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The 16th Annual SAFTAs Nominees Announced

By 14 July 2022No Comments

Johannesburg: 14 July 2022, The well-awaited 16th Annual South African Film & Television Awards (SAFTAs) nominees launch kicked off online today with the announcement being broadcasted across all SAFTAs digital platforms, in keeping with this year’s theme, “Frame the Future”. This year’s nominees are truly an indication of the creativity, innovation and resilience of our local industry despite the trials that were faced since the on-set of the pandemic.

Once again, Multichoice Group (MCG) dominates the nominations board with the continued success of long-term favourites gaining nods as well as relatively new entrants. Of the many categories they achieved nominations in, “The River”, “DAM” and “Tali’s Baby Diary” each received an impressive 11 nominations each, while “DiepCity” and “Suidooster” earned 10 nominations each and “G.I.L”, 9 nods.

The SABC group received 6 nods for “Skeem Saam”, 3 for“7 de Laan” and the documentary which aired on S3, “Murder in Paris”, received 4 nominations while “Giyani: Land of Blood” received 2 nominations, to name a few.

Three new telenovelas also received #SAFTAs nods such as S3’s newcomer “The Estate” which received 3 nods, while Showmax’s “The Wife” received 10 nominations whereBonko Khoza, Abdul Khoza and Zikhona Sodlaka received nominations for Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor and Best Supporting Actress respectively.ETV’s“House of Zwide” received 8 nominations while “Scandal” received 9 nominations.

The feature film leading this year’s nominations tally is Netflix’s “I Am All Girls,” which received 11 nominations across various categories such as Best Directing, Best Cinematography and Best Feature Film while “How To Ruin Christmas, Season 2” received an impressive 16 nominations.

The SAFTAs were established in 2005 to honour, celebrate, promote and reward the creativity, quality and excellence of South African film and television talent and content.

Commenting on the nominations, Makhosazana Khanyile, Chief Executive Officer of the NFVF said that this year’s motif ‘Frame the Future’ was a call for the industry to work together in crafting a new path forward. “Last year, we faced our greatest challenge ever post-Covid, this year, we celebrate the connectedness that helped us get through, while actively promoting optimism within our local industry. With the release of this year’s nominees, we are looking forward to a remarkable show that will showcase the creative innovation that our local industry has continued to display despite the circumstances that have been faced”.

This year’s public voting categories, BEST TV PRESENTER and MOST POPULAR SOAP/TELENOVELA include stiff competition, and all voting lines will be open on 1 August for votes to be cast! See the full list of nominees via [this link].

SAFTAs16 will take place on 2 and 3 September 2022 as a simulcast on S3 (SABC 3) & Mzansi Magic.

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For further information:

Lerato Mokopanele

National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF)

Acting Marketing and Communications Manager

Tel: +27 11 483 0880

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 Sport, 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.

About M-Net

Since 1986, M-Net has brought audiences the very best in video entertainment. M-Net’s channels are a source of compelling and captivating content, offering a mix of authentic South African programmes and the best international movies and series. We continuously strive to grow the film and TV industry by developing talent in front of, and behind the camera, and help launch local and international careers. 

About Multichoice (MCG)

MultiChoice Group (MCG), which listed in the Main Board of the JSE on 27 February 2019, is one of the fastest-growing video entertainment providers globally, delivering entertainment products and services to 21.1m households across 50 countries on the African continent. Its track record of more than 30 years is reflective of a commitment to provide audiences with only the best local, sport and international content. 

MCG’s strong partnerships with distributors, installers and telecommunication companies, along with its well-established payment solutions, competitive pricing and choice of viewership packages continue to secure its place in the global market, while also providing solutions unique to the African market. 

Its direct-to-home (DTH), digital terrestrial television (DTT) and over-the-top (OTT) solutions enable the business to stay relevant and aligned to changing consumer habits while capturing new markets. 

Content is at the very core of the business. MCG aims to deliver quality content anywhere, anytime and on any device through a comprehensive video entertainment offering at different price points. As pioneers in African video entertainment, MCG plays an important role in making information and entertainment easily accessible to Africans. 

MCG aims to secure content rights in a manner that is cost-effective and reflective of the diversity of its audiences. Its substantial portfolio includes award-winning local content (a key differentiator in its service offering), a leading sports offering (including production capabilities) and access to international content, which is all shared on the group’s platforms: DStv, GOtv, Showmax, M-Net and SuperSport. 

MCG has superior technology capability through the security solutions that Irdeto, its technology company, brings to the group. These solutions enable MultiChoice to protect its investment, create new offerings and combat cybercrime. With 50 years’ expertise in software security, Irdeto’s software security solutions and cyber services protect over 5bn devices and applications for some of the world’s best brands. 

About S3

S3 is a public commercial television channel – part of the SABC public broadcast network which includes the largest radio and TV platforms in the country. S3’s content bouquet includes cutting edge international programming and high end local programming. Local content such as the telenovela, Isidingo, series dramas including The  Lab and Hard Copy and more recently the award winning The Estate could be found on S3. It was also the go to channel for aspirational lifestyle shows like Top Billing and high end talent and fame shows like The Weakest Link. The latest international television shows include Killing Eve, Fleabag, Atlanta, Narcos Mexico and Enslaved with Samuel Jackson. S3 has rebranded with the tag line Open Up – a platform dedicated to stimulating curiosity, opening up to difference and entertaining our audiences.  

The SAFTAs sit on S3 as SABC has always prioritized local programming and the development of the South African film and television industry. Many of our most prolific producers started their companies with the SABC as the local platform. The SAFTAs celebrates the history of the television and film industry as well as the present programs delivered to multiple networks. S3 remains a partner to the development and creative excellence of the production industry.  

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