The AFDA Graduation Festival is held annually in the month of November. This festival showcases 3rd year, 4th year and master's film and television graduation productions. The festival is a platform to promote the young professionals whom will soon enter into the film and television industry.

Students conceptualize and produce this graduation film by making use of their newly discovered artistic expression but creating a film that is commercially viable. At the festival a panel of industry professionals assess the film and opportunity is given for an audience response. The festival sees many industry professionals, alumni and general public join us whilst we celebrate the exhibition and promotion of our young film makers and their films.

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The Initiate

Cape Town Production 2014

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When 13 year old JOSHUA's older brother, ISHMAIL, shows him what it is to be a "man", Joshua finds himself the captor in a hostage situation. Trapped alone with JAMES, a high school English teacher, we watch as they argue over their fate. As events unravel Joshua is forced to decide on what kind of man he really wants to be. This short student film focus' on one critical evening in the lives of three very different people, it questions to what extent we control our own destinies and explores the potentially devastating results of our choices.


Genre: CrimeThriller
Running Time: 24min
Rating: LV
Viewing Restriction: PG
Year: AFDA 4th year production


Joshua - Moegamat Zaheer Frantz
James - Robert John Deetlefs
Ishmail - Shuraigh Meyer


Writer: Toni Barao & Karabo Daniel Likhethe
Director: Toni Barao
Executive Producer: Liam Brandt
Associate Producer: Khanyisa Titus
Assitant Producer: Gabriella Hart
Cinematographer: Wesley Johnston
Editor: Gregory Amira
Sound Design: Johann Millin

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