Celebrating 10 years as the launchpad for Africa’s young film professionals, the 2017 edition of Talents Durban invited 30 participants from 19 African countries to explore the theme “Perspectives: Seeing Things Differently.”

In an exciting addition to the programme, four directors and screenwriters working in animation and visual effects were invited, and a new Animation Studio was launched to keep Africa at the forefront of cutting-edge cinematic technology. The selected Talents were able to share ideas with fellow participants, learn from renowned mentors and experts, and take part in numerous hands-on workshops, discussions and excursions to improve the aesthetics and mechanics of their own work.

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, and is supported by the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Economic Development and Tourism, the German Embassy in South Africa, the Goethe-Institut South Africa and other partners.