22 June 2018, News

AFDA Durban student films and alumni films and directors have made a clean sweep at the Simon “Mabhunu” Sabela Film and Television Awards 2018, receiving 8 nominations in three categories.

In the Best Student Film category AFDA Durban picked up all three nominations for the films ‘Forever’ directed by Lindo Langa and ‘Umsolwa’ and ‘Bars’, both directed by Minenhle Luthuli.

AFDA alumni took two of the three nominations in the Best Short Film category with the films ‘Faulty’, directed by Nathan Rice and ‘Daddy’s Boy’, directed by Tiny Mungwe.

Nathan Rice also received a nomination in the Best Director Short Film category for his film ‘Faulty’ and Lianne Hassim took the other two nominations in the category for her films ‘Behind the Monologue’ and ‘Gracie’. Lianne is no stranger to the Simon Sabela Awards either, having already knotched up three awards for her AFDA student films ‘Amandiya’, ‘The Halfway House’ and ‘David’s Winter’.   

The awards, which started in 2013 with the aim of promoting KwaZulu Natal talent, received over 300 nominees this year, compared to only 136 entries in 2017. 

The awards are an initiative of the Department of Economic Development Tourism and Environmental Affairs and are implemented by the KwaZulu-Natal Film Commission. 

Among those who will be honoured at the awards, which will be hosted on July 21 at The Durban Playhouse, are actors, producers, directors and various film and television technicians.

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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