„The 12th edition promises ‘A Journey to Authenticity,’ inspired by the present moment in African cinema,“ explains Menzi Mhlongo, Talents Durban Coordinator. „Following a global renaissance of African cinema and television content, the demand for stories from the continent is rising. African storytellers and audiences seeking to connect with African cinema also have to grapple with the question of what is ‘authentic’ African cinema. For filmmakers this question has a far more inward dimension as well – before they can answer this question they have to ask themselves, ‘what is authentic to me?’ With a four-day programme of masterclasses, mentorship and networking on offer, we are looking for the best voices in African cinema - storytellers who represent the future of what it means to have an ‘authentic voice’ – to join this pertinent conversation.”

Who can apply?
Screenwriters and directors with fiction or documentary projects, as well as film critics, from the following countries: Algeria, Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cabo Verde, Central African Republic, Cote d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of Congo, Djibouti, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea-Bissau, Guinea-Conakry, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Republic of Chad, Republic of Congo, Rwanda, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Togo, Tunisia, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

Talents Durban is an initiative of the Durban International Film Festival in cooperation with Berlinale Talents, with support from the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Economic Development and Tourism, the German Embassy of South Africa, the Goethe-Institut of South Africa and other partners.