SAFTA's opens call for entries

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.

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


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



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.

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


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.


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.


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.


Register Online at www.saftasonline.co.za

Nickelodeon’s Genius is looking for South Africa’s smartest kids

Flex your mental muscles, outshine the brightest and show your smarts in the fun, educational TV quiz from Nickelodeon and ABSA, Nickelodeon’s Genius.
Trios of brainiacs aged 11 to 16 (Grades 6 to 10) are clamouring to sign up for the brand new season of Nickelodeon’s Genius, testing their maths and science know how to the limit as they battle for the title of Nickelodeon’s Genius 2017.

Tasania Parsadh, channel director for Nickelodeon Africa says: “Nickelodeon’s Genius is on a mission to get kids inspired by maths and science at an early age, and to show that learning about these subjects can be both entertaining and rewarding. We look forward to encouraging the nation’s future mathematicians and scientists to achieve their calling.”

“We want to start educating the youth of South Africa and other young people about managing their finances, from an early age. This is a great initiative to involve the youth in a fun and interactive way that ultimately lays a positive foundation for understanding the way money works and making it work for them” says Yolande Steward general marketing manager for Retail Banking at ABSA.

Sign up now by completing the Nickelodeon’s Genius quiz. You have just two minutes and three attempts to complete 10 questions to get you through to the next stage. Regional workshops for the top 30 qualifying teams will take place in Gauteng, Tshwane, Bloemfontein, KwaZulu-Natal, Western Cape and the Eastern Cape starting August 2016 before the top two teams from every region go through to the grand final in Johannesburg in 2017.

The prize is a R100 000 Mega-U account for each of the winning team members, plus a trip to the Kennedy Space Centre in Florida, USA, where the winners will lunch with a NASA astronaut, enjoy a simulated shuttle launch and participate in an astronaut training session. They will also be treated to a visit to the Universal Orlando Theme Park.

Initial highlights of Nickelodeon’s Genius regional heats and workshops will air on NickToons (DStv 308) from December 2016, while the quiz show will air on NickToons from March 2017.

For more information on the Genius quiz show visit the Nickelodean website.

Jozi Film Festival and AFDA announce partnership

The Jozi Film Festival and AFDA Alumni Community announced that they are partnering for a weekend of film industry talks as part of this year s Jozi Film Festival programme. The talks will take place at the Goethe Institut on Jan Smuts Ave in Johannesburg over the weekend of 17 and 18 September, with speakers including Paul Raleigh (Hollard), Dan Jawitz (Fireworx Media), Ernest Nkosi (director), Jeremy Nathan (producer), Robbie Thorpe (producer), Danie Bester (producer) as well as Lee Hobbs, vice president of Channels, Emerging Business at Discovery Networks in attendance. Read the full article on Screen Africa here: