Female-Led and LGBTQ Narratives Win Big At Durban FilmMart Awards

Variety | 7/23/2019 | Christopher Vourlias
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DURBAN–Female-driven narratives and daring portraits of queer culture around the continent were the big winners at this year’s Durban FilmMart (DFM), the industry program of the Durban Intl. Film Festival, which handed out awards at a ceremony Monday night at the Southern Sun Maharani Hotel.

Among the prize-winners were the story of a Zimbabwean woman grappling with her country’s traditions and customs as she tries to reconcile her difficult relationship with her husband; a teenage sexual-assault survivor in South Africa forced to make a difficult decision that will affect her fate and the fate of her community; and an alternative perspective on what it means to live and identify as LGBTQ in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

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“This is the 10th edition of Durban FilmMart, and we wanted to ensure that we celebrate this milestone with the birthing of new initiatives, new conversations and new directions,” said Durban Film Office and DFM head Toni Monty. “We wanted to create a stronger sense of community amongst all of you, and with that, a stronger sense of responsibility, accountability, and an understanding of the power you possess as filmmakers to make this world a better place.”

This year’s edition of the DFM Finance Forum featured 20 projects that were pitched to an international audience of producers, funding bodies, festival programmers, broadcasters, and other industry reps. In addition, six CineFam Africa TV projects were mentored by Canada’s Caribbean Tales; Jumpstart (Produire au Sud, France) and the Realness Script Writing Residency hosted a scriptwriters labs for an additional 10 projects; and the Hot Docs Canadian Intl. Documentary Festival, together with Don Edkins of Afridocs, mentored 13 documentary projects.

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Supported by Berlinale Talents and the Goethe-Institut, Durban Talents also hosted 18 young filmmakers, as well three journalists in its Talents Press program.

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