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Nominations For The SAFTA's (Premiere South African Film & TV Awards) Announced

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by Tambay A. Obenson
February 14, 2013 11:26 AM
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As we here in the USA debate this year's Academy Award nominess, ahead of the February 24th celebration, South Africa's annual South African Film and Television Awards (SAFTAs) - the premier film and television industry awards in the country, under the custodianship of the National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF) - announced its 2013 nominees, in celebration of the excellence in the local film and television industry.

Only South African film and television productions are eligible for the awards.

The official announcement event was held at Melrose Arch in Johannesburg, last night (February 13), and was attended by industry professionals, members of the media and representatives from the National Film and Video Foundation, who organise the awards.

Leading the nominations in the TV category is Sex Tips For Girls, which received 10 nominations (including Best TV drama), and, in the feature film category, the Afrikaans comedy Semi-Soet, which received 8 nominations (including Best Feature Film).

Winners of the 2013 SAFTAs will be announced on March 15 at a star-studded ceremony at Gallagher Estate, Midrand.

There has been some contoversy over the years surrounding the awards ceremony, with criticism of its judging process, calling for more transparency, as well as for having too many categories, which they aren't always able to get enough nominations for, and have been forced to extend the entry deadline to accomodate further searches for worthwhile material to nominate.

But, if anything, the below list of nominees should introduce you to some new films and TV series that you may not be familiar with, and that you might want to seek out - assuming they're available wherever you are.

Here is the list of nominees:

TELEVISION

DRAMA

Best TV Drama Series

Erfsondes - Imani Media
90 Plein Street - Born Free Media
4Play: Sex Tips for Girls - Quizzical Pictures

Best Director of a TV Drama Series
Erfsondes - Peter Heaney
4Play: Sex Tips for Girls - Amanda Lane
Soul City - Akin Omotoso, Vincent Moloi

Best Actor in a TV Drama Series

Mothusi Magano as Tshepo in 90 Plein Street
Richard Lukunku as Phaka in Mshika Shika
Emmanuel Castis as Chris in Erfsondes
Jacques Bessenger as Renier in Erfsondes

Best Actress in a TV Drama Series

Jana Strydom as Kate in Erfsondes
Tiffany Jones-Barbuzano as Danny in 4Play: Sex Tips for Girls
Xolile Tshabalala as Noma in 4Play: Sex Tips for Girls 

Best Supporting Actor in a TV Drama Series

Terence Bridgett as Wong in Erfsondes
Molefi Monaisa as Wallet in Skeem Saam
Pallance Dladla as Jimmy in 4Play: Sex Tips for Girls

Best Supporting Actress in a TV Drama Series

Samkelo Ndlovu as Nkosazana in Soul City 
Pearl Thusi as Samkelisiwe in Zone 14
Nazli George as Shireen in 90 Plein Street

Best Writing Team of a TV Drama Series

Khalo Matabane, Sue de Groot, Ndumiso Khovano, Teddy Mattera - 90 Plein Street
Minky Schlesinger, Gillian Breslin, Busisiwe Ntintili - 4Play: Sex Tips for Girls
Brent Quinn - Soul City

Best DOP / Cinematographer of a TV Drama Series

Trevor Brown - Erfsondes
Jonathan Kovel - Hartland
Tom Marais - Soul City

Best Editor of a TV Drama Series

Tanja Hagen, Tumi Modiba, Sharron Hawkes, Yoav Dagan, Jürgen Hellberg - 90 Plein Street
Christa Lategan - Erfsondes
Quinn Lubbe, C.A. van Aswegen - Hartland

Best Production Design of a TV Drama Series

Gerrida Venter - 90 Plein Street
Marna Heunis - 4Play: Sex Tips for Girls 
T.O.M Pictures - Soul City
Larissa Peters - Zone 14

Best Music Composition of a TV Drama Series

The Art Direction Panel of judges unanimously decided that there won’t be an award in the ''Best Music Composition of a TV Drama” category this year.

Best Costume Design of a TV Drama Series

Rochelle Selling - 90 Plein Street
Rochelle Selling - 4Play: Sex Tips for Girls 
Philipa Heydenrych - Zone 14
 
Best Make-up & Hair Stylist of a TV Drama Series

Minuche Snyman - Erfsondes
Minuche Snyman - 4Play: Sex Tips for Girls 
Sheila Petlele - Zone 14

Best Sound Design of a TV Drama Series

Richard Hedges - Erfsondes
Sound Design Team - 4Play: Sex Tips for Girls
Sibongeleni Mabuyakhulu, Mark Phillips - Zone 14

COMEDY

Best Director on a TV Comedy, Best Writing Team of a TV Comedy

The Direction Panel of Judges unanimously decided that there won’t be an award in the “Best Director on a TV Comedy, Best Writing Team of a TV Comedy ” category this year .

Best Actor in a TV Comedy

Leroy Gopal as Oleshe in Ses'Top La
Trevor Gumbi as Gideon in Ses'Top La 
Nik Rabinowitz as Various Characters in ZA News

Best Actress in a TV Comedy

Nikki Jackman as Various Characters in ZA News
Baby Cele as Portia in My Perfect Family
Salamina Mosese as Ella in Abo Mzala

Best Ensemble in a TV Comedy

Ses 'Top La - Black Brain Pictures Cc
ZA News - Both Worlds
My Perfect Family - Burnt Onion Productions
Moferefere Lenyalong - Moja Movie Factory

Best Editor of a TV Comedy

Aaron Naidoo, Rod Macleod, Hugh Upsher - ZA News
Glarry Leshilo - Ses'Top La 
Roberta Durrant, Talya Kahan - SIES 

Best DOP / Cinematographer TV Comedy

The Genre Panel of judges unanimously decided that there won’t be an award in the “Best DOP / Cinematographer TV Comedy ” category this year.

Best Art Direction of a TV Comedy
Esme Viviers - Abo Mzala 
Riccardo Pugliese, Lindsay Van Blerk, Moferefere Lenyalong - Moja Art department

Best TV Comedy

The Genre Panel of judges unanimously decided that there won’t be an award in the “Best TV Comedy ” category this year.

SOAPIES

Best Director on a TV Soap

Henry Mylne - 7de Laan
The Wild Directing Team - The Wild
John Trengrove, Joshua Rous, Welile Nzuza, Hlomla Dandala, Craig Gardner - Scandal!

Best Actor in a TV Soap

Kevin Smith as Frank in Isidingo
Menzi Ngubane as Sibusiso in Generations
Clint Brink as Tino in Scandal!

Best Actress in a TV Soap

Kim Engelbrecht as Lolly in Isidingo
Nambitha Mpumlwana as Mawande in Generations
Louise Barnes as Donna in Scandal!

Best Ensemble in a TV Soap

Isidingo - Endemol, South Africa
Generations - MMSV Producitons Cc
Rhythm City - Quizzical Pictures

Best Writing Team of a TV Soap

The 7de Laan Writing Team - 7de Laan
The Wild Writing Team - The Wild
Lerato Khanye, Mark Graham Wilson, Thomas Hall - Scandal!
The Rhythm City Writing Team - Rhythm City

Best Editor of a TV Soap

Julia Scott Lawson - 7de Laan
Gilbert Makhafola, Magdamarie van Rooyen - iNkaba
The Wild Editing Team - The Wild

Best Art Direction of a TV Soap

Anneri Gericke - The Wild
The Isidingo Art Directing Team - Isidingo
Nerina Du Plessis - iNkaba

Best DOP/Cinematgrapher of a TV Soap
Stuart Banks, Tenson Hlabangana, Vusi Khozane - 7de Laan
Hector Dludla - iNkaba
Greg Heimann, Leon Kriel - The Wild

Best TV Soap

Public Votes - the public will vote for the following soapies:

7de Laan
Generations
iNkaba
Isidingo
Muvhango
Rhythm City
Scandal!
The Wild

DOCUMENTARY

Best Editor of a Documentary Short

Tamsyn Reynolds - Sea Skeletons
Carte Blanche Editing Team - Carte Blanche: Aurora Liquid
Carte Blanche Editing Team - Carte Blanche: Riaan Manser

Best Editor of a Documentary Feature

Stefan van Wyk - Cold Sweat
Andrew Wessels - Sobukwe: A Great Soul
Khalid Shanis - Forerunners

Best Cinematographer of a Documentary Short

Ian Miller - Centrum Guardian Project 2011
Annalet SteenKamp - Sea Skeletons
Carte Blanche DOP Team - Carte Blanche: Aurora Liquid

Best Cinematographer of a Documentary Feature

Stafford Robinson, Danie Ferreira - Cold Sweat
Mandla Dube - Sobukwe: A Great Soul
Felix Seuffert - Forerunners

Best Director of a Documentary Short

Michael Yelseth - Centrum Guardian Project 2011
Tamsyn Reynolds - Sea Skeletons
Carte Blanche Directing Team Carte Blanche: Aurora Liquid

Best Director of a Documentary Feature

Marguerite Albrecht - Cold Sweat
Mickey Dube - Sobukwe: A Great Soul
Tim Wege - King Naki and the Thundering Hooves

Best Documentary Feature

Cold Sweat - Urban Brew Studios
Sobukwe: A Great Soul - Born Free Media
King Naki and the Thundering Hooves - Plexus Films

Best Documentary Short

Sea Skeletons - Big Fish School of Digital Filmmaking
Carte Blanche - Aurora Liquid: Carte Blanche
Carte Blanche - Riaan Manser: Carte Blanche

WILDLIFE

Best Director of a Wildlife Programme

Richard Slater-Jones - Saving Rhino Phila
Richard Slater-Jones, Kira Ivanoff - All the President's Elephants
Dereck Joubert - The Last Lions
Pat van Heerden - Nyempere, (The Fighter) Charlie Nkuna and the making of the Kruger National Park

Best Editor of a Wildlife Programme

Susan Scott, Candice Odgers - The Last Lions
Katherine Pienaar - All the President's Elephants
Katherine Pienaar - Saving Rhino Phila

Best Cinematographer of a Wildlife Programme

Dale Hancock, Riaan Laubscher, Don Percival - All the President's Elephants
Dereck Joubert - The Last Lions
Dale Hancock, Alexander Sletten, Willem van Heerden, Russell Bergh - Saving Rhino Phila

Best TV Wildlife Programme

Saving Rhino Phila - NHU Africa
All the President's Elephants - NHU Africa
The Last Lions - Wildlife Films

YOUTH AND CHILDREN

Best Youth & Children Programme

Challenge SOS - 2 Blonds and a Redhead Filming
My Night - Okuhle Media
Sistahood - Red Pepper

FACTUAL/EDUCATIONAL ENTERTAINMENT

Best Factual Educational Entertainment Programme

Final Verdict - Carol Bouwer Productions
Sobukwe: A Great Soul - Born Free Media
The Dr. Mol Show - Cardova Productions

NEWS & ACTUALITY

Best News & Actuality Programme

Crimes Uncovered SA - Clive Morris Productions
Robinson Regstreeks - Foxwood Films
The Edition - Engage Entertainment (Pty) Ltd

MAGAZINE

Best Magazine

I am Woman - Plexus Films
The Dr. Mol Show - Cardova Productions
Big Up - Eclipse TV Productions
The Edition - Engage Entertainment (Pty) Ltd

VARIETY

Best Variety & Lifestyle Show

Roer - Homebrew Films
Hectic Nine-9 - Okuhle Media
Cooking with Siba - Homebrew Films
Jou Show met Emo en Wicus - Homebrew Films

MUSIC SHOWS

Best Music Show 

Club Culture - Bonngoe Productions
Psalted III - Engage Entertainment (PTY) LTD
Afro Café - Bonngoe Productions

TALK SHOWS

Best Talk Show 

I Am Woman/Leap Of Faith (Judy Bekker) - Plexus Films
My Top Ten: Pieter Dirk Uys - Don't Look Down Productions
Motswako - Carol Bouwer Productions
Sistahood - Red Pepper

REALITY

Best Reality Show

Culture Shock - Vanilla Productions
Big Up - Eclipse TV Productions
Jozi Moving City - Joziewood Films

Best International Format Show

Come Dine With Me - Rapid Blue
Masterchef SA - Quizzical Pictures
Dance Your Butt Off - Urban Brew Studios

GAME SHOWS

Best Game Show

Noot Vir Noot (Season 35) - Stemmburg Televisie
Friends Like These - Urban Brew Studios
Jam Alley Crew VS Crew - Red Pepper

FILM

Best Director of a Feature Film

Katinka Heyns - Die Wonderwerker (The Miracle Worker)
Craig Freimond - Material
Wayne Thornley - Adventures in Zambezia
Darrell James Roodt - Little One

Best Actor in a Feature Film

Thomas Gumede as New Year in Otelo Burning
Nico Panagio as JP in Semi-Soet
Jack Devnarain as Ronnie in 31 Million Reasons
Dawid Minnaar as Eugene in Die Wonderwerker (The Miracle Worker) 
Riaad Moosa as Cassim in Material

Best Actress in a Feature Film
Lindiwe Ndlovu as Pauline in Little One
Nolwazi Shange as Dezi in Otelo Burning
Jayashree Basava as Padma in Lucky
Elize Cawood as Maria in Die Wonderwerker (The Miracle Worker) 

Best Supporting Actor in a Feature Film

Mpho Osei-Tutu as Bomba - A Million Colours 
Vincent Ebrahim as Ebrahim - Material 
Louw Venter as Hertjie - Semi-Soet 
Marius Weyers as Gys - Die Wonderwerker (The Miracle Worker) 

Best Supporting Actress in a Feature Film

Denise Newman as Fatima in Material
Matshepo Maleme as Busi in A Million Colours
Anneke Weidemann as Jane in Die Wonderwerker (The Miracle Worker)

Best Writing Team of a Feature Film

Chris Barnard - Die Wonderwerker (The Miracle Worker)
Craig Freimond - Material
James Whyle and the cast workshop - Otelo Burning
Darrell James Roodt - Little One

Best Cinematographer of a Feature Film

Koos Roets -  Die Wonderwerker (The Miracle Worker)
Trevor Brown - A Million Colours
Trevor Calverley - Material

Best Editor of a Feature Film

Ronelle Loots - Die Wonderwerker (The Miracle Worker)
Aryan Kaganof - Man on Ground
Megan Gill - Material

Best Production Designer of a Feature Film

Francois Coetzee - Semi-Soet
Jackie Lotz - Zama Zama
Anita van Hermet, Chantal Carter - Otelo Burning
Bathoni Robinson - Pretville

Best Music Composition

Orangotang Music and Michael Bester - Semi-Soet
Zethu Mashika - Zama Zama
Tiago Correia Paulo, Alan Lazar - Otelo Burning
Bruce Retief - Adventures in Zambezia

Best Costume Designer

Nerine Pienaar - Semi-Soet
Mia Zwiegers - Zama Zama
Ruy Filipe - Otelo Burning
Nerine Pienaar - Pretville

Best Make up/Hair Stylist
Theola Booyens - Semi-Soet
Elzette Winterbach - To the Power of Anne
Charlie Runge, Lee-Anne Nourse - Pretville

Best Sound Designer of a Feature Film
Barry Donnelly - Die Wonderwerker (The Miracle Worker)
Jim Petrak - Semi-Soet
Charlotte Buys - Material

Best Feature Film

Die Wonderwerker (The Miracle Worker) - Sonneblom Ateljees (pty) Ltd
Material - Zukrafin Pty Ltd
Otelo Burning - Cinga Productions
Semi-Soet - Scramble Productions

Best Student Film

E-lectricity - AFDA: Etienne Fourie, Robyn Oetle
LYFSTRAF - AFDA: Rudi Steyn, Martina Della Togna, Gianfranco Human, Sarah Muhoho
Die Windpomp - AFDA: Miklas Manneke, Jade Galbraith

Best Short Film

Umkhungo - Matthew Jankes
Loot - Greg Rom
There are no Heroes - Kyle Stevenson

Best Animation

I've Got a Lovely Bunch of Coconuts - Jungle Beat Sunrise Productions
Adventures In Zambezia - Triggerfish Animation Studios
ZA NEWS - Both Worlds

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