2017: A record winning year for AFDA

News, 13 December 2017

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AFDA students, staff and alumni have had an incredibly rewarding 2017. The year kicked off with a record 46 nominees and 20 Golden Horn winners at the SAFTA’s which included the feature film ‘Sink’, directed by Brett Michael Innes, strutted off the red carpet with 5 Golden Horns, and the ‘big one’ – Best Feature Film. Daryne Joshua’s debut feature film, ‘Noem My Skollie’ also received a big 5 Golden Horns while Jarryd Coetsee’s debut short film ‘The Suit’ scooped up – Best Short Film. Shoki Mokgape grabbed – Best Actress in a Feature Film for her role in ‘Sink’ and the Youth Achiever Award went to Thapelo Mokoena.

The South African Oscar Candidate feature film “Inxeba” (known internationally as The Wound), produced by AFDA alumni Elias Ribeiro and Cait Pansegrouw received the Best Director  and Best Actor awards at the Durban International Festival. The film won the Best Film Award in the International New Talent Competition, at the Taipei Film Festival, at the Valencia International Film Festival held “Inxeba” was awarded the Luna de Valencia for Best Feature Film, as well as the Best Actor Award for Nakhane Touré. At the Sydney Film Festival “Inxeba” won the Audience Award for Best Feature, at the 41st Frameline, San Francisco’s international film festival, Inxeba won the First Feature Award and shortly before that, it was awarded the prize for Best Feature Film at the 32nd Lovers Film Festival.  The film received the Jury Prize for Best Narrative at the 19th annual Sarasota Film Festival in Florida.

AFDA film alumnus Terence Neale became first SA director to ever win a Grand Prix at the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity, the world’s most prestigious advertising awards.  Alumnus Kyle Lewis excelled at the Loeries raking in one Gold, four Silvers, three Bronzes and a Craft Award.

AFDA student graduation films were selected to screen at 22 festivals around the world, on the Asian, African, North American and European continents. The 3rd year Johannesburg film “Sicela Amanzi “won the Best Film Award (Ministers Award, Ministry); in the Save the Earth competition category at the Short Shorts Film Festival in Tokyo, Japan. AFDA Johannesburg honours film “Incurable”, directed by Darren Parker, has walked off with the Lunartis Audience Choice Award at the 21st International Video Festival Videomedeja in Serbia and also won the Best International Short Film Award at the 21st Ecrans Noirs Festival in Yaounde, Cameroon. Three films took all three awards up for grabs at the Africa International Film Festival 2017 (AFRIFF) held in in Port Harcourt, Nigeria. The AFDA Cape Town 3rd year film, “The Fall”, directed by Ethan Storm won the Best Student Short Film award, AFDA Johannesburg 4th year honours film, “The Final Border, directed by David Wayne Smith received the Special Mention Award and the 3rd year AFDA Cape Town animation film, “Husse Met Lang Ore”, directed by Alme Swart picked up the Best Student Animation Film award.

At the Zanzibar International Film Festival AFDA Johannesburg honours student film, “The Final Border”, directed by David Wayne Smith, won the Film School Award. The evening also saw AFDA alumni Zwelethu Radebe pick up the ZIFF Award for Best Short for his film “The Hangman” as well as the Sembene Ousmane Award ($2000 prize), whilst the multi award winning film “Noem My Skollie” directed AFDA alumni Daryne Joshua and produced by David Max Brown (Head of AFDA Film School Cape Town) won the two most significant prizes at the festival, the Golden Dhow for best film of the festival which was sponsored for the first time this year by Showmax and came with a $3,000 prize. Noem My Skollie also won the Signis prize for the Best African film. “The Hangman” also won the Best Short Film Award at the Durban International Film Festival, the Jozi Film Festival, The Cape Town Film Festival and Shnit.

The short film, “It’s Complicated” directed by AFDA alumnus Grant de Sousa,won three Gold awards at the Kinsale Shark Awards in Ireland and bagged the Best Comedy award at the Los Angeles Shorts International Film Festival as well as the Audience award at Shnit.

“Fried Barry” a 4 min short by alumnus Ryan Kruger, has one over 12 Best Film awards on the international festival circuit and been selected to screen in over 40 festivals.

The Kasi Vibe Film Festival 2017, created by AFDA Johannesburg lecturer, Luscious Dosi, sums up the great year for AFDA students, staff and alumni.   Lungelo Kuzwuyo, AFDA directing lecturer, won best short film for “SAWUBONA”, film student Mlu Godolo walked away with The Best Student Film award for SICELA AMANZI.  TV students Sandy Gololo, Hlobisile Maseko, Thembelihle Mvelase won The Best Promising Filmmaker Award for documentary THE ENLARGEMENT. Students Banele Nkosi and Keshney Govender walked away with The Best Student Documentary award for BASETSANA. Alumni Ernest Nkosi walked away with the best feature film award for TINA SOBABILI while the
Best Music Video award went to TV student, Teexy for HEBAN.  Lastly THE HANGMAN by alumnus Zwelethu Radebe won the Best Critic Award and THE SUIT by alumni Luke Sharland & Jarry Coetsee walked away with the best South African Adaptation.

Last, but not least - The AFDA executive, faculty, staff and students wish to congratulate AFDA Durban Head of Live Performance School, Roel Twijnstra, with a loud and proud standing ovation. Roel was recognised for his outstanding work in theatre and in building relationships between the Netherlands and South Africa through cultural exchange over the past twenty years. The Ambassador of the Netherlands, Marisa Gerards, on behalf of the Kingdom of the Netherlands conferred the title of Knight in the order of Oranje Nassaue on Roel at a ceremony held at the Market Theatre in Johannesburg.



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