Contents

1. About SAFTAS

2. The Golden Horn

3. Entry Guidelines and Eligibility

4. List of Awards

5. Definition of Awards

6. Special Awards

7. SAFTAS 11 Key dates and Deadlines

8. ADDENDUM A: SAFTA 2017 PERFORMANCE ENTRY GUIDELINES

9. ADDENDUM B: SAFTA 2017 FEATURE FILM ENTRY SPECIFICATION

The SAFTAs organizing committee accepts no responsibility for entrants missing deadlines.

Final decisions regarding eligibility of film and television content submitted are made by the SAFTA Committee or its representation.

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

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

All categories for which receive less than 3 entries shall not proceed to the judging phase and shall not result in a SAFTA award in that year.

Categories for which less than 3 entries were received, shall be cancelled, meaning no SAFTA award will be given for that category in that year. The 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

 

1. ABOUT THE SAFTAS

CELEBRATING CREATIVITY ENCOURAGING EXCELLENCE

A. The South African Film and Television Awards (SAFTAs) are presented annually under the auspices of the National Film and Video Foundation of South Africa (NFVF) after the industry resolved to come together in 2006. The awards were established in 2006 and are presented annually.

B. The primary objective of the SAFTA Awards is to honour, celebrate and promote and reward the creativity, quality and excellence of South African Film and Television talent and content and to encourage entrepreneurship and the development of new talent within the industry.

C. The 11th edition of the SAFTAs will take place in March 2017.

2. THE GOLDEN HORN

 

A. All SAFTA winners are presented with the Golden Horn, the official SAFTA Trophy.

B. The creative concept behind the SAFTA Trophy, the “Golden Horn” is built on the strength of the collective effort and community that is inherent in the South African Film and Television industry of today and reflects the collective energy of the team and the recognition of the individual as part of a collective.

C. The Golden Horn symbolises Circularity as an organising principle in African thought and like a continuous reel of past-present-future speaks to endless creativity. The Golden Horn also symbolizes past and present struggles and triumphs sending feelers into the future, captured by the forward bend of the horns to symbolize pregnant creative forces. Collectively, the figures are arranged in a manner that gives them a 360 degree vision so collectively, they see the now looking into the future as a team together.

In its own right, the GOLDEN HORN is awarded in recognition of creative excellence, with a view of impacting on our sense of nationalism and the context of renewal in Africa.

This concept it’s inspired by

▪ The significance of “community”

▪ the diversity of our different communities

▪ the need for partnerships in our society

▪ and the strength found in numbers

 

3. ENTRY GUIDELINES AND ELIGIBILITY

 

3.1 ELIGIBILITY: GENERAL

A. The SAFTAs are open to all legal South African citizens and official permanent residents of the Republic of South Africa in accordance with the South African Citizenship Act, 1995.

B. The SAFTAs are open to all companies registered in accordance with the laws of the Republic of South Africa, whose majority shareholding is held by South African citizens.

C. Film or television content must be submitted for consideration in order to be eligible for the SAFTAs. Only South African film and television content will be considered for the SAFTAs.

D. In the case of single category awards (TV Non-Fiction), the primary Producer must have South African permanent residency or South African citizenship to qualify.

E. In the case of a South African Co-production, all the Producers involved must consent/submit for the work to be eligible.

F. All submissions in which intellectual property rights are jointly owned must be submitted with the full written consent of all join rights holders concerned.

G. Official Co-productions shall only be eligible if they have been certified as such by the National Film and Video Foundation, and can be eligible for all categories SAFTA ‘Best Production’

H. Co-productions with Foreign Producers shall only be eligible, if at least 51% of the copyright is held by a South African owned company.

I. Foreign talent and crew featured in or participating in a qualifying co-production submitted for consideration shall not be eligible for a SAFTA.

J. Previous or current entrance into another National competition shall not disqualify the entry.

 

3.2 INELIGIBITLITY: GENERAL

A. Content which constitutes an advertorial or commercial shall not be eligible.

3.3 ELIGIBITLITY: NON-FICTION FILM, SHORT FICTION FILM, TELEVISION FICTION; TELEVISION NON-FICTION, TELEVISION ANIMATION, STUDENT FILMS, DIRECT TO DVD, OR VIDEO ON DEMAND

A. All South African television content submitted for consideration for a SAFTA must be produced and publically exhibited or broadcast in the Republic of South Africa between 1 August 2015 and 30 October 2016 should have been produced and publicly exhibited or broadcast in the Republic of South Africa during the 1 August 2015 - 30 October 2016. No re-runs will eligible.

B. Television content can only be entered once in their lifespan with an exception of a new season or a sequel as per eligibility dates.

3.4 ELIGIBITLITY: FEATURE FILM AND FEATURE LENGTH ANIMATION

A. All eligible feature film content submitted for consideration for a SAFTA must have been exhibited publically to a paying audience for a minimum of 7 consecutive days in aggregate during 1 January 2016 – 31 December 2016.

B. Feature length films must open for theatrical general release for the first time in commercial cinemas in South Africa between 1 January 2016 and 31 December 2016 (not including festival screenings).

C. Feature length films must be exhibited publically to a paying audience on at least 1 commercial screens in the Republic of South Africa

D. It is the intention that the contents submitted for consideration should have been screened to the widest possible paying South African audience prior to the ceremony. Qualifying content should not be screened purely to qualify them for the SAFTAs.

E. Feature length films must have a running time of at least 40 minutes.

F. Feature length films which have had a non-theatrical release prior to their first eligible South African theatrical release (eg been broadcast on South Africa television, available online or on VOD, or distributed on DVD in the Republic of South Africa prior to opening for South African theatrical release) shall not be eligible.

G. Feature length films which are filmed versions of theatre or other live performance shall not be eligible.

H. Feature length films which have previously been entered into the SAFTAs shall not be eligible.

I. Where a film is released in more than one language, only one language version can be entered and this should be the original language version. Where multiple versions of a film (e.g. extended or reduced cuts) are released, the version which had the widest theatrical release within the eligibility period should be submitted.

 

3.5 ELIGIBITLITY: SUBMISSION OF CONTENT

A. All content must be submitted online at www.saftasonline.co.za

B. All film or television content submitted to the SAFTAs for consideration must be submitted by the Producers who own the copyright of the content or have a written consent from the copyright owners. Entries submitted by administrators who do not own the copyright in the film or television content submitted shall be disqualified with the exception of an accredited institution of Higher Learning submitting work on behalf of their students. Distributors and Broadcasters are to encourage submission to the SAFTAs.

C. Next of kin may submit film or television content on behalf of a deceased relative, provided that the deceased relative is the copyright owner of the submitted content. Proof of relation is to accompany submission plus a death certificate.

D. Producers to select all categories and sub-categories that their content must be considered in.

E. Student entrants must be registered with a tertiary/ higher education institution accredited by the Council on Higher Education during the eligible time of entry. Professionals who produced material as students during the eligible entry period may only submit student projects under student categories. Any project produced, as a professional must be entered into the professional categories.

 

3.6 HOW TO ENTER:

A. Register Online at www.saftasonline.co.za

Follow the step by step process for each award submission

B. You will require a ID copy for every name submitted in the application

C. If you do not own the rights for the production, a letter of permission is required

D. Uploading of video content is done online

E. Each Entry is required to be subtitled in English

F. An original Script to be submitted per entry for the Best Script Writing Category

G. TV Non Fiction Submission 1 x Full Episode or a compilation to the duration of an episode.

H. TV Comedy Submission 2 x Full Episodes or a compilation to the duration of an episode.

I. TV Drama Submission 3 x Full Episodes

J. TV Long Running Series (Soap and Telenovela) 5 x Full Episodes

K. Each submission for a performer must be accompanied by an uploaded video

Comprising of various scenes in which the performer appears. Scenes that showcase the performers range.

L. Comedy Submission:1 male and 1 female lead character, 3 males & 3 females support characters

M. Drama Submission: 2 males & 2 females lead characters, 3 males & 3 females support characters

N. Soap Submission: 3 males & 3 females lead characters, 5 males & 5 females support characters N. Clearly specify next to each performers name type of role for consideration i.e. lead or support, Character name, and character summary as per online prompt.

O. Please note that each submission for a performance award will only be considered if accompanied by an uploaded video or DVD compilation of various scenes in which the performer appears. Please note the maximum duration of a compilation is to be no more than 5minutes per performer.

 

4. SAFTA 11 KEY DATES AND DEADLINES

A. Call for entries opening date: The SAFTA 11th call for entries opens on the 26 August 2016 and will close on Monday the 3rd October 2016.

B. Deadline for submission for [, TELEVISION FICTION; TELEVISION NON-FICTION, TELEVISION ANIMATION, STUDENT FILMS, FICTION FILM, NON-FICTION FILM] by Monday 3rd October 2016 16:00

C. Details of all submissions to be made available to judges on the 13th October 2016

D. Call for entries opening date for Feature Films: The SAFTA 11th call for entries for feature films opens on 26 August 2016 and will close on Monday the 10th of October 2016.

E. Online Entries Registration can be found on www.saftasonline.co.za

F. No manual entries will be accepted.

G. Judging commences Wednesday 13 October 2016

H. Judging Ends Friday 3 February 2017

I. Eligibility - TV Fiction and Non-Fiction, Student films, TV Animation, for Movies direct to DVD or VOD

J. All South African Television productions should have been produced and publicly exhibited or broadcast in the Republic of South Africa between the 1stAugust 2015 - 31st October 2016.

K. Eligibility - Feature Film Feature length Animation:

L. All South African Feature Film entries eligibility is from 1 January 2016 – 31 December 2016

M. Judging

The judging process will take place from October 2016 and shall be completed in February 2017

N. Announcement of Nominees:

O. The SAFTA 2017 Nominees will be made public at the SAFTA 2017 Nominee Announcement February 2017

P. SAFTA 2017 Awards Ceremonies

The SAFTA 2017 awards ceremonies will take place in March 2017

5. LIST OF AWARDS

LIST OF AWARDS PER CATEGORIES

STUDENT FILM

Best Student Film

SHORT FILM

Best Short Film

ANNIMATION

Best Animation

TV COMEDY

Best Actress

Best Actor

Best Supporting Actress

Best Supporting Actor

Best Achievement in Directing

Best Achievement in Script

Best Achievement in Post Production

Best Achievement in Art / Production Design

Best Achievement in Wardrobe, Make-up & Hair

Best TV Comedy

TV Soap (Including Telenovela)

Best Actress

Best Actor

Best Supporting actress

Best Supporting actor

Best Achievement in Directing

Best Achievement is Script

Best Achievement in Original Music (Original Score for the submission)

Best Achievement in Art / Production Design TV Fiction

Best Achievement in Make-up & Hairstyling –TV Fiction (Discretionary) Best Achievement in Costume Design (Discretionary)TV Fiction

Best Achievement in Cinematography

Best TV Long Running Series AND Most Popular TV Long Running

 

 

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