SAFTAs14 celebrate SA Talent, despite social distancing challenges

30 April 2020
Dineo Ranaka brought fun and humour as awards were hosted on social media during the nationwide lockdown.

In an unprecedented fashion, the  South African Film & Television Awards (SAFTAs) ceremony was held on social media platform, across Twitter, Facebook and YouTube in an effort to celebrate and honour the South African film and television industry during the nationwide lockdown.  Hosted by the seasoned Radio and TV personality, Dineo Ranaka, the awards were a sign of the times and what lies ahead, as social distancing remains the norm.

The big winners for this year’s SAFTAs were Tshedza Pictures, scooping 17 awards in total. South Africa’s official Oscars entry for 2019, Knuckle City bagged six wins having had a successful international festival run. South Africa’s Best Television Presenter Award voted for by the public was Hectic on 3’s Entle Bizana, with the Most Popular TV Soap/Telenovela awarded to Imbewu.

Making another appearance as a sponsor, for two years in a row, local short & long-term insurer Kunene Makopo Risk Solutions (KMRS) sponsored the “Best Actor in a Telenovela” & “Best Actress in a Telenovela” categories with cash prizes to the tune of R50 000. Commenting on their involvement in celebrating South African Talent, Thapelo Mokoena and Siyanda Kunene, KMRS, Imbewu StokVest  said: “We were more than happy to come on board in supporting South African Talent for the second year in a row. Our business seeks to support its clients at every avenue of their journey. Our local talent needs our support now more than ever. It’s a challenging time for the industry and this was our opportunity to say we appreciate their efforts in entertaining South Africans.  We congratulate Sindi Dlathu and Roberto Kyle for their wins at this year’s SAFTAs.”

“It is an incredibly bittersweet moment to congratulate all the SAFTAs 14 winners whilst they could not experience a full celebration of their hard work. We thank the industry for understanding and supporting the NFVF in the difficult decisions that had to be made during this crisis and the NFVF is fully committed to ensuring that the industry gets as much support as it needs during a time where livelihoods are heavily impacted. We are grateful to Kunene Makopo Risk Solutions whose cash prize comes at a much needed time, and we look forward to partnering with them again in 2021. We have a lot of sponsors who started the journey with us who, due to financial constraints were forced to pull out their sponsorships and we extend our heartfelt thanks to them and look forward to renewing partnerships in 2021.” said NFVF CEO Makhosazana Khanyile

Best Short Film The Letter Reader The Ergo Company
Best Student Film Moya University of Witwatersrand
Best Achievement in Directing - Telenovela The River Ferry Jele, Catharine Cooke, Zolani Phakade & Johnny Barbuzano
Best Achievement in Directing - TV Soap Rhythm City Eric Mogale
Best Achievement in Scriptwriting – Telenovela The River Gwydion Beynon, Phathutshedzo Makwarela, Christa Biyela, Lebogang Mogashoa & Mamello Lebona
Best Achievement in Scriptwriting – TV Soap Getroud met Rugby Writing Team
Best Achievement In Original Music/Score – Telenovela Isibaya Philip Miller
Best Achievement in Editing - Telenovela The River Bongi Malefo, Matodzi Nemungadi & Ula Oelsen
Best Achievement in Sound - TV Soap/Telenovela The River Ben Oelsen, Juli Vanden Berg & Tladi Steven Mabuya
Best Achievement in Cinematography - Telenovela The River Trevor Brown
Best Achievement in Wardrobe - TV Soap/Telenovela The River Alice Mataboge
Best Achievement in  Make-Up and Hairstyling- TV Soap/Telenovela The River Bongi Mlotshwa
Best Achievement in Art Direction - TV Soap/Telenovela Arendsvlei Beatrix van Zyl
Best Actress-Telenovela The River Sindi Dlathu - 'Lindiwe'
Best Actor-Telenovela Arendsvlei Roberto Kyle - 'Leeroy Foster'
Best Supporting Actress- Telenovela The River Mary-Anne Barlow - 'Gail'
Best Supporting Actor-Telenovela The Queen Loyiso MacDonald - 'Kagiso'
Best Actress-TV Soap Suidooster Denise Newman - 'Bridgette Jacobs'
Best Actor-TV Soap Scandal! Bongile Mantsai - 'Mthunzi Mayiza'
Best Supporting Actress-TV Soap Scandal! Kgomotso Christopher - 'Yvonne Langa'
Best Supporting Actor-TV Soap Rhythm City Mncedisi Shabangu - 'Khulekani Ngobese'
Best TV Soap Rhythm City Quizzical Pictures
Best Telenovela The River Tshedza Pictures
Best Achievement in Directing -TV Drama The Republic Johnny Barbuzano & Rea Rangaka
Best Achievement in Scriptwriting -TV Drama The Republic Phathutshedzo Makwarela & Gwydion Beynon
Best Achievement in Editing - TV Drama Spreeus Leon Visser
Best Achievement in Sound - TV Drama The Republic Ben Oelsen & Juli Vanden Berg
Best Achievement in Original Music/Score-TV Drama Spreeus Pierre-Henri Wicomb
Best Achievement in Art Direction - TV Drama Shadow Christelle van Graan
Best Achievement in Wardrobe - TV Drama Ifalakhe Heidi Riss, Monique Lamprecht & Nerine Pienaar
Best Achievement in Make-Up and Hairstyling - TV Drama Ifalakhe Ronwyn Jarrett
Best Achievement in Cinematography - TV Drama The Republic Ntobeko Dlamini
Best Actress-TV Drama The Republic Florence Masebe - 'Lufuno'
Best Actor -TV Drama eHostela Wiseman Mncube - 'Jama'
Best Supporting Actress - TV Drama iThemba Brenda Ngxoli - 'Nomonde'
Best Supporting Actor -TV Drama The Republic Seputla Sebogodi - 'Moses'
Best TV Drama The Republic Tshedza Pictures
Best Achievement in Directing - Documentary Feature Buddha in Africa Nicole Schafer
Best Achievement in Cinematography - Documentary The Sound of Masks Sara Gouveia
Best Achievement in Editing - Documentary The Fun's Not Over - The James Phillips Story Michael Cross
Best Achievement in Sound - Documentary Feature Dying for Gold Catherine Meyburgh, Guy Steer & Mapula Lehong
Best Documentary Feature Buddha in Africa Thinking Strings Media
Best Natural History and Environmental Programme STROOP - journey into the rhino horn war Scott & de Bod Films
Discretionary Award - Natural History and Environmental Programme on Innovative Research Cave Crocs of Gabon Earth Touch
Best Children’s Programme Words and Numbers Series 9 Johan Stemmet Entertainment Enterprises
Best Competition Reality Show Ultimate Braai Master Okuhle Media
Best Structured or Docu-reality Show Living The Dream With Somizi Season 4 Barleader TV
Best International Format Show Celebrity Game Night S1 Rapid Blue
Best Factual & Educational Programme Op Seer Se Spoor Gambit Films
Best Current Affairs Programme Checkpoint - Work Hazards eNCA
Best Variety Show Mooi Afrokaans Film & Television
Best Youth Programme MTV Shuga Down South 2 Quizzical Pictures
Best Entertainment Programme Emo 30 Jaar In Musiek All Star Productions
Best Lifestyle Programme Elders: Japan Bonanza Films
Best Made for TV Movie Droomman Deon Opperman Produksies
Best Achievement in Directing - Feature Film Knuckle City Jahmil X.T. Qubeka
Best Achievement in Scriptwriting - Feature Film Fiela se Kind Brett Michael Innes
Best Achievement in Cinematography - Feature Film Die Verhaal van Racheltjie de Beer Willie Nel
Best Achievement in Sound Design - Feature Film Die Verhaal van Racheltjie de Beer Jim Petrak
Best Achievement in Original Music/Score - Feature Film Die Verhaal van Racheltjie de Beer Chris Letcher
Best Achievement in Editing – Feature Film Knuckle City Layla Swart
Best Achievement in Production Design – Feature Film Knuckle City TK Khampepe & Justice Nhlapo
Best Achievement in Costume Design – Feature Film Back of the Moon Trudi Mantzios
Best Achievement in Make-Up and Hairstyling - Feature Film Knuckle City Carol Babalwa Mtshiselwa
Best Actress - Feature Film Poppie Nongena Clementine Mosimane - 'Poppie Nongena'
Best Actor – Feature Film Knuckle City Bongile Mantsai - 'Dudu Nyakama'
Best Supporting Actress - Feature Film Poppie Nongena Anna-Mart van der Merwe - 'Antoinette Swanepoel'
Best Supporting Actor - Feature Film Knuckle City Patrick Ndlovu - 'Bra Pat'
Best Feature Film Fiela se Kind The Film Factory & Nostalgia Productions
Lifetime Achiever Award   Thembi Mtshali-Jones
Youth Achiever Award   Thabo Welcome
Outstanding Person with Disability Contributor Award   Boitsheko Keabetswe Malebo Matlhage
Outstanding Provincial Contributor Award   Luzuko Dilima
Emerging Filmmaker Award   Vusi Africa Sindane
Best TV Presenter Hectic on 3 Entle Bizana
Most Popular TV Soap/Telenovela Imbewu Grapevine Productions

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