Two CFMS Alumni selected for Talents Durban

1 Jun 2018 - 13:45


The Centre for Film and Media Studies is proud to announce that two of our alumni, Aliki Saragas (Strike a Rock) and Jessie Zinn (Can I Please Go to the Bathroom?), have been selected for the Talents Durban. The Durban International Film Festival (DIFF) welcomes 19 filmmakers from 13 African countries to the 11th edition of Talents Durban, which takes place from 20 to 24 July during the festival.

This five-day development programme presented in cooperation with Berlinale Talents, an initiative of the Berlin International Film Festival, is made up of workshops, masterclasses and seminars for African filmmakers, delivered by film industry professionals and academics.

Talents Durban attracted over 250 applications from 30 countries throughout the African continent. Participants were carefully selected by an independent, international, womxn-led Talents Durban alumnae selection committee, with four animation directors, six directors and six screenwriters chosen, and a further three film critics chosen for the Talent Press programme.

The Talent Press, which is a programme to mentor and develop reviewing skills of emerging film critics, is presented in cooperation with Fipresci, an association of national organizations of professional film critics and film journalists from around the world, which lobbies for the promotion and development of film culture.

The filmmakers participating in this year’s Talents Durban are Aliki Saragas (South Africa), Amjad Abu Alala (Sudan), Brian Gitahi (Kenya), Comfort Arthur (Ghana), Desiree Kahikopo (Namibia), Emamodeviefe Edosio (Nigeria), Glele-aboucha Cornélia (Benin), Howard Mashilo Nthite (South Africa), Jessie Zinn (South Africa), Mandimbijaona Andriamaharo Razafimanantsoa (Madagascar), Matamba Kombila (Gabon), Mlingane Dube (South Africa), Nildo Essa (Mozambique), Oluyomi Tolulope Ososanya (Nigeria), Oualid Khelifi (Algeria), Sade Adeniran (Nigeria), Sejang Otumile Tumi Sejoe (Botswana), Tafadzwa Tarumbwa (Zimbabwe) and Tokoloho Masemene (South Africa).

Participants will interact with over 600 delegates from the DIFF and Durban FilmMart, the co-production and finance forum that takes place from 20 to 23 July during the festival. The Talents will also participate in several project-oriented, hands-on skills development programmes. These practical development programmes within Talents Durban include Story Junction, masterclasses, and one-on-one mentorships.

“We are very pleased to have such a diverse range of Talents for our 2018 edition,” says Chipo Zhou, manager of DIFF. “This is a brilliant programme for the development of film-makers, which the many alumni across the globe can attest to. Here, not only are they able to learn and gather knowledge through the formal programme, but it is a great place to connect with film-makers from other countries, network and share ideas. The value of this for continued and future collaboration is immeasurable.”

For more information read the Screen Africa announcement.