AFDA student and alumni films on October festival run

News, 18 October 2019

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With the annual AFDA Graduation Festival coming up at the end of November, it is great to see how well AFDA 2018 graduation films and alumni films are doing on the film festival circuit. At the Jozi Film Festival which took place at the beginning of October, 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.

AFDA alumni also added to the awards cabinet with alumnus Matthew Jankes’ multi award winning film, “Axis Mundi”, 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.

At the shnit Worldwide Shortfilmfestival taking place in Cape Town from the 17-28 October AFDA Cape Town honours film “Nongqawuse”, directed by Sandulela Asanda Biyana will be competing in Made in South Africa Jury and Audience Award category alongside alumni films “Billy Monk-Shot in the Dark”, directed by Craig Cameron Mackintosh, “Axis Mundi”, directed by Mathew Jankes and “Camcopy”, directed by Rob Smith.

In the Local Flavour Audience Award category alumni films “Cowboy Dan”, directed by Wynand Louw, ”The Company’s Garden”, directed by Will Nicholson and “Life’s a Drag”, directed by Kate D’Hotman will be up against each other.

At the shnit talks AFDA alumni Tiny Mungwe, Elias Ribeiro, Cait Pansegrouw, Marcelle du Toit, Travis Taute and David Horler, all making waves in the global film industry, will share their expertise with the public on panel discussions. We'll hear warts-and-all how some of the most successful South African films & series in recent memory were conceived, developed, produced and released, as well as what's in store next for the filmmakers concerned.

At the Knysna Film Festival taking place on the 29 October to 2 November five AFDA 2018 graduation films will be screening in competition: “Orgasm”, directed by Gueorgui Haralampiev, “Beyond Repair”, directed by Chadlee Skrikker, “Simply Ben”, directed by Warrick Bews, “Ekhaya”, directed by Thabani Dhlomo and “Mapenzi Ya Dhati”, directed by Muendo.

At the Rwanda Film Festival, he AFDA Johannesburg 2018 animation graduation film, “Escape from Planet Zoid”, directed by Bailey Spencer and Tanyaradzwa has been selected to screen in competition. The festival takes place from the 18 October.

Congratulations to all the cast and crew!!!



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