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Reyka, My Cartoon Friend get SAFTA nods

Reyka stars Kim Engelbrecht

The nominees for the 16th edition of the South African Film & Television Awards (SAFTAs) have been announced, with drama series Reyka and kids’ show My Cartoon Friend among those up for prizes.

Makhosazana Khanyile

This year’s theme is Frame the Future, with the awards aiming to celebrate creativity, innovation and the resilience of the local industry as well as the excellence of South African film and television talent.

The nominees selected in various categories range from best drama to best telenovela, best TV comedy, best actor, best actress and best children’s programme, among others.

The nominees for best drama are Reyka (Quizzical Pictures, MNet), Slot (Marche Media, Kyknet), DAM (Picture Tree International, Showmax) and 4 Mure (Marche Media, Kyknet), while the best telenovela nominees are The Wife (Stained Glass TV, Showmax), Diepcity (Black Brain Pictures, Mzansi Magic) and The River (Tshedza Pictures, 1Magic).

The best TV comedy nominees are G.I.L (Penguin Films, Kyknet), How to Ruin Christmas: The Funeral (Burnt Onion Productions, Netflix) and Tali’s Baby Diary (Sketchbook Studios, Showmax). In the best children’s programme category, My Cartoon Friend (Old Fashioned Youngin), Hectic On 3 (Trace Studios) and Siyaya – Come Wild With Us (Francois Odendaal Productions) are up for awards.

Makhosazana Khanyile, CEO of the National Film & Video Foundation, which organises the SAFTAs, said: “Last year, we faced our greatest challenge ever post-Covid. This year, we celebrate the connectedness that helped us get through, while actively promoting optimism within our local industry.

“With the release of this year’s nominees, we are looking forward to a remarkable show that will showcase the creative innovation that our local industry has continued to display despite the circumstances that have been faced.”

The awards ceremony will be held on September 2 and 3 as a simulcast on SABC 3 (DStv 193) and on Mzansi Magic (DStv 161).

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MultiChoice racks up SAFTA nominations

Pay TV company MultiChoice has received more than 140 nominations across all categories in the 15th edition of the South African Film & Television Awards (SAFTAs).

Yolisa Phahle

The company said the achievement demonstrated its high investment in local content and is a win for the local TV and film production industry.

The TV shows nominated include telenovela Legacy, 1Magic’s The River and Mzansi Magic’s drama Housekeeper.

The KykNET channel secured 50 nominations in the TV Soap, Telenovela, TV Comedy and Feature Film categories; Gomora received five nominations in the Best Telenovela and Most Popular Telenovela categories; 2019 Rugby World Cup documentary Chasing The Sun secured four nominations for Best TV Documentary, Best Directing, Cinematography and Editing.

Showmax originals including Lockdown, Loving Thokoza and Black Tax were also nominated, while TV series Lebo M: Coming Home, Life With Kelly Khumalo and Somizi & Mohale are competing against each other in the category of Best Structured Reality TV Show.

Yolisa Phahle, CEO of general entertainment for MultiChoice group, said: “We are excited to once again see most of our shows scoop the bulk of this year’s SAFTA nominations. This is a win for local TV and film and demonstrates MultiChoice Group’s commitment to investing in local content to allow for local stories to be told by Africans.

“The nominations are also a testament to the incredible resilience of all the talent, cast and crew in various productions as our industry navigated the complexities brought on by the global Covid-19 pandemic, which were characterised by production stoppages and a period of uncertainty for many creatives.”

The SAFTAs ceremony will take place on May 22 on Mzansi Magic DStv channel 161 at 19.00.

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