SAFATA (The South African Film, Acting, and Theatre Academy) was established in 2017 by its current Founder, Global CEO & International Head of Academics, Nicholas Barnard.  SAFATA stands as a pinnacle in tertiary education, dedicated to elevating the realms of film, acting, and theatre in South Africa. Positioned as a trailblazer in the entertainment industry, SAFATA is unwavering in its commitment to furnish students with an unparalleled education and immersive training, sculpting them into poised professionals prepared for triumphant careers in the cinematic and theatrical arts.

Our distinguished faculty comprises seasoned industry professionals, forming a powerhouse of instructors. At SAFATA, our curriculum is a tapestry woven with expertise, spanning the spectrum from screenwriting, and directing to the intricacies of acting and the technical intricacies of theatre production.

Whether you are a seasoned artist seeking to refine your craft or a budding talent taking your first steps, SAFATA is the crucible where aspirations transform into reality. Join us on a transformative journey where passion meets purpose, and dreams find their stage.

“Cultivating Creativity & Nurturing Excellence.”



At SAFATA, our mission is to empower aspiring artists with the knowledge, skills, and confidence needed to excel in the world of film, acting, and theatre. We are committed to providing a world-class education and nurturing a diverse and inclusive community where family values thrive. Our innovative approach fosters creativity and ambition, inspiring our students to become the champions of tomorrow. SAFATA is more than just an academy; it’s a lifelong journey of growth, empowerment, and artistic excellence.


SAFATA envisions a future where our students shine on the global stage through acting, theatre and film. We aspire to be a beacon of innovation, empowering artists from all walks of life to fearlessly pursue their dreams. We strive for an inclusive community where diversity is celebrated, barriers are broken, and voices are heard. SAFATA aims to equip its students with the ambition and skills to challenge the norm, embrace change, and achieve greatness in the world of entertainment. Together, we create a legacy of artistic excellence that transcends generations.

Our Core Values

FAMILY UNITY: At SAFATA, we cherish the essence of a tightly-knit family, where trust is the foundation, collaboration is the norm, and collective growth is our shared ambition. We stand together, celebrate our achievements, and support each other through challenges, fostering an environment where every member is valued, and success is a shared journey.

INNOVATION EXPLORATION: Innovation is the heartbeat of SAFATA. We are driven by an insatiable curiosity, unafraid to explore uncharted territories, and committed to shaping the future of the entertainment industry. Our willingness to embrace change and experiment allows us to continuously evolve, learn from our mistakes, and emerge stronger.

EMPOWERMENT UNLEASHED: SAFATA’s core essence is empowerment. We are dedicated to providing an unparalleled experience that liberates the creative spirit within our students and mentors. Through nurturing creative freedom and encouraging the pursuit of artistic excellence, we inspire today’s students to become the trailblazers of tomorrow.

INCLUSIVITY HARMONY: Inclusivity is our cornerstone. We champion diversity, equality, and inclusion by amplifying voices, eliminating barriers, and cultivating a safe and welcoming space for all. Our commitment to active listening, empathy, transparency, and honesty ensures that every member of our community is seen, heard, and respected.

AMBITION IGNITION: SAFATA is the catalyst for ambition. We exist to help our students realize their dreams and unlock their full potential. Our relentless pursuit of excellence demands that students and mentors alike embrace an owner’s mindset, take decisive actions, set audacious goals, and be accountable for their results. We encourage fearlessly challenging conventions and speaking up to drive meaningful change