Safta saga wins for best drama
THE South African Film and Television Awards (Saftas) committee has spurned claims that the extension of the deadline for applications for the ninth edition was because of its disgruntlement with the quality of productions submitted.
The deadline was on Monday, but has been extended to Thursday August 28.
The Saftas, touted as Mzansi’s Oscars, are held under the curatorship of the National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF).
NFVF chief executive Zama Mkosi said the extension was granted to better our entry and judging process. We took an opportunity to revise the 2015 guidelines, which led to the extension of the submission deadline.”
A shadow is now hovering over the Saftas’ credibility.
She rejected suggestions that some of the country’s popular soapies, films and programmes expected to scoop major awards had not met the deadline.
The extended deadline has created an opportunity for new categories, such as best presenter, and the split of youth and children categories.
In this growing and dynamic industry, we strive to be relevant to the industry changes, as seen with the made-for-TV movie category.
We therefore wanted to allow sufficient time for the industry to submit their entries,” Mkosi said.
But two top actors, who did not want to be named for fear of reprisals, said the TV and film industry awards were plagued by favouritism for some programmes to the
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detriment of others.
Every year the Saftas have to endure negative publicity because some programmes are given preferential treatment.
Some do not even submit their entries as a form of protest,” said an actress from a popular SABC soapie.
I don’t know when they will be able to get things right… because we value the awards they are the only thing we have that recognises our talent and work. We are tired of the negative publicity every year,” said the actor.
It’s not a matter of wanting to win at all costs.
Our efforts have to be equally rewarded, there must be no discrimination or favouritism.
This leads to unnecessary tension among the actors, we don’t need this,” he said.
But let’s cross fingers with the hope that everything will run smoothly with the announcement of the nominees and the naming of the winners.”
This is not the first time the Saftas have had off-screen drama.
In 2009, the entire cast and crew boycotted the ceremony because they were unhappy with the selection of nominees, despite their actors winning in many categories. In 2012, SABC2’s Afrikaans soapie
was taken out of the best soap category despite being voted by viewers as the best for three years in a row.
Lack of entries in any of the other categories was cited as the reason that
was not eligible for a place in the best soap category.