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Produire Au Sud at 2015 Durban FilmMart

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As sisters cities, Durban and Nantes are glad to welcome back successful partnership between their Film festivals industry programmes, respectively the Durban FilmMart of the Durban Int. Film Festival and Produire au Sud of Festival des 3 Continents.

Produire au Sud, focuses on developing film co-productions, and supports potentially talented producers with techniques to develop their skills in line with international trends and standards.

It partners with the DFM in an endeavour to develop African content through a programme around story development, and creating networking opportunities for African filmmakers on an international platform.

For this year’s DFM, Produire au Sud and the French Embassy in South Africa will bring 3 international experts: Italian documentary director/producer Stefano Tealdi, Franco-Israeli script-writer expert Sari Turgeman, and French strategy and development consultant Dominique Welinski, who will mentor 19 selected film projects in the finance forum and conduct masterclasses for all attending film industry delegates.

A number of projects have, over the past two years been awarded an opportunity to participate in the Produire au Sud (PAS) Script Studio through this partnership. In 2013, the award was given to The Bill directed by Nosipho Dumisa, (co-produced by Travis Taute and Junaid Ahmed) (South Africa) and Whiplash, directed by Meg Rickards (and produced by Jacky Lourens) (South Africa). As part of the France South Africa Seasons that year, Hhola, Hhola directed by Madoda Ncayiyana (and produced by Julie Frederikse) (South Africa) was also selected. Last year, it went to  Hawa Hawaii (Kenya / South Africa Co-production) directed by Amirah Tajdin and produced by Wafa Mohamed Tajdin, Bongiwe Selane, Helena Spring and Junaid Ahmed, and Mrs Popplestone (South Africa) directed by Sarah Ping Nie Jones and produced by Jean Meeran.

Produire au Sud of Festival des 3 Continents is presented as part of 2015 DFM for the third consecutive years. For the first time, two prestigious Cannes Film Festival sections will be part of the DFM programme, the Critics’ Week and the Directors’ Fortnight, together with a delegation of Reunion Island. Alongside, the French director Jean-Jacques Annaud will premiere his new film in South Africa at DIFF as part of an exceptional line-up of French films and guests present this year at the festival, including Boris Lojkine (Hope) as part of a Cannes Critics’ Week best-off.

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Stefano Tealdi: 'Pitching your way into the international film business'

Born in Johannesburg (South Africa) in 1955, he studies Architecture in Torino - Italy. After graduating, he works on film and TV at the Politecnico di Torino becoming Head of Production. In 1985, he founded, with others, Stefilm where he works as a director and producer.

Tealdi produces and directs one-off documentaries and documentary series. Since 2008, he has also directed A World of Pasta, Doctor Ice (Science Film Festival - Milano 2009), Coffee Please and Tea for All and the series Food Markets -  In the Belly of the City. Recent works produced: Mostar United (IDFA 2009), Vinylmania (IFF Rotterdam  2012), Char, no man’s island (Berlinale Forum 2013). He has directed all 17 editions of the annual Italian workshop Documentary in Europe. He chaired EDN (European Documentary Network) and is national co-ordinator for INPUT, Television in the Public Interest.

Tealdi tutors film development and production at universities and master courses, and film pitching for organisations, such as Biennale Cinema College, Cannes Film Market, Films de 3 Continents – Produire au Sud, Media Business School,Med Film Factory, Scuola Holden, TFL-Torino Film Lab, ZELIG Film School.

Sari Turgeman: 'Story Development 'My character and I'

Sari was born in France, in Cannes. After finishing her BA in ARTS at the Tel Aviv University, she began her career in consulting with the film director Amos Gitai and other well-known Israelis authors. She has an experience of more than fifteen years in consulting and analyzing scenarios.As a prime lector and developer at Israeli Film Fund and for Israeli TV channels, she founded few years ago her own company of consulting and editing scripts, in intention to guide novice and professional filmmakers and allow a creative dialogue at every stage of the writing. In the past two years, Sari has developed her own method of writing and editing which she teaches in professional courses in different college in Israel. Lately she finished to write her screen-writing book "The Script Journey in 84 days" that will be publish in November 2015. In the past year, she has been a script consultant in the Professional workshop "PRODUIRE AU SUD" which held in Nantes (France) and in Sderot (Israel).

Dominique Welinski

Dominique Welinski  joined Haut & Court Distribution in 1991 where she was responsible for releasing over 20 films and organized many distribution collections. In 1998 Welinski  joined MK2 as Head of Distribution and Acquisition until 2002. As freelance distributor, Dominique has released Lullaby to my Father by Amos Gitai and Once I entered a garden by Avi Mograbi at Epicentre. She has also been in charge of the Jacques Tati catalogue for Les Films de Mon Oncle where she supervised the restoration and release of PLAY TIME in 2003 as well as release of the Oscarized English Version of MY UNCLE.

In February 2012, after more than 20 years in the distribution field, she founded DW, a consulting and producing company. In 2013, she developed and set up the concept of the “Factory” to pair promising filmmakers in order to co-direct short films. The first edition was Taipei Factory set in Taiwan. The second round   was Nordic Factory set in Denmark in 2014. Since 2012, Welinski  been working    as a consultant for international strategy and development process for production companies all around the world. She is also   an expert and coach for Fabrique des Cinémas du Monde(French Institute, Cannes), Marché du Film and MEDIA Talent Award Cannes (since 2004). Currently producing her first feature film, Oblivion Verses, at  House on Fire productions, Welinski is also associate producer for Burning Birds and Peacock Lamenting by Sanjeewa Pushkakumara (Sri Lanka) with Néon Productions. Additionally she is in charge of the International promotion for Sapir College in Sderot (Israel).


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