Jim Petrak

Jim Petrak

Audio Post Production Engineer/ Sound mixer

Jim’s journey at Cape Audio College started when he studied a Diploma in Sound recording and Engineering in 1999/2000, during the early years of Cape Audio College.

Jim moved up to Johannesburg in 2001 and discovered the world of audio post-production. He was instantly hooked to the field of work. He kicked off his career by recording foleys and ADR at Chris Fellows Sound Studio’s in 2001 and worked his way up the ladder to the position of Sound Designer and Re-recording mixer. In 2008, Jim ventured off on his own having founded Sound Surfers Audio Post Production. 


To date, Jim has won 4 SAFTA’s (South African Film and Television Awards) in 2006, 2014, 2017 and 2020 for “Best Achievement in Sound.”

Jim was nominated a further 5 times in 2007, 2010, 2013, 2015 and 2016.

I have also won 2 AMMA’s (African Movie Academy Awards) in 2011 and 2012 for “Best Achievement in Sound.” He was nominated a further 4 times in 2012, 2014, 2017 and 2018.


Jim has had the pleasure of working on numerous international projects for major film and television studios such as Warner Brothers, United Artists, Lions Gate Films, HBO, Netflix and many more.

The award-winning list includes Academy, BAFTA, and Emmy award-winning Directors: Terry George (Hotel Rwanda), Gavin Hood (Tsotsi, X-men Origins), Phillip Noyce (Salt, Catch a fire) and many others.


Some words of advice for any current/ potential students?

“This industry is extremely tough. The right attitude goes a long way. Work hard, persevere and never give up!”

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