Joburg woman wins US film award

 
Young South African actress Tayla Schaffner is making waves abroad.  

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BY BILLY SUTER

A JOHANNESBURG-BORN actress and film student is making inroads in the hard-to-crack Hollywood movie world after leaving South Africa to study in the United States…and at the tender age of 21.
Tayla Schnaffer is no household name locally, but that could change following her success with a short film in which she stars and which she also produced and scripted.
That film is When It Rains, about a woman, Lila, who discovers she has cancer for the second time. Schaffner, who fills the lead role, created the movie as part of her final thesis project for her Bachelor in Fine Arts degree – and it took the award for Best Drama Short at the Hollywood International Moving Pictures Film Festival.
Schaffner started acting when she was 10 and belonged to her school drama club. Then, At 18, and somewhat naive, the aspiring actress packed her bags and jetted off to the New York Film Academy for a remarkable chance at an international education, according to a spokesman.
 
During her two years at the school, she was cast in 17 student-directed films and appeared in the Off-Broadway Production of Antigone by Sophocles, in which she played the lead.
Who knows what is in store for her next.

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