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The judging process is underway, as submissions have been verified by auditors.

The SAFTAs committee is delighted to announce that despite a challenging year, submissions have come in large numbers, with the new online content category bringing in the highest number of submissions. A total of 40 valid online content category submissions were recorded for SAFTAs 15, which have been verified through an audit process.

“We are pleased with the response to this new category as it is proof that our industry has quickly adapted to global trends. We are also pleased to be where were are with the planning for SAFTAs 15 given the very many disruptions to the industry,” commented Dr Janet van Eeden, SAFTAs Co-Overall Chair. 

The “Best Made for TV Documentary Award”, also a new category received 14 submissions, while the Best Structured Soapie Reality Award” had 11 submissions confirmed for judging.

Auditors for the 15th edition of the SAFTAs have confirmed that a total of 402 entries have been recorded and will undergo the rigorous judging process that will produce the nominees that will compete for the coveted golden horn in May 2021. This year’s judging panel consists of a total of 213 judges compared to a total of 205 for the 14th edition of the film & TV awards. 

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). The awards were established in 2006 and are presented annually.

The primary objective of the SAFTAs is to celebrate, reward and honour South African Film and Television excellence. The SAFTAs also aims to encourage entrepreneurship and aid in the development of new talent within the industry.