Durban FilmMart 2011 call for submissions
Dec08

Durban FilmMart 2011 call for submissions

The second edition of Durban FilmMart will take place from 22-25 July 2011 during the 32nd Durban International Film Festival (21-31July). Designed to create partnerships and further the development and production of African cinema, Durban FilmMart ultimately aims to raise the visibility of projects from the African continent, create networking opportunities with potential co-producers. The organisers are now calling for project submissions for the 2nd Durban FilmMart 22 – 25 July 2011, offering filmmakers from the continent of Africa the opportunity to be selected to pitch projects in one-on-one meetings with potential investors within the Finance Forum segment of the programme. African film practitioners are encouraged to take this opportunity as a means of promoting their projects, meeting experts and networking with industry professionals from across the globe. The closing date for submissions is 15 February 2011. Entry is open to: Projects with an African citizen attached to one of the three key creative roles of producer, director or writer. Proof of African citizenship or birth must be provided through a certified copy of a valid African passport/ birth certificate; Africans living in the Diaspora, but who still have African citizenship or have proof of birth in Africa; Projects with a producer attached. For more information on the Durban FilmMart and how to submit your project please email us for more info. Durban FilmMart 2011 appel à candidatures La seconde édition du marché du film de Durban (Durban FilmMart) aura lieu du 22 au 25 juillet 2011 lors de la 32 ème édition du Festival International du film de Durban (21-31July).  Durban FilmMart vise à créer des partenariats et à soutenir le développement et la production du cinéma africain, Durban FilmMart vise principalement à la visibilité des projets du continent africain, à créer des possibilités de réseautage avec des coproducteurs éventuels et d’autres partenaires de l’industrie cinématographique et à agir comme une étape pour alimenter les marchés de la coproduction. L’appel pour soumettre des projets pour les 2nd Durban FilmMart est maintenant ouvert. Les cinéastes africains sont invités à saisir cette occasion comme moyen de promouvoir leurs projets, de rencontrer des experts et d’établir des réseaux avec des professionnels de l’industrie de partout dans le monde. La date de clôture est le 15 février 2011.  L’appel est ouverte aux : Projets avec un citoyen africain attaché à l’un des trois principaux rôles créatifs du producteur, réalisateur ou auteur. Preuve de citoyenneté africaine ou de naissance doit être fournie au moyen d’une copie certifiée conforme d’un passeport valide d’Afrique / acte de naissance ; Africains vivant dans la Diaspora, mais qui a encore ont la citoyenneté africaine ou preuve de...

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Represent Interview: MOOI in Durban
Nov22

Represent Interview: MOOI in Durban

Our Durban-based Representah @_thanda_ chats to  Fiona and Lauren, the aspirational entrepreneurs behind the gorgeous Glenwood-based boutique Mooi in Durban. Sharpile Thanda! What inspired you to open Mooi? We wanted to showcase Durban talents and support local community based projects with the emphasis being on Restore Revive Recycle What can we find in the shop? Fashion, home décor, retro furniture and gifts and our target market is broad from little ones to ladies. What were the challenges in opening your own small business? Keeping overheads manageable, setting up costs ie stock purchasing and shop design as we did all shop fitting ourselves. How has the shop been received in Durban? Durban is a different city when it comes to support of the arts and fashion as there is the plenty of talent but not enough support. We are a destination shop which helps but we do not have enough foot traffic, this is one of our biggest draw backs. Who are your top 4 design inspirations? a) Mooi as we do all our own retro finds and décor ourselves b) Dino Galetti Creative Director of Tequila and Mooi c) N/A d) Miss Moneypenny, Josephine & Mooi What other interests do you have? Photography and videography A favourite saying? “Life without fashion would be a tragedy.” How did you meet? Lauren and Fiona met back in the good old school days somewhere between std 7 and std 8. We have been friends ever since. Fiona lived in the uk for 11 years from 1997 to 2008 whilst Lauren ran her children’s label Tigerlily and on Fiona’s return we made contact again and rekindled their friendship and the rest is history. The partnership has been an easy one to maintain as each has their own style, creativity and ideas. Anyone interested in finding out more, get in touch with the owners Fiona Galetti 0724026689 or Lauren Berry 0842085517. To visit Mooi pop in to: 100 Bulwer road Glenwood DBN or call 031 201...

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City Stylin’ : A Story of Fabricated Dreams
May17

City Stylin’ : A Story of Fabricated Dreams

Thanda Kunene talks to the guys behind Durbanite fashion brand Godz who started with not much but their desire and passion to succeed in the fashion industry.  After much slog and learning all about doing business right, Godz designs  are worn with pride by Durban stylistas and they’re  making it big in Jozi with their own shop at Campus Square – Sharpile Thanda for the inspiring words! If you are a small creative business who’d like to be interviewed, please email Editorista on editor@represent.co.za Meet Smiso Mpafu and Nkonzo. Two young fashion designers that run a Durban-based fashion label by the name of Godz. Now for those of you fond of Durban street culture, you might have noticed the once-off individual custom design clothing which is of abundance around the sunny streets of Durban. Here is a low-down on the fashionistas and their path of entrepreneurship… * How did the name “Godz” come about when choosing a name for your brand? Design is a God-given talent. * Out of all the careers in the world, why choose fashion? Fashion is our main passion in life. We grew up around it, and there is nothing in the world that could take away the urge for doing fashion. * Please give us an outline of your typical day at work. The day’s work is prepared for the day before. Or else we also hang out waiting for people who  want custom designs. As you know in the fashion world there is never a repeat of the previous day’s work. * Since when has the fashion label been running and what challenges did you come upon when starting the business? The label was formed in 2003 but was registered as a business in 2006. We had issues with funding as we wanted to open a shop. Business was going well but we didn’t have an official shop to do business so we had to do door-to-door sales to to raise the capital for a proper work space. * What are the achievements you’ve reached within the fashion world so far? We managed to get a shop in the central CBD but we lost  out due to finances. We have now mangaged to obtain a shop at Campus Square which is located in the art hub of Melville in Johannesburg. We  also had a fashion show showcase at the Kirk Franklin Gala Dinner in 2007 which was at the Zulu Jazz Lounge, Durban. In 2008 we had a chance to showcase our work at the eThekwini Easter Fashion Showcase. In 2009 we showcased at the infamous Umgababa Beach Festival and this year we...

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Levi’s® Vintage Sunday returns to Durban
Sep29

Levi’s® Vintage Sunday returns to Durban

Deben, it’s your turn for a bout of stunning Sundays. Topping and tailing with two of our favourite artists – Roly Struckmeyer on the 4th October and 340ml on the 25th October, not to mention the legendary Steven Newman (ex Tananas) on the 18th, the Durban line-up is packing some real punch: After taking Pretoria by storm and giving local music fans a reason to look forward to Sunday nights, Levi’s® Vintage Sundays heads down to Durban for October, turning La Scarpetta into the venue of choice for those who want to rock the new week in with their favourite bands.  For the fifth year running music lovers all over South Africa are set to have their Sunday nights reinvented and reinvigorated with Levi’s® Vintage Sundays, Mzansi’s most consistent and comprehensive showcase of local musical talent Three incredible individuals line up to kick off the party on the 4th.  A fixture on the music scene in Durban since the late 80’s, Pietermaritzburg born acoustic guitarist and vocalist Roly Struckmeyer is first to take to the stage.  With a delivery that will stop you in your tracks, he has the power to evoke and engage, making him a hit with a live audience.   Second in line is Luke Siedle who’s incredible instrumental skills are complemented by sincere lyrics, resulting in a musical narrative that finds resonance with a diverse range of devoted fans.  You’ll find the roots of folk, rock and country in his music, all reworked to reflect this rising star’s uniquely beautiful take on the world.  Farryl Purkiss rounds the evening off with his ever-soulful, always observant and beautifully composed guitar tracks. The man with a golden voice and heartfelt performances is going to show you exactly why he spends most of his time on the road gigging. Starting things off on the 11th is Gary Thomas.  He is constantly writing songs that challenge both himself, his instrument and his audience and who balances meticulously crafted songwriting with dynamic vocals and contained improvisation.  He’s followed by Syd Kitchen – his musical territory knows no bounds, and his long list of collaborations and diverse projects is testament to his insatiable love for music and performance.  A man who speaks from the heart, Syd’s compositions are truly African offerings, speaking both musically and lyrically about life on the continent. Rounding it off is Guy Buttery with his unconventional guitar and percussive techniques whose intricate soul-searching arrangements find their way into every heart that hears him. The following Sunday, the 18th, is an opportunity to experience three of South Africa’s most talented acts.   Multi-instrumentalist Greg Georgiades takes to the stage with...

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Durban Film at First Wed Film Club
Oct28

Durban Film at First Wed Film Club

5th NOVEMBER 7:30pm STUDIO 4 – Atlas Studios – Read more info here BE THERE. Represent! My Black Little Heart by Claire Anglique. Set and shot in the city of Durban, My Black Little Heart tells the story of a young girl from the wrong side  of the track-marks stuck in a hazy sub-city seaside vortex of decrepit flats, poisoned streets and abandoned office blocks littered with self mutilators, ex-cons, gangsters, street delinquents, hustlers and addicts. Exploring the underbelly of Durban, it chronicles both a deeply personal narrative and a city in transition.” Claire Angelique is a 29 year old writer, performer and filmmaker originally from South Africa. Pre-celluloid she performed as a professional ballerina divulging into contemporary african dance and was one of the first dancers in the acclaimed Siwela Sonke Dance Theatre. She is an award winning choreographer and  performance and video artist and has managed over 15 bands and dj’s  as well as writing for contemporary S.A art, music and entertainment...

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