CILECT is the International Association of Film and Television Schools and was established in 1952 in Cannes as a body to represent the film schools of the world.  Today, CILECT represents over 160 schools from 60 countries with more than 9000 lecturers, 55 000 students and alumni in excess of 1 330 000 which produces over 65% of the world’s block-buster films and TV series.  CILECT is deeply committed to maintaining the highest possible educational standards of audio-visual teaching and learning in its member schools and to encourage stimulation of creativity, diversity and individuality in film and television.

CARA (CILECT Africa Regional Association) is one of the 5 regional divisions of CILECT for Africa and is chaired by AFDA Co-founder and Chairman Garth Holmes.  CARA currently consists of  Institut Superieur des Metiers de l'Audiovisuel (ISMA – Benin; Centre de Formation Professionnelle de l’Audiovisuel de la Cameroon Radio Television (CFPA/CRTV)  – Cameroon; High Cinema Institute (HCI) – Egypt; National Film and Television Institute (NAFTI) – Ghana; NTA Television College (NTA) – Nigeria; AFDA, the South African School of Motion Picture Medium and Live Performance – South African; Tshwane University of Technology (TUT) – South Africa; Wits School of Arts (WSA) – South Africa as well as Institut Supérieur de l’Image et du Son (ISIS) – Burkina Faso (Partner Member); Big Fish School of Digital Filmmaking (BFSDF) – South African (Candidate Member).

CILECT and CARA are global and continental platforms that allow the various film schools of the world and Africa to intersect and exchange staff, students and administration – and in so doing affording its various members opportunities to measure their standards and quality of education and to share the knowledge and pool of diverse intellectual capital from this wide range of film and TV schools.

CILECT meets annually in differing cities and is normally hosted by one of its member schools representative of the region.  Lecturers, heads of departments and heads of the film school of the world to meet to discuss teaching methodologies, technology, markets and audiences.

The top film schools of the world including the like of GVIK (Moscow), La Femisse (Paris), USC (LA), The National Film School (London), Rits (Brussels), AFTRS (Sydney), the Beijing Film School and AFDA (Johannesburg and Cape Town) to mention but a few, attend the conference and use the opportunity to re-kindle old friendships and exchanges, attend the conference and to govern the general well-being of the media and entertainment industries of the future.

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AFDA is the South African School of Motion Picture Medium and Live Performance, and is registered with the Department of Higher Education and Training as a private higher education institution under the Higher Education Act, 1997. Registration certificate no. 2001/HE07/012.

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