Talents Durban unveils new participants for 14th edition

The 2021 Durban FilmMart virtual edition is slated for July 11-25, 2021.

Durban FilmMart 2021 [Khumbe]

Durban FilmMart's development programme for film professionals, Talents Durban has unveiled fresh participants for its 2021 edition.

According to an official statement introducing the new edition's talents, the programme organizers confirmed that 28 projects and six film critics were selected from 16 countries across the African continent.

"This year, Talents Durban introduces Francophone projects from the African diaspora as it continues to inspire a sense of community on the continent by representing many languages and cultures," the statement read. "After a rigorous adjudication process, 28 projects and 6 film critics from 16 countries across the continent made the final cut with 6 fiction features, 4 episodic, 5 animations, 6 documentaries, 7 fiction shorts films, and 6 film critics being selected."

Founded in partnership with the Berlin International Film Festival and the Berlinale Talents project, Talents Durban invites emerging talents from around the continent of Africa for an intensive five-day programme of workshops, seminars, master classes as well as hands-on development programmes on selected projects.

The 2021 Durban FilmMart themed 'Disrupt!' will focus on the challenges and opportunities that the changes in the film industry represents. It will also highlight the new contours of access as online leads the way, remote working connects us differently, and new collaborations emerge.

Here is a full list of the selected participants:

Talent Press (Film Critic / Journalist) Selection:

Hélio Nguane (MOZAMBIQUE)

Adham Youssef (EGYPT)

Aina Randrianatoandro (MADAGASCAR)

Thabisa Ngcobo (SOUTH AFRICA)

Precious “Mamazeus” Nwogu (NIGERIA)

Buule Gabriel (UGANDA)

Fiction Feature Selection:

Kinafo, (COTE D'IVOIRE), Animation Director, Adja Soro

The Northern Lights (L’Aurore Boréale), (TUNISIA), Director, Oubeyd Ayari

Dance Rosa! (Rosa Baila!), (MOZAMBIQUE), Screenwriter, Milvia Atiana

Bushrider (Bosryer), (SOUTH AFRICA), Director, Aadil Dhalech

YVETTE, (KENYA), Director, Se'ydou Mukali

THE PATH OF RUGANZU Part 2, (SIERRA LEONE), Director, Lloyd Zachariah

Fiction Shorts Selection:

WHISPERS FROM MY MOTHER (KENYA), Director, Patricia Geula


Trouble (Wahala), (NIGERIA), Director, Sunny King

Crisis, (COTE D'IVOIRE), Director, Rita Ambeu

The pet, (CAMEROON), Director Njitam Amos

Why The Cattle Wait (SOUTH AFRICA), Director, Phumi Morare

Mob Passion, (SOUTH AFRICA), Director, Twiggy Matiwana

Documentary Selection:

Fanta Sacko, (MALI) Director, Kanouté Kankou

Hear Me Out, (SOUTH AFRICA) Director, Celean Nacken

A History of Distance, (SOUTH AFRICA) Director, Michael James

Solo Moms, (NIGERIA) Screenwriter, Ann Sarafina

Searching for Woody, (EGYPT) Director, Sara Shazli

Terror Scars (Marcas de Terrorismo), (MOZAMBIQUE) Director, Elisio Bajone

Animation Selection:

Egg (YAI), (KENYA), Screenwriter, Justus Macharia

The Stonemason, (SOUTH AFRICA), Animation Director, Erentia Bedeker

Twins (Ibeji), (NIGERIA), Screenwriter, Omotunde Akiode

Lioness (La Lionne), (DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF THE CONGO), Director, Christian Mokuba

The Memory Keepers (Les Gardiens de la Mémoire), (COTE D'IVOIRE) Animation Director, Roland “Kouadio” Oka

Episodic Selection:

Choice Assorted, (SOUTH AFRICA) Screenwriter Obvious Nomaele

Meet My Family, (ZIMBABWE) Screenwriter Ian Msakanda

Outer Rim Job, (SOUTH AFRICA) Director Xolelwa “Ollie” Nhlabatsi

ADAM TO EVE, (KENYA) Director, Lizz Njagah


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