Video and gallery: Future film makers face the audience

The theme of the festival, Arabian Nights, was captured at the Auckland Park campus.

From dramatic theatre and animations to documentaries and short films, the annual AFDA Experimental Film Festival was abuzz with creativity and last minute fixes in preparation for the 57 student productions that hit audiences on 17 June.

On 17 and 18 June numerous film, TV and performance students revealed their hours and hours of production work on AFDA’s platforms in Auckland Park. Most students worked until late in the evenings and had to source their own props for the various productions. Siba Jack-Pama, writer for one of the TV documentaries, said, “You have a platform to express your message to an audience that can relate and it’s a really nice feeling”.

Like Siba, many students use the festival as an opportunity to relate with the audience and hope to tell a story that will be remembered. The writers and animators of the film Street Conundrum, Nikita Garagh and Tristan de Carvalho, said their film was about how important making the right decision on a daily basis is.

“It is something people face every day, so we decide to make a film about it,” De Carvalho said.

Garth Holmes, co-founder and chairman of AFDA, said the festival is a unique opportunity for third year students to discover and express their artistic intent as well as experiment with film, theatre and television craft techniques.

This year AFDA exhibited 57 new experimental films, broadcast 11 new television shows and performed 12 stage and musical productions.

According to the National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF) the film production landscape in South Africa has grown “in leaps and bounds”. Students of the top-listed school said as much. Kyllian Roux, the director of the film drama Scratch, said he believes the beautiful South African landscape draws film makers of films like District 9 and Safe House to the country.

“I am excited for the future of film in South Africa,” he said.

Watch the AFDA students on the future of the film industry in SA

The NFVF’s 2015 box office report showed that the 22 locally produced films were released with a box office earning of R69,2 million.

Chantelle Fourie
Metro Reporter

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