The Durban International Film Festival announced its award-winners on July 26 at the closing ceremony of the festival’s 36th edition at the Suncoast Cinecentre, prior to the screening of the closing film, The Prophet directed by Roger Allers. The festival officially closes tomorrow (Sunday) evening after a successful ten days of 255 screenings at 13 venues around the City of Durban, with many sold out houses.
At this years Durban Filmmart, part of the Durban International Film Festival, a new joint initiative was announced between UK-based documentary organisation, BRITDOC and the East African documentary film funder, Docubox.
South Africa is currently in the process of signing a co-production treaty with Brazil, a lengthy process which commenced five years ago. On 20 July, in light of the impending agreement, South Africa’s NFVF and Ancine – the Brazilian National Cinema Agency – presented a panel discussion titled ‘Co-Producing with Brazil’ at the 6th Durban FilmMart.
The Award winning Director and Executive Producer of the critically acclaimed OF GOOD REPORT (winner of 7 SAFTAs in 2014), Jahmil X.T. Qubeka and Lwazi Manzi, have joined forces with Spier Films to develop and produce a number of new films through both Spier Films and a new joint venture called Mercurial Pictures.
DW (France) and Zidaka (South Africa), in partnership with the KwaZulu Natal Film Commission, the National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF), and the Cannes Quinzaine Directors Fortnight, are pleased to announce the selection of the four South African directors.