Saftas will not be screened by SABC

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The 5th South African Film and Television Awards (Saftas) will not be Broadcast live this year, according to a report in The Times (14/02/2011). SABC2 has broadcast the Saftas since its inception five years ago.

SABC2 publicity manager Zandile Nkonyeni explained that the decision to opt out of the broadcast of the awards this year was “nothing more than a business decision based on our financial restraints’.

The Saftas, hosted by the National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF), will be held at Madame Zingara’s Theatre of Dreams at Melrose Arch on 20 February (non-fiction segment) and February 27 (fiction categories).

Azania Muendane, the NFVF’s head of marketing and public affairs, said the lack of a broadcaster would not put a dampener on the Saftas.

“Unfortunately the SABC was unable to commit to broadcasting. Considering the challenges the broadcaster faced in the past year, we can understand why the event will not have a live broadcast.

“We are spending almost the same amount of money on production as if it is for broadcast, therefore the quality of the show is maintained.’

The awards will however be recorded on film but by the NFVF.

“The Saftas committee is comfortable with the fact that the focus is now on the awards rather than a television show,’ Muendane told The Times.

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