In the MERCURY
All filmic roads lead to Durban this week with five major international film events taking place over the next fortnight. Over 500 film-lovers and film-makers descend on Surf City for the Durban FilmMart (DFM), Africa’s premier industry event that begins on Friday (July 20) until Monday (July 23) at the Tsogo Sun Elangeni Hotel. The DFM, now in its ninth year, takes place during the Durban International Film Festival (19 - 29 July) and is a joint programme with eThekwini’s Municipality’s Durban Film Office. Over the next two weeks, other film-related events are also taking place including the Nature, Environment & Wildlife Filmmakers Congress (NEWF) from today (Monday 16 July) to Wednesday (July 18) which aims to create a path to conservation through film. Then from 22 to 27 July, the 2018 BRICS Film Festival showcases five films from each of the member countries - Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa at The Playhouse.
Pictured is Russel Hlongwane curator of both the Durban FilmMart and Durban International Film Festival’s industry programme, getting ready to welcome film-folk to Durban photographed at Durban beachfront’s iconic attraction, Mini Town.
More info go to www.durbanfilmfest.co.za or www.durbanfilmmart.com