Winners of the Non-fiction categories of the 6th annual South African Film and Television Awards (SAFTAS) were announced at a glittering ceremony held at Gallagher Estate in Midrand on Friday the 9th of March 2012.
The event was attended by office of the Ministry of Arts & Culture comprising Deputy Minister Dr Joe Phaahla, and other esteemed government leaders. Other VIP guests included NFVF Council Chairperson Mmabatho Ramagoshi, CEO Zama Mkosi, personalities from the film and television industry, business executives and other relevant stakeholders. Popular radio personality Thabo Mokwele of Kaya FM and Mzansi Magic My Top 10 was the hosts for the night. Legendary Thandiswa Mazwai lived up to the expectations when she entertained the house with her popular afro-jazz hits.
The Non-fiction award categories presented covered, among others, educational shows, news and actuality, magazine, variety and music shows, documentaries, wildlife programming, youth & children programming as well as talk shows. The Dawn of a New Day, a documentary that tells a story about access to health care issues in Africa through the eyes of three West Africans who are in need of specialized surgery, received two Golden Horn awards in the documentary categories. The director of this documentary Ryley Grunenwald won the Best Documentary Cinematographer and Best Documentary Director awards.
In other categories, the Golden Horn went to SABC 1’s Jam Alley Crew vs Crew in the Best Youth & Children category; Mzansi Magic’s All Access won the Best Magazine Programme while Etv’s Club 808 was awarded for the Best Music Show. A total of 20 Non-fiction categories were awarded on the first night of the SAFTAs.
SAFTAs Committee Chairperson Eddie Mbalo says he is very impressed with the growing standards shown by local productions. “Having been involved with the industry for so many years, it brings me joy to witness the South African Film and Television industry becoming so competitive and dynamic. I know there is still a long road ahead but at the same time I believe we must acknowledge and celebrate the road that we have already travelled,” said Mbalo.
SAFTAs Project Manager Azania Muendane echoed Mbalo’s sentiments and added that it is such a big honour to work on the SAFTAs. “Despite all the challenges that go with putting together an event of this magnitude, I’m glad that we have once again delivered a successful awards ceremony. I’d like to congratulate all the winners who received their Golden Horn awards tonight and to all the other nominees; you are all winners by making it this far. Most importantly, the film and television industry was a big winner,” said Muendane.
This year’s judges comprised previous SAFTA winners and nominees, a move that has been introduced for the purpose of encouraging peer recognition in the industry. Seasoned industry figures Jackie Motsepe and Feizel Mamdoo were Joint Overall Judging Chairpersons. This year also saw a record number of 238 entries compared to 221 entries received last year.
“The SAFTAs are and will always be a reflection of the industry at any given point in the future, it is therefore a responsibility for all of us to ensure that we protect and we advocate for their growth and sustainability. I’d like to thank everyone who contributed in making this evening a success, particularly the judges who worked on the categories awarded tonight. Their commitment and high level of integrity is always appreciated,” says NFVF CEO Zama Mkosi.
SABC’S Acting Head of Television Bessie Tugwana says the SABC is once again proud to be the broadcast partner of this year’s awards. “The SAFTAs have become a permanent feature in our social calendar. As the SABC, we would like to express our sincere gratitude to the industry at large and wish to emphasise that we value the partnership and symbiotic relationship that we have with independent producers. Therefore it is fitting that tonight we acknowledge and celebrate their enormous contribution. As the SABC, we would like congratulate all the nominees and winners for this year,” said Tugwana
The SAFTAs are an industry event under the custodianship of the National Film and Television Foundation. The main objectives of the awards is to honour, celebrate, honour and promote the creativity, quality and excellence of South African film and television talent, and encourage entrepreneurship and the development of new talent in the industry.
The second instalment of the SAFTAs will be held on Saturday 10th of March and be broadcast on SABC 3 on Sunday 11th of March. SAFTAs are produced by Clive Morris Productions in association with Grooves productions.
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