AFDA student and alumni films shine @Jozi Film Festival

News, 07 October 2019

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AFDA students and alumni had a great run at the 8th annual Jozi Film Festival held over the weekend. The AFDA Port Elizabeth 2018 3rd year graduation film, “Sunset Exodus”, directed and written by Dylan Brokensha, won the Best South African Student Film award.

“We are thrilled that AFDA Port Elizabeth 2018 Graduation Film, Sunset Exodus, walked away with the Best South African Student Film award. We at AFDA are immensely proud of the achievement of Black Sash Productions (The student crew formed in 2018, who produced Sunset Exodus), whose creative innovation, hard work, and collaboration has proven a tremendous success for the students involved and AFDA at large. This film does a wonderful job of interweaving alternative genre conventions with local Eastern Cape narratives, pushing the boundaries of what South African cinema can achieve.

In addition, a number of the crew and cast members are currently enrolled in our Honours programme, and we cannot wait to premiere their next production, Mlungisi, at the AFDA Graduation Festival in November.“ says AFDA Port Elizabeth Head of Film School Melissa Evans. 

AFDA alumnus Matthew Jankes’ multi award winning film, “Axis Mundi”, won yet another award, walking off with the Best South African Short Fiction Film award. Alumna Kate D’Hotman short film “Life’s a Drag” received an Honourable Mention in the  South African Short film category and fellow alumnus Bongeziwe Mabandla’s  music video, “Mangaliso”, directed by Warwick Allan, won the Best South African Music Video award.

The Jozi Film Festival was initially created to provide a platform for local filmmakers in Johannesburg, and to develop an audience for South African films. While still prioritizing local film, JFF now accept films from around the world – features, short films, documentaries and student films. It is the longest running multi-genre festival in the City of Gold and their motto remains the same from Day One: We Love Jozi. We Love Film. We support independent films.

Congratulations to our students and alumni and all the other award winners.



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