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Monday, November 25, 2013


The AFDA Annual Film Festival, which showcases 3rd year, 4th year and master's graduation films, took place in Durban this last weekend as well as in Cape Town and Johannesburg.

The festival is also a platform to promote the young professionals who will soon enter the mainstream film and television industry. Students are required to conceptualize and produce their graduation films that, while of an artistically high standard, are also commercially viable. At the festival a panel of industry professionals assess the films and there are also opportunities for audiences to give feedback. The festival sees many industry professionals; alumni and general public gathering to celebrate the exhibition and promotion of these young film makers and their films at Ster-Kinekor in their commercial cinemas and other venues.

Last year student films such as Kanye Kanye directed by Miklas Manneke, Jean Pant directed by Rowen Smith, Keeping Up Appearances directed by Thea Small and The Brave Unseen co directed by Duan Myburgh attracted attention from major festivals such as the 34th Durban International Film Festival, the New York City Picture Start Film Festival and others.

“This year’s festival will be just as exciting as in previous years,” said Garth Holmes, AFDA Chairman and co-founder, “Students have really put everything into their projects and I look forward to seeing their work on the big screen in a formal cinema and with a willing audience.”

More information on AFDA Durban on 031 569 2252 or log onto

After the festival, the student films will be available on line at