A South African student filmmaker has been shortlisted for the Student Oscars.
Nathan Rice, a third year AFDA student has been nominated for the Student Academy of Motion Picture Awards in the best short foreign student film category.
His film Homeless tells a story of a young man and his younger brother who are forcefully removed from their shack home and go on a journey to find their long lost mother’s home.
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Rice, who is a third-year student at the AFDA (the South African School of Motion Picture Medium and Live Performance) Durban campus, received rave reviews from the audience and critics’ at the AFDA graduation festival in November 2015 at Ster-Kinekor’s Cinema Nouveau and Suncoast Cinecentre
“I feel really honoured that it’s just been considered. It means that the story has touched a lot of people and I hope it can reach a lot more people and a lot more people can see it and know more about the people in these situations,” he said.
Homeless will also be entered as AFDA’s nomination for the International Association of Film and Television Schools (CILECT) prize, that honours outstanding achievements by students.
Rice plans to pursue a career as a writer and director in the local film industry, which he says has a lot of potential.
“The current film industry is rather small at the moment. But it’s growing and from what I’ve seen, there is a lot of potential in the country. At the moment, we do a lot of servicing to international productions and that.”
“Slowly, we are becoming independent. I think especially among the young people, there is a lot of talent I see around me,” Rice added.