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Young creative talent on show at the annual Afda Experimental Festival

Afda third-year students from our Johannesburg, Cape Town, Durban and Gqeberha campuses promise to offer audiences an eye-popping and mind-boggling experience at the annual Afda Experimental Festival. 13 Jun 2022 Read more


Afda 2021 graduation film Where is Mr Adams? gets global recognition

The Afda Cape Town 2021 honours graduation film, Where is Mr Adams? is having a fantastic run on the national and international film festival circuit. 6 May 2022 Read more


Afda alumni win big at Kyknet Silwerskerm Festival 2022

Congratulations to the young and talented creative crew behind the scenes of the short film Leemtes en Leegheid, which scooped up three major awards at the Kyknet Silwerskerm Festival 2022. 1 Apr 2022 Read more


Afda alumnus Walter Mzengi wins Netflix X Unesco 'African Folktales, Reimagined' Short Film Competition

After launching a groundbreaking competition to find some of sub-Saharan Africa's up-and-coming filmmakers, entitled 'African Folktales, Reimagined' Netflix and Unesco announced the six winners. 18 Mar 2022 Read more


2 South African television productions to be screened at the International Public Television Conference - Input!

Afda COO Henriette de Villiers, is proud to announce the selection of two South African television productions at the Input Conference. 4 Mar 2022 Read more


3 Afda 2021 graduation films selected for prestigious Cilect Prize 2022

The Cilect Prize is the first-ever award bestowed to a student film based on review from the whole community of Cilect Full Member Schools. This includes 180 institutions from 60 countries, of which Afda is a full member. Each Cilect Member School may submit one film in each genre category. 3 Feb 2022 Read more


Afda students and alumni awarded top spots in 2021 Loeries Official Rankings

Since the inauguration the Loeries Official Rankings in 2010, which offers a comprehensive overview of the annual performance across the brand communications industry throughout Africa and the Middle East, Afda students, alumni and staff have been highly ranked for their outstanding work and expertise in film, commercials and advertising campaigns. The rankings list the top brands, agencies and production companies, as well as the performance by both individuals and companies in special focus areas. 3 Feb 2022 Read more


Acclaimed actor David Dennis appointed as Afda Johannesburg dean

Afda has the great pleasure to announce the appointment of David Dennis as the new campus dean of Afda Johannesburg. 9 Dec 2021 Read more


The Afda Graduation Festival 2021 - showcasing young African talent

Over the last 25 years, Afda students in their final year of their undergraduate and postgraduate degrees showcase their work at the annual Afda Graduation Festival. 19 Nov 2021 Read more


Afda, as part of Stadio Holdings, sets to award its postgraduate students with shares in the business

In a revolutionary move in the higher education sector, Afda will be purchasing Stadio Holdings shares for their postgraduate class of 2021. 18 Nov 2021 Read more


Afda film, The Extraordinary Super-Now, wins three awards at the 2021 Loeries

Afda Johannesburg 2020 honours graduation film, The Extraordinary Super-Now, has won three awards after being nominated as a finalist in seven categories at the 2021 Loerie Awards. 4 Nov 2021 Read more


Afda community play key role in Oscar-winning student film

Afda is proud to announce that Afda staff, students and alumni played a key role in the making of the 2021 Student Academy award-winning film Lakutshon' IIanga. 4 Nov 2021 Read more


The Afda book goes live

Afda is proud to announce the launch of the Afda book, an online publication created by Afda co-founder Garth Holmes and published by Art Africa Publishing. 20 Oct 2021 Read more


Young African creative talent on show at the annual Afda Experimental Festival 2021

Afda students have proved that in life, nothing is impossible to achieve when you have enthusiasm, optimism, confidence, and commitment. 21 Jun 2021 Read more


Afda alumni bag 48 nominations @ Saftas 2021

Afda alumni have received a massive 48 nominations at the 15th South African Film and Television Awards. 12 May 2021 Read more


3 Afda 2020 graduation films in race for the Oscar

Afda is proud to announce the selection of three 2020 graduation films to compete for the most prestigious award on the motion picture calendar - The Student Academy Awards (Oscars). 26 Apr 2021 Read more


Simon 'Mabhunu' Sabela Award statue unveiled at Afda Durban

Afda Durban becomes the home of the Simon Sabela Awards. 20 Apr 2021 Read more


Afda alumnus and colourist Kyle Stroebel on Oscar nomination for My Octopus Teacher

Kyle Stroebel is an Afda alumnus and accomplished South African colourist. His recent work on the picturesque documentary My Octopus Teacher received national and international praise soon after it was released on Netflix in March of 2020. 23 Mar 2021 Read more


Afda films selected for the Cilect Prize 2021

Congratulations to all cast and crew members! 12 Feb 2021 Read more


Afda launches two cutting edge, collaboration-driven courses for 2021

The intent of these qualifications is to economically boost the creative economy. 1 Feb 2021 Read more


The Afda Hybrid Graduation Festival 2020

Showcasing African talent. 25 Nov 2020 Read more


Afda introduces BCom in Business Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Port Elizabeth campus for 2021

The fourth industrial revolution is well underway and it is shaping up some of the most significant opportunities and challenges of our lifetime. 19 Oct 2020 Read more


Afda honours film wins 2 awards at Jozi Film Festival 2020

Over the years, the festival has attracted broad critical acclaim, both locally and internationally. 25 Sep 2020 Read more


Afda launches new cutting-edge Bachelor of Creative Writing degree course for 2021

The South African and global creative industries are undergoing massive growth and diversification, and there is a clear need for creative writing programmes to address and respond to the vast growth of new platforms and media technologies. 17 Sep 2020 Read more


Tokoloshe The Calling gets selected at Durban International Film Festival

The film, renamed Tokoloshe: An African Curse for the American market, was recently released on VOD in the USA. 9 Sep 2020 Read more


Afda nabs 9 nominations @ the 8th Annual Simon 'Mabhunu' Sabela Awards 2020

Afda student films have an extraordinary record at the Simon Sabela Awards. 31 Aug 2020 Read more


The Annual Afda Experimental Festival

The show must go on: 21 to 29 August 2020. 17 Aug 2020 Read more


Dr Janet van Eeden appointed as Afda Durban Dean

Dr Janet Van Eeden will be taking on the title of Afda Durban Campus Dean officially come 1 July 2020. 29 Jun 2020 Read more


Afda animation film Hadeda making a racket abroad

This deserves a shout from the rooftops!!! 22 May 2020 Read more


Afda student films in race for the Oscars

Three Afda 2019 graduation films selected as candidates to compete for the most prestigious awards on the motion picture calendar - The Student Academy Awards (Oscars). 22 Apr 2020 Read more


Three AFDA 2019 graduations films selected for CILECT Prize 2020

The first-ever award bestowed to a student film based on review from the whole community of CILECT Full Member Schools. 4 Feb 2020 Read more


AFDA in on the act with a Higher Certificate in Performing Arts for 2020

AFDA is delighted to announce the introduction of a Higher Certificate in Performing Arts on our Johannesburg, Cape Town and Port Elizabeth campuses. 17 Dec 2019 Read more


AFDA launches a collaboration-driven Postgraduate Diploma in Innovation for 2020

AFDA is proud to launch a one-year, full-time, Postgraduate Diploma in Innovation for 2020 on our Johannesburg and Cape Town campuses. 13 Dec 2019 Read more


A BCom to empower Africa's youth towards a brighter future

AFDA has identified the possibilities of growing the AFDA School of Business Innovation & Technology. 6 Dec 2019 Read more


The annual AFDA Online Graduation Festival goes live

Our students offer you the opportunity to watch over 60 of their films, TV pilots and documentaries online 29 Nov 2019 Read more


Discover emerging young creatives at the AFDA Graduation Festival 2019

The AFDA Graduation Festival 2019 will showcase over 130 productions from the respective AFDA campuses. 29 Oct 2019 Read more


AFDA cinematographers scoop 13 of the 26 awards at SASC Visible Spectrum Awards

The SASC Visible Spectrum Awards celebrate and acknowledge the very best work produced by South African cinematographers. 18 Sep 2019 Read more


AFDA students and alumni set to take Silwerskermfees 2019 by storm

Silwerskermfees 2019 is sure to be a humdinger for AFDA students and alumni. 8 Aug 2019 Read more


The AFDA guide to Open Day 2019

AFDA Open Day: Saturday, 17 August 2019, 10am-2pm
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Entertainment industry heavyweights flying the AFDA MFA flag high

AFDA are very excited to have the highly experienced film industry professionals Richard Starkey and Adze Ugah studying the AFDA Master of Fine Arts in Motion Picture Medium. 30 Jul 2019 Read more


AFDA Port Elizabeth celebrates Pride Month

This Pride Month, AFDA Port Elizabeth flies its very own pride flag alongside our AFDA and South African flags in the front courtyard - a first for AFDA. 28 Jun 2019 Read more


Young creative talent at AFDA Experimental Festival 2019

The annual AFDA Experimental Festival promises to be an eye-popping and mind-boggling experience across our four AFDA campuses 4 Jun 2019 Read more


The legendary actor John Kani inspires students at AFDA Cape Town

16 May was a wonderful day on the AFDA Cape Town campus as we hosted the illustrious Dr John Kani 28 May 2019 Read more


'Stranger Things' at Port Elizabeth Film School

Stranger Things, House of Cards and Mr Robot cinematographer shared his craft at AFDA Port Elizabeth 28 May 2019 Read more


Two AFDA documentaries to screen at Encounters International Documentary Festival

The 21st Encounters International Documentary Festival will be taking place in Cape Town and Johannesburg from 6 to 16 June 2019. 21 May 2019 Read more


What you should expect from open days at tertiary institutions

Every year, tertiary institutions host open days as an opportunity for prospective students and parents to visit their campuses and get more information about the educational offer. 16 May 2019 Read more


Business advice that should be life advice too

CMS Africa is a conference with the intent to bring together likeminded people to talk about ideas, technology, business and open source softwares. 16 Apr 2019 Read more


Diaan Lawrenson - New AFDA Cape Town Dean

AFDA is proud to announce the appointment of Diaan Lawrenson as Dean of the AFDA Cape Town campus. 8 Apr 2019 Read more


3 AFDA films selected as candidates for the student Oscars

AFDA is proud to announce the selection of three AFDA 2018 graduation films as candidates for the Student Academy Awards 2019. 1 Apr 2019 Read more


AFDA alumni and students win big at the 13th annual SAFTAs

AFDA students and alumni made the red carpet their own at the 13th annual South African Film and Television Awards, walking away with a host of Golden Horns. 7 Mar 2019 Read more


Three AFDA films selected to compete for CILECT Prize 2019

The CILECT Prize includes 160 institutions from 60 countries, of which AFDA is a full member. Each CILECT Member School is permitted to submit one film in each category. 7 Feb 2019 Read more


Time to binge-watch

The online AFDA Graduation Festival goes live 28 November 2018 28 Nov 2018 Read more


AFDA Port Elizabeth introduces new Higher Certificate course for 2019

Sewing the seeds for a thriving entertainment industry in the Eastern Cape 13 Nov 2018 Read more


SA filmmakers win ADCAN Grand Prix award in LA

ADCAN is a UK/USA-based competition run annually for unsigned filmmakers around the world. 9 Nov 2018 Read more


Ivy redefining industry and educational makeup standards

Michael Ivy, AFDA Port Elizabeth campus dean, and founder of the Ivy makeup brand, is excited to announce the launch of a new range of eyeshadow in February of 2019. 7 Nov 2018 Read more


AFDA film wins Audience Award at shnit

It is very rare for a student film to win awards against films produced and directed by seasoned film industry professionals... 30 Oct 2018 Read more


Showcasing the best emerging African talent - The AFDA Graduation Festival 2018

AFDA, The School for the Creative Economy, is proud to host their annual Graduation Festival. 25 Oct 2018 Read more


Just who is Chuma Niklaas? Disruptor or menace?

The name's Niklaas, Chuma J. Niklaas or just CJ if you prefer and I'm a second-year BCom student specialising in Digital Technology at AFDA. 19 Oct 2018 Read more


Thinking about studying at AFDA? Don't miss our open day 13 October 2018

Learn about the creative economy and what your future career may look like. 3 Sep 2018 Read more


Thinking about studying for the creative industries? Attend AFDA's upcoming Application Day

AFDA (The School of the Creative Economy), will host its Application Day on Saturday,18 August 2018. 17 Aug 2018 Read more


AFDA film wins two international awards

Graduate student film packs a golden punch at the El Dorado Film Festival 16 Aug 2018 Read more


AFDA films selected as candidates for Student Oscars

AFDA is proud to announce the selection of three AFDA 2017 graduate films for the 45th Student Academy Awards. 3 Jul 2018 Read more


AFDA Online Experimental Festival goes live

It's just a click away. 21 Jun 2018 Read more


The AFDA Experimental Festival 2018

Showcasing the future stars of the Creative Economy 6 Jun 2018 Read more


A new Higher Certificate course for Port Elizabeth's creative economy

The Port Elizabeth campus of AFDA (The School for the Creative Economy) has announced the introduction of a one-year Higher Certificate course in Film, Television and Entertainment Production. 10 May 2018 Read more


The AFDA Cape Town makeover

The five million rand makeover of the AFDA Cape Town campus, which includes the refitting of the AFDA research centre, TV studio, actors' studio, canteen and 'hard' landscaping of the campus, is finally underway. 1 Mar 2012 Read more


Special announcement from the AFDA Acting Department

AFDA Acting Department reinvigorated by new staff signings and outcomes in acting for Stage Acting, Screen Acting and Acting for Media and Television. 1 Mar 2012 Read more


Jozua Malherbe

Jozua Malherbe did his first AD job on Spoon - written and directed by Sharlto Copley and Simon Hansen in Cape Town. The project took two years of planning and shooting and was Jozua's personal baptism by fire into the industry. 1 Mar 2012 Read more


AFDA alumni once again showed their mark in the film and TV industries' annual SAFTA awards with 35 nominations. The AFDA executive and staff wish to congratulate the nominees and wish them the best of luck for the prestigious awards evening to be held in March. 1 Mar 2012 Read more


AFDA alumni hits 35 nominations in the 2012 SAFTAS. 29 Feb 2012 Read more


AFDA Annual Film Festival - exhibiting tomorrow's talent today

Forty new titles will be showcased at the AFDA annual film festival to be held at Ster Kinekor Johannesburg The Zone, Rosebank and Ster Kinekor Cape Town, Cavendish Commercial on the 18th and 19th November 2011. 8 Nov 2011 Read more


AFDA Annual Film Festival 2011

AFDA - The South African School of Motion Picture Medium and Live Performance - will unveil its highly anticipated annual film festival from 18-19 November 2011. The film festival is a collaborative culmination of the work the final year students have produced. 24 Oct 2011 Read more


Bassline Brad goes back to school

AFDA, South Africa's leading motion picture and performance school, is excited to announce the appointment of local music industry legend Brad Holmes as the new driving force behind AFDA's music performance discipline, part of the BA Live Performance degree. 21 Oct 2011 Read more


AFDA dominates SAFTAs 2011

AFDA cleaned up the South African Film & Television Awards 2011 with two awards and four special mentions. This year AFDA had six nominations, at the first half of the 5th SAFTAs, held at Melrose Arch, Madame Zingara's Theatre of Dreams on 20 February 2011. 30 Mar 2011 Read more


Africa Movie Academy Award 2011 nomination

AFDA reaches Nigeria, with a short film nomination. Bomlambo was nominated in the Best Short Film category of the Africa Movie Academy Awards 2011 edition, which takes place in Bayelsa State, Nigeria, on the 27th March 2011. 29 Mar 2011 Read more


M-Net presented a Merit Award for Best Overall Project to the AFDA Johannesburg fourth year film, Bomlambo, which was funded and entered into a special category of the M-Net Edit Awards. 28 Mar 2011 Read more


AFDA films screened at the Cape Winelands Film Festival

A total of 6 AFDA films were selected to screened at the 2011 Cape Winelands Film Festival. 25 Mar 2011 Read more


CARA Conference

On 24 and 25 January 2011 AFDA - The South African School of Motion Picture Medium and Live Performance, hosted an academic conference with the theme "Rethinking Motion Picture and Performance Education in the New Millennium" on its Johannesburg campus. 2 Mar 2011 Read more


AFDA at the SAFTA'S - AFDA films nominated for The 5th South African Film & Television Awards 2011

AFDA has once again been nominated at The 5th South African Film & Television Awards. This year a total of five AFDA films were selected in three different categories. The following films were selected: 2 Feb 2011 Read more


AFDA does it again!

FESPACO 2011 2 Feb 2011 Read more


2010 Post- and Under-Graduate Award Winners for AFDA Johannesburg and AFDA Cape Town

Well done to the class of 2010 on their success throughout the year! AFDA wishes the cast and crew winners and nominees all the best for the future which lies ahead. We look forward to many award-winning films. 30 Nov 2010 Read more


AFDA in the district

AFDA Alumni students have hit the district with the internationally renowned box office movie, District 9. The young, skilled and passionate group of filmmakers have created entertainment products within the growing film industry of South Africa. 8 Oct 2009 Read more


AFDA postgraduate applications now open

The Honours programme is a one-year full-time degree starting in February and ending in November with term breaks in April and September and a production window in June and July. The focus of the honours programme is to provide opportunities for students to acquire in-depth conceptual and applied skills in a chosen major discipline. 17 Aug 2009 Read more


AFDA television production short course presentation and open days

All individuals and companies interested in attending the AFDA television short course are invited to attend a short presentation on what the course will entail as well as meet the staff that will deliver the course. 5 May 2009 Read more


Television Production short course: June - July 2009

AFDA is offering a hands-on, six-week short course in Television Production. 30 Mar 2009 Read more


2009 AFDA Oscar nomination

The Oscar award-winning film school AFDA, is proud to announce that the Cape Town Honours year film Wamkelekile (which means "Welcome Back") has been selected as the official South African 2009 entry in the 36th Student Academy Awards. 19 Feb 2009 Read more


AFDA keeps going international

The Cape Town Honours graduate film Wamkelekile (Welcome back) has been selected as AFDA The South African School of Motion Picture Medium & Live Performance's entry into the CILECT (International Association of Film & Television Schools) student film competition. 19 Feb 2009 Read more


AFDA Annual Students Film Festival

AFDA is about to have its Annual Students Film Festival. This has always been the debut platform for big international AFDA winners! 17 Nov 2008 Read more


AFDA is offering graduate students a unique opportunity to realise their dream of mastering the craft of motion picture production by researching, developing and participating in the making of a feature film or television series. 31 Oct 2008 Read more


The Shadow Boy directed by Justine Puren (left) has been selected for the competition of the 31st edition of the Recontres Henri Langlois, an international film schools festival, which will take place from 5th to 13th of December 2008 in Poitiers, France. The committee chose 62 films among the 1063 received. 24 Oct 2008 Read more


Awards second year in a row! AFDA students have done it again! The Best Student Film Award went to Sindiswa at the recently held 2007 South African Film and Television Awards held at Gallagher Estate. 16 Aug 2008 Read more


The AFDA Johannesburg third-year production, The Cure, was officially selected to be screened at the Hip Hop International Film Festival 2008 in Manchester, UK. 24 Jul 2008 Read more


AFDA graduates sing for Mandela's 90th

The Sophiatown sisters - Staci Lyons, Miranda Mokhele, Phumza Mtila and Funeka Pepeta, are all graduates of the AFDA Johannesburg campus. They performed at Nelson Mandela's birthday celebrations in Bangkok last month. 21 Jul 2008 Read more


South Africa you beauty! Another Oscar winner...

We are proud to announce that the AFDA student film, Elalini, has been selected by the Academy membership as the winning film in the 33rd Annual Student Academy Awards Honorary Foreign Film category. The news was received via an official letter from the Academy. 18 Jun 2008 Read more


AFDA wins top student awards at the Loeries

AFDA won big at this year's Loerie Awards in the student category TV & Cinema - Motion Graphic Design, with Andrew Haycock's claymation production, Grumble Bumble, winning Gold and Justine Puren's sand animation production, The Shadow Boy, winning Silver. 3 Jun 2008 Read more