Kenyan animators can submit a project for Durban FilmMart

The festival is scheduled for July 2023; the application deadline is October 31.

The Durban FilmMart Institute (DFMI) has opened the call for animation projects in development for the 2023 Pitch and Finance Forum, in collaboration with the Cape Town International Animation Film Festival (CTIAF) and the Tshimologong Digital Innovation Precinct (Tshimologong).

DFMI hopes to select 10 official animation projects in development to present to a panel of international decision makers made up of potential co-producers, broadcasters, film funds and distributors at the 14th Durban FilmMart (DFM) taking place in July 2023.

“2022 marked the first time that DFM officially welcomed animation projects to showcase in the marketplace,” said Magdalene Reddy, Managing Director of DFMI. “The presentations were well received by the industry and the filmmakers were eager to share their stories, which we look forward to seeing in the very near future. Together with our partners at CTIAF and Tshimologong, we hope to deepen the program for animators on the continent by providing more presentation opportunities, extended development and greater industry engagements.

The DFM Pitch and Finance Forum consists of a public presentation, one-on-one meetings with decision makers and 8 weeks of online mentoring prior to the presentation in Durban. This year we are able to offer 5 of the 10 project teams the opportunity to participate in the Route d’Annecy at the CTIAF in addition to their participation in Durban.

“This has proven to be one of the most successful and impactful partnerships that provides our talent with the opportunity to engage with decision makers,” says Lesley Donna William – CEO Tshimologong. “DFMI and CTIAF continue to play a vital role in providing platforms where our talent can access industry experts through the mentorship program and allow them to pitch in front of a panel of broadcast industry decision makers and the distribution. We are proud to announce that we are renewing our partnership with DFMI and CTIAF. We look forward to working together to develop and provide market access to animation industries from different parts of the continent.

“The best way to perfect a pitch is to practice a pitch. Events like this are an integral part of market readiness and I encourage everyone to enter competitions like this to hone their skills,” says Dianne Makings, Director of CTIAF.

The Animation Pitch and Finance Forum will be part of the 14th annual Durban FilmMart event taking place in July 2023 as an in-person event in Durban, South Africa.

The Road to Annecy will be presented at the 2023 Cape Town International Animation Film Festival taking place in April 2023 in Cape Town, South Africa.

Animated fiction and documentary projects in development with at least one African citizen in one of the key creative roles (writer, director or producer) will be considered for the program. Proof of African citizenship or birth must be provided through a certified passport/ID card or birth certificate. Projects must have both a director and a producer attached. Projects will be selected by an external panel of industry professionals.

It is open to creative professionals from six partner countries; Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq, Kenya, Senegal and South Africa.

Shortlisted projects will be contacted by email in November 2022. The deadline for applications is October 31.

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