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The South African Film & Television Awards – SAFTA’s, is an annual celebration awarding the best in Film & TV talent South Africa has to offer.

13th annual South African Film and Television Awards update

The 13th annual South African Film and Television Awards (SAFTAs), managed under the custodianship of the National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF), will take place on 2 March 2019 at the Sun City Superbowl.

The primary objective of the SAFTAs is to honour, celebrate and promote the creativity, quality, and excellence of South African Film and Television talent and productions, and to encourage entrepreneurship and the development of new talent within the industry.

Judging process:

The SAFTAs judging process is divided into two phases. In the first phase of judging, which began in November 2018, the 250 SAFTAs judges are grouped into panels based on their skill set. The judging process is guided by the overall judging chairpersons, producer Firdoze Bulbulia and South African singer, actress, and playwright Thembi Mtshali-Jones.

The panels receive content that has been submitted by various production houses in their chosen categories. All content undergoes an internal and external verification process. The verification processes ensure that producers have entered their content into the correct categories and that each submission is valid in terms of the entry guidelines. This year, OMA Chartered Accountants Inc. have been appointed as the external auditors and have completed the first external verification process.

The judges will spend the next three weeks viewing, scoring and making comments on the content. Their individual scores will then be discussed during the second judging phase.

Phase 2 of the judging process will begin in January 2019 as judges congregate in one venue across Johannesburg, Durban, Cape Town, and Mafikeng to deliberate and vote on three nominees per category. These judging sessions will be adjudicated by the external auditors to ensure fairness.

Production company:

The NFVF is pleased to announce that Clive Morris Productions (CMP) has been awarded the tender to execute and deliver the live to air production of the awards. CMP comes with extensive experience having produced some of South Africa’s flagship programmes as well as a plethora of live productions.

Nominees announcement and live broadcast:

The nominees will be announced in February 2019, leading up to the live show, which will be broadcast on SABC2 on 2 March 2019.

SAFTAs 13 call for entries – closing date extended

The closing date for the 13th annual South African Film and Television Awards (SAFTAs 13) call for entries has been extended to 19 October 2018 at 17h00.

Producers who have not submitted their work are encouraged to submit all eligible projects before the deadline. All entries must be submitted on the SAFTAs online portal.

The eligibility period for feature films includes all films that have been exhibited publicly, in South Africa, to a paying audience, for a minimum of seven consecutive days between 1 January 2018 to 31 December 2018.

All South African television content submitted for consideration must be produced and broadcast in South Africa between 1 August 2017 and 31 October 2018. Please note that re-runs are not eligible.

Content that falls outside of the above eligibility periods will be disqualified. The SAFTAs operate on a voluntary basis and producers are required to enter their own work for consideration. If producers do not submit their content and cast as entries, they cannot be considered.

Click here for the full list of categories and to view the entry guidelines.

SAFTAs 13 – entries now open

As part of honouring, celebrating and rewarding talent, the National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF), an agency of the Department of Arts and Culture, opens the call for the 13th annual South African Film & Television Awards (SAFTAs).

As part of its mandate, the NFVF is to administer the South African Film & Television Awards (SAFTAs) in order to celebrate, promote and highlight the excellence of local talent thereby encouraging the growth of talent within the South African film and television industry.

The film industry is encouraged to submit their entries through the online portal by 12 October 2018.

Please note:

o   Final decisions regarding eligibility of film and television content submitted are made by the SAFTAs committee or its representation.

o   The SAFTAs committee is not liable for errors in listings that are the result of incorrect information being submitted.

o   The SAFTAs committee cannot be held responsible for film or television content being submitted to incorrect categories.

o   Categories for which three or fewer entries are received, will be cancelled. Relevant entries may be re-directed at the judges’ discretion to the closest appropriate category. If there is no other suitable category for the entry, the entry will not be eligible for judging.

For the entry guidelines click here.

All the winners from SAFTAs 2018

The 12th annual South African Film and Television Awards (SAFTAs) took place on 22 and 24 March 2018 at Sun City Resort in the North West Province. Managed under the custodianship of the National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF) – an agency of the Department of Arts and Culture – every year the SAFTAs celebrates, honours and awards excellence within the film and television industry, both in front of and behind the camera.

Night one of the SAFTAs took place on Thursday, 22 March and celebrated excellence in technical craft within the industry. The evening, hosted by Phat Joe, was a celebration of the talent behind the scenes. Click here for a full list of the SAFTAs night one winners.

NFVF CEO, Zama Mkosi, had this to say about the night one winners: “It is important to celebrate each and every person who plays a crucial role in the journey of creating the magic we see on our screens daily. Today’s winners are an integral part of translating South Africa’s golden stories into entertaining and thought provoking conversation pieces. Congratulations to all the winners, we are extremely proud of the contribution you make to the South African film and television industry.”

Night two aired live from the Sun City Superbowl on Saturday, 24 March on SABC2. The evening commenced on the red carpet at 19h30 – hosted by Kuli Roberts and Rorisang Thandekiso – with the main event, hosted by Thando Thabete and Phat Joe, taking place at 20h00.

The SAFTAs12 night two winners are as follows:

Best Student Film: Hewn – The Animation School

Best Achievement in Directing – TV Comedy: Johann Vermaak for Puppet Nation ZA

Best Achievement in Scriptwriting – TV Comedy: Karen Jeynes, Tsitsi Chiumya, Sipumziwe Lucwaba and Angel Campey for Puppet Nation ZA

Best Actress – TV Comedy: Carine Rous in Elke Skewe Pot

Best Actor – TV Comedy: Mandla Gaduka in Gauteng Maboneng

Best Supporting Actress – TV Comedy: Linda Sebezo in Gauteng Maboneng

Best Supporting Actor – TV Comedy: Schalk Bezuidenhout in Hotel

Best TV Comedy: Puppet Nation ZA – Both Worlds

Best Achievement in Directing – TV Soap/Telenovela: Phiwe Mkhanzi and Sthembiso Mathenjwa for Isibaya

Best Achievement in Scriptwriting – TV Soap/Telenovela: Colin Howard, Rosa Keet, Marcel Spaumer, Christine Truter, Ernst Brōcker, Candice Johannes, Hadley Horne, Kobus Geldenhuys, Ilse Oppelt, Tinus van Antwerp, Henry Cloete, Amy Jephta, Johann Davis, Theltom Masimila, Tristram Atkins for Suidooster

Best Actress – TV Soap/Telenovela: Jo-Anne Reyneke for Broken Vows

Best Actor – TV Soap/Telenovela: Hamilton Dhlamini for Isithembiso

Best Supporting Actress – TV Soap/Telenovela: Tarryn Lamb for Suidooster

Best Supporting Actor – TV Soap/Telenovela: Pallance Dladla for Isibaya

Best TV Soap: Isibaya – The Bomb Shelter

Best Telenovela: High Rollers 3 – Rous House Productions

Best Achievement in Directing – TV Drama: Catharine Cooke, Rolie Nikiwe and Rea Rangaka for iNumber Number

Best Achievement in Scriptwriting – TV Drama: Reabetswe Moeti and Mandla Ngcongwane for Lockdown

Best Actress – TV Drama: Thuso Mbedu for Is’thunzi

Best Actor – TV Drama: Warren Masemola for Tjovitjo

Best Supporting Actress – TV Drama: Jana Cilliers for Die Boekklub 2

Best Supporting Actor – TV Drama: Emmanuel Castis for Erfsondes 4

Best TV Drama: Tjovitjo – Tjovitjo Films (PTY) LTD

Best Documentary Feature: Skulls of my People – Puo Pha Productions

Best talk Show Host: Pabi Moloi for Trending SA

Best Achievement in Directing – Feature Film: John Trengrove for Inxeba (The Wound)

Best Achievement in Scriptwriting – Feature Film: John Trengrove, Malusi Bengu and Thando Mgqolozana for Inxeba (The Wound)

Best Actress – Feature Film: Crystal Donna Roberts for Krotoa

Best Actor – Feature Film: Nakhane Touré for Inxeba (The Wound)

Best Supporting Actress – Feature Film: Nomonde Mbusi for VAYA

Best Supporting Actor – Feature Film: Bongile Mantsai for Inxeba (The Wound)

Best Feature Film: Inxeba (The Wound) – Urucu Media

Best TV Presenter: Lerato Kganyago – Live Amp

Most Popular TV Soap/Telenovela: Uzalo – Stained Glass Productions

Outstanding Person with Disability Contributor Award: Shelly Barry

Youth Achiever Award: Ayanda Sithebe

Lifetime Achiever Award: Johan Stemmet

Lifetime Achiever Award: Thoko Ntshinga

Outstanding Provincial Contributor Awards: Thabang Moubane

The SAFTAs committee consists of the SABC, DStv, M-Net, e.tv, StarSat, the Cultural and Creative Industries Federation of South Africa (CCIFSA) and the South African Screen Federation (SASFED).

 

 

 

 

All the winners from night one of the 2018 SAFTAs

Last night, 22 March, marked night one of the 2018 South African Film and Television Awards (SAFTAs) held in Sun City, Bokone Bophirima.

Night one of the SAFTAs celebrates excellence in technical craft within the industry. The evening hosted by Phat Joe, was a celebration of the talent behind the scenes.

“It is important to celebrate each and every person who plays a crucial role in the journey of creating the magic we see on our screens daily. Today’s winners are an integral part of translating South Africa’s golden stories into entertaining and thought provoking conversation pieces. Congratulations to all the winners, we are extremely proud of the contribution you make to the South African film and television industry,” said the National Film and Video Foundation CEO, Zama Mkosi.

The SAFTAs12 night one Golden Horn winners are:

Award Title Programme Title Production House/ Winner(s)
Best Short Film Apocalypse Now Now Be Phat Motel Company
Best Achievement in Art / Production Design – TV Comedy Puppet Nation ZA Catherine Jacot-Guillarmod and  Lindsay van Blerk
Best Achievement in Make-up and Hairstyling – TV Comedy Ses Top La 4 Chantel Nel
Best Achievement in Wardrobe/ Costume Design – TV Comedy Puppet Nation ZA Cheney Van Graan, Geralt  Cloete and Alice Jacobs
Best Achievement in  Sound Design – TV Comedy Puppet Nation ZA Neil Benjamin
Best Achievement in  Cinematography – TV Comedy Puppet Nation ZA Tonga Isango
Best Achievement in Editing- TV Comedy SuzelleDIY Ari Kruger
Best Achievement in Original Music/ Score – TV Soap/ Telenovela Ring of Lies 2 Ngane Sikobi
Best Achievement in Post Production – TV Soap/ Telenovela High Rollers 3 Kholofelo Malatshi,  Bertus Kirsten, Brett Macdonald, Tumelo Mmatladi, Jeanette Mokobane, Sizwe Msibi, John Chaka and Theo Scheepers
Best Achievement in Cinematography – Telenovela Ring of Lies 2 Ntobeko Dlamini and Marc Brower
Best Achievement in Wardrobe, Make-up and Hair – TV Soap/Telenovela Isibaya Lebogang Lehasa, Sheila Petlele and Sebenzile Madondo
Best Achievement in Art/ Production Design – TV Soap/Telenovela Isibaya Dylan Lloyd and Henrietta Moutinho
Best Achievement in Editing – TV Drama Tjovitjo Kabi Modiko and Ikaye Masisi
Best Achievement in Sound Design – TV Drama Tjovitjo Bernard Masoka
Best  Achievement in  Original Music/ Score-TV Drama Isikizi 2 Murray Anderson and Phila Madlingozi
Best Achievement in Art/ Production Design – TV Drama Tjovitjo Ephraim Mathula and Vivienne Mahloko
Best Achievement in Wardrobe/ Costume Design – TV Drama Die Boekklub 2 Ayesha Katieb and Jodi Bowers
Best Achievement in Make-Up and Hairstyling – TV Drama Lockdown Babalwa Carol Djieutceu
Best Achievement in Cinematography – TV Drama Tjovitjo Motheo Moeng, Marius Van Graan and Ofentse Mwase
Best Achievement in Directing – Documentary Feature Skulls of my People Vincent Moloi
Best Achievement in Cinematography – Documentary Feature Skulls of my People Marius van Graan
Best Achievement in Editing – Documentary Feature The Giant is Falling Henion Han and Megan Gill
Best Achievement in Sound Design – Documentary Feature The Giant is Falling Vaughan Phillips
Best Documentary Short Nanlaban: The Philippines War on Drugs Chronicle
Best Wildlife Programme King of the Mountain Baboons Earth Touch (Pty) Ltd
Best Children’s Programme Xcellerate 2 Blonds and a Redhead Filming CC
Best Reality Show Wingin It  Cheeky Media
Best Game Show Die Kliek 5 Afrokaans Film & Television
Best International Format Show Shark Tank South Africa Rapid Blue
Best Factual & Educational Programme Our Moments  Dzuguda Productions
Best Current Affairs  Programme ENVIROSERV: Kicking Up A Stink Nguni TV
Best Variety & Magazine Show Edik van Nantes 2  Meerfout Films
Best Youth Programme MTV Shuga – In Real Life TIA Productions
Best Talk Show Republiek van Zoid Afrika Brainwave Productions
Best Music Show Starlight Classics Freshly Minced
Best made for TV Movie O Kae Molao Leburugraphy Pictures
Best Micro-budget Film New Era Sessions Rouge Music Entertainment
Best Achievement in Cinematography – Feature Film Beyond the River Trevor Calverley
Best Achievement in Sound Design – Feature Film From a house on Willow Street James Olivier, Simon Ratcliffe, Charles Singleton, Richard West and Andries Smit
Best Achievement in Original Music/ Score – Feature Film Kalushi Rashid Lanie
Best Achievement in Editing – Feature Film Inxeba (The Wound) Matthew Swanepoel
Best Achievement in  Production Design – Feature Film Kalushi Chantel Carter
Best Achievement in Costume Design – Feature Film Kalushi Ruy Filipe
Best Achievement in Make-up and Hairstyling – Feature Film From a house on Willow Street Charlene Warwick & Jaco Snyman

SAFTAs12 nominee series: Apocalypse Now Now

The 12th annual South African Film and Television Awards (SAFTAs) will take place on 22 and 24 March 2018 at Sun City Resort in the North West Province. Managed under the custodianship of the National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF) – an agency of the Department of Arts and Culture – the SAFTAs committee consists of the SABC, DStv, M-Net, e.tv, StarSat, the Cultural and Creative Industries Federation of South Africa (CCIFSA) and the South African Screen Federation (SASFED).

Screen Africa chats to Michael Matthews, director of 2018 SAFTA-nominated short film Apocalypse Now Now:

What inspired the making of the short?

It’s based on a twisted South African Book with the same name, Apocalypse Now Now, by Charlie Human. We’re excited about doing different styles of genre in a unique way, so this is perfect for us! But mostly the book is just ridiculous good fun, and the inspiration behind the film. This short has been made to accompany the feature script which we hope to finance in the next six months.

What do you attribute its success to?

The close team we have worked with to create this, and also worked with on our first feature, Five Fingers for Marseilles. Too many names to list here, but everyone gave so much time and effort to the project and it wouldn’t exist without them. We had very limited money, so it was favours from everyone. Intelligent Creature in Toronto did the CG creature, and that was also a major element to the short films success. The lead producer, Todd Brown, brought the project to us and got the ball rolling, so none of this would have happened without him.

What will winning the SAFTA mean to you?

It’s great to be a part of the industry at the moment, with so much great talent beginning to shine.  It’s rewarding to be acknowledged. Hopefully it will spark more relationships and friendships in the industry, and we’ll see the feature version of this sooner that we think.

Keep up with all the SAFTAs12 action on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

 

SAFTAs12 nominee series: Q&A with Skulls Of My People director Vincent Moloi

The 12th annual South African Film and Television Awards (SAFTAs) will take place on 22 and 24 March 2018 at Sun City Resort in the North West Province. Managed under the custodianship of the National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF) – an agency of the Department of Arts and Culture – the SAFTAs committee consists of the SABC, DStv, M-Net, e.tv, StarSat, the Cultural and Creative Industries Federation of South Africa (CCIFSA) and the South African Screen Federation (SASFED).

Screen Africa chats to Vincent Moloi, director and producer of 2018 multi SAFTA-nominated documentary Skulls Of My People:

What inspired the making of Skulls Of My People?

Skulls Of My People felt like a spiritual obligation. It just had to be done, especially in the current social political climate where issues of land redistribution is being discussed. And what better way is there than to have a documentary as a catalyst for this conversation.

What do you attribute its success to?

Because it purely came from the heart. You can literally feel the energy of the people behind the project.

What will winning a 2018 SAFTA mean to you and the rest of the crew?

It will be such fulfilment especially because at first we struggled getting funding because people told us there is no story. And so winning a SAFTA will be a good validation. But also will highlight the struggle of the people of Namibia especially the Nama and Herero people

Watch the trailer for Skulls Of My People.

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SAFTAs12 nominee series: Q&A with The Hangman director Zwelethu Radebe

The 12th annual South African Film and Television Awards (SAFTAs) will take place on 22 and 24 March 2018 at Sun City Resort in the North West Province. Managed under the custodianship of the National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF) – an agency of the Department of Arts and Culture – the SAFTAs committee consists of the SABC, DStv, M-Net, e.tv, StarSat, the Cultural and Creative Industries Federation of South Africa (CCIFSA) and the South African Screen Federation (SASFED).

Screen Africa chats to Zwelethu Radebe, director and writer of 2018 SAFTA-nominated short film The Hangman:

What inspired the making of The Hangman?

What inspired me to write The Hangman was that I was curious to understand the motivations behind certain human behaviours and uncover a different perspective on the narrative of the black South African man both in the past and present. This is what brought about the sub-themes of identity and race.

What do you attribute its success to?

The film resonates with a lot of South Africans and international audiences both young and old for the simple fact that it uncovers a common human trait of keeping secrets and believing that it is for the good of others and then later experiencing the painful consequence of the truth once the secrets are revealed.

What will winning the SAFTA mean to you?

Winning the SAFTA will mean that The Hangman has made an impact and touched audiences and will hopefully positively influence and change minds and lives for the better.

Watch The Hangman trailer.

Keep up with all the SAFTAs12 action on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

SAFTAs12 nominee series: Q&A with SuzelleDIY director/producer Ari Kruger

The 12th annual South African Film and Television Awards (SAFTAs) will take place on 22 and 24 March 2018 at Sun City Resort in the North West Province. Managed under the custodianship of the National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF) – an agency of the Department of Arts and Culture – the SAFTAs committee consists of the SABC, DStv, M-Net, e.tv, StarSat, the Cultural and Creative Industries Federation of South Africa (CCIFSA) and the South African Screen Federation (SASFED).

Screen Africa chatted to Ari Kruger, director and producer of 2018 SAFTA-nominated series SuzelleDIY:

What inspired you to make SuzelleDIY?

SuzelleDIY actually started as a passion project. We both [Kruger and his wife Julia Anastasopoulos] were working in the commercial industry at the time, myself as a director and Julia as an actress, and we had been trying to make something outside of our commercial work that we could do on the weekends. We made a couple of episodes and released them on YouTube and they quickly received a good response. We continued to make them and when our eleventh episode ‘How to make a braai-pie’ went viral, it changed our lives. SuzelleDIY has since become a South African brand, we’ve made books, branded content and grown the channel to over 25 millions views. Our episodes also play regularly on Comedy Central which has allowed a much broader audience to reach Suzelle.

What do you attribute its success to?

I think that SuzelleDIY became successful because of us being able to create from a place of playfulness. I think that is also why it has resonated with audiences as it feels genuine and funny. Besides for the entertainment factor there’s also real value to each episode as all of the hacks that Suzelle demonstrates are innovative and unusual. Suzelle’s message is also a positive one as she literally encourages people to do-it-yourself.

What will winning the SAFTA mean to you, Julia and the SuzelleDIY team?

It would be an honour to win a SAFTA — we never expected the show to become as successful as it became, so it would really just be fantastic to have it officially recognised by our industry.

Check out the SuzelleDIY YouTube channel.

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SAFTAs12 nominee series: Q&A with Strike a Rock producer/director Aliki Saragas

The 12th annual South African Film and Television Awards (SAFTAs) will take place on 22 and 24 March 2018 at Sun City Resort in the North West Province. Managed under the custodianship of the National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF) – an agency of the Department of Arts and Culture – the SAFTAs committee consists of the SABC, DStv, M-Net, e.tv, StarSat, the Cultural and Creative Industries Federation of South Africa (CCIFSA) and the South African Screen Federation (SASFED).

Screen Africa chatted to Aliki Saragas, director and producer of 2018 SAFTA-nominated documentary, Strike a Rock:

What inspired you to make this documentary?

The realities of the devastation of the Marikana massacre that took place on 16 August 2012 is widely known and has been criticised globally, including in the award-winning film Miners Shot Down, produced by Uhuru Productions, the co-producers of Strike a Rock. But there are voices that have yet to be heard. Voices from the strong women leaders and the community that surrounds the mine have seemingly been erased from the narrative. Despite the international attention, inquiry and mass-activism that followed the massacre, living conditions for the Marikana community have worsened. There has been no accountability.

This is what drew me so powerfully to the story of Thumeka and Primrose, two grandmothers who were compelled by the tragedy they witnessed to take on leadership roles, exercising their agency and power. They force us to recognise that the story of Marikana is not yet over.

My aim was to weave together the perspectives of the women using a sensitive, unobtrusive and intimate camera. The film takes the viewer on a journey through trauma, history, loss, memory, friendship, and the fear of being further forgotten as Thumeka and Primrose survive each day. At the same time we are confronted with a very real obstruction of justice and lack of accountability on the side of Lonmin, who seemingly shirk their legal obligations to the community, and the South African government, who neglect to ensure that the required socio-economic development takes place. In this context, the personal becomes the political and that is where the impact of the film lies.

After over four years of creating this documentary the journey is only really beginning now, as we use the film to build on a movement focusing on extractive practices and their socio-economic and environmental impacts in South Africa and Southern Africa regionally. We hope the film will be a powerful tool in Sikhala Sonke’s struggle against poverty, while inspiring other women across the world who are taking a stand against oppression.

What do you attribute its success to?

I was fortunate enough to meet the most incredible, powerful women who are often leading the change and on the ground activism in Marikana. Women who were hardly known, but who I believe should be celebrated and recognised for their bravery and commitment to the fight for justice and accountability.

The film focusses on the activism of the Sikhala Sonke women’s organisation in Marikana and their leaders Primrose Sonti and Thumeka Magwangqana. I made a very important creative decision to keep the film incredibly intimate, and focus on telling the story through the women’s voices from the inside, rather than through external voices that have already shaped the discourse of the space. Right from the beginning the film has been a collaborative process, it was the most important thing.

Thumeka, Primrose and Sikhala Sonke knew that we had the same intention with the story and what we wanted it to do. That coupled with a very important creative decision to immerse myself with the women in their homes for four years helped us develop a very strong relationship, trust and mutual respect that extends way beyond the film. The film is a mouthpiece for their voices, as well as aims to continue the work they are already doing on public platform in bringing awareness and attention to their plights.

What will winning the 2018 SAFTA mean to you and the Strike a Rock cast and crew?

As a female filmmaker with my first documentary feature film, Strike a Rock, I am beyond overjoyed that we have been nominated in two categories at the SAFTAs. To win a SAFTA would be a dream come true as it is especially important to me, that as South Africans, we recognise narratives that show empowered, empowering and inspiring women, as well as celebrate the women working behind the lens. The people in my film are living examples of how women are at the forefront of change and of how vital it is that history is inclusive of these voices. The devastating effects of the Marikana massacre are still felt today by the people who were left behind and it’s my hope that the film has and will continue to make an impact in this community.

Watch the Strike a Rock trailer.

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