AFDA Johannesburg welcomes you to #SACOMM23!  

AFDA graduates are taught to conceptualize, create and develop indigenous products and commodities for the local and international market.

In the course of a rich entrepreneurial history dating back to 1994, AFDA has earned a reputation as one of the leading institutions of its kind in the world today. Although our track record speaks for itself, we continually renew our commitment to facilitate an environment that develops high-quality human and intellectual property with the relevant skills to deal with the rigors of a fast-expanding and ever-changing entertainment industry.

At our fully equipped campuses in Johannesburg, Cape Town, Durban and Port Elizabeth, we train graduates to contribute to one of the largest growth industries in the world: entertainment. In the globalised economy, cultural exchange is a valuable currency. 

Our students are educated not only to forge profitable and sustainable careers in this market, but are encouraged to develop themselves as employment providers – the cultural entrepreneurs of the future. Our alumni have reinvigorated their industries with the quality of their intellectual property, skill and talent. More than 90% of our Honours alumni are working and employed in their chosen field of specialization.

AFDA films are exhibited at numerous international festivals and have been broadcast worldwide, winning many prestigious awards, including the Student Academy Award winner and Cannes Festival finalist in 2006, as well as eight SAFTA (South African Film and Television Award) awards for Best Student Film. AFDA is a full member of CILECT – the International Association of Accredited Film and Television Schools.

Conference Location:
AFDA Johannesburg, 41 Frost Avenue, Auckland Park

Conference Programme (Detailed programme to be published soon):  

Wednesday, 27.09.2023 
Welcome, Opening, Session Presentations 

Thursday, 28.09.2023 
Session Presentations & Conference Social 

Friday, 29.09.2023 
Session Presentations, Closing and SACOMM General Assembly 

Conference Timeline: 
April, 2023: Call for Papers 
June, 2023: Registration Open, Programme Confirmed 
August, 2023: Registration closes 
September, 2023: SACOMM 2023 – 27 – 29.09.2023 

Conference Hotel: 

The Conference organisers have been able to negotiate reduced rates at the Garden Court Hotel, Milpark. The hotel is within walking distance of the AFDA campus and across the street from the vibrant 44 Stanley centre.  

#SACOMM23 Rates: Please use SACOMM/AFDA  as booking reference. All prices per night for single accommodation: 

  • R1200.00 Bed and Breakfast 
  • R1400.00 – Dinner, Bed and Breakfast  
  • Rates includes taxes and excluded 1% Tourism Levy per room per night 

More info: 
Contact Telephone number:  (010)2191000 
Hotel address: Cnr. Empire Road, Owl St, Auckland Park, Johannesburg, 2073 

Several Bed and Breakfasts and Boutique hotels are available over the standard hotel booking apps. The closest neighbourhoods to the conference venue would be Melville, Auckland Park, Brixton, Westcliff and Braamfontein.  

Conference Registration details will be published here shortly. 

Contact the conference organisers:
François Smit:,
Collen Chambwera: