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Class action: the Berlinale's Talent Campus exports its successful program to Africa.

The Talent Campus Durban (TCD) is an intensive five-day program of workshops and seminars that runs alongside and is overseen by the Durban Festival.

The TCD is held in cooperation with the Berlin Film Festival's Talent Campus.

TCD targets African filmmakers living in Africa. The first edition in Durban attracted 40 participants from 19 countries, and this year the same number will be attending from 21 countries.

Under the theme "Roots and Shoots: Creating a New African Cinema," this year's TCD includes daily sessions to practice pitching, visits to local production companies such as Videovision and Vuleka, script stations and a networking dinner with festival guests.

The filmmakers also benefit from the broader program of open workshops, which attracted 1,500 members of the public last year in a province where the film industry is still in its infancy.

In addition, entertainment lawyer Debbie Lazarus will discuss copyrights; the Refinery's Tracey Williams will explore post-production; there will be two days focusing on animation; and Mtutuzell Matshoba ("Chicken Biznis") will discuss writing screenplays in indigenous languages.

Christine Troestrum will also explain how to apply for the Berlinale Talent Campus, for which she is project manager.

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Title Annotation:FEST TRAVELER: DURBAN; Talent Campus Durban workshop for filmmakers in Africa
Author:Kriedemann, Kevin
Publication:Variety
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:6SOUT
Date:Jul 20, 2009
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