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 Delegate registration for Africa’s premier film finance and co-production market, the Durban FilmMart (DFM) has been on since April 18.

Celebrating its 8th edition, this year’s DFM, a joint programme of the Durban Film Office (DFO), the eThekwini Municipality’s industry development unit, and the Durban International Film Festival (DIFF), hosted by the University of KwaZulu-Natal’s Centre for Creative Arts, takes place from July 14 to 17 and will host around 500 delegates from Africa and the world.

The DFM programme provides opportunities for filmmakers to come together with a common focus, network and keep themselves updated on the latest trends and developments within the industry.

“The objective of the DFM is to provide a market platform for African projects in development that supports and encourages project collaboration between African filmmakers,” says Toni Monty, of the Durban Film Office who heads up the DFM programme.

“We are very excited about this year’s programme, which will be published next week. International programme partners for 2017 include the International Film Festival Rotterdam’s (IFFR) CineMart, the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA), Sundance Institute, AfriDocs, Talents Durban, Caribbean Tales International Film Festival, HotDocs – Blue Ice Documentary Film Fund, Produire au Sud, Restless Talent Management, Sørfond, the Goethe Institute and the Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie”.

The Durban FilmMart runs from July 14 to 17, during the DIFF (July 13-23). Early bird registration opened on April 18. Delegates will have access to the four-day event which includes access to industry sessions, networking lunches, DFM networking events, entrance into the Durban International Film Festival screenings  (subject to ticket availability) and company listing in the DFM Industry Manual