The 38th International Durban Film Festival took place from the 13th to the 23rd July 2017. This time around I went as a Talent in the Talents Durban section of the festival. The program celebrated its 10th Anniversary this year.
So just a little information of Talents Durban and it’s inception: Talents originates from the Berlinale Talents in Germany, an initiative that gives emerging and outstanding filmmakers the opportunity to be apart of the summit held at the Berln Film Festival annually. It has since spread globally to Talents Beirut, Tokyo, Rio, Buenos Aires, Guadajalara, Sarajevo and Durban. It is an exceptional program filled with workshops, talks and I think the most Important is getting your project developed to the masterpiece one envisions it to be through industry professional mentors. Our programme began from the 14th – 18th July and when I think back, it went by so quick, I think a lot of us now have decompressed and realized how much of a golden period we were in.
I was part of Talents Press, I had to watch films, interview filmmakers and write reviews which made it into the national news outlet The City Press. I reviewed Liyana and The Wound both exceptional films with opposing reviews.
In as much as the festival had attendances from global names and faces I made genuine connections with my peers. I left inspired, humbled and just amazed at how much people want to tell stories of an Africa that is filled with light, love and hope.
Berlinale Talents is the next aim the criteria is insane but what is the point of entering opportunities that don’t push you to be better?
This Years winners:
Best Feature Film – A Father’s Will
Best South African Feature – Vaya
Best Director for a South African Film: John Trentgrove The Wound
Best Direction – A Father’s Will (Bakyt Mukul, Dastan Zhapar Uulu.)
Best Cinematography – A Father’s Will (Akjol Bekbolotov)
Best Screenplay – La Soledad (Jorge Thielen Armand, Rodrigo Michelangeli)
Best Actor – Nakhane Touré (The Wound)
Best Actress – Mariam Al Ferjani (Beauty and the Dogs)
Best Editing – La Soledad (Felipe Guerrero)
Artistic Bravery – Liyana
Best International Short Film – Witnesses
Best African Short Film – All of Us
Best South African Short – The Hangman
Best South African Documentary Film – Strike A Rock
Best International Documentary Film – Dusk Chorus