Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Deadline looms for proposals to access the Durban Film Office’s Development Fund Programme

08 Jan 2014
The recently launched Development Fund Programme of the Durban Film Office closes this Monday 13th January 2014 at 17h00 – local filmmakers are encouraged to hurry and submit their proposals!  The programme is designed to, for the first time, cater for experienced and seasonal local filmmakers and will provide financial assistance to already developed film project proposals. 

DFO’s Toni Monty noted the need for initial funding for filmmakers that deserve and require a kick-start to their film project and to realise their dreams in filmmaking.

“We believe the programme will offer an ideal investment opportunity for both locally distinguished filmmakers as well as towards the promotion of our progressive film industry,” said Monty.

The programme will accept project proposals that display commercial viability, prospective investment and collaboration opportunities as well as local and global competitiveness.

Overview of the Development Fund Programme:
The Development Fund Programme will provide development funding to a maximum value of R250 000 per project.  The programme will support two projects per annum and will commence from 1 April 2014.

Who can apply?
Experienced writers, producers, directors based in Durban who need to develop projects for local and international investors, markets and audiences.

All project submissions must be delivered to:
Attention: Mr. Fezile Peko
Development Fund Programme
Durban Film Office
11th Floor Rennie House
41 Margaret Mncadi Avenue

Don’t miss this opportunity!  To receive an application form and more information on how to apply (requirements, process etc) please contact Development Fund Programme Project Manager, Mr. Fezile Peko, by sending and e-mail to or phone 031 311 4788. 

For more information on the Durban Film Office please visit

The Durban Film Office (DFO) is the film industry development arm of the eThekwini Municipality, mandated to position Durban as a world-class film production destination and facilitator for the development of the local film industry. The DFO drives activity and development in the sector in order to boost tourism, job creation and the development of core skills and SMMEs in the region.