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At our fully equipped campuses in Johannesburg, Cape Town, Durban, Port Elizabeth and Gaborone (Botswana) we train graduates to contribute to one of the largest growing industries in the world: entertainment. AFDA graduates are taught to conceptualize, create and develop indigenous products and commodities for the local and international market.

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Young creative talent at AFDA Experimental Festival 2019

The annual AFDA Experimental Festival promises to be an mind-boggling experience across the four AFDA campuses. The students explore experimental concepts and present their outcomes from their own course which ultimately embodies the scope of the future of the creative economy. “Our Business Innovation and Technology students, will give presentations of and launch their cutting edge, on the money, business concepts,” said the institution in a statement. AFDA film and television 3rd year students will be screening over 60 experimental films and TV documentaries. Live Performance students will stage over 30 theatre plays and live music performances. The festival kicks off on 10 June with theatre plays and live music performance shows, and rounds up over the weekend of 14-16 June with film and television screenings and business start-up presentations.

“We as the third years in the School of Business Innovation and Technology will be showcasing our tech startups for the very first time. Our degree programme is designed to train young creatives, entrepreneurs and technology savvy graduates to deal with disruptive opportunities that will continue to change the way we do business and perceived opportunity in the creative economy. The startups we have developed this year fall into varying industries including agri-tech, fem-tech and nanotechnology. Faced with the boundary question of ‘How to alleviate poverty by 2030’ we conceptualised three innovative businesses to compete in the creative economy. We can’t wait to share our startup ventures with the public,” says BIT student Cwenga Saleni.

Festival goers attending at the Johannesburg campus are in for a treat: “TV producing lecturer Zenobia Simelane, currently doing her Masters at AFDA has line produced a 78 minute documentary OR Tambo – The Jewel In Our Crown. This exciting documentary with new footage and material about one of our most famous struggle heroes will show at the AFDA Experimental Festival on Friday, 14 June at 19h30. The documentary will also be opening the Encounters International Documentary Festival,” says head of Television School Bastion Hoehn.

The 2019 Honours students have taken on the challenge to make a Public Service Announcement for Proudly South Africa. This is a project that the students are undertaking solely to gain experience on an advertisement. After several idea pitches, Proudly South Africa has opted for a story of co-operation and South African perspectives. The final advertisement will be launched at the Experimental Festival.

“The experimental festival is a unique opportunity for third year students to discover and express their artistic intent as well as experiment with film, theatre, music and television craft techniques. AFDA is extremely proud to have our third year B Com students present their innovative business models to the public in this creative space,” says AFDA CEO Teresa Passchier.

To follow all the experimental productions leading up to the festival (view synopsises, cast & crew, posters, trailers, behind the scenes interviews and to get social media handles), click here.


AFDA Pro editing course in Johannesburg

AFDA Pro, short courses for industry professionals presented by AFDA Johannesburg, is hosting a three week course in editing.

The South African Film and Television industry has grown significantly over the past 20 years. This dynamic growth together with exponential shifts in technology, local and global competition, and the emergence of online platforms and business opportunities has created a need for short courses that are aimed at upgrading existing skills, switching areas of professional focus, and developing new skills for opportunities and challenges of the future.

Course details:

Dates: 27 June to 15 July 2016 or 19 September to 7 October 2016

Venue: AFDA Johannesburg

Course duration: Full-time Monday to Friday over three weeks

Objectives of the course: Editing refresher (Da Vinci Lite and Final Cut Pro 7) to update current editors in other software programmes, to introduce new editors to the basic skills required, and to supplement both groups with basic skills orientation on other post-production techniques (a brief overview in sound and visual effects available on Final Cut). The post-production workflow and data management will be covered.

A certificate will be issued upon completion.

The minimum requirement for an AFDA Pro course is five years of experience in the industry or a relevant degree in the field. Recognised prior learning may be accepted.
A minimum of six participants are required for the course to run.

For more information visit the AFDA website. Applications to be emailed to Bronwynne@afda.co.za.

AFDA and Zidaka call for film projects for Star Times and Good TV


Producer Jeremy Nathan (Zidaka) and AFDA School of Film and Dramatic Art are
looking for writers and directors of 20 x 52 minute films. Together, they will
produce the 20 films as well as 10 x 6 minute webisodes of each film.

These films will be screened on Star Times SA, and the webisodes on the new video-on-demand (VOD) mobile channel, Good TV, towards the end of 2016.

In a statement issued by AFDA, the producers said: “We are looking for a new
generation of filmmakers. You can have just finished studying at a film school, or
been working in the industry for a few years. We are looking for filmmakers with a
unique “cinematic voice’. You should not have directed either a TV series, or a
feature film before.’

Zidaka and AFDA will produce 20 films of 52 minutes in length each.
The films will be ultra low budget in nature and style, but the brief states that this should be seen as an opportunity rather than a limitation. This project will make up a complete first season.

All current available digital technology will be utilised in the production of the films,
which will be high quality but low cost. Applicants can shoot their films on a mobile
phone if they wish.

Each production will be limited to a schedule as follows:
Writing and development: Three months
Pre-production: Four weeks
Shoot: One week
Picture editing: Four weeks
Sound edit and mix: Two weeks

Each film will be restricted to a small crew (maximum seven people) and cast
(three or four), few locations and limited equipment. Animation, science fiction
(unless it can be done under these rules), current affairs and documentary films are
not permitted.

After completing the writing phase, each team of selected filmmakers will present their pre-production and shooting plan, as well as their creative ideas, in a
one-on-one presentation. You are encouraged to pitch with your creative teams
attached – Heads of Department.

The producers will manage all of the post-production, through unified technology
and facilities, ensuring overall quality of all the films. This will be done in partnership with AFDA as a transition into the profession – an opportunity for alumni and an internship platform for Honours, as well as an assistant opportunity for the Higher Certificate programme. Additionally, the producers will work with AFDA to provide several interns and assistants from their 3rd and 4th year students for each film.

Emerging young directors and writers, DOPs and sound teams, art directors and cast will be favoured. Filmmakers under the age of 30 are preferred.

The project calls for stories by filmmakers in and set in, the following countries,
areas and regions:

Port Elizabeth/East London/Eastern Cape: Two
Durban/KwaZulu-Natal: Three
Johannesburg/Gauteng: Six
Cape Town: Four
Botswana: Three
Mauritius: Two

The themes that will bind the films together are:
1. Summer – LOVE
2. Autumn – MUSIC
3. Winter – FOOD
4. Spring – WOMEN

Each filmmaker will need to explore, in their own way, each of the above themes,
in an entertaining and achievable manner.

Submissions must be made in Word or PDF, as follows:
Two or three page (maximum) synopsis as follows:
• CV – maximum one page
• One page motivation stating why you want to be part of this initiative
• Link to previous work
• Your contact details

Deadline for submissions is on 1 April 2016. The final selection of projects will be
announced on 18 April.

Submit your projects to:
Attention: Nomzamo Nkhukhu
Email: production2@zidaka.co.za
Telephone: (011) 260 6371

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