SAFTAS judging to commence

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The judging phase of the 4th South African Film and Television Awards gets underway on 1 September, following the appointment of two new chairpersons, Paul Raleigh and Coco Cachalia. Raleigh runs Film Finances South Africa and is the co-producer of South Africa’s Oscar-winning film, Tsotsi. Cachalia is CEO of Kagiso TV & Communications.

This year the SAFTAS received 221 entries across 18 genres in television and film. Seventy judges have been tasked with the responsibility of selecting the best of South African productions. These are industry professionals who are recognised specialists in the fields of television and film. The judges’ main focus will be on critique of excellence in scripts and/or content, creativity and execution.

The SAFTAS judging chairpersons recently met with the judges at the offices of the National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF), under whose auspices the awards are held. “The SAFTAS are a very important event in the South African film and television calendar as they recognise the excellent work produced by our practitioners. I wish to thank all the judges who generously give of their time to ensure that this event enjoys the respect of the industry,” stated Raleigh.

Commenting on the new chairpersons, NFVF CEO Eddie Mbalo said: “Paul Raleigh and Coco Cachalia have experience in the film and television industry that combined spans more than 50 years. The SAFTAS committee is delighted to have two such knowledgeable specialists in their fields leading the judging panel.’
The judging process will end on 31 October with the final judging, where the judges will decide upon the nominees.

The category of Life Time Achievement recognises outstanding achievers in the film and television industries. The public are invited to nominate individuals who have continued to surpass expectations and make outstanding contributions in the industry. Nominations for this category will be open until 31 December.
The objective of the SAFTAS is to celebrate excellence with regard to talent and creativity in the South African film and television industry. The SAFTAS 2010 will take on the theme of National Identity.

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