AFDA win 3 awards at Knysna Film Festival

Awards, 06 November 2019



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At the Knysna Film Festival held from the 29 October - 2 November AFDA 2018 graduation films picked up 3 awards. The AFDA Johannesburg honours film, “Simply, Ben”, directed by Warrick Bews, won the Best Student Film award with actor Reg Hart winning the Best Actor award for his lead role in the film. The Best Supporting Actress award went to Siyasanga Kata, for her role in the AFDA Cape Town honours film “Mapenzi ya dhati”.

“We feel elated and honoured to receive both the Best Student Film and Best Actor awards for our film Simply, Ben! It’s exciting to know that even a year later, our efforts in making the production are being recognized and celebrated!“ says writer and director of Simply Ben, Warrick Bews

The Knysna Film Festival aims to give filmmakers an opportunity to engage audiences about their films. As an emerging film industry area, the Garden Route has incentives and ease of permitting to promote the region as a new destination for film. The film festival is a first major step in promoting local and international filmmakers and the region.

The venues were hosted in Thesen Harbour Town and in the Knysna Waterfront to encourage not only industry players, but also local and international visitors to watch the films.

The festival also saw the launch of the ‘Intimater’ project to maximize exposure for the selected  films and the ‘Match’ program to encourage education in film.

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