The participants will attend business development classes for a period of 12 weeks.
By Hope Ibiale
The Durban FilmMart Institute has unveiled the 35 aspiring African filmmakers and producers chosen for its 2023 DFMI Business Lab. The participants will attend business development classes for 12 weeks, with virtual lectures commencing in October 2023.
The program’s curriculum will focus on financial management, business management, intellectual property and entertainment law, distribution, and co-production. These classes will be instructed by filmmakers and creative industry professionals from Burkina Faso, South Africa, Canada, France, Kenya, and the USA.
Some of the selected participants include Paul Wilo, Pingdewinde Tiemtore, Rugare Ponde, Sally Ngoiri, Timilehin Adewoye, Zineb Chafchaouni Moussaoui, Abdifatah Abdi, Boi Beatrice Kenneh, Boris Fredy Agblo, Chelsea Art, Doreen R. Kilimbe, Duwayne Murphy, and many others. This year’s program was created in conjunction with DW Akademie and the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, Germany.
Now in its third year, the Durban FilmMart Institute (DFMI), was created to equip African filmmakers with important skills to navigate the film market and create a community where opportunities and insights can be exchanged. The filmmakers become exposed to the inner workings of the business side of the film industry.