Participants at Talents Durban 2014
Participants at Talents Durban 2014 (Photo: Berlinale Talents)

The Gauteng Film Commission will enable 11 emerging filmmakers from Gauteng to attend the Talents Durban component of the Durban International Film Festival (DIFF), taking place from 16 to 26 July.

Presented in cooperation with the Berlin International Film Festival's Berlinale Talents, Talents Durban is a five-day programme of workshops and seminars for emerging African filmmakers delivered by film professionals, academics and intellectuals.

A total of 40 African filmmakers are selected to participate following an open call throughout Africa, with a view to fostering new collaborations across the continent as well as with filmmakers from around the world.

"Talents Durban aims to boost the already rising flow of current filmmaking in Africa, and to encourage filmmakers on the continent to share their stories through their own cultured lense," DIFF said in a recent statement.

Participants will be benefit from various project-oriented, hands-on skills development programmes, as well as interact with over 600 delegates of DIFF and Durban FilmMart, the festival's co-production and finance forum.

Talents Durban is supported by the KwaZulu-Natal Film Commission, the Goethe Institute SA, the German Embassy in South Africa, and the Gauteng Film Commission (GFC).

The GFC will have a strong presence at DIFF 2015. Besides its involvement in Talents Durban, the Commission will fund the screening of six Gauteng-made films and sponsor The GFC Award for Best South African Short Film.

It will also enable four Gauteng trainers from local organisation the Documentary Filmmakers Association (DFA) to participate in the Business Model Canvas workshops taking place during the Durban FilmMart.

Business Model Canvas is a business tool that is used as training module for creative content producers in Canada. Its power lies in its narrative and visual approach to planning, which makes it easier for users who don't have formal training in business management.

Source: staff reporter

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