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AFDA, The South African School  of Motion Picture Medium and Live Performance




AFDA was founded in 1994 by Garth Holmes, Bata Passchier and Deon Opperman. From early beginnings of 6 students, a rented VCR and broken TV, it has gradually become one of the leading institutions of its kind in the world today. AFDA has over 1200 students, a permanent staff of over 150 academics and administrators and 3 fully equipped campuses in Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban. It has produced some of the top filmmakers and actors in South Africa today and has made a significant contribution to developing a sustainable local entertainment industry.



Application Dates

Opening Date: 2024 (2025 TBA)

Closing Date: 2024 (2025 TBA)



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