The AFDA Film Festival, hosted by the AFDA Film School, brings you the exciting final films of the AFDA 3rd Year, Honours and Masters students to the big screen in Johannesburg and Cape Town, and includes fiction and documentary films. “Audiences can expect some dynamic works this year in diverse genres from drama, crime-thriller, dark comedy and sci-fi,” says Garth Holmes, Chairman and Co-Founder of AFDA.
The festival takes place annually and is very well received, fast becoming one of the most anticipated events on film lovers’ calendars. The films have been made by AFDA students with some guidance from specialist industry professionals. “Having experts in their field support the school and provide valuable skills transfer to the next generation of South African film makers, plays a vital role in developing a strong industry in this country,” says Holmes. “We are thankful for all the professional mentoring we get.”
The AFDA Film Festival Johannesburg acts as a final assessment for the graduating students’ films and the audience – the public, come to watch the films to take part in a response session after each screening with the crew and cast. During the sessions, the audience gets the opportunity to ask questions about the films, individuals are encouraged to fill out an audience response questionnaire and the data collected influences the students’ marks and their likelihood to be nominated for an award at The AFDA Awards Ceremony.
There is a full programme this year and for the very first time includes a Broadcast Evening at the AFDA Johannesburg Campus as a way of acknowledging the 3rd and 4th year students who are involved in the making of television series. Four productions will be screened on the night of 21 November 2013 from 18.30 until 22.00.
On the 22 and 23 November 2013 the Johannesburg leg of the festival takes place at the Rosebank Mall’s Cinema Nouveau and features 18 films over the two-day period. “What makes the event even more special is that our students organise it with Ster-Kinekor and Rosebank Mall,” explains Keroshin Reddy, Manager of Projects and Productions at the Johannesburg AFDA Campus.
The Johannesburg leg of the festival culminates in the glamorous, black-tie AFDA Johannesburg Awards ceremony, which takes place on 27 November 2013 at the popular Johannesburg Country Club. At the ceremony, the 3rd year AFDA under-graduate students and post-graduate students receive awards based on their works featured at the film festival and the audience response. “The AFDA Television department 2nd year students will be capturing the award ceremony on the night,” says Henriette De Villers, Head of The Television School at the Johannesburg AFDA Campus.
For the Broadcast Evening, tickets are on sale through AFDA TVP students and at AFDA on the night. Tickets cost R 10 per production or R 40 to see all four productions.
For the film festival at Cinema Nouveau, tickets cost R25 and can be booked through AFDA or at the door.
Book now as tickets are limited and preference is given to nominees.
The festival schedule can be found on www.afdafestival.comand includes information about the films being screened at the festival.
For pre-booking of tickets for the Johannesburg run, please email firstname.lastname@example.org call AFDA Johannesburg on 011 482 8345.