The Department of Trade and Industry (dti) and the Association of Transformation in Film and Television (ATFT) took the first ever South African delegation to the Cinemart at the Rotterdam International Film Festival 2015 in Rotterdam, Netherlands.
A delegation of South African filmmakers, which consisted of 16 delegates, attended the Cinemart 2015 from the 24-29th of January 2015 under the South African Indies Trademark. CineMart is the first platform of its kind to offer filmmakers the opportunity to launch their ideas to the international film industry and to find the right connections to get their projects financed.The CineMart staff also organises Rotterdam Lab, a five-day training workshop for young and emerging producers designed to build up their international network and their experience at an international festival and market. Participation in the Rotterdam Lab provides producers with the confidence and skills to navigate the festival circuit and meet professionals who can help finance their projects.
For a catalog of the filmmakers and their projects click on the ISSUU publication below
ATFT is proud to announce that 5 of the delegates were selected for the important Rotterdam Lab and 9 were observers in the co-production market (Cinemart), on which the Durban Film Mart is based. These are important platforms for the South African Indies,as the purpose of the trip is for South African producers to showcase and finance their films and works in any stage of development or production, to forge co-production partnerships, and also to participate in a global market and develop new audiences for South African content. The five filmmakers that were in the lab were:
Rafeeqah Galant, ELP Media, South Africa
Jean Meeran, Team Tarbaby, South Africa
Zinzi Nkenene, Natives at Work, South Africa
Sandile Nzuza, Indepentdent Producer, South Africa
Samora Sekhukhune, Away from the Keyboard, South Africa
ATFT organised a series of ‘Export Market Readiness’ workshops in Johannesburg, Cape Town, Durban and Port Elizabeth, for delegates, to prepare them for attending the festival and market in order to make the most of their time in Rotterdam.
The South African delegation was made possible by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI)’s EMIA scheme with support from the Gauteng Film Commission.
Our company signed a co-production deal with Netherlands based Witfilm who will collaborate with us on the feature documentary Mrs Popplestone” – Jean Meeran, Team Tarbaby