MultiChoice leads at SAFTAs 17 craft awards

30 September 2023
The multiple wins across various categories celebrate the best in South African film and television production.
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The first of two glamorous evenings, where the South African film and television industry come together to honour the hard work and dedication to the craft of storytelling, commenced in Johannesburg on Friday evening.
MultiChoice has once again showcased their exceptional commitment to quality and creativity by scooping a raft of awards at this year's South African Film and Television Awards (SAFTAs) 17 craft awards ceremony. The prestigious event took place on Friday, 29 September at the Gallagher Convention Centre in Midrand, Johannesburg.

Leading the pack were productions from kykNET, M-Net, Mzansi Magic, and 1Magic. Notable shows such as the final season of the popular Hotel, Survivor South Africa: Return of the Outcasts, and DiepCity season 2 were among the many that were recognised for their outstanding achievements.
Blood Psalms took home the award for Best Achievement in Cinematography, while The Wife season 3 triumphed in the category of Best Achievement in Directing for Telenovela. Showmax also emerged victorious in key categories such as Best Achievement in Directing Telenovela (The Wife), Best Structured or Docu-Reality Show (Sex in Afrikaans), Best Structured Soapie Reality Show (Life With Kelly Khumalo season 3).

The accolades include:
Best Entertainment Programme: Miss South Africa 2022 Live Finale
Best Variety Show: Sunday Sexy Love
Best Achievement in Scriptwriting – Telenovela: DiepCity season 2
Best Achievement in Wardrobe - TV Drama: Lavish
Best Youth Programme: Trend season 1
Best Achievement in Sound - TV Comedy: Hotel season 5
Best Achievement in Art Direction - TV Comedy: Hotel season 5
Best Achievement in Cinematography - TV Comedy: Hotel season 5
Best Achievement in Sound - TV Soap/Telenovela: Suidooster
Best Achievement in Editing - TV/Soap or Telenovela: Diepe Waters
Best Achievement in Directing - Soap: Erina Niemand, Shirley Ellis, Romano Gorlei & Richard September for Suidooster
Best Achievement in Original Music/Score - Feature Film: Pierre-Henri Wicomb for Gaia
Best Achievement in Cinematography – Feature Film: Jorrie van der Walt for Gaia
Best Current Affairs Programme: Mining Takedown Carte Blanche
Best International Format: Survivor South Africa: Return of the Outcasts
Best Achievement in Make-Up and Hairstyling - TV Drama: Desert Rose
Best Achievement in Art Direction - TV Soap/Telenovela: Legacy
Best Achievement in Sound – TV drama (Donkerbos) Jozua loots
Best Achievement in Directing – TV Drama (Donkerbos) Nico Scheepers
With the SAFTAs main awards on the horizon, audiences are invited to tune in and experience the grandeur of South African television and film. The red-carpet event begins Saturday 30 October at 19:30 on Channel O (DStv Channel 320), followed by the main show at 20:00 on Mzansi Magic (DStv Channel 161).

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