AFDA alumni set to shine at kykNET Silwerskerm Film Festival

Aug 17, 2023 | Alumni, Awards, News

AFDA alumni continue their strong showing at the kykNET Silwerskerm Film Festival this year with alumni featuring in key positions in eight films screening in competition at the festival.

In the feature film competition AFDA alumni have six films screening. These are: “Blindelings”, co-produced by Danie Bester, “Die Tragiese Saak van Pamina Vermaak”, co-produced by Danie Bester, “Frankie and Felipe”, co-written by Brett Michael Innes, “Hans Steek die Rubicon Oor” produced by Rene and Corne van Rooyen and written and directed by Corne, “Langafstand” co-produced and co-directed by Frankie Opperman and “Old Righteous Blues”, directed by Muneera Sallies.

In the short film competition AFDA alumni have two films screening. These are: “Koors”, co-produced, directed and written by Bianca Bothma and “Volle Bors”, co-produced by Jordy Sank.

The kykNET Silwerskerm Film Festival is an esteemed South African and Afrikaans film festival that has nurtured, developed, and empowered the local industry for more than a decade. It has proven to be a seminal platform for seasoned and emerging filmmakers alike. Alongside the world or South African premieres of the latest feature films, the Silwerskerm Film Festival showcases the work of young talent with a series of short films in a variety of genres. These short films are produced with the festival’s financial backing and mentorship. Besides the cinematic delights and shorts in the running for the coveted Silwerskerm Film Festival Awards, which honours outstanding performances in front and behind the scenes, the packed festival line-up includes panel discussions, workshops and industry-focused masterclasses. These classes are presented by renowned local and international experts sharing their knowledge and experience.

The first Silwerskerm Festival, hosted in the Karoo town of Prince Albert, featured only one film with the apt title, ’n Saak van geloof [A Question of Faith]. Since these humble beginnings, more than 170 short films and 50 prominent feature films have debuted at the festival. The list of success stories linked to the festival is impressive. Apart from creating new job opportunities, Silwerskerm films have garnered several international accolades, and some of the country’s most respected producers, directors and screenwriters entered the industry as winners of the short film project.

The festival will take place from the 23-26 August at the Camps Bay Hotel in Cape Town.


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