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Over the last 21 years, AFDA has produced a large network of graduates who consistently excel and make a meaningful contribution to the South African entertainment industry.


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AFDA Legend – Thembalethu Ntuli

May 23, 2017

AFDA Johannesburg alumni, Thembalethu Ntuli (also known as Themba Mncube) is an actor best known for...

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Alumni of the week #67 Christian Joubert

May 22, 2017

AFDA Johannesburg alumni Christian Joubert is an award winning South African Production Designer/Art...

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AFDA Legend – Tsoku Maela

May 16, 2017

AFDA Cape Town alumni, Tsoku Maela, who graduated with a BA in Motion Picture, majoring in screenwri...

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Alumni of the week # 66 Lerato Sokhulu

“I have Googled dozens of words to try and describe Lerato Sokhulu, and the word that I choose to ...

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AFDA Legend – Lakota Silva

April 21, 2017

AFDA alumna Lakota Silva is reengineering radio, breaking down and entirely rebuilding what enchanti...

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AFDA Legend – Leroy Gopal

April 20, 2017

AFDA Johannesburg alumnus Leroy Gopal is a Zimbabwean-born South African actor and voice artist best...

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Alumni of the week #65 Lemogang Tsipa

April 19, 2017

AFDA Cape Town alumni Lemogang Tsipa is making a name for himself as a film actor with the leading r...

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Alumni of the week #64 – Thapelo Mokoena

April 11, 2017

AFDA Johannesburg alumna, Thapelo Mokoena, has kicked off 2017 with a Usain Bolt swagger. He receive...

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Alumni of the week #63 – Christopher – Lee Dos Santos

March 3, 2017

“I write because for every breath, every heartbeat, every action, that goes unwritten, is a story ...

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AFDA Legend – Desmond Denton

AFDA Cape Town alumnus Desmond Denton has once again been raking in international awards for his fil...

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Alumni of the week # 62 Marielise van Rooyen

February 20, 2017

AFDA Johannesburg alumni, Marielise van Rooyen, was born in Houston, Texas USA, where her parents we...

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AFDA Legend – Sean Pretorius

February 15, 2017

AFDA Johannesburg alumni, Sean Pretorius has designed films, commercials, TV shows, theatre producti...

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AFDA Legend – Conroy Esterhuizen

January 31, 2017

Conroy Esterhuizen graduated from AFDA (The South African School Motion Medium Picture and Live Perf...

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Alumni of the week # 59 Kyle Lewis

December 8, 2016

It has not taken AFDA Cape Town alumni, Kyle Lewis, very long to become become a household name in t...

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AFDA Legend – Candice Odgers

November 21, 2016

Candice Odgers graduated from AFDA after receiving a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Motion Picture Mediu...

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AFDA Legend – Jacques Koudstaal

November 8, 2016

AFDA alumni Jacques Koudstaal is a passionate, creative and technically skilled cinematographer. He ...

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AFDA Legend – Henk Ekermans

November 1, 2016

AFDA alumni Henk Ekermans developed a love for film at a very young age. So to achieve his dream of ...

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AFDA Legend – Latisha Duarte

October 31, 2016

I am part plant AFDA Cape Town alumni, Latisha Duarte, hailing from Table Mountain to the concrete j...

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AFDA Legend – Marc Sidelsky

AFDA Johannesburg alumni Marc Sidelsky considers himself primarily a storyteller, though his talents...

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Alumni of the week # 57 Sebastian Stent

“When not working, digging for new innovations online or consuming vast quantities of media I̵...

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Alumni of the week # 56 Nathan Rice

October 28, 2016

AFDA Durban alumni Nathan Rice is a young film maker based in Durban who has been passionately makin...

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Alumni of the Week #55 Jonathan Sidego

October 19, 2016

Jonathan Sidego, an AFDA alumni graduate who obtained his BA Honours in Motion Picture in 2012, is s...

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AFDA Legend – Scot Cooper

AFDA alumni and actor, Scot Cooper, has trained under world renowned Meisner teacher African actress...

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Alumni of the week # 54 William Nicholson

October 17, 2016

AFDA Cape Town alumni, William Nicholson latest short film “Buitenkant” won the Jury Prize for B...

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AFDA Legend – Lucia Meyer-Marais

September 28, 2016

AFDA Johannesburg alumni, Lucia Meyer-Marais, (pronounced Loo-sha) is a freelance TV and film line...

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Alumni of the week # 53 Tom Marais

AFDA Johannesburg alumni and multi-award cinematographer, Tom Marais (SASC), is taking a giant step ...

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AFDA Legend – Luke Michael Sharland

September 15, 2016

AFDA Johannesburg alumni Luke Michael Sharland is the producer of the short film The Suit, based on ...

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Alumni of the week # 52 Lucille Slade

“I work well under pressure and, no matter what happens the show must go on. My fear doesn’t cri...

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Alumni of the week # 51 Jarryd Coetsee

September 12, 2016

AFDA Cape Town alumni Jarryd Coetzee’s professional directorial debut film The Suit, based on a fa...

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AFDA Legend – Cole Matthews

Photo by: Alexander Wolf Photography AFDA Johannesburg alumni Cole Matthews is a young professional ...

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AFDA Johannesburg – Distinguished Achiever – Kenneth Fok

August 19, 2016

AFDA Johannesburg alumni, Kenneth Fok, after establishing himself on local small and big screens, ha...

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AFDA Johannesburg –Distinguished Achiever – Kenneth Fok

August 5, 2016

AFDA Johannesburg alumni, Kenneth Fok, after establishing himself on local small and big screens, ha...

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Alumni of the week # 49 Danie Bester

July 29, 2016

“A movie is only as good as the team you assemble to realise the writer and directors vision. Budg...

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Alumni of the week # 48 Cait Pansegrouw

July 20, 2016

AFDA Cape Town alumna Cait Pansegrouw is a multitalented producer and casting director that has work...

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AFDA Johannesburg – Distinguished Achiever – Lineo Sekeleoane

July 19, 2016

AFDA Johannesburg alumni, Lineo Sekeleoane, is a producer, director, line producer, casting director...

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AFDA Johannesburg – Distinguished Achiever – Julia Schnurr

July 15, 2016

It seems that production has been in AFDA Johannesburg alumni Julia Schnurr’s blood from an early ...

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Alumni of the week # 46 David Horler

June 22, 2016

AFDA Cape Town alumni David Horler has once again enjoyed success at Durban FilmMart with his new fi...

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AFDA Johannesburg – Distinguished Achiever -Natalie Haarhoff

AFDA Johannesburg alumni, Natalie Haarhoff, acquired a degree & honours in Motion Picture Medium...

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AFDA Johannesburg – Distinguished Achiever – Jonathan Liebesman

June 7, 2016

AFDA Johannesburg alumni, Jonathan Liebesman, was one of AFDA’s second in-take of students who wen...

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AFDA Johannesburg-Distinguished Achiever-Zwelethu Radebe

June 1, 2016

AFDA Johannesburg alumni, Zwelethu Radebe, is the youngest member of the Velocity Afrika stable. His...

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AFDA Johannesburg – Distinguished Achiever-Vuyo Dabula

May 30, 2016

AFDA  Johannesburg alumni, Vuyo Dabula, is somewhat a sensation on social media having a massive 68...

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Alumni of the week #43-Daryne Joshua

May 26, 2016

South African cinema audiences can look forward to the release of AFDA Cape Town alumni, Daryne Josh...

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Alumni of the week # 42 Sheetal Magan

May 16, 2016

AFDA Johannesburg alumni, Sheetal Magan, was one of 5 applicants selected for a South African Screen...

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AFDA Cape Town – Distinguished Achiever -Darren Wertheim

May 4, 2016

AFDA Cape Town alumni,Darren Wertheim, is a freelance cinematographer, producer, and co-owner of Cha...

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Alumni of the week # 40 Quinton Lavery

AFDA Cape Town alumni, Quinton Lavery obtained his honours Degree in Motion Medium Picture at AFDA i...

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AFDA Cape Town – Distinguished Acheiver -Keenan Arrison

April 26, 2016

AFDA Cape Town alumni, Keenan Arrison made his mark in the South African entertainment industry when...

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AFDA Johannesburg – Distinguished Achiever – Melissa Parry

April 21, 2016

AFDA Johannesburg alumni, Melissa Parry, graduated from AFDA with a BA. Honours in Motion Medium Pic...

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AFDA Johannesburg- Distinguished Achiever- Greg Dale

AFDA Johannesburg alumni, Greg Dale, completed a BA Honours degree at AFDA in Johannesburg in 2002, ...

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Alumni of the Week # 37 Diaan Lawrenson

April 15, 2016

AFDA Johannesburg alumni Diaan Lawrenson, better known in nearly every South African household as ...

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AFDA Johannesburg – Distinguished Achiever – Thabo Malema

April 7, 2016

AFDA Johannesburg alumni, Thabo Malema, is an actor best known for his starring role as ‘Khaya’,...

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Alumni of the week # 36 ZENN VAN ZYL

April 5, 2016

With a unique approach to any shot, AFDA Cape Town alumni, Zenn Van Zyl, has a delicate eye for comp...

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AFDA Johannesburg – Distinguished Achiever – Marius van Graan

March 31, 2016

“Studying at AFDA gave me a real head start in the industry. My student days at AFDA were a time o...

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Alumni of the week # 35 –Adze Ugah

“I’m nervous about taking credit for all these works. It’s a team effort from the writ...

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AFDA Johannesburg – Distinguished – Mpho Nthangeni

March 22, 2016

AFDA Johannesburg alumni, Mpho Nthangeni, recently won a Golden Horn at the SAFTA’s 2016 for Best ...

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AFDA Johannesburg-Distinguished Achiever-Zeno Petersen

March 16, 2016

AFDA Johannesburg alumni and renowned cinematographer Zeno Petersen has recently been nominated for ...

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AFDA Johannesburg-Distinguished Achiever-Bongani Madondo

March 8, 2016

AFDA Johannesburg alumni,Bongani Madondo, recently was nominated for a Golden Horn at the SAFTA 2016...

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AFDA alumni of the week # 32 Thishiwe Zigubu

AFDA Johannesburg alumni, Thishiwe Ziqubu, was recently nominated  for a Golden Horn SAFTA 2016 awa...

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AFDA Johannesburg – Distinguished Achiever – Tema Sebopedi

March 2, 2016

AFDA Johannesburg alumni, Tema Sebopedi, has recently been nominated for the SAFTA 2016 in the Best ...

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AFDA alumni of the week #31 Motlatsi Mafatshe

AFDA Johannesburg alumni, Motlatsi Mafatshe has recently been nominated for the SAFTA 2016 for the B...

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Jaco Smit, AFDA Cape Town Distinguished Achiever & Box Office Record Breaker

February 22, 2016

AFDA Cape Town alumni Jaco Smit’s second feature film, “Vir Altyd”, has not only stolen the he...

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AFDA Johannesburg – Distinguished Achiever – Dean Blumberg

Even before completing his 4th year honours degree at AFDA, Dean Blumberg immediately established hi...

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AFDA alumni of the week #29 Liezl de Kock

February 10, 2016

“I came to AFDA Johannesburg in 2001 when Garth Holmes, Deon Opperman, Bata Pachier, Bruce Young, ...

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AFDA Johannesburg – Distinguished Achiever – Richard Thwaits

February 4, 2016

“AFDA was pretty interesting film school. The curriculum was very practically based, very little t...

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AFDA Johannesburg’s François Smit elected to the Executive Committee of SACOMM

During the 2015 annual South African Communication Association (SACOMM) Conference held at the AFDA ...

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AFDA alumni of the week #29 – Drikus Volschenk

February 3, 2016

AFDA Johannesburg alumni, Drikus Volschenk is a senior lecturer in Screen Acting at AFDA Johannesbur...

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Basiami Segola: AFDA Johannesburg – Distinguished Achiever

January 26, 2016

Basiami Segola studied sound design at the South African School of Motion Picture Medium and Live Pe...

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Heleni Handt, AFDA Johannesburg – Distinguished Achiever

“The practical knowledge I gained at AFDA made me realize that late nights, early mornings and no ...

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AFDA alumni of the week #27, Oscar winner, Tristan Holmes

January 20, 2016

AFDA Johannesburg alumni, Tristan Holmes, began his career in front of the camera at the tender age ...

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Rob Malpage – AFDA Johannesburg – Distinguished Achiever

“AFDA taught me the value of hard work and gave me the tools and the inspiration to continuously s...

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James Frater, AFDA Johannesburg, Distinguished Achiever

January 15, 2016

After graduating from AFDA with honours James Frater has quickly become one of the top and most sor...

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AFDA alumni of the week: # 26, Xolile Tsabalala

January 14, 2016

She describes her craft as her ministry and has a passion for telling women’s stories and the stor...

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Johan Prinsloo – AFDA Cape Town, Distinguished Achiever

November 25, 2015

Johan completed his honours degree in Motion Picture Medium, majoring in cinematography at AFDA Cape...

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Thapelo Mokoena: AFDA Johannesburg Distinguished Achiever

“Working on Mandela Long Walk to Freedom was amazing. I had a very modest part in the film but I s...

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AFDA alumni of the week: #25 Richard Lukunku

AFDA Johannesburg alumni, Richard Lukunku, is a South African actor best known for his starring role...

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Alumni of the week: #24 Thomas Gumede

November 24, 2015

“I am, whilst being not what I want to be but what I need to be, or else what is the point of an a...

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Terence Neal, AFDA Johannesburg, Distinguished Achiever

November 20, 2015

Over 130 million YouTube hits!!!!!! AFDA Johannesburg alumni, Terence Neale, is an award-winning  c...

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Alumni of the Week: #23 Rene van Rooyen

AFDA Cape Town alumni, Rene van Rooyen, is a director, screenwriter and co-owner of the motion pictu...

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Alumni of the Week: #22 Antoinette Louw

November 16, 2015

AFDA Johannesburg alumni, Antoinette Louw studied drama at the University of the Free State (UOFS) a...

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AFDA alumni awarded 2015 ImpACT Award for Theatre

November 11, 2015

AFDA Johannesburg alumni Orly Shapiro & Hayleigh Evans  The Arts & Culture Trust (ACT) has ...

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Alastair Orr, AFDA Johannesburg, Distinguished Achiever

November 9, 2015

“Shoot what scares you. If you’re not scared you’re not pushing yourself. Don’t play it...

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Alumni of the Week: #21 Hayleigh Evans & Orly Shapiro

November 3, 2015

Do not tell Hayleigh and Orly that theatre is dead Hayleigh and Orly studied their BA in Performing ...

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Henk Pretorius, AFDA Johannesburg, Distinguished Achiever

“Yeah, I have children! And I want more too! Their names are: Bakgat 1, Bakgat 2, Bakgat 3, Fanie ...

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Justin Head, AFDA Johannesburg Distinguished Achiever

October 28, 2015

AFDA Johannesburg alumni Justin Head’s new film “Making A Killing”, which Justin directed, scr...

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Riordan Allen, AFDA Cape Town, Distinguished Achiever

Born in Namibia and based out of Cape Town, AFDA alumni Riordan Allen started his career as a commer...

Tumi Masemola

Alumni of the Week: #20 Tumi Masemola

October 27, 2015

AFDA Johannesburg alumni, Tumi Masemola, is a South African actress, singer, producer and businesswo...

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Jonathan de la Querra, AFDA Johannesburg, Distinguished Achiever

October 26, 2015

“I will strive to turn the seemingly ordinary into the extraordinary. To photograph a moving pict...

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Alumni of the Week: #19 Jaco Smit

October 20, 2015

AFDA Cape Town alumni Jaco Smit is a 30 year old film director, screenwriter, dreamer and story disc...

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Alumni of the Week: #18 Christopher – Lee Dos Santos

October 8, 2015

 “I write because for every breath, every heartbeat, every action, that goes unwritten, is a stor...

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Richard Finn Gregory, AFDA Cape Town Distinguished Achiever

October 7, 2015

AFDA Cape Town alumni, Richard Finn Gregory, is an award-winning documentary director and cinematogr...

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Tyron Janse van Vuuren, AFDA Johannesburg Distinguished Achiever

AFDA Johannesburg alumni Tyron Janse van Vuuren, is a filmmaker/creative director/blogger based in ...

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AFDA alumni selected for Oscars

September 29, 2015

‘Thina Sobabili’, a film written, directed and produced by AFDA Johannesburg alumni Ernest Nkosi...

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Grant de Sousa, AFDA Distinguished Achiever

September 22, 2015

AFDA Johannesburg alumni ,Grant De Sousa, is the latest director to join the CAB films roster, an ex...

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Alumni of the Week: #17 Shimmy Isaacs

September 15, 2015

Shimmy Isaacs was born and raised in Worcester. At 17, after matriculating, she left the Boland town...

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September 14, 2015

AFDA have created a website just for you – the AFDA Alumni Community – A website where jobseeker...

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Alumni of the Week: #16 Tsholofelo Ntshingane

September 10, 2015

A couple of years ago AFDA Cape Town (Honours) alumni Tsholofelo Ntshingane embarked on a journey to...

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Shmerah Passchier, Distinguished Achiever

September 9, 2015

Shmerah’s love affair with AFDA began in 1994, an epic year for democracy and dreamers alike, when...

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Alumni of the Week: #15 Elias Ribeiro

September 2, 2015

AFDA Johannesburg (Masters) alumni Elias Ribeiro is having a rip-roaring 2015 and is starting to har...

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Darren Michael Gordon, AFDA Johannesburg, Post Graduate, Motion Picture Medium (2000)

August 27, 2015

Darren began studying a Bachelor of Commerce degree through UNISA. From there, he went on to study f...

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Alumni of the Week: #14 Gugulethu Zuma-Ncube

August 20, 2015

“I can’t attribute the difficulty I have faced to the status of my parents. There is no way for...

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Alumni of the Week: #13 Norman Maake

August 12, 2015

AFDA Johannesburg alumni Norman Maake, belongs to the young generation of South Africans who were sh...

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AFDA Cape Town graduate Trevor Stuurman in South African Top 200

August 5, 2015

AFDA Cape Town (2014) graduate, Trevor Stuurman has been selected in the Mail & Guardian’s pre...

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Alumni of the Week: #12 Valencia Joshua

August 4, 2015

“I don’t want to just tell stories…I want to transform lives” Valencia Jo-Ann Joshua, Du...

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Alumni of the Week: #11 Zee Ntuli

July 28, 2015

AFDA  Johannesburg  alumni Zee Ntuli is an exciting young South African filmmaker who has already ...

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Bongeziwe Mabandla, AFDA Johannesburg Live Performance Graduate (2006)

July 22, 2015

AFDA Johannesburg alumni and two time SAMA nominee Bongeziwe Mabandla made waves overseas in 2014 wi...

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Dale Herbst, AFDA Johannesburg Post Graduate, Motion Picture Medium 2005

July 21, 2015

With more than a decade of experience and a AFDA Bachelor of Arts, Honours in Motion Picture Medium ...

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Alumni of the Week: #9 Tarryn Lee Crossman

July 14, 2015

AFDA Johannesburg alumni Tarryn Lee Crossman is an accomplished producer and director who recently h...

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Alumni of the Week: #8 Nosipho Dumisa + Travis Taute

July 7, 2015

AFDA Cape Town alumni, Nosipho Dumisa and Travis Taute have a gift with numbers. Their short film ...

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AFDA Cape Town alumni count the awards at IMSFF

July 6, 2015

AFDA Cape Town alumni, Nosipho Dumisa and Travis Taute have a gift with numbers. Their short film ...

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AFDA Alumni making us proud, Ryley Grunenwald wins Backsberg Audience Choice Award @ Encounters

June 24, 2015

AFDA Alumni of the week 1, Ryley Grunenwald’s, “The Shore Break” won the prestigious Backsberg...

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Jozua Malherbe, AFDA Johannesburg, Postgraduate – Motion Picture Medium (2004)

June 23, 2015

After completing a BA(cum-Laude) at AFDA film school in 2004, Jozua began working in the film indu...

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Alumni of the Week: #6 Adam Thal

Having graduated from AFDA Johannesburg in 2003, Adam wasted no time in setting up his production ho...

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Alumni of the Week: #5 Corne van Rooyen

June 17, 2015

Corne van Rooyen is a freelance director and screenwriter. He has directed more than 60 hours of con...

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Jenna Bass, AFDA Cape Town, Undergraduate, Motion Picture Medium (2008)

June 12, 2015

Jenna is an award winning, South African writer and director based in Cape Town. Her first career wa...

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Etienne Fourie, AFDA Cape Town, Postgraduate, Motion Picture Medium (2011)

June 10, 2015

“The best thing about writing and directing films for a living, by far, is that I get to write and...

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Tom Marais, AFDA Johannesburg, Postgraduate Motion Picture Medium (2002)

Tom Marais SASC is a South African award-winning cinematographer and entrepreneur. He has enjoyed a ...

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Danie Bester, AFDA Johannesburg , Postgraduate –cum laude- Motion Picture Medium (2002)

“From day one at AFDA, I knew I wanted to make movies for the rest of my life. For me there is no ...

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Alumni of the Week: #4 Brett Michael Innes

June 9, 2015

AFDA  Johannesburg alumni Brett Michael Innes is not afraid of multi-tasking. He has just released ...

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Alumni of the Week: #3 Ryan Kruger

June 2, 2015

It has been a whirlwind year for AFDA Cape Town alumni Ryan Kruger. Ryan was nominated 9 times in 5 ...

Jamie Ramsey

Alumni of the Week: #2 Jamie Ramsay

Jamie Ramsay, AFDA Johannesburg Honours graduate (2005) is becoming a heavy weight in the commercial...

Ryley Grunenwald

Alumni of the Week: #1 Ryley Grunenwald

May 26, 2015

Post Graduate in Motion Picture Medium, AFDA Johannesburg, 2005 is making waves with her full-length...