Feature film projects from South Africa looking forfinancing will be presented for the first time at this year's MannheimCoproduction Meetings during the Mannheim-Heidelberg International FilmFestival (November 18-27).

Among the African projects selected for pitching topotential co-producers are Robyn Aronstam's TheJoyous, which will be executive produced by John Boorman; Akin Omotoso's The Weight Of Whispers, based on theCaine Prize-winning short story; and TheWorld Unseen, set in the Indian community during the Apartheid of the1950s, which currently has Donna Deitch attached as director and is beingstructured as a South African-UK co-production between Brigid Olen's DoPoductions and Hannan Kattan's Enlightenment Productions.

The Mannheim Coproduction Meetings will provide a platformover five days from November 21-25 for around 65 projects from North & WestEurope, Eastern Europe, Latin America and Canada as well as South Africa.

The 2004 lineup includes Czech producer-director DavidOndricek's Grand Hotel,"hot" Polish director Tomasz Wiszniewski's Little Paul, Alejandro Saderman's Argentinean/Venezuelanco-production The Last Bandoneon,Canadian Ori Kowarsky's Hitchcockian revenge/suspense story The Dead Girl, Tonino De Bernardi'smelodramatic musical story Love Crimes,starring Isabelle Huppert, and Peter Lilienthal's tragicomic lovestory Esperanza.

More than 30 international co-productions including