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Talents Durban 
02 March 2018:
Calling emerging African film professionals
The 39th Durban International Film Festival (DIFF), hosted by the Centre for Creative Arts, University of KwaZulu-Natal, with support from Berlinale Talents, is proud to announce the opening of applications for the 11th Talents Durban taking place from July 20 to 24, 2018.
Talents Durban opens entries to African screenwriters and directors with animation, fiction, documentary and hybrid projects in development. The programme will again welcome projects of all media formats such as film, television series, web series and content for mobile platforms.  The five-day event consists of workshops, discussions, screenings, and specialised programmes for specific disciplines including directing, scriptwriting and reviewing films for print and TV.
Talents Press will once again host mentorship and hands-on training for emerging film critics. The Talent Press programme is a co-operation with FIPRESCI and the Goethe-Institut.
Talents Durban offers…
This once in a life time opportunity affords participants Talents focused mentorships, industry specific expert master classes, workshops, and a creative platform for self-expression and networking. Additionally, Talents Durban will also cover participant’s accommodation, airfare and festival accreditation.
The program also ensures direct access to the DIFF screenings, masterclasses, networking sessions and other activities with experts and industry role players from around the world, Talents will gain a new understanding of not only their discipline but of others in an effort to increase collaboration and diversification.
2018 Focus and Theme
Africa’s animation industry is still very much in its infancy. It is a vibrant and exciting space with a lot of talent and growth, but there is still a lot of structure and development that has to happen for the industry to mature.
Talents Durban aims to remain the fertile soil for aspiring film professionals. We intend on bringing together highly skilled professionals to develop the animation industry and discover hidden gems. In this regard, the programme will focus on animation, with the aim to stimulate conversation and inspire filmmakers into the world of animation. 
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 our diversity, our inimitable footprint and become masters of our own destinies. 
Rules were made to be broken!
Selection process 
Talents Durban attracts over 500 applications from emerging and already established film professionals across the African continent. This coming edition, Talents Durban will invite 15 Talents, carefully selected by an international selection committee. Prospective Talents are required to complete their application online provided they have a recognised sample of past work and an ongoing project.
How to apply?
Applications are now open, visit:
For more information contact;
Sinethemba Makrwalana 
(+27) 31- 260 1816
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DEADLINE: 06 April 2018
Talent’s Durban is an initiative of the Durban International Film Festival in cooperation with Berlinale Talents, with support from the German Embassy of South Africa, the Goethe-Institute of South Africa, Gauteng Film Commission, the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Economic Development and Tourism, and KwaZulu-Natal Film Commission. Through the international programme, with a network that extends to Talents International events in Berlin, Buenos Aires, Rio, Guadalajara, Sarajevo, Beirut and Tokyo, as well as Durban, participants are initiated into a global community of filmmakers and connected via a wide social network platform operated through the Berlinale.
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March 02, 2018