Collabrative Projects

Documentary and Diversity Network

This network, originally known as North – South - South Exchange (NSSE), was founded in 2004 as a close cooperation project between ARCADA University of Applied Sciences (Finland), University of Witwatersrand (South Africa), AFDA (South Africa). At a later stage the National Film and television Institute in Accra (Ghana), the University of Helsinki (Finland) and the University of Johannesburg (South Africa) joined the network. This Higher Education Institution Network is sponsored by the Centre for International Mobility (CIMO). View booklet

The network programmes aim to educate young filmmakers in trans-cultural documentary film and to produce new knowledge on trans-cultural visual communication. Through this programme AFDA has solidified its international profile and relations both in Europe and in Africa, while providing opportunities to collaborate with local peers in mutually beneficial ways”, adds Gina Bonmarriage (Head of Postgraduate School – AFDA – Johannesburg). To date the network has involved 200 students and roughly 80 staff members.

For more information on the North-South-South network refer to the following article or contact AFDA representative Gina@afda.co.za.

Filmakademie Baden-Wurttemburg

In 2012 a student from AFDA, Amy Cohen was granted an exchange to this institution where she spent 3 months. She received scholarship support from the Filmakademie. She completed her productions for which she obtained her AFDA group project credits at the Filmakademie. Even though the language of instruction is mainly German, learners may apply for other opportunities such as the International Classes run in block segments.

For more information please contact NadiaC@afda.co.za

Images Afrique Formation Programme

The goal of this programme, an initiative of the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and coordinated by CFI,  is to contribute to the professional capacity building of trainers in eight African film schools over a two-year period, to produce operational players in the field and to contribute to the success of local audiovisual industries. AT the end of the programme the schools will have developed a plan for putting together bilateral training programmes and joint actions that will address identified common needs of all of the schools. Currently there are 8 training centres based in Sub-Sahara Africa:

  • Institut Supérieur de l'Image et du Son (ISIS/SE), Burkina Faso
  • National Film and Television Institute (NAFTI), Ghana
  • Institut de Formation aux Techniques de l'Image et de la Communication" (IFTIC), Niger
  • South African School of Motion Picture Medium & Live _Performance (AFDA), South Africa
  • International institution for ongoing professional training and improvement (IMAGINE), Burkina Faso
  • Blue Nile Film and Television Academy, (BNFTA),Ethiopia
  • Institut Supérieur de Formation aux Métiers du Cinéma et de l'Audiovisuel (ISCAC), Cameroon
  • l’Institut Supérieur des Métiers de l'Audiovisuel (ISMA), Benin


AFDA has participated in the following workshops:

  • Ouagadougou (Burkino Faso, Imagine institute), focused on  management and organisation (AFDA participants: Gina Bonmariage; Steve Drake; Keroshin Reddy)
  • Accra (Ghana, NAFTI) focused on Archiving (AFDA participants Mark Buyskes & James Lizamore)
  • Paris, (France), directing actors (AFDA participant Kevin Yates)
  • Johannesburg (South Africa, AFDA), jointly with the CARA Conference focused on teaching methodology (AFDA participants, all staff JHB for CARA conference were exposed to the African film schools and Gina Bonmariage; Steve Drake and Alicia Price)
  • Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso, Imagine Institute) focused on developing short story telling skills using micro-technologies. (AFDA participant Andrew Hofmeyr)

AFDA is the South African School of Motion Picture Medium and Live Performance, and is registered with the Department of Higher Education and Training as a private higher education institution under the Higher Education Act, 1997. Registration certificate no. 2001/HE07/012.

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