Awards wrap: SAFTAs news, WOO names judging panel, Patricia Nzolantima is 2020 YPO Global Impact global honoree

27 February 2020

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14th Annual SAFTAs’ nominees announced

Nominees for the 2020 South African Film and Television Awards (SAFTAs) have been announced. Hosted under the custodianship of the National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF), with Brand South Africa, the awards honour and celebrate South Africa’s local film and television talent, under the theme #LoveSATalent.

Leading this year’s nominations was #SAFTAs13 winner and popular telenovela The River, which raked in 15 nominations across numerous categories, including Best Achievement in Directing, Scriptwriting, Original Music/Score, Editing, Sound, Cinematography, Wardrobe, Make-Up and Hairstyling and Art Directing. Actress Sindi Dlathu secured a nomination for Best Actress in the genre, while Presley Chweneyagae was nominated in the Best Actor category.

Close on its heels was the soapie Isibaya, drama Lockdown S4 and the feature film Fiela se Kind, which all clinched 11 nominations each, while the drama series The Republic rounded things off with 10 nominations.

Makhosazana Khanyile

“The love for SA talent is certainly in the air and I would like to congratulate all our SAFTAs14 nominees for telling authentic stories that resonate and connect with the people of South Africa. As the NFVF we couldn’t be prouder of the immense contribution that these women and men make to the local film and television industry, not forgetting the broadcasters that provide the platforms for these stories to come alive,” said Makhosazana Khanyile, NFVF CEO

The NFVF joined forces with 205 industry experts from across the country to form a judging committee that spent over two months deliberating and rounding off the final nominees of the 70 categories, which were all then later audited by Nexia SAB&T.

This year, the power to decide who wins the Best TV Presenter and the Most Popular Soap/Telenovela will remain with the South African audience through the use of the public vote. To vote for their favourite in these two categories, they will need to dial *120*45884# and follow the prompts on their screens.

Voting lines went live on Monday, and close on 28 March 2020.

The 14th South African Film and Television Awards will be hosted at Johannesburg’s Sandton Convention Centre over two-nights: Craft Awards on Friday, 27 March 2020 and Main Awards on Saturday, 28 March 2020 – with the Saturday show broadcast live on television. Read the full article on The Media Online here