Extraordinary achievement by AFDA Durban graduate Sibongiseni Shezi at Simon Sabela Awards

Awards, 26 July 2019

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AFDA is extremely proud to announce that 2018 live performance graduate Sibongiseni Shezi won the Best Actress in a Feature Film for her stand out performance in the AFDA Durban 2018 experimental film Run, at the Simon Sabela Awards 2019. This is a remarkable achievement considering she was competing against seasoned actresses in professional feature film category. 

AFDA Durban Head of Live Performance School, Sir Roel Twijnstra, bursting with pride, had this to say, “Because of Sibongiseni Shezi’s talent and extraordinary technique she was taken out of the student category and placed in the category - Best Actress in a Feature Film. The jury celebrated a young talented and very skilled actress who understands the industry, works very hard and is always a pleasure to work with. Most of all she comes with authentic and fresh character choices that holds an audience. We need actors like her, we need stars like her for our growing TV and film industry. What an extraordinary achievement.” 

Sibongiseni is part of the first graduates who completed 3 years of the new screen acting methodology course at AFDA, developed under supervision of Bata Passchier and Head of School Sir Roel Twijnstra. The goal of the methodology is creating star performers who deliver an unforgettable, appealing performance. Stars who hold an audience by modulating complex emotional behaviour of a character when put under extreme pressure and who discover novel emotional behaviour through what the character wants/needs.

Sibongiseni is not the only student who after graduating is on track for that goal. The other 2018 graduates of the Live Performance School at AFDA Durban are doing well. 6 month after graduating 71 % found paid work related to their study in the creative industry. These placements include castings in a KZN Feature film, working in a KZN theatre school project, being casted in a role on UZALO, were casted in a television drama in Johannesburg, working as a drama teacher at a high school, working as a model, running their label and producing their own and others music. A handful continued with Postgraduate studies in the BA Honours degree at AFDA.



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