11 to 18 June
Johannesburg/ Cape Town/ Durban/ Gqeberha

AFDA Experimental Festival 2023: Showcasing African Creative Talent

The AFDA Experimental Festival is an annual event orchestrated by our 3rd year students. The primary purpose of the festival is to celebrate and exhibit the ingenuity of young African creatives who dare to explore unconventional and avant-garde approaches across various disciplines, such as filmmaking, live performance, creative writing, and innovative high-tech business concepts. The festival provides a platform for our students to present their experimental works and encourages them to challenge established norms within the creative economy.

At this year’s festival, held across our Johannesburg, Cape Town, Durban, and Gqeberha campuses, audiences can expect to enjo an array of thought-provoking experiences. Our Business & Innovation School students will pitch cutting-edge and financially viable business concepts, while our Film School students will showcase their offbeat films and TV documentaries. Additionally, our Live Performance School students will bring captivating theatre plays and music performances to the stage. In an exciting first, our Creative Writing School students will also present their original screenplays, play-scripts, and short stories, adding a new dimension to the festival.

Previous productions by AFDA students have garnered immense success, captivating audiences both locally and internationally. Notably, the film ‘Elalini’ secured the prestigious Best Foreign Student Film Oscar in 2006, while ‘Kanye Kanye’ earned more than 20 awards for best short film worldwide and was a finalist at the Oscars and Cannes in 2012. Two AFDA student films, ‘Die Windpomp’ and ‘Hollywood in my Huis,’ transcended the academic realm and evolved into feature films. Moreover, AFDA student films have triumphed at the South African Film and Television Awards (SAFTA), winning eight accolades in the “Best Student Film” category.

This year’s AFDA Experimental Festival will be hosted on the respective AFDA campuses, immersing attendees in a rich tapestry of artistic innovation and pushing the boundaries of creative expression.

AFDA Johannesburg Festival Dates:

  • Live Performance Festival: 15 to 18 June
  • Film Festival: 16 June
  • Business & Innovation Festival: 16 June
  • Creative Writing Literary Festival: 16 June

AFDA Cape Town Festival Dates:

  • Live Performance Festival: 11 to 14 June
  • Film Festival: 16 to 17 June
  • Business & Innovation Festival: 16 to 17 June

AFDA Durban Festival Dates:

  • Live Performance &Film Festival: 15 June
  • Film Festival: 16 June

AFDA Gqeberha Festival Dates:

  • Live Performance Festival: 15 to 16 June
  • Film Festival: 16 June