South African Film and Television Awards - the 11th edition

Noem My Skollie, Shepherds and Butchers and Sink will be competing for top movie honours when the 11th edition of the South African Film and Television Awards (Saftas) takes place at Sun City, North West province on 16-18 March.

Noem My Skollie, which was chosen as South Africa's official entry for Best Foreign Language Film at this year's Academy Awards, received the highest number of Safta nominations in film, getting the nod in 10 categories including Best Feature Film.

Competing with Noem My Skollie for this top honour, and others, will be the critically acclaimed Shepherds and Butchers (nominated in 9 categories) and hard-hitting drama Sink (nominated in 7 categories).

Among documentary features, Alison, which tells the inspirational story of rape survivor Alison Botha, was nominated in all 5 categories, and will be competing for Best Documentary Feature with Nobody's Died Laughing (nominated in 4 categories) and Doc-U-Mentally (nominated in 3 categories).

A total of 441 entries were received across the Saftas' 89 categories this year - up from 416 entries last year - with strong growth in feature film and TV soapie entries.

Showcasing glamour - and underlying talent, passion

Speaking at the announcement of the nominees in Johannesburg last week, National Film and Video Foundation CEO Zama Mkosi congratulated all those who had received the nod, and called on the industry "to continue striving while setting its own rules around what success looks like for the business of film.

"The NFVF will continue to strive for transparency and solutions in order to make sure that the Saftas showcase not only the glamorous side of the industry, but the underlying wealth of talent, education, skill and most importantly the passion that the South African industry truly has," Zama said.

The 2017 Safta winners will be unveiled over two awards ceremonies, the first taking place on Thursday, 16 March and the second - broadcast live on SABC 2 from 8pm - on Saturday, 18 March.

Help choose the winners in 2 categories

The winners will be chosen by 181 judges guided by judging chairpersons Jerry Mofokeng, John Kani and Firdoze Bulbulia, with help from the public when it comes to choosing the nominees for Most Popular TV Soap and Best TV Presenter.

Members of the public have until 16 March to help choose the winners in these two categories by sending an SMS with the code corresponding to their choice (see tables below) to 48430 (R1.50 per SMS).

Most Popular TV Soap - SMS voting codes


7de Laan 1
Ashes To Ashes Season 2 2
Binnelanders 3
Generations The Legacy 4
Getroud Met Rugby- Die Sepie 5
Golddiggers 6
Greed & Desire 7
High Rollers 8
Isibaya 9
Isidingo 10
Rhythm City 11
Ring Of Lies 12
Scandal! 13
Suidooster 14
The Road 15
Uzalo Season Two 16
Zabalaza 17


Best TV Presenter - SMS voting codes


Bob Mabena Mzansi Magic Music Specials A
Chanley Wong Craz-e : Sistahood B
Katlego Maboe Expresso C
Laurian Nortje Hectic Nine-9 D
Lawrence Maleka Clash of the Choirs E
Masechaba Ndlovu The Big Debate Season 7 F
Sivuyile Ngesi The Man Cave Season 4 G
Thembisa Mdoda Our Perfect Wedding H
Tumi Morake Point of Order J


Source: staff reporter

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