Thursday, September 10, 2015

Entries open for the NFVF's 10th South African Film and Television Awards; Saftas awards show set to take place in March 2016.

Entries have opened for the 10th South African Film and Television Awards (Saftas) and will close on Friday 18 September at 16:00, and entries for feature film submissions closing on 16 October.

The Saftas is run under the auspices of the National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF) and is supposed to honour, celebrate and promote the creativity and quality of South Africa's film and TV talent and productions.

The Saftas however annually falls short of that lofty idea every year, with a botched awards show and inexplicably bizarre shortlists in several categories.

The NFVF has now created an online system for submissions and says its been done "in an effort to simplify the submission process and insure [sic] timeous feedback to applications and will ensure a smoother capturing and evaluation process".

People who want to enter can do so at with the competition rules and entry guidelines that's at

Only South African TV programmes and films produced and publicly shown between 1 August 2014 and 31 July 2015 are eligible to be entered in the categories for TV fiction, non-fiction, student films and TV animation.

For feature film and feature length animation, only South African films produced and publicly shown between 1 January 2015 and 31 December 2015 are eligible to be entered.

"The Saftas are about celebrating the industry and we'd like to encourage all eligible local productions to submit entries," says Zama Mkosi, NFVF CEO and Saftas chairperson.

Nominees for the 10th Saftas will be announced in February 2016 says the NFVF, with the main awards show taking place in March 2016.