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Creative Youth Festival (CYF) celebrates the creative youth of South Africa, Africa and the world. The festival is aimed at youth empowerment, talent development, entrepreneurship and stimulating an audience, as well as inspiring new creators in the arts industry. In 2022 we partnered with FAME Week Africa and MIP Africa to bring youth talent to the world.

Part of Fame Week Africa for a second year, CYF is aimed at youth empowerment, talent development, entrepreneurship, stimulating audience, and inspiring new creators in the arts industry, using film and digital media as the medium.

Creative Youth Festival 2023 initiatives include the YOUTH PITCH PLATFORM at FAME Week Africa, Art of Pitching Masterclass Series, 1-on-1 Pitch Mentorship Program, and the 15 Second Film Maker Challenge supported by Reel Partners NPC, SA Film Academy PBO NPC & RX Global.

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CYF 2022 included a dynamic line-up of creative entrepreneurs across the arts: Justice Mukheli, Gabe Gabriel, Greig Cameron, Kabelo “Cabblow” Maaka, Lauren Hendricks, Liza Scholtz, Maropeng Vushangwe, Simone Chantelle, Thaakirah Behardien, Thobey Cooper and Vukile Zuma, with support from industry associations, the Rainbow Academy, Waterfront Theatre School, Youngblood Africa, Design Academy of Fashion and GMT Media.

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FAME Week Africa brings together co-related events focusing on the major creative economies, namely film, television and animation as well as music, and entertainment technology, with plans afoot to add more of the creative industries in future editions.

Open to all industry professionals from 03-09 September 2023 at the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC), FAME Week Africa headlined by MIP Africa (television and film industry) and Muziki Africa (music industry) and supported by Cape Town International Animation Festival (CTIAF) and Media Entertainment Solutions Africa (MESA) will turn every moment into an opportunity, transforming three days of exchange and networking, meetings, screenings and conferences, into lasting business.

Featured Event

15 Second Film Maker Challenge

What will you do with your 15 seconds of fame?

Top 15″ Film Maker Films will be showcased during FAME Week Africa 2023 in Cape Town, South Africa.

DEADLINE 01 September 2023

Meet The Team

Karabo Miller-Likhethe

Karabo Miller-Likhethe

Kutlwano Mabusela

Kutlwano Mabusela

Deidre Rosenberg

Deidre Rosenberg

Past Partner Festivals and Events

International Public Art Festival 12 - 16 February 2020

International Public Art Fair

12th February 2020 - 16th February 2020

Organised by Baz-Art, 25 local and international artists will be painting large murals in Salt River. This 4th edition will bring the number of murals well above a […]

Investec Cape Town Art Fair 14-16 February 2020

Investec Cape Town Art Fair

14th February 2020 - 17th February 2020

Investec Cape Town Art Fair showcases a diversity of work that represents the forefront of contemporary art from Africa to the world, and the world to Cape Town.

The city boasts […]

cocreate Cape Town 24-26 February 2020

#COCREATE Design Festival

24th February 2020 - 25th February 2020

#cocreateSANL is a platform for South African and Dutch counterparts to exchange ideas and innovations for a sustainable future. It stimulates collaboration between South Africa and the Netherlands based on […]

Design Indaba 26 – 28 February 2020

Design Indaba

26th February 2020 - 28th February 2020

Design Indaba has seen over 600 illustrious speakers take to the stage to deliver soul-stirring and mind-awakening talks earning the acclaim as the best conference in the world whilst also […]

Creative Youth Festival East London

CYF Eastern Cape

10th March 2020

Creative youth festival in partnership with ECFF brings you the first youth focussed film festival in the Eastern Cape.




26th March 2020

The only festival dedicated to craft in advertising and moving image gets back to South Africa to gather the most prestigious creatives, producers and marketers in an exclusive event at […]

Fireside Chats - The Creative Industry Beyond Lockdown

CYF Fireside Chats

25th April 2020 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

With the uncertainty the creative industry is facing, due to the current pandemic, CreativeYouthFestival would like to invite you to the first of a set of live-streamed fireside chats aimed […]

Animation SA proudly presents The Cape Town International Animation Festival!

The largest dedicated African Animation Festival on the continent, with a programme that has something for everyone. Delegates can enjoy films, […]

Comic Con Cape Town

1st May 2020 - 3rd May 2020

Reed Exhibitions Africa and Reedpop, the world’s largest producer of pop culture events including Comic Con Africa and New York Comic Con, is bringing Comic Con to Cape Town from […]

CYF Fireside Chats

9th May 2020 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Our next Fireside Chat will take place on Saturday 9 May SAVE THE DATE: 9 May 2020 @ 16:00 (SAST)


4th June 2020 - 14th June 2020

Encounters will deliver a line-up of riveting documentaries in Cape Town and Johannesburg from around the globe featuring a wide range of topics: from icons, crimes against humanity, forbidden lives, […]

CYF Fireside Chats

CYF Fireside Chats

6th June 2020 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

With the uncertainty the creative industry is facing, due to the current pandemic, CreativeYouthFestival would like to invite you to the first of a set of live-streamed fireside chats aimed […]