Durban, South Africa – 20 June 2016

Futuristic Teen Romance HEADLAND scoops development prize at the Durban Filmmart closing-night awards ceremony.

Produire au Sud of Festival des 3 Continents awarded writer/director Elan Gamaker and producer David Horler a travel bursary and scholarship to attend its developmental workshop programme, where they will be given tools, expertise and mentorship to further enhance their project and opportunities to broaden their European networks.

HEADLAND is set in a future South Africa; where the government has provisionally renamed the Platteland and Overberg regions ‘Hinterland’ and ‘Headland’ and declared them independent self-governing territories. To avoid becoming victims of ethnic cleansing, all people living in areas in which they were not born – and vice versa – must ‘go home’, meaning Hinterlander Primo January and Headlander Bethany Lawrence must be uprooted and rehoused. The teenagers do not meet each other on Partition Weekend, during which families are displaced and forced to live in strangers’ homes. But as the only children in their respective families they end up in one another’s rooms. Primo discovers Bethany’s diary, begun on the day of her brother’s death and featuring the imagined courting of her estranged parents. On the other side of the mountains, Bethany discovers Primo’s story-book; full of tall tales of adventure and discovery featuring what he calls his Invisible siblings. As their imaginations run wild with the personal documents they have found, the pair fall in love with each other while unsure if they will ever meet. Then the supposedly temporary Partition becomes permanent, and Primo seeks out one last, life-threatening opportunity to meet Bethany.

Produire Au Sud is a workshop focusing on the outline and structure of coproduction within the film industry. The workshops aims to familiarize young producers based in Africa, Latin America, and Asia with a variety of important tools and international coproduction techniques by coaching individual projects in development. The workshop was created in 2000 in Nantes, in order to support the creation of a network of young producers from Asia, Africa and Latin America and lay the foundations for lasting cooperation between European film professionals and emerging professionals from the South. The workshops are run by international professionals: producers, legal experts, distributors, sales managers, specialized TV channel staff members, and European scriptwriters and pitch experts among others.

Produire au Sud takes place between November 21st and 27th during the Festival des 3 Continents, held in Nantes, France.

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