International Emmy Semi Final judging session takes place in Johannesburg
11 July 2014: The National Film and Video Foundation in partnership with Light and Dark Films hosted the semi-final round of judging of the International Emmys on Thursday 10th July 2014 in Johannesburg.
The International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences is a membership-based organization comprised of leading media and entertainment figures from over 50 countries and 500 companies from all sectors of television including Internet, mobile and technology.
Commenting on the importance of hosting the event in South Africa the NFVF CEO Zama Mkosi said, "the occasion will assist in elevating the profile of our local television and film industries. I'm confident that it will also motivate our filmmakers to take note of this event when they make decisions to submit their projects for international awards."
In addition Ms. Mkosi said that the country would be in a position to utilize the exercise as a learning curve. “The film industry hosts the South African Film and Television Awards (SAFTAs) annually, as we commence the call for entries for the 09th SAFTAs, we will implement what has been learnt during this process to ensure that we take our very own awards to the next level. This exercise will indeed extend our footprint as a storytelling nation that is in par with the rest of the global filmmaking community. Ms. Mkosi was confirmed as an Emmy member in 2013, a status that ensured that the country is at the top of the Emmy Academy when they select the judging hosting countries.
Jessica Franco who highlighted that the International Emmys awards present a great opportunity for producers’ work to be recognized globally represented the Academy. "The process ran efficiently complimented by the high caliber of the jurors who were selected to judge the session.
South African jurors comprised of credible industry representatives with both television and film expertise. The categories that were assessed during the process are Kids categories and the Drama series category.
Ms. Mkosi concluded that the industry acknowledges the honour bestowed on the industry to oversee this process.
Nominations of the Emmys will be announced in October 2014, and winners revealed at the International Emmy Awards Gala to be held in November 2014, and at the International Emmy Kids Awards to be held in February 2015.
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The National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF) is governed by the National Film and Video Foundation Act 73 of 1997 as amended by Cultural Laws Amendment Act 36 of 2001. The mandate of the NFVF, in terms of section 3 of the Act, is:
To promote and develop the film and video industry;
To provide and encourage the provision of opportunities for persons, especially from disadvantaged communities to get involved in the film and video industry;
To encourage the development and distribution of local film and video products;
To support the nurturing and development of access to the film and video industry;
To address historical imbalances in the infrastructure and distribution of skills and resources in the film and video industry.