Internationally Recognised & Acclaimed


The International Association of Film and Television Schools (Centre International de Liaison des Ecoles de Cinéma et de Télévision – CILECT)

  • AFDA, The South African School of Motion Picture Medium and Live Performance is South Africa’s most prestigious film, television and performance school and recognized as one of the top schools of its kind in the world today.
  • AFDA is and has been a full member of CILECT (The Official Association of the worlds film and television schools) for over ten years.
  • CILECT was established in 1954 and is in its 60th year of existence.
  • AFDA Chairman, Garth Holmes, has served on the CILECT executive board for over 4 years and is currently in his 2nd fourth year term.
  • Garth Holmes is the president of CARA, the CILECT Africa Regional Association.

Over and above CILECT, applicants may refer to UK NARIC which is a United Kingdom based agency responsible for giving advice and guidance on the comparable level of overseas qualifications. NARIC offers a number of different services that help institutions and individuals understand the level of qualification achieved overseas and if the provider of qualifications are legitimate. AFDA as such is listed on their database of accredited providers since AFDA holds accreditation through The South African Qualifications Authority (

Do feel free to contact the below person for more information or do visit their website.

Simon Potter
Business Development Manager

t:  +44 (0)0871 330 7303

Alternatively contact the International Student Affairs officer Nadia Chalkley ( if you have any queries or concerns about AFDA’s institutional accreditation.

CILECT Congress & Conferences

  • Every 2nd year CILECT hosts a congress attended by the members of its 180 school association, which is hosted by a member school. In 2012, AFDA hosted the Annual CILECT Congress in Cape Town. 
  • CILECT provides each member school with access and benefit to the most valuable film school network in the world today.
  • CILECT encourage student and staff exchange and each region has numerous conferences each year. These conferences interrogate new technologies, pedagogic, teaching methods and aspects of film making.
  • AFDA Johannesburg and Cape Town have hosted their regional conferences over the last 4 years.


As a member of the CILECT executive, Garth Holmes has been fortunate to travel and visit most of the top film schools in the world and has forged critical relationships and exchanges for both students & staff. These include formal relationships with Baden-Württemberg Film Academy (Germany), Chapman University (Los Angeles), Rits – School of Arts (Belgium), Arcada University of Applied Sciences (Finland), National Film and Television Institute (NAFTI) (Ghana). AFDA is currently setting up a number of new formal relationships but AFDA maintains very strong informal links with many other institutions. These links and relationships are critical in terms of exposure to world standards in film education and the possibilities for exchange and discourse between AFDA and over 160 world class film schools.

Film Festivals & Awards

Foreign Students

  • AFDA has over 100 foreign students that come from Africa, Europe, America, Russia and Australia. Every year a group of 12-15 Norwegian students complete their 3rd year of their degree at AFDA Cape Town.
  • AFDA has recently appointed a full time international student affairs officer to assist foreign student enrollment and to facilitate and support them in South Africa during their year of study.

AFDA International Alumni

AFDA has several alumni who have successful careers abroad and include the likes of Jonathan Liebesman (Ninja Turtles, Invasion L.A. Entertainment prequel: Chainsaw Masacre, Wrath of the Titans), Richard Thwaites (Double Negative Rising Pictures Threshold Collective, Adelaide, Australia), Jan Cilliers (VFX supervisor and flame artist at Girl Overload), Ziyanda Ncgaba and Michelle Wheatley both distribute entertainment content throughout Africa, Brandon Oelofse (Director, Media Online and the Creative Lab Vuselo Media, West Africa), David Pienaar (Cinematographer) and Daniel Odendaal (Producer) both produce entertainment content in Nigeria and other parts of Africa. Shmerah Passchier (directed Big Brother Africa, Nigeria).