Update On SAFTAs 14 From The NFVF

In light of the announcement made by President Ramaphosa and the Government’s strict actions in response to the COVID19 (“Coronavirus”) outbreak, the National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF) would like to inform you that the 14th Annual South African Film and Television Awards (SAFTAs14) will no longer take place at the Sandton Convention Centre on 27 – 28 March 2020.

Further details will be communicated in due course.

About SAFTAs

The South African Film & Television Awards (SAFTAs) were established by industry representatives and the National Film & Video Foundation (NFVF), as an event that honours, celebrates and promotes the creativity, quality & excellence of the South African film & television talent. They also serve to encourage the development of new talent, fostering a generation of filmmakers united in the collective mission of telling authentic South African stories.

About NFVF

The National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF) is an agency of the Department of Arts and Culture that was created to ensure the equitable growth of South Africa’s film and video industry. The NFVF does this by providing funding for the development, production, marketing and distribution of films and also the training and development of filmmakers. In addition, the NFVF commissions research and produces industry statistics that provide both the public and stakeholders with valuable insights into the South African film industry.


14th Annual SAFTAs’ Nominees Announced In Style At The Mall Of Africa

The month of love hit a high note today, with the official announcement of the 2020 South African Film and Television Awards (SAFTAs) nominees proudly brought to you by Brand South Africa. Hosted under the custodianship of the National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF) the awards seek to honour and celebrate South Africa’s local film and television talent, under the theme #LoveSATalent.

Leading this year’s nominations was #SAFTAs13 winner & popular telenovela “The River”, which raked in 15 nominations across numerous categories, including Best Achievement in Directing, Scriptwriting, Original Music/Score, Editing, Sound, Cinematography, Wardrobe, Make-Up and Hairstyling and Art Directing. Actress Sindi Dlathu secured a nomination for Best Actress in the genre, while Presley Chweneyagae was nominated in the Best Actor category.

Close on its heels was the soapie “Isibaya”, Television Drama “Lockdown S4” and the feature film “Fiela se Kind” who all clinched 11 nominations each, while the drama series “The Republic” rounded things off with 10 nominations.

“The love for SA Talent is certainly in the air and I would like to congratulate all our SAFTAs14 nominees for telling authentic stories that resonate and connect with the people of South Africa. As the NFVF we couldn’t be prouder of the immense contribution that these women and men make to the local film and television industry, not forgetting the broadcasters that provide the platforms for these stories to come alive”, commented Makhosazana Khanyile, NFVF CEO

The NFVF joined forces with 205 industry experts from across the country to form a judging committee that spent over two months deliberating and rounding off the final nominees of the 70 categories, which were all then later audited by Nexia SAB&T.

“A key priority for us this year was to bring credibility back to the SAFTAs judging process. It is no secret that many production companies have voiced their frustration with our appraisal system, some going as far as to boycott the SAFTAs altogether. Having taken this feedback to heart, we’ve taken every measure possible to ensure that the judging process is fair, transparent and without bias. Today I’m proud to announce that as a result of these efforts we’ve received over 300 entries for the SAFTAs,” concluded Khanyile.

This year, the power to decide who wins the Best TV Presenter and the Most Popular Soap/Telenovela will remain with the South African audience through the use of the public vote. To vote for their favourite in these two categories, they will need to dial 12045884# and follow the prompts on their screens. One lucky voting viewer will stand a chance to win fuel to the value of R4000 a month for 12 months powered by Total SA.

“Total South Africa identifies art and culture as a national resource and contributor to the development of the economy. The SAFTA’s does not only preserve the country’s stories, but it also encourages development of the country on all frontiers, enabling people to expand their horizons and develop skills that are essential to social cohesion.”, commented Baxolile Msomi, Corporate Communications & Marketing at Total South Africa.

The codes will be advertised on SAFTAs social media pages and other media platforms and the voting lines go live in the week of 17th of February and closes on 28 March 2020.

The 14th South African Film and Television Awards will be hosted at Johannesburg’s Sandton Convention Centre over two-nights: Craft Awards on Friday, 27 March 2020 and Main Awards on Saturday, 28 March 2020 – with the Saturday show broadcast live on television.


Best Short Film

  • Die Begrafnis, Idea Candy
  • Joko Ya Hao, Blanket Entertainment Pty Ltd
  • The Letter Reader, The Ergo Company

Best Student Film

  • Anthem, University Of Cape Town
  • Moya, University of Witwatersrand
  • Tidal, University of Cape Town

Best Achievement in Directing – Telenovela

  • Arendsvlei, Denny Miller, Roxanne Blaise, Mandilakhe Yengo & Darryl Fuchs
  • Isibaya, Yamakela Phiwokuhle Mkhanzi, Lehlogonolo Moropane & Sthembiso Mathenjwa
  • Isithembiso, Zeno Petersen, Itumeleng Mohlabane & Lufuno Nekhabambe
  • The River Ferry Jele, Catharine Cooke, Zolani Phakade & Johnny Barbuzano

Best Achievement in Directing – TV Soap

  • Binnelanders, Danie Joubert
  • Rhythm City, Eric Mogale
  • Scandal!, Chris Beasley, Sanele Zulu,Tsakani Mongwe & Sphamandla Ngcobo

Best Achievement in Scriptwriting – Telenovela

  • Arendsvlei, Ilse Oppelt, Roberta Durrant, Wilmien Rossouw, Ricardo Arendse, Retief Scholtz, Henry Cloete, Margaret Goldsmid, Johann Davis, Quanita Adams & Theltom Masimila
  • Giyani – Land of Blood, Gwydion Beynon & Phathutshedzo Makwarela
  • The Queen, Gwydion Beynon & Phathutshedzo Makwarela
  • The River, Gwydion Beynon & Phathutshedzo Makwarela

Best Achievement in Scriptwriting – TV Soap

  • Getroud met Rugby, Deon Opperman, Frederick Johannes Botha, Igna Botha & Monique Nortje
  • Rhythm City, Zelipa Zulu
  • Scandal!, Daryn Katz, Bafana Khumalo, Kelly Robinson, Mark Graham Wilson, Nonhlanhla Simelane, Omphile Molusi, Rosalind Anne Freimond, Stephen Simm,Tereska Rene Muishond, Simon Themba Mahlangu & Thomas Hall

Best Achievement In Original Music/Score – Telenovela

  • Arendsvlei, Murray Anderson
  • Giyani – Land of Blood, Brendan Jury
  • Isibaya, Philip Miller
  • The River, Brendan Jury

Best Achievement in Editing – Telenovela

  • Isibaya, Nqobizwe Ndlangamandla, Sibongeleni Mabuyakhulu, Veronica Dumezweni, Tshepo Kgatsoetsoe,Motlatsi Molefe, Martin Mosala & Limpho Mothopeng
  • iSipho The Gift, Hlumi Tlale, Jeanette Mokobane, Nonhlanhla Nxumalo, Susan Thabethe & Tumelo Mmatladi
  • Isithembiso, Tshepo Kgatsoetsoe, Kirsten de Magalhaes, Jeremy Briers, Motlatsi Molefe, Martin Mosala, Brett Anolik, Sphiwe Nhlumayo & Llewellyn Rice
  • The River, Matodzi Nemungadi, Bongi Malefo & Ula Oelsen

Best Achievement in Sound – TV Soap/Telenovela

  • Binnelanders, Eric McKechnie & Barry Gillot
  • Getroud met Rugby, Leon Ecroignard & Batana Sandile Dlamini
  • iSipho The Gift, Janno Muller, Jonty Everton,Thapelo Makhubo & Jeanrè Greyling
  • Isithembiso, Mark Phillips,Vaughan Phillips & Zikhethile Charles Sijaji
  • The River, Ben Oelsen & Juli Vanden Berg

Best Achievement in Cinematography – Telenovela

  • Isibaya, Ryan Lotter, Wesley Johnston & Lekau Mamabolo
  • Isithembiso, Sevetian Su Ong Maslamoney & SiphoThoka
  • The River, Trevor Brown

Best Achievement in Wardrobe – TV Soap/Telenovela

  • Arendsvlei, Cassandra Rowland
  • The River, Alice Mataboge
  • The Throne, Thembelihle Buthelezi

Best Achievement in Make-Up and Hairstyling- TV Soap/Telenovela

  • Imbewu, Aphilia Kunene
  • Isibaya, Sheila Petlele & Sebenzile Madondo
  • The River, Bongi Mlotshwa

Best Achievement in Art Direction – TV Soap/Telenovela

  • Arendsvlei, Beatrix van Zyl
  • Isibaya, Henrietta Moutinho
  • The River, Amanda Scholtz

Best Actress-Telenovela

  • Crystal Donna Roberts, Janice Cupido, Arendsvlei
  • Leleti Khanyile, Nokubonga, Imbewu
  • Sindi Dlathu, Lindiwe, The River

Best Actor-Telenovela

  • Roberto Kyle Meyer, Leeroy Foster, Arendsvlei
  • Hamilton Dhlamini, Banzi Motaung, Isithembiso
  • Presley Chweneyagae, Cobra, The River

Best Supporting Actress- Telenovela

  • Lerato Mvelase, Samkelo, Isibaya
  • Linda Sebezo, Lillian Nyandeni, Isibaya
  • Mary-Anne Barlow, Gail, The River

Best Supporting Actor-Telenovela

  • Aubrey Poo, Fenyang, Isibaya
  • Lawrence Maleka, Zolani, The River
  • Loyiso MacDonald, Kagiso, The Queen

Best Actress-TV Soap

  • Mapula Mafole, Mapula, Rhythm City
  • Denise Newman, Bridgette Jacobs, Suidooster
  • Baby Cele Maloka, Gabisile, Uzalo

Best Actor-TV Soap

  • Nathaniel Ramabulana, Tenda Mudau, Muvhango
  • Jamie Bartlett, David Genaro, Rhythm City
  • Bongile Mantsai, Mthunzi Mayiza, Scandal!

Best Supporting Actress-TV Soap

  • Xolile Tshabalala, Senamile Maseko, Muvhango
  • Petronella Tshuma, Pearl, Rhythm City
  • Kgomotso Christopher, Yvonne Langa, Scandal!

Best Supporting Actor-TV Soap

  • Ben Kruger, Okkie Ferreira, Binnelanders
  • Mncedisi Shabangu, Khulekani Ngobese, Rhythm City
  • Ivan Abrahams, Pastor Ronald, Suidooster

Best TV Soap

  • Rhythm City, Quizzical Pictures
  • Scandal!, Ochre Moving Pictures
  • Suidooster, Suidooster Films

Best Telenovela

  • Arendsvlei, Penguin & Paw Paw Films
  • Isibaya, The Bomb Shelter
  • The River, Tshedza Pictures CC

Best Achievement in Directing -TV Drama

  • Dwaalster, Jaco Bouwer
  • Lockdown Season 4, Mandla Ngcongwane
  • The Republic, Johnny Barbuzano & Rea Rangaka

Best Achievement in Scriptwriting -TV Drama

  • Lockdown Season 4, Byron Abrahams, Merendran Reddy, Dominique Masson,Tiffany Barbuzano, Lwazi Mvusi, Tsepo Desando & Mandla Ngcongwane
  • The Girl From St Agnes, Gillian Breslin,Sean Steinberg & Zoe Laband
  • The Republic, Phathutshedzo Makwarela & Gwydion Beynon

Best Achievement in Editing – TV Drama

  • eHostela, Johnny Nkgapele
  • Spreeus, Leon Visser
  • The Republic, Ula Oelsen & Kabi Modiko

Best Achievement in Sound – TV Drama

  • Alles Malan, Daniel Eppel & Alex Smillie
  • Dwaalster, Tim Pringle
  • Spreeus, Tim Pringle
  • The Republic, Ben Oelsen & Juli Vanden Berg

Best Achievement in Original Music/Score-TV Drama

  • Alles Malan, David de Jager & Herman Kleinhans
  • Lockdown Season 4, Kurt Slabbert, Jamela Vuma & Mandla Ngcongwane
  • Spreeus, Pierre-Henri Wicomb
  • The Girl From St Agnes, Brendan Jury

Best Achievement in Art Direction – TV Drama

  • Lockdown Season 4, Luarnae Roos
  • Shadow, Christelle van Graan
  • The Docket, Nazo Maloyi, Richard Rehbock & Ilze van den Berg

Best Achievement in Wardrobe – TV Drama

  • Ifalakhe, Monique Lamprecht & Nerine Pienaar
  • Lockdown Season 4, Gesillah McLoed
  • The Docket, Mncedisi Mbombo
  • The Herd 2, Phindile Mlambo & Trudi Mantzios

Best Achievement in Make-Up and Hairstyling – TV Drama

  • Alles Malan, Mary-Sue Morris
  • Ifalakhe, Ronwyn Jarrett
  • The Herd 2, Keitumetsi Sefotlhelo

Best Achievement in Cinematography – TV Drama

  • Lockdown Season 4, Gaopie Kabe
  • Spreeus, Jorrie van der Walt
  • The Republic, Ntobeko Dlamini

Best Actress-TV Drama

  • Dawn King, MaZet, Lockdown Season 4
  • Zola Nombona, Monde, Lockdown Season 4
  • Florence Masebe, Lufuno, The Republic

Best Actor -TV Drama

  • Wiseman Mncube, Jama, eHostela
  • Robert Hobbs, Gary, The Girl From St Agnes
  • Warren Masemola, Thabang, The Republic

Best Supporting Actress – TV Drama

  • Brenda Ngxoli, Nomonde, iThemba
  • Lorcia Cooper, Tyson, Lockdown Season 4
  • Pamela Nomvete, Deborah, Lockdown Season 4

Best Supporting Actor -TV Drama

  • Deon Lotz, Albertus “Smiley” Kriel, Die Byl 2
  • Hlomla Dandala, Vice President, The Republic
  • Seputla Sebogodi, Moses, The Republic

Best TV Drama

  • Lockdown Season 4, Black Brain Pictures
  • Spreeus, Marche Media
  • The Republic, Tshedza Pictures CC

Best Achievement in Directing – Documentary Feature

  • Buddha in Africa, Nicole Schafer
  • Dying for Gold, Catherine Meyburgh & Richard Pakleppa
  • The Fun’s Not Over – The James Phillips Story, Michael Cross

Best Achievement in Cinematography – Documentary

  • Buddha in Africa, Nicole Schafer
  • Dying for Gold, Richard Pakleppa
  • The Sound of Masks, Sara Cristina Ferreira de Gouveia
  • Womanhood, Deon van Zyl

Best Achievement in Editing – Documentary

  • Dying for Gold, Catherine Meyburgh
  • The Fun’s Not Over – The James Phillips Story, Michael Cross
  • The Sound of Masks, Khalid Shamis
  • Womanhood, Daniel Mitchell

Best Achievement in Sound – Documentary Feature

  • 20 Years of Loxion Kulca, Neo Rathebe
  • A Fool’s Paradise, Sibusiso Zulu
  • Dying for Gold, Catherine Meyburgh, Guy Steer & Mapula Lehong
  • Huisgenoot: Ware Lewensdramas, Mark Saunders

Best Documentary Feature

  • Buddha in Africa, Thinking Strings Media
  • Dying for Gold, Breathe Films
  • Sound of Masks, Lionfish Productions
  • The Fun’s Not Over – The James Phillips Story, Rogue Productions

Best Natural History and Environmental Programme

  • Cave Crocs of Gabon, Earth Touch
  • Okavango River of Dreams Chapter 1 Paradise, Wildlife Films
  • STROOP – journey into the rhino horn war, Scott & de Bod Films

Best Children’s Programme

  • Disney Cookabout, Penguin & Paw Paw Films
  • Hectic on 3, Okuhle Media
  • Jabu’s Jungle, Pixcomm
  • Words and Numbers Series 9, Johan Stemmet Entertainment Enterprises

Best Competition Reality Show

  • Kokkedoor, Homebrew Films
  • Nedbank Ke Yona Team Search 2019, Barleader TV
  • Ultimate Braai Master, Okuhle Media
  • Ultimate House Vibe, Burnt Onion Productions

Best Structured or Docu-reality Show

  • Durban Beach Rescue season 2, Ruby Rocket Media
  • Living The Dream With Somizi Season 4, Barleader TV
  • The Big Secret Season 2, Weldun Media (Pty) Ltd

Best International Format Show

  • Celebrity Game Night S1, Rapid Blue
  • Survivor SA: Island of Secrets, Afrokaans Film & Television
  • YO! MTV RAPS (SA): Season 1, The Visual Content Gang

Best Factual & Educational Programme

  • Made in Africa: The Ties That Bind Us, Full Circle Productions
  • Op Seer Se Spoor – Episode 3 “Netta”, Gambit Films
  • Yobe S2, Nalumi Pictures

Best Current Affairs Programme

  • Carte Blanche HD, TX 14 JULY 2019, Combined Artists
  • Dying for Diamonds, eNCA Checkpoint
  • Work Hazards, eNCA Checkpoint

Best Variety Show

  • Die Ware Naarheid, Nouvanaand Films
  • Gospel Classics, ATTV
  • Mooi, Afrokaans Film & Television

Best Youth Programme

  • MTV Shuga Down South 2, Quizzical Pictures (Pty) Ltd
  • MTV Shuga Down South 2 – In Real Life, TIA Productions
  • Teenagers on a mission – Game Ranging, I Love That Productions

Best Entertainment Programme

  • Emo 30 Jaar In Musiek, All Star Productions
  • Live Amp, Urban Brew Studios
  • Noot vir Noot S44, Stemmburg Television

Best Lifestyle Programme

  • Dit Proe Soos Huis, Afrokaans Film & Television
  • Elders: Japan, Bonanza Films
  • Klankbord Season 1, Whippet Films

Best Made for TV Movie

  • Droomman, Deon Opperman Produksies
  • Stillenag, Deon Opperman Produksies

Best Achievement in Directing – Feature Film

  • Fiela se Kind Brett, Michael Innes
  • Knuckle City, Jahmil X.T. Qubeka
  • Poppie Nongena, Christiaan Olwagen

Best Achievement in Scriptwriting – Feature Film

  • Fiela se Kind, Brett Michael Innes
  • Knuckle City, Jahmil X.T. Qubeka
  • Poppie Nongena, Christiaan Olwagen & Susara Botha

Best Achievement in Cinematography – Feature Film

  • Die Verhaal van Racheltjie de Beer, Willie Nel
  • Fiela se Kind, Thomas Ignatius Marais
  • Knuckle City, Willie Nel
  • Poppie Nongena, VictoriaTurpin
  • Skemerson (Sun, Cry, Moon), William Collinson

Best Achievement in Sound Design – Feature Film

  • Ander Mens, Tim Pringle
  • Die Verhaal van Racheltjie de Beer, Jan Petrak
  • Fiela se Kind, Charlotte Buys
  • Knuckle City, Guy Steer
  • Skemerson (Sun, Cry, Moon), Paul Vermaak

Best Achievement in Original Music/Score – Feature Film

  • 3 Days To Go, Benjamin Willem
  • Back of the Moon, Philip Miller
  • Die Verhaal van Racheltjie de Beer, Chris Letcher
  • Fiela se Kind, Kyle Shepherd
  • Skemerson (Sun, Cry, Moon), Richard Lätti

Best Achievement in Editing – Feature Film

  • Back of the Moon, Sibongeleni Mabuyakhulu & Megan Gill
  • Cut-Out Girls, Brett Rayner
  • Die Verhaal van Racheltjie de Beer, Warwick Allan
  • Fiela se Kind, Cornelius Abraham Van Aswegen
  • Knuckle City, Layla Swart

Best Achievement in Production Design – Feature Film

  • Back of the Moon, Dylan Lloyd
  • Die Verhaal van Racheltjie de Beer, Chantel Carter
  • Fiela se Kind, Chantel Carter
  • Knuckle City, TK Khampepe & Justice Nhlapo

Best Achievement in Costume Design – Feature Film

  • An Act Of Defiance, Susan Alet Dreyer
  • Back of the Moon, Trudi Mantzios
  • Poppie Nongena, Sylvia van Heerden
  • Zulu Wedding, Shirley Masondo

Best Achievement in Make-Up and Hairstyling – Feature Film

  • An Act Of Defiance, Julia Rubinstein
  • Fiela se Kind, Maritsa Maritz
  • Knuckle City, Carol Babalwa Mtshiselwa
  • Poppie Nongena, Gale Shepherd
  • Zulu Wedding, Bongi Mlotshwa

Best Actress – Feature Film

  • Sandra Prinsloo, Irene, Die Seemeeu
  • Zenobia Kloppers, Fiela Komoetie, Fiela se Kind
  • Clementine Zitha, Poppie Nongena, Poppie Nongena

Best Actor – Feature Film

  • Albert Bakker Pretorius, Konstant, Die Seemeeu
  • Johannes Stephanus Bam, Herman de Beer, Die Verhaal van Racheltjie de Beer
  • Bongile Mantsai, Dudu Nyakama, Knuckle City

Best Supporting Actress – Feature Film

  • Cintaine Schutte, Masha, Die Seemeeu
  • Anna Martha van der Merwe, Antoinette Swanepoel, Poppie Nongena
  • Elize Dunster, Lidie, Skemerson (Sun, Cry, Moon)

Best Supporting Actor – Feature Film

  • Wayne van Rooyen, Selling Komoetie, Fiela se Kind
  • Patrick Ndlovu, Bra Pat, Knuckle City
  • Thembekile Komani, Duke Nyakama, Knuckle City

Best Feature Film

  • Die Verhaal van Racheltjie de Beer, Brittle Star Entertainment (Pty) Ltd
  • Fiela se Kind, Nostalgia Productions
  • Poppie Nongena, Poppie Productions

Best TV Presenter

  • Thembisa Mdoda, 2 Families and A Wedding Dress, (1)
  • Anele Mdoda, Celebrity Game Night S1, (2)
  • Graeme Richards, Expresso Morning Show, (3)
  • Entle Bizane, Hectic on 3, (4)
  • Waldimar Pelser, KN Verslag in gesprek, (5)
  • Sthembiso Dliwayo, Mi Kasi Su Kasi, (6)
  • Emo Adams, Noot vir Noot S44, (7)
  • Masechaba Ndlovu, The Big Secret Season 2, (8)
  • Christopher Jaftha, The Longest Date, (9)

To vote for Best TV Presenter use codes in (brackets)

Most Popular TV Soap/Telenovela

  • Arendsvlei, Penguin & Paw Paw Films, (1)
  • Binnelanders, Stark Films, (2)
  • Getroud Met Rugby, Overberg Produksies, (3)
  • Giyani – Land of Blood, Tshedza Pictures CC, (4)
  • Imbewu, Grapevine Productions (Pty) Ltd, (5)
  • Isibaya, The Bomb Shelter, (6)
  • iSipho The Gift, Herbvision Multimedia, (7)
  • Isithembiso, The Bomb Shelter, (8)
  • Muvhango, Word of Mouth Pictures, (9)
  • Rhythm City, Quizzical Pictures (Pty) Ltd, (10)
  • Scandal!, Ochre Moving Pictures, (11)
  • Suidooster, Suidooster Films, (12)
  • The River, Tshedza Pictures CC, (13)
  • The Throne, Ferguson Films, (14)
  • The Queen, Ferguson Films, (15)
  • Uzalo, Stained Glass Productions, (16)

For Most Popular TV Soap/ Telenovela use codes in (brackets)


It’s A Great Week For South African Thespians

The best of South African talent takes centre stage this week following the announcement of the 2020 South African Film and Television Awards (SAFTAs) nominees, which celebrate South Africa’s local film and television talent.

13563_KNUCKLE CITY PREMIERE – Director Jahmil X.T Qubeka, Bongile Mantsai and Thembekile Komani

“2020 has started out positively for the local film scene,” says Helen Kuun, MD of Indigenous Film Distribution. “We are thrilled to have seen so many of the films on our slate receive SAFTA nominations. A number of them will be available across different platforms this week, giving various audiences the opportunity to see their favourite stars in action and to support local talent on all screens.”

Audiences can look forward to ‘Knukle City’, Jahmil X.T. Qubeka’s new movie, which opens in cinemas nationwide on Friday, 28 February. The gritty crime-drama tells the story of Dudu Nyakama (Bongile Mantsai), an aging, womanising professional boxer from the Eastern Cape and his career-criminal brother Duke (Thembekile Komani) who take one last shot at success and get more than they’ve bargained for. The film bagged ten SAFTA nominations – including Best Achievement in Directing, Best Achievement in Scriptwriting, Best achievement in Editing, Best Achievement in Cinematography, Best Actor, and Best Supporting Actor.

Going up on DSTV Box Office on 28 February is the folk hero tale directed by Matthys Boshoff, ‘Die Verhaal van Racheltjie de Beer’, which was nominated for seven SAFTAs: Best Feature Film, Best Achievement in Cinematography, Best Actor, Best Achievement in Sound Design, Best Achievement in Original Music/Score, Best Achievement in Editing, and Best Achievement in Production Design.

Available on Showmax is Sibusiso Khuzwayo’s ‘The Letter Reader’, produced by The Ergo Company which received a SAFTA nomination for Best Short Film. It tells story of Siyabonga, a 12-year-old boy from Johannesburg who is sent to a village in KwaZulu-Natal to live with his grandmother and discovers the power of words as he reads letters for people.

Also on Showmax is the riveting historical drama ‘An Act of Defiance’. Directed by Jean van de Velde, the film is about the lawyer Bram Fischer who defended Nelson Mandela and his co-defendants at the Rivonia Trial of 1963. It received two SAFTA nominations.

The hauntingly beautiful ‘Skemerson’, nominated for three SAFTAS, is now also available to buy on Takealot. The film tells the story of a young man battling a mental illness, who meets two strangers that change his life.

Congratulations to the Diprente team for ‘Queen Sono’, the crime drama series created by Kagiso Lediga, which is set to premiere on Netflix on 28 February.

The ‘Knuckle City’ premiere took place in Johannesburg last week and elicited cheers and a standing ovation from those in attendance.


Ster-Kinekor Reprises Their Sponsorship Of The SAFTAs Youth Achiever Award

Ster-Kinekor has announced that it is sponsoring the South African Film and Television Awards (SAFTA)’s Youth Achiever Award for the third year running. This was revealed at an event held on Friday, 8 February 2019 at Ster-Kinekor’s The Zone in Rosebank, along with the official nominations for this years’ SAFTAs.

The Youth Achiever Award is presented to a newcomer or young person within the industry who has demonstrated excellence in their craft, and in doing so made a significant contribution to local film and television.

The inaugural award went to Thapelo Mokoena in 2017, recognising his extensive achievements as an actor, television presenter, and founder of his own production company, Thapelo Mokoena Productions.

Last year, the award went to creative entrepreneur, Ayanda Sithebe, the founder and CEO of Actor Spaces, a digital magazine promoting excellence across theatre, film and television.

As the custodians of the SAFTAs, the National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF) have called for nominations for this year’s Youth Achiever Award. The finalists will be evaluated by a panel of judges drawn from across the industry, with the winner being announced at this year’s SAFTAs on 2 March 2019.

“Ster-Kinekor is a dedicated supporter of the South African film industry, and we are especially enthusiastic about the development of young talent,” says Motheo Matsau, Chief of Marketing and Sales for Ster-Kinekor. “This is why we are continuing to sponsor the SAFTAs Youth Achiever Award in 2019. It is always a pleasure to be made aware of the sheer talent, innovation and hard work of our youth within the South African film and television industry, and we look forward to rewarding exceptional achievement.”


MultiChoice Group Boasts Record Number Of SAFTA Nominations

MultiChoice Group, the largest investor in television and film production on the continent, has received a record number of nominations for the South African Film and Television Awards, outperforming all other content platforms in South Africa for the second year in a row.

The 13th annual SAFTA nominations were announced on February 8 in Rosebank, Johannesburg. The awards ceremony is set to take place on March 2 at Sun City.

Nomination highlights include 1Magic’s new highly popular telenovela The River with 17 nominations and Mzansi Magic’s Isibaya with nine, while Afrikaans channel kykNET’s programmes collectively received no fewer than 60 nominations. M-Net’s local reality shows Survivor SA, My Kitchen Rules SA and Dancing with the Stars also outperforms in the reality categories and MultiChoice Group’s Video on Demand service, Showmax, can be proud of its 7 nominations for Thali’s Wedding Diary (see full list of nominees attached). All these productions can be enjoyed on the DStv platforms.

Mzansi Magic and 1Magic dominate every category

In the telenovela category Mzansi and 1Magic shows dominate every category in particular The River, an extraordinary feat for a production in its first year. “Congratulations to all our producers and the talent that received nominations for this year’s awards,” said Yolisa Phahle, CEO General Entertainment for MultiChoice Group. “MultiChoice plays an important role in the African film and television production industry by investing heavily in local talent and production development. It is paying off. We are changing the dynamic from international content consumption to consistently bringing our audiences the best stories on all the DStv platforms.” said Phahle.

“We are also happy to see our people being recognised for their behind-the-scenes work in the technical categories, as well as in every single genre from reality, variety and drama to speciality shows and current affairs. “Not to mention the sought-after best actor and actress categories in the different genres in which our shows will also compete,” she continued.

MultiChoice Group is the leading producer of content in South Africa and Africa. The group is poised to become a significant competitor on the global stage with its content creation strategy aimed at adding value to Africa’s growing GDP and jobs environment. MultiChoice Group is also the single biggest supporter of media entrepreneurs through the awarding of production contracts to small and medium production companies and freelancers. It indirectly supports many industry jobs (in line with President Ramaphosa 5 critical points at SONA).

MultiChoice Group is a newly formed company due to list on the JSE this month and includes MultiChoice South Africa, MultiChoice Africa, Showmax Africa and Irdeto.

The South African Television and Film Awards ceremony will be broadcast live from the Sun City Superbowl at 19:00 on March 2.