most Promising Project to Joel Karekezi (director and producer) for The Mercy of the Jungle (Rwanda).

• Videovision’s Best South African Film Project prize of R75000, presented by Sanjeev Singh was awarded to The Visit, a coproduction by Imraan Jeeva, Omar Khan and Sara Blecher and directed by Nadia Davids.


http://www.screendaily.com/news/pro...n-grants-and-festival-invites/5044760.article
 

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Attendance has gone up again...

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Durban International Film Festival: It's a wrap
Sharlene Versfeld
08/01/2012 13:17:53

A total attendance of 31 012 was recorded, including workshop and seminar programmes – 1 500 up on 2011 figures – at the 33rd Durban International Film Festival.

Says DIFF Director, Peter Rorvik: “Feedback has been very positive, from filmmakers and public alike. The selection of films has drawn good responses, and we were particularly pleased with the increased line-up of South African films this year. The French Focus went well, while the Wavescape component and the schools screenings were as popular as ever. Moving the festival hub and industry programmes to the beachfront was well-received and the success of the Durban FilmMart and Talent Campus is a good indicator of industry development both locally and across the continent. Congratulations to the award-winners, thank you to the juries and also the audience for voting in the audience awards. Special thanks to the National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund, the National Film and Video Foundation and the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Economic Development and Tourism and other funders and partners.“

Winner of the Best Feature Film award, Love (Amour) was applauded by the International Jury as “unmissable”, and the film’s director Michael Haneke, as a “contemporary master with an astute understanding of his cinematic world”. The Best Feature Film award carries a cash prize of R50 000.

The international Jury which comprised Zimbabwean filmmaker and novelist Tsitsi Dangarembga, hot South African director Oliver Hermanus, producer and television presenter Kgomotso Matsunyane, and Canadian producer and director Peter Wintonick, also awarded the Best First Feature Film prize (R20 000) to Australian director Julia Leigh for Sleeping Beauty.

Animation Film wins best SA prize

Receiving a cash prize of R30 000, the Best South African Feature Film was awarded to Adventures in Zambezia (South Africa), directed by Wayne Thornley. Of the large number of South African films screened this year, the jury’s unanimous voice lauded this film as one with “strong writing and direction, and beautiful animation infused with the spirit of the continent…” and one that “tells an African story from an African perspective while having clear global appeal”.

The Amnesty International Durban Human Rights Award, with a prize of € 2,500, went to Malika Zouhali-Worral and Katherine Fairfax Wright’s film Call Me Kuchu which focuses on attacks on gay people in Uganda.

The full list of awards is:

Best Film: Love (Amour) (France, Austria, Germany), directed by Michael Haneke

“Michael Haneke is undoubtedly a contemporary master with an astute understanding of his cinematic world. Amour is a simple, universal, beautiful and emotional film, tackling a subject most other filmmakers avoid – old age and death. His craftsmanship is unmatched. His collaboration with his two key performers, Emmanuelle Riva and Jean-Louis Trintignant, is an exercise in artistic brilliance. This is an unmissable film; a gift.”

Best South African Feature Film: Adventures in Zambezia (South Africa), directed by Wayne Thornley

“We were particularly impressed with the large number of South African films that were screened this year. Of the several strong contenders, we were unanimous in choosing Adventures in Zambezia as the best South African film. With strong writing and direction, and beautiful animation infused with the spirit of the continent, it tells an African story from an African perspective while having clear global appeal. In the process, it challenges the dominant animation studios on their own turf, and shows that the South African film industry can produce universally accessible world class cinema without sacrificing its own identity.”

Best First Feature Film: Sleeping Beauty (Australia), directed by Julia Leigh

“Sleeping Beauty is a tour de force. Julia Leigh, in her first directorial efforts, has announced herself as a talent of the future. This ground-breaking, provocative, and arresting film explores society’s obsession with beauty. This was a film that stayed with the jury’s collective mind, from the very beginning. Leigh unifies all the creative elements in perfect harmony, which makes for an excellent, unforgettable cinematic experience.”

Best Director: Benh Zeitlin for Beasts Of The Southern Wild (USA)

“A true director demonstrates the perfect marriage of content and creativity. This is an unforgettable cinematic feast of energy, emotion and magic realism. The direction is assured, appropriate and intelligent. Styled in an organic, visceral mix of images and dreams, Zeitlin’s direction is as impressive as it is resonant.”

Best Actress: Deanie Ip in A Simple Life (Tao Jie) (Hong Kong SAR China)

“For her diverse and emotive interpretation of Ah Tao, a 70-year-old Hong Kong maid who suffers a stroke and moves into a nursing home, Deanie Ip delivers an outstanding, endearing, evocative and under-stated performance. Her sensitive portrayal is truly moving and authentic.”

Best Actor: Joseph Wairimu in Nairobi Half Life (Kenya, Germany)

“From the very opening moments of Nairobi Half Life, actor Joseph Wairimu charms us with his endearing characterization of Mwas. His role as a young actor who tries to resist becoming a reluctant hustler, transcends both comedy and drama. His performance embodies the hunger of Kenyan youth hoping to carve out better lives for themselves.”

Best Cinematography: Gökhan Tiryaki for Once Upon A Time In Anatolia (Bir Zamanlar Anadolu’da) (Bosnia and Herzegovina, Turkey)

“From the opening shot until the very last frame, Gökhan Tiryaki’s controlled and deliberate cinematography uses attention to details, lighting and framing to enhance this very meditative film about life and death. His unobtrusive camerawork and naturalist lighting constructions make this film’s journey increasingly haunting.”

Best Screenplay: Ercan Kesal, Ercan Ceylan and Nuri Bilge Ceylan for Once Upon A Time In Anatolia (Bir Zamanlar Anadolu’da) (Bosnia and Herzegovina, Turkey)

“…a truly original, unpredictable, and philosophical exploration. The quiet release of the narrative demonstrates an assured sense of control and vision. A film that debates fundamental human principles, Once Upon A Time in Anatolia is a rare piece of cinematic storytelling.”

Special Jury Mention Feature Film: Goodbye (Be Omid E Didar) (Iran), directed by Mohammad Rasoulof

“Every filmmaking country has a responsibly to address the disturbing and continuing issue of censorship and control when it comes to the expression of life through cinema. Mohammad Rasoulof’s Iranian film Goodbye (Be Omid E Didar) is a brave work that reminds us that there are still too many countries that mute the voices and visions of artists. We can never take freedom of expression for granted no matter where we live. Mohammad Rasoulof has made a haunting film to show us the length that governments can go to extinguish the voices of its people.”

Best Documentary: 5 Broken Cameras (Palestinian Territories, France, Israel, The Netherlands), directed by Emad Burnat and Guy Davidi

“…for its emotional impact and power in making the political personal, and for taking us so intimately into a community’s lives.”

Best South African Documentary: The African Cypher (South Africa), directed by Bryan Little

“…for conveying the energy and creativity of young people across South Africa today.”

Special Jury Mention Documentary: Calvet (Costa Rica, France, Nicaragua, United Kingdom, United States), directed by Dominic Allan

…for being a reminder of the transformative power of art, both in terms of its subject matter and form.”

Best Short Film: The Bird Spider (La Migala) (Spain), directed by Jaime Dezcallar

“A subtly nuanced and poetic take on the fear and pain of loss that brings metaphor powerfully to life.”

Best South African Short Film: Doppelganger (South Africa), directed by Joshua Rous

“This South African short exemplifies visceral camera work, high production value, and an innovative take on an established plot device.”

Amnesty International Durban Human Rights Award: Call Me Kuchu (USA), directed by Malika Zouhali-Worral and Katherine Fairfax Wright

“At a time when many gay people live under threat of attack, the Amnesty International jurors chose to give the 2012 Human Rights Award to the filmmakers of Call me Kuchu. This film has the potential to travel globally. In particular, it can be used in the African region to inform, encourage discussion, and support campaigns against hate crimes, and especially by defenders of the human rights and freedoms of LGBTI people. It is one of only a handful of current films in circulation on this vital human rights issue.”

DIFF Wavescape Film Festival Audience Award: The Art of Flight (USA), directed by Curt Morgan

DIFF Documentary Audience Award: Searching for Sugarman (Sweden, United Kingdom), directed by Malik Bendjellou

DIFF Feature Film Audience Award: The Lady (France, United Kingdom), directed by Luc Besson

Juries

The International Jury of Tsitsi Dangarembga (Zimbabwean filmmaker and novelist), Oliver Hermanus South African director), Kgomotso Matsunyane (South African director, producer and television presenter), and Peter Wintonick (Canadian producer and director), awarded prizes to fiction feature films for the following categories: Best Feature Film Best First Feature Film; Best Direction; Best Cinematography; Best Screenplay; Best Actor; Best Actress.

Best South African Feature Film Award Jury: Junaid Ahmed (Director and Producer, Fineline Productions), Peter Machen (Journalist and Film Critic) and Madoda Ncayiyana (Director and Producer, Vuleka Productions).

Best Documentary and Best South African Documentary Jury: Lindiwe Dovey (director of the Film Afrika festival and academic at SOAS, University of London), Rosie Motene (television presenter, actress) and Robbie Thorpe (director and producer, Rififi Pictures).

Best Short Film and Best South African Short Film Jury: Tiny Mungwe (filmmaker, project coordinator, Durban FilmMart), Darren Murray (Producer, Collective Film and Video), Zandile Tembe (radio journalist, Ukhozi FM).

Amnesty International Durban Human Rights Award Jury: Hylton Alcock (producer, Catch a Fire Production), Anita Khana (producer, Uhuru Productions), Nonhlanhla Mkhize (director, Durban Gay and Lesbian Centre), Liz Palmer and Coral Vinsen (Amnesty International Durban).

The 33rd Durban International Film Festival was organised by the Centre For Creative Arts (University of KwaZulu-Natal) with support by the National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund (principal funder), National Film and Video Foundation, KwaZulu-Natal Department of Economic Development and Tourism, HIVOS, City of Durban, German Embassy in South Africa, Goethe Institut of South Africa, Industrial Development Corporation, KwaZulu-Natal Department of Arts and Culture, France-South Africa Seasons 2012-2013, and a range of other valued partners.


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Great to see the Festival and its combined events growing in stature year on year and making its mark step by step on the world stage as the platform for the growing African Film Industry
 

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Durban International Film Festival
18 Jul - 28 Jul 2013

34th Durban International Film Festival 18 - 28 July

Each July/August the Durban International Film Festival ( DIFF), the oldest and largest festival in Southern Africa, presents over 250 screenings celebrating the best in South African, African and international cinema; with filmmaker workshops, industry seminars, discussion forums, community engagement events, competitions and much more. The DIFF co-hosts the Durban FilmMart, in partnership with the Durban Film Office and since 2008 runs the Talent Campus Durban in co-operation with the Berlin Talent Campus of the Berlin International Film Festival.

The Durban International Film Festival is organised by the Centre For Creative Arts (University Of KwaZulu-Natal) with principal support by the National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund, and funding from the National Film and Video Foundation, KwaZulu-Natal Department of Economic Development and Tourism, HIVOS, City Of Durban, German Embassy, Goethe Institut, Industrial Development Corporation, Commonwealth Foundation and a range of other valued partners.

Contact:
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Telephone: +27 (0)31 260 2506
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The Durban FilmMart (DFM)

19 Jul- 22 Jul 2013

The Durban FilmMart (DFM) is a joint programme of the Durban Film Office (DFO) and the Durban International Film Festival (DIFF) and takes place in conjunction with Durban International Film Festival.The Durban FilmMart Finance Forum provides selected African film-makers with the opportunity to pitch film projects to leading financiers. The Durban FilmMart also facilitates networking opportunities in order for African and international filmmakers to form alliances for future collaborations.

The Durban FilmMart aims to:

Raise the visibility of projects from the African Continent and create networking opportunities with potential co-producers and other industry partners.
Facilitate funding for promising projects and accelerate financing of participating projects through transnational cooperation.
Stimulate production of African content and promote international co-production opportunities.
Encourage project collaboration between African Filmmakers.
Act as a feeder stage for established co-production markets across the globe.

For more information on Durban FilmMart on how to submit your project and the necessary requirements, go to www.durbanfilmmart.com.

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Durban FilmMart signs agreement with Paris Project
Published: 27 February 2013

A strategic new partnership was formed at the 2013 Rotterdam CineMart when the Durban FilmMart signed an agreement with Paris Project. This is the co-production and development platform of the Paris Cinema International Film Festival, which is chaired by celebrated actress Charlotte Rampling.

One of the key objectives of the DFM, a joint programme of the Durban Film Office (DFO) and the Durban International Film Festival (DIFF), is to act as a valuable feeder stage in bringing African projects to other established co-production markets across the globe.

“The partnership sees a Paris Project Award being given to a DFM project and is a welcome addition to the DFM prize-list.” says Toni Monty, of the Durban Film Office. “Representatives of one DFM project will be selected to attend the prestigious annual Paris Cinema International Film Festival, further strengthening strategic linkages between France and the next generation of African filmmakers.”

One project will be awarded two complimentary return air tickets and four nights’ accommodation to participate in the market and increase their global networks. Paris Project is one of the selected events in the South Africa France Season, and one project from the 2012 DFM will be selected for the 2013 market.

“We look forward to engaging with some of Africa’s leading film talent through this award,” says Aude Hesbert of Paris Cinema International Film Festival. “It is especially exciting to be launching this award when France is looking to the south for cultural and aesthetic inspiration during the South Africa France Season 2013.”

Paris Cinema, supported by the Paris City Hall, is described as an annual democratic and off-beat event that aims to discover up and coming filmmakers through an international competition, but also explores a wide range of cinematic styles (through French Premieres, retrospectives, tributes as well as outdoor and special events), in early July at many locations all over Paris.

“Since its inception, DFM has been fortunate to secure valuable local and international partners, sponsors and backers that have supported the development and growth of the both the market and the projects presented.” says Monty. “DFM aims to continue to build on this partnership base to ensure that we are is able to offer participants a broad range of opportunities and market access points. So we are truly pleased to have added another really significant prize and opportunity to the market.”

The fourth Durban FilmMart will take place from Friday, 19 to Monday, 22 July during the 34th edition of the Durban International Film Festival (from Thursday, 18 to Sunday, 28 July) and will present an official selection of about 10 fiction projects and 10 documentary projects.

For more information on the Durban FilmMart visit www.durbanfilmmart.com. Entries to this year’s DFM are now closed. For further enquires contact [email protected].


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2013 Durban FilmMart announcement
Tue, 30 Apr 2013 09:40

Now in its fourth year, the Durban FilmMart (DFM), which is a joint programme of the Durban Film Office (DFO) and the Durban International Film Festival (DIFF), takes place from 19 to 22 July 2013 during the 34th edition of the DIFF that runs from 18 to 28 July 2013.

The DFM is principally funded by the City of Durban and is a co-production and finance market with aims to reach out to key players in the film sectors, both national and international, to facilitate opportunities for African filmmakers to tap into various sources of funding, encourage co-production, and introduce entry level filmmakers to the industry.

At the DFM’s closed Finance Forum African filmmakers, selected by an international project reader committee, engage in a two-day pitching and packaging training programme prior to the one-on-one meetings with investors where filmmakers pitch their projects.

The Producers’ Forum at DFM is a four-day forum for professional filmmakers where master classes and seminars on critical issues in film are covered. This is a great opportunity for filmmakers from around the globe to gather and network with peers, making new and strengthening existing connections.

Running alongside the DFM professional programme, for which there is a delegate registration fee, there is the free Africa in Focus programme, a four-day series of workshops and seminars for entry level filmmakers, run by the Durban International Film Festival, with a special focus on the development of African content.

DFM is considered an important interface with global film sectors and a significant catalyst for growth of the African film industry. Numerous past projects have come to fruition in full exhibition.

For more information, go to www.durbanfilmmart.com or contact Mona Pilane on [email protected].


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