Ochre Media Picks Up Twelve Nomination For The 2021 SAFTAs

In a year that has seen major disruptions and delays of local productions following the Covid-19 pandemic, Ochre Media is very proud of the twelve nominations it has racked up for the 15th annual South African Film & Television Awards (SAFTAs).  The awards will take place later this month and celebrates the excellence and creative talent of our local film and television productions.

“Scandal! is delighted to be nominated for SAFTA awards in six categories: sound design, best supporting actress, best actor, best writing team, best directing team and best soap. We would like to congratulate our whole team for the recognition of the high standard of their work.” Said Scandal! producers Sanele Zulu and Grace Mahlaba.

Show runner Portia Gumede commented “We are excited to receive the recognition from our industry peers with the SAFTA nominations Housekeepers Season 2 received in the categories of  Best Achievement in Script writing, Best Achievement in Original Music Score and Best Supporting Actress and Actor.  We could not have done this without the dedication shown by the cast and crew in support of the script, especially since we had to complete the series during the first South African COVID-19 lockdown.”

The list of awards that Ochre Media have been nominated for include:

  • Best Achievement in Directing – TV Soap – Scandal! (E.tv)
  • Best Achievement in Scriptwriting – TV Soap – Scandal! (E.tv)
  • Best Achievement in Sound – TV Soap/Telenovela – Scandal (E.tv)
  • Best Actor-TV Soap – Bongile Mantsai, Scandal! (E.tv)    
  • Best TV Soap – Scandal! (E.tv)
  • Best Supporting Actress – TV soap – Masasa Mbangeni, Scandal! (E.tv)   
  • Best Achievement in Scriptwriting – TV Drama – Housekeepers Season 2 (Mzansi Magic)
  • Best Achievement in Original Music/Score-TV Drama – Housekeepers Season 2 (Mzansi Magic)
  • Best Supporting Actress – TV Drama – Lorcia Cooper Kumalo, Housekeepers Season 2 (Mzansi Magic)
  • Best Supporting Actor -TV Drama – Lindani Nkosi, Housekeepers Season 2 (Mzansi Magic)
  • Best Children’s Programme – Takalani Sesame Season 11 (SABC 2)
  • Best Educational Programme – Made In SA Season 6 (SABC 3)

This year’s ceremony will take place on Saturday, May 22nd in a two-hour live broadcast, preceded by a virtual half-hour ‘red carpet’ event.  It has been aptly themed “Still Shining,” and will be available on both SABC 3 and Mzansi Magic for South Africans to watch and celebrate with their favourite local talent.

About the 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 and 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 Ochre Media

Established in 2000, Ochre Moving Pictures (OMP) is one of South Africa’s leading producers of high-quality entertainment and educational television, with an award-winning track record (www.ochre.tv). Its accolades include a US Peabody, the Japan Prize, INPUT nominations at Seoul & Sydney and numerous SAFTA’s over the past 20 years. Ochre is a division of Arena Holdings one of South Africa’s leading black owned media groups with interests in broadcast, content production, film distribution, music publishing, newspaper and digital publishing (www.arena.africa).

By Andrew Germishuys

Founder of SAMDB, Andrew has worked full time in the film industry since the early 2000's. He has trained as an actor, completing his LAMDA Gold Medal, and attending many courses in Cape Town acting studios, with masterclasses with some of the international industries top directors, producers and filmmakers. Working as an actor and armourer in the film and television industry have given Andrew a great balance of skills across the board when it comes to the entertainment industry. Catch him on Twitter: twitter.com/andrewgerm_za Instagram: instagram.com/andrewgerm_za IMDb: www.imdb.com/name/nm5390453/