17 November 2017, News


AFDA Port Elizabeth is proud to announce its first Graduation Festival, displaying the work of the talented pioneer group of 3rd year undergraduate students.

Opened in 2015, the Port Elizabeth AFDA campus has grown from strength to strength over the last three years, and finally audiences all over the country will be able to witness and enjoy our premiere graduation films.

The first of our annual Graduation Festivals will see three films screened for the public; A Woman’s Choice written and directed by Loren Buchner, Bear written and directed by Wesley Roodt, and The Walk Home written by Sipho Bosa and directed by Sisanda Dyantyi.

 “The Graduation Festival is not just a showcase of the films produced by our first-ever final year students, it is also a celebration of the talent of our city and province and proof that the Eastern Cape is ready to take on the big boys in the film industry. It is a celebration of the skills of our final year Motion Picture Medium students and an acknowledgement of the hard work and dedication of the staff at our campus. It is truly a proud day for AFDA PE.” Says Denise Roodt, AFDA Port Elizabeth Dean.

Industry professionals, AFDA learning staff members and, most importantly, the public assess all the productions. The graduation production constitutes 50% of the complete student assessment of the year. “This is a critical aspect of the AFDA learning system which encourages students to create market related and culturally relevant entertainment content,” says AFDA CEO Bata Passchier.

Previous AFDA graduation productions (Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban) have seen huge success locally as well as internationally. In 2006, the AFDA Johannesburg’s honours film Elalini, directed by Tristan Holmes, won the Student Academy Award for Best Foreign Student Film. AFDA graduation films have also won the Best Student Film eight times during the SAFTA’s eleven-year history.

Port Elizabeth’s premiere Graduation Festival takes place on Saturday 25 November at Nu Metro Cinema, Boardwalk, 2nd Avenue, Summerstrand.  The programme begins at 12:30 sharp.

Tickets are R20 per film and can be purchased from the respective films producers. (See Below)


[Port Elizabeth: Old Museum Building, 28 Bird Street, Central, Port Elizabeth]


A Woman’s Choice

Produced by Rory Wansell

Written and Directed by Loren Buchner


Tracy, a dedicated primary school teacher working at a conservative school commits to teaching her students to value their dreams and pursue their passion despite opposing pressures from family and community-expectations. Happily married with a baby on the way, life appears inspired and filled with joy. After receiving bad news about her unborn child’s health, she faces a life–altering choice, her passion or her family.


Please contact Rory to secure tickets for A Woman’s Choice.

Contact                                0798784696

Email                     rorywansell1@gmail.com



Produced by Athenkosi Gabada

Written and Directed by Wesley Roodt


After leaving his mother and childhood home in a Xhosa township, Siya, a precocious yet frightened rugby prodigy, tussles to find a sense of belonging while attending a prestigious English-language boys' school in the city.

Please contact Athenkosi to secure tickets for Bear.

Contact                                0613884073 | 0794629690

Email                     athiomgabs7@gmail.com


The Walk Home

Produced by Natasha Billet

Written by Sipho Bosa and Directed by Sisanda Dyantyi


A troubled MK veteran, Mbulelo, returns home to present the remains of his once best friend, Wikus, to his family.  A harrowing tale of friendships put to the test against the unforgiving backdrop of political inequality and wartime.


Please contact Natasha to secure tickets for A Walk Home.

Contact                               071 009 7096

Email                    billetnatasha@gmail.com


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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