News, 28 February 2020

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We would like to celebrate a few wonderful success stories of honours and masters alumni who qualified to study at AFDA through the RPL option. 

RPL stands for Recognition of Prior Learning. It arises from an international tendency in this century to increase students’ access to education, by articulating various types and levels of education with each other, so that there can be lifelong learning and no-one is barred from higher education.

Please view different ways to access AFDA postgraduate degree studies through RPL below. 


In 2002, Danie completed his honours degree (cum laude) at AFDA Johannesburg in Motion Picture MediumHe has produced 25 feature films in the past ten years and is regarded by many as a key person in the renewal of the South African film industry. His most recent work, Fiela se Kind is (written and directed by fellow alumnus, Brett Michael Innes) was released in 2019 and has recently been nominated for 11 SAFTA 2020 awards.

Danie’s film, Bakgat! was the first Afrikaans teenage comedy and its success spawned Bakgat! 2 and Bakgat! 3. Danie was also the producer of Superhelde, Ek Joke Net, Night Drive, Verraaiers, Musiek vir die Agtergrond, Agent 2000 and Roepman, the first Afrikaans feature-length film to be released in theatres in the USA. Other films that achieved enormous South African success were Hoofmeisie, Wolwedans in die Skemer and the box office phenomenon, Pad na jou Hart. In 2004, Danie established The Film Factory, one of the country’s most acclaimed feature film production houses and a hub of innovation and excellence. In 2015, The Film Factory released the dance film Hear Me Move and the greatly anticipated Ballade vir ‘n Enkeling.


Adze is a Johannesburg Alumnus with an Honours degree in Motion Picture Medium. Adze’s career began at the National Film Institute, Jos, Nigeria. In 2001 he wrote, produced and directed his first video feature, VIYA, which earned him a Nigerian National Film and Video Censors Board Award.

His latest feature films include Mrs. Right Guy and Ten Days In Suncity. With a string of music videos and commercials to his credit, he has also featured as a director on several South African television drama series such as Society II and III, Zone 14Tshisa II, Skwizas II, My perfect family II, Isibaya, Room 9 and the acclaimed Pan African TV series Jacob’s Cross, which he also co-created. His 2008 documentary, The Burning Man travelled the globe extensively and garnered several international awards, as well as four SAFTA Awards.


Elias moved from Brazil to Johannesburg in 2010 to complete his MA in Film Producing at AFDA. His most recent work includes the controversial, local film Inxeba (The Wound), which he produced and has won over 26 awards on an international and local scale.

He founded Urucu Media in 2011. Elias' body of work spans a wide range of documentary and fiction projects that have premiered in competition at Berlinale, Tribeca, Montreal, Beijing, Stockholm, London, and Durban, to name a few. Specializing in international co-production and distribution, his work has attracted funding from Hubert Bals, Torino Film Lab, Arte, ZDF, SABC, MNET, and National and Regional Funders.

Elias produced the film, Necktie Youth which won Best South African Feature Film in 2015. To top it all off, he is the creative director of REALNESS, an African Screenwriters Residency where five screen-writers are invited to attend a six-week residency to develop a new draft of their original feature screenplays.

Applications for the Honours and Masters degree are still open for 2020. Apply here:




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