Submit your application for DFO’s support programme

ETHEKWINI Municipality’s film industry development unit, the Durban Film Office has announced that applications are now open for its Festivals and Markets Support Programme.

eThekwini film-makers are invited to submit applications for funding to support their efforts to attend national and international film markets or festivals to which they have been invited to develop their projects or screen films.

“One of the aims of the DFO is to support the promotion of locally based films. Often one of the barriers for film-makers to the development of their projects or the promotion of their films, is mobility. This programme provides funds to help them pay for accommodation and travel to be able to attend these events, and in some appropriate cases to assist with marketing materials to do so,” said Toni Monty, head of the DFO.

The Durban Film Office festival and market support programme will sponsor up to a maximum R25,000 in associated costs per project annually. Applicants may apply for sponsorship of flight, accommodation, registration fees and marketing materials to be used for a festival or market.

The programme is available to eThekwini film-makers only. Only individuals who, or production houses that have been officially invited to screen their film in a film festival or present a film project in development at an official co-production market, may apply.

There are strict criteria that need to be met and all interested parties are urged to familiarise themselves with these criteria which is available on the DFO website – – prior to application to avoid disappointment.

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