AFDA community play key role on Oscar winning student film

Oct 25, 2021 | Alumni, Awards, Film School, News

AFDA is proud to announce that AFDA, AFDA staff, students and alumni played a key role in the making of the 2021 Student Academy Award winning  film “Lakutshon’ IIanga” (When the Sun Sets). The film won Gold at the 49th Annual Student Academy Awards in the Narrative: Domestic Schools category.

The film, written and directed by South African-born Phumi Morare, for her MFA thesis in Film Directing at Chapman University, was made with the assistance and guidance of AFDA Johannesburg, its staff, students and alumni in collaboration with Chapman University. AFDA also provided their campus facilities and industry gold standard gear, which included Arri Alexa cameras, lighting gear and grips package.

Shot on location in Soweto, the film tells the story of a young, black nurse living in 1985 apartheid South Africa who must face her worst fears when she learns that her younger brother, an activist, may be in danger.

The film, executively produced and supervised by Dylan Voogt and AFDA Cape Town alumna Marcelle du Toit (2013) of Stage 5 Films has received various accolades, including a Student BAFTA nomination and selection as a finalist in the 2021 American Black Film Festival’s Annual HBO Short Film Competition, not to mention screenings at some of the world’s most prestigious film festivals.

AFDA alumnus Aphiwe Mkefe (2018), known for his notable performance as the lead actor on the SAFTA and Durban International Film Festival award-winning feature film ‘Letters of Hope’, plays the lead supporting role of ‘Anele’  on “Lakutshon’ IIanga”.

AFDA alumnus Waldemar Coetsee (2005), known for his production design on over 30 South African feature films, including the South African 2020 Oscar candidate film “Toorbos”, takes the production design credit on “Lakutshon’ IIanga”. This is the second time Waldemar has done the production design on an Oscar winning student film having worked on the AFDA Student Academy Award winning film “Elalini” as a third year student in 2005.

Congratulations to Phumi Morare and a round of applause to all the AFDA staff, student and alumni on the cast and crew!!!

  • Supervising Producer- Marcelle Du Toit – AFDA Cape Town honours alumni (2013)
  • Lead Supporting Actor – Aphiwe Mkefe – AFDA alumni (2018)
  • Production Designer – Waldemar Coetsee – AFDA alumni (2005)
  • Production Supervisors – Henriette De Villiers – AFDA Johannesburg Dean, James Younger – AFDA Johannesburg Stores Manager, Jane-Anne Raath – AFDA Johannesburg Head of Film School
  • B Camera Operator / 1st AC – Conner McKinnon – AFDA alumni (2019)
  • 1st AC / 2nd AC – Ranaa Cevikmen – AFDA alumni (2019)
  • 2nd AC – Tholwana “Thulz” Ngwenya & Ricardo Neiva – AFDA Johannesburg Cinematography 3rd year students (2019)
  • Electric – Bonga Jacobs & Sibongiseni Makhathini – AFDA Johannesburg Cinematography 3rd year students (2019)
  • DIT – Tumelo Kgongwana – AFDA Johannesburg Cinematography 3rd year student (2019) & Mark Buyskes – AFDA Johannesburg DIT & Colourist Lecturer

Contributions to the film were also made by:

  • Daisy Dube – AFDA Johannesburg Campus Coordinator
  • Albert Van Rhyn – AFDA Johhanesburg Cinematography Lecturer
  • Ivan Kinghorn – AFDA Johannesburg Sound Lecturer
  • Neill Jordaan – AFDA Johannesburg Editing Lecturer
  • Harmon Cusack – AFDA Johannesburg Operations
  • Nelly Sambo – AFDA Johannesburg Deans Office Administrator


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