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Talents Durban 2018 Participants



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The Durban International Film Festival (DIFF) is proud to announce the participants of the 11th edition of Talents Durban and Talent Press.

Talents Durban is a five-day development programme presented in cooperation with Berlinale Talents, an initiative of the Berlin International Film Festival, made up of workshops and seminars for African filmmakers, delivered by film industry professionals and academics.

Talent Press is presented in cooperation with Fipresci, an association of national organizations of professional film critics and film journalists from around the world which lobbies for the promotion and development of film culture. The programme invites four critics to cover DIFF films and events for online and print publication.

After a rigorous selection process, 16 filmmakers and 3 film critics from 13 countries across the continent made the final cut:                 

Aliki Saragas (South Africa)

Amjad Abu Alala (Sudan)

Brian Gitahi (Kenya)

Comfort Arthur (Ghana)

Desiree Kahikopo (Namibia)

Emamodeviefe Edosio (Nigeria)

Glele-aboucha Cornélia (Benin)

Howard Mashilo Nthite (South Africa)

Jessie Zinn (South Africa)

Mandimbijaona Andriamaharo Razafimanantsoa (Madagascar)

Matamba Kombila (Gabon)

Mlingane Dube (South Africa)

Nildo Essa (Mozambique)

Oluyomi Tolulope Ososanya (Nigeria)

Oualid Khelifi (Algeria)

Sade Adeniran (Nigeria)

Sejang Otumile Tumi Sejoe (Botswana)

Tafadzwa Tarumbwa (Zimbabwe)

Tokoloho Masemene (South Africa)

This year’s theme “Breaking Rules” is a culmination of current topical issues on the African continent. The idea of breaking forth, expressing one’s individuality and creativity is difficult and somewhat near impossible in a continent filled with rules and boundaries. We live and breathe in a society of rules! Rules should not be broken at any given time. Too often we spend our time following rules without thinking twice. Some of these rules are spoken, but many of them are unspoken. We follow them because it’s simply easier to do. For the longest time we’ve been boxed in, with boundaries placed on creativity levels and ways of expression. We need to break free from the dull and mundane rules of society. Break forth and embrace your diversity, your inimitable footprint and become master of your own destiny. 

Participants will interact with over 600 delegates from DIFF and Durban FilmMart, the co-production and finance forum which takes place from 20-23 July during the festival. The Talents will also get to be part of several project-oriented, hands-on skills development programmes. Practical development programmes within Talents Durban include Story Junction, masterclasses, and one-on-one mentorships.

Story Junction is a platform showcasing projects linked to the festival. Talents will present their project at Story Junction to peers and industry delegates. Delegates will be able to request meetings with participants whose projects they wish to engage with further.

Each of the Talents will receive a mentor for an intensive programme of one-on-one consultation and the entire group will engage in project and strategy development workshops. The mentors selected are experts in their respective fields (e.g. documentary, fiction, drama series, web, mobile content, TV and animation) that suit the needs of the participants and their projects.

Participants of both programmes will have access to film screenings, industry masterclasses, panel discussions, festival functions and events of the Durban FilmMart.  

Talents Durban is one of 7 Talents International Programmes formed by Berlinale Talents in Africa and around the world including Talents Beirut in Lebanon, Talents Buenos Aires in Argentina, Talents Sarajevo in Bosnia-Herzegovina, Talents Tokyo in Japan, Talents Guadalajara in Mexico and Talent Press Rio.

Talents Durban is supported by the KwaZulu-Natal Film Commission, Goethe-Institut SA, German Embassy in South Africa, National Film and Video Foundation and Gauteng Film Commission.

The 39th Durban International Film Festival is organised by the Centre for Creative Arts at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, with support from eThekwini Municipality, KwaZulu-Natal Film Commission, the National Film and Video Foundation, German Embassy, Goethe-Institut and a range of other valued partners.