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Sejoe Chosen For ‘Talents Durban 2018’

Sejoe Chosen For ‘Talents Durban 2018’
June 06
07:49 2018

THATO CHUMA

Local filmmaker Tumi Sejoe is one of this year’s 19 participants chosen for the 11th edition of Talents Durban, which takes place from 20th to 24th July. The five day event is facilitated by The Durban International Film Festival.

“This five-day development programme presented in cooperation with Berlinale Talents, an initiative of the Berlin International Film Festival, is made up of workshops, masterclasses and seminars for African filmmakers, delivered by film industry professionals and academics,” states their website.

Embedded in the Durban International Film Festival (DIFF), Talents Durban brings together emerging African filmmakers and provides them with a unique opportunity to meet with international industry experts and mentors. In an intensive series of masterclasses, workshops and networking events, the continent’s up-and-coming filmmaking talents are encouraged to advance their careers and forge relationships with their global counterparts.

Tumi’s short film ‘The Awakened Spirit’ debuted at the Cannes Film Festival and she has more than a decade working in the film industry in Botswana. “I’m very excited. It’s a great opportunity. Also to have made the selection of the six directors in the continent is huge and a great honor to represent the 2018 alumnae of emerging African talent, and to be hosted by the biggest film fest in the continent is great! It’s a blessing. I’m grateful,” enthused Sejoe.

“This is a brilliant programme for the development of film-makers, which the many alumni across the globe can attest to. Here, not only are they able to learn and gather knowledge through the formal programme, but it is a great place to connect with film-makers from other countries, network and share ideas. The value of this for continued and future collaboration is immeasurable,” says Chipo Zhou, manager of DIFF.

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