The 17th annual South African Film and Television Awards (SAFTAs17) nominees have been announced today on all SAFTAs social media platforms, under the custodianship of the National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF).
The SAFTAs team is thrilled by the overwhelming positive response of the South African (SA)
film and television industry to the call for SAFTAs17 entries, which opened on 3February 2023
and closed on 20 March 2023. Of the expected 250 to 350 entries, the team received 389
project entries! These numbers affirm and solidify the importance of the SAFTAs to the annual
calendar of the SA film and Television industry, and we couldn’t be more proud.

To ensure fairness and variety in the judging process, the NFVF once again joined forces with
200 industry experts who served as jury members for this year’s SAFTAs. After over two
months of deliberating and rounding off this list of nominees who represent the best of the SA
film and television industry, the jury came up with a list of three to five nominees per category.
In this year’s TV Telenovela and Soap nominations, The River and Legacy, from Tshedza
Pictures, have each been noted in 11 categories, respectively. Diepe Waters, a new
Telenovela, received six nominations, while The Blackdoor, another new Telenovela, received
five nominations. In the TV Soap category, Uzalo and Generations: The Legacy have been
nominated with Scandal for the Best Achievement in Scriptwriting category.

The SAFTAs16 winner for the Best Structured Soapie Reality Show category, Dj Zinhle, has
been nominated once again in the same category, competing with the likes of Young Famous
and African S1 and Uthando Nes’thembu, to mention just a few.

In the TV Comedy categories, How to Ruin Christmas S3 has been nominated for 12 of the
13 categories, including Best TV Comedy, Best Achievement in Scriptwriting and Directing.
The public will again get the opportunity to vote for the Best TV Presenter and The Most
Popular Telenovela or Soap categories. Voting lines will be open from 10August 2023 and the
codes will be published on all SAFTAs social media platforms and the NFVF website. Voting
will close on 27 September 2023 at 23h59.

After three years of the disruptive, life-altering impact of COVID-19 which required the SAFTAs
ceremonies to be held virtually, this year, the two-night awards ceremony will be held in person
in Johannesburg, with the theme “Our stories flow together”. Nearly 30 years into democracy,
this theme speaks to the role local content has played in effortlessly uniting diverse audiences.
Both the Craft and Main Awards ceremonies will be held in Johannesburg on the 29 and 30
September 2023. The Craft Awards will be broadcast live on the SAFTAs YouTube channel on
29 September 2023, with a rebroadcast later on SABC channels, while the Main Awards will
be broadcast live on 30September 2023 as a simulcast on DSTV channel 161 (Mzansi Magic)
and S3 (SABC 3) from 19h00.

The NFVF Acting CEO, Thobela Mayinje, says, “The NFVF is encouraged by the confidence
the SA film and television industry is showing to the SAFTAs. The high number of entries
speaks volumes about the growth of the SA film and television industry, with new productions
making part of the nominees list as well. It is also exciting that this year, industry peers will
again be able to interact and celebrate each other in person.”
The full list of nominees is available on all SAFTAs social media platforms, as well as the
NFVF website.

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