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Durban International Film Festival 6th Talent Campus: Call for Filmmakers and Film Critics

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Talent Campus Durban is looking for 40 of the most innovative voices of African cinema to take part in the 6th edition of this leading networking and developmental event held at the 34th Durban International Film Festival.

Talent Campus Durban seeks to provide selected participants with an opportunity to meet with international industry professionals and experts in various aspects of the filmmaking business through participations in a 5-day programme of masterclasses, workshops and industry networking events. The continent of Africa is a source of a myriad narratives which offer possibilities to be re-imagined, re-told, overlapped and adapted within numerous contexts. Under this year’s theme of “Memetic Africa”, Talent Campus Durban calls for African filmmakers to participate in this programme and be inspired by stories shaped by varying innovative patterns, ideas, customs, traditions, practices and skills that enforce the legacy of the African film context.

Talent Campus Durban also calls for participants for Talent Press, a mentoring programme for three African film critics in collaboration with FIPRESCI and Goethe Institut, which makes a welcome return in its second year. Talent Press mentors will offer their expertise to guide selected participants in the art of film criticism with access to all the screenings of the 34th Durban International Film Festival.

The five-day programme also includes the 3rd edition of Doc Station, where three selected documentary projects submitted by accepted talents will be finessed and packaged for presentation within the DOC Circle pitching forum at the 6th Durban FilmMart. Applications for Doc Station are open to selected participants for Talent Campus. Mohamed El Amine Hattou of Algeria was one of the three Doc Station participants in the 5th Talent Campus Durban who, after presenting his project at Doc Circle, also had the invaluable opportunity to meet one-on-one with potential investors. Describing his experience, Hattou says, “Doc Station is a great opportunity to gain in maturity, networking, and dive into a promiscuous and professional African market. After my pitch on Doc Station, I had some positive and interesting feedback on my project. It was also an easy way to know about new funding and co-production opportunities. Durban Talent Campus is a unique way for African filmmakers to connect, meet and share their stories.”

Held in co-operation with the Berlinale Talent Campus, and with support from the German Embassy of South Africa, Goethe Institut of South Africa, and the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Economic Development and Tourism, Talent Campus Durban runs from 19 to 23 July 2013. Apart from the main event in Berlin, Talent Campus partnerships also take place at selected festivals in Buenos Aires, Guadalajara, Tokyo and Sarajevo. Opportunities for participating talents are enhanced through Talent Campus networks and the Berlinale’s global information platform.

Application is open to filmmakers and critics who are resident in Africa. Applicants are encouraged to apply well before the deadline in order to submit their work samples timeously. Application can be done online here ( and applications close on 1st April 2013.

Participation Conditions (abridged) Full regulations available at

To qualify, applicants must:

  • work within one of the following categories: screenwriting, producing, directing, acting, cinematography, editing, sound design, film music composition, animation, art direction, production design, video installation OR (for Talent Press) work as a film reviewer.

  • have completed at least one short film, OR had a film screened at a recognised film festival, OR be a final year film student (undergraduate or post-grad) OR have proven experience in the film industry, OR have published reviews for at least six months.
  • submit a sample of creative work formatted as per regulations.
  • be an African citizen, currently residing in Africa and in possession of a valid passport by 1 May 2013.
  • be at least 18 years of age.
  • complete an online application form (English only).

For Doc Station (a mentoring programme for documentary filmmakers). An invitation to apply opens only after you have completed the above online application process. Doc Station will feed into the Durban FilmMart DOC Circle.

For Talent Press (a mentoring programme for film critics, in collaboration with FIPRESCI and the Goethe-Institut). Follow the separate online application process.

Application deadline 1 April 2013 Applications and materials which arrive after 1 April will not be considered. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Successful applicants will be informed via email and the website by 1 May 2013.


  • The course will be conducted in English.
  • Travel costs, accommodation and a subsistence contribution will be offered to participants, at the discretion of Talent Campus Durban.
  • In addition to the Talent Campus Durban activities, the selected participants will have the opportunity to attend films and the events of the 34th DIFF.

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