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02 June 2017
The Durban International Film Festival (DIFF) is proud to announce the participants of the 10th 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, 30 filmmakers and film critics from 19 countries across the continent made the cut:
Alaa Abdelrazek (Egypt)
Angela Wamai (Kenya)
BelindaYanga (Nigeria)
Djia Mambu Nlandu (Democratic Republic of Congo)
CharlesMawungwa (Zimbabwe)
Christopher Sinclair Kets (South Africa)
Clare Louis (South Africa)
Domoina Marina Ratsarahaingotiana (Madagascar)
Gloria Huwiler (Zambia)
Gnignipoutya Cyrielle (Cameroon)
Harto Macharia (Kenya)
Imran Hamdulay  (South Africa)
Jihene Ayari (Tunisia)
Jordan Ndawula (Uganda)
Lemohang Mosese (Lesotho)
Llewellyn James Rice (South Africa)
Marie Laurentine Bayala (Burkina Faso)
Mario FradiqueBastos (Angola)
Mia Cilliers (South Africa)
Mohamed Aly (Egypt)
Mohamed Suliman (Sudan)
Moreetsi Gabang (Botswana)
Nthabiseng Nontsikelelo Mosieane (South Africa)
Rama Thiaw (Senegal)
SelaeloMaabela (South Africa)
Samantha Nell (South Africa)
Samuel Joseph Akiwumi (Ghana)
Thembelihle Masache (South Africa)
WilfredOkiche (Nigeria)
Yassine El Idrissi (Morocco)
Presented under the theme Perspective: Seeing Things Differently, the 10th Talents Durban aims to boost the already rising flow of contemporary filmmaking in Africa, and to encourage filmmakers on the continent to share their stories through the lens of their own particular culture. 
Participants will interact with over 600 delegates from DIFF and Durban FilmMart, the co-production and finance forum which takes place from 14-18 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 6 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 and Talents Guadalajara in Mexico.
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 38th 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.
For more information about Talents Durban at the DIFF go to www.durbanfilmfest.co.za, or call Lungile Ngubelanga on (031) 260 1816.