All the winners at the 2018 Saftas

South African film and TV stars were celebrated and honoured at the 12th annual Saftas ceremony held at Sun City. The biggest weekend of the local awards season kicked off on Thursday when the first awards were handed out. The theme for the annual awards show is ‘Our Stories Are Gold’ in honour of “those who have captured our hearts, minds and imaginations through the telling of our unique stories.” This year the Saftas also honoured Nelson Mandela’s centenary.

The glitzy awards show is hosted under the custodianship of the National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF), an agency of the Department of Arts and Culture.  Collaboration is key to the execution of the awards, with the North-West Department of Culture, Arts and Traditional Affairs (CATA), McCafé, Ster Kinekor and the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) being some of the partners who made the awards possible.

The first night of the awards celebrated the technical craft of the industry and the people who make some of our favourite shows happen. After a night of awards and merriments, the industry celebrated pioneering women who continue to excellence in film and television. Game-changers were invited to a high tea where discussions lead by Sthandiwe Kgoroge focused on increasing women participation across the value chain of the industry. The event brought together high-profile panel of women such as NFVF CEO Ms Zama Mkosi, the legendary Black Panther Actress, Connie Chuime, and SAFTAs 12 nominee for Best Achievement in Cinematography Gaopie Kabe.

The event was also used to commemorate the centenary of Albertina Sisulu, and Nontsikelelo Sisulu-Singapi, was a special guest representing the family.  Creating opportunities for women and ensuring their full participation in the industry has always been and remains a crucial strategic objective for the NFVF. The adoption of the SWIFT Pledge against sexual harassment during awards emphasized the shared responsibility and importance of creating safe spaces for women to work in.

Transformation remains a key challenge in the South African film and television industry. It was encouraging to see an increase in the number of black filmmakers receiving Golden Horns. The NFVF is particularly proud of the creators of Tjovitjo and Skulls of My People, Vincent Moloi and Lodi Matsetela who took home nine Golden Horns.  The duo are recipients of the NFVF’s  Documentary Slate Programme, under which  Skulls of My People was produced, aimed at giving small black owned production companies an opportunity to consistently create content, while remaining sustainable and viable. Skulls of My People winning 3 Golden Horns is a full circle achievement.

A film that made a clean sweep is Inxeba/The Wound which took home 6 Golden Horns. Inxeba/The Wound’s success is a true testament of the SAFTAs celebrating world class South African productions. Topping the public vote for Most Popular Soap was Uzalo and Best TV Presenter went to Lerato Kganyago. Discretionary Award recipients included Shelly Barry for Outstanding Person with a Disability, Ayanda Sithebe as the Youth Achiever, and the two Lifetime Achievement awards went to Thoko Ntshinga and Johan Stemmet.

Best Achievement in Art / Production Design – TV Comedy: Puppet Nation ZA (Catherine Jacot-Guillarmod and Lindsay van Blerk)

 Best Achievement in Make-up and Hairstyling – TV Comedy: Ses Top La 4  (Chantel Nel)

Best Achievement in Wardrobe/ Costume Design – TV Comedy: Puppet Nation ZA  (Cheney Van Graan, Geralt Cloete and Alice Jacobs)

Best Achievement in Sound Design – TV Comedy: Puppet Nation ZA (Neil Benjamin)

Best Achievement in Cinematography – TV Comedy: Puppet Nation ZA  (Tonga Isango)

Best Achievement in Editing- TV Comedy: SuzelleDIY (Ari Kruger)

Best Achievement in Original Music/ Score – TV Soap/ Telenovela: Ring of Lies 2  (Ngane Sikobi)

Best Achievement in Post Production – TV Soap/ Telenovela: High Rollers 3 (Kholofelo Malatshi,  Bertus Kirsten, Brett Macdonald, Tumelo Mmatladi, Jeanette Mokobane, Sizwe Msibi, John Chaka and Theo Scheepers)

Best Achievement in Cinematography – Telenovela: Ring of Lies 2 (Ntobeko Dlamini and Marc Brower)  

Best Achievement in Wardrobe, Make-up and Hair – TV Soap/Telenovela: Isibaya (Lebogang Lehasa, Sheila Petlele and Sebenzile Madondo)

Best Achievement in Art/ Production Design – TV Soap/Telenovela: Isibaya (Dylan Lloyd and Henrietta Moutinho)

Best Achievement in Editing – TV Drama: Tjovitjo (Kabi Modiko and Ikaye Masisi)

Best Achievement in Sound Design – TV Drama: Tjovitjo (Bernard Masoka)

Best Achievement in Original Music/ Score-TV Drama: Isikizi 2 (Murray Anderson and Phila Madlingozi)

Best Achievement in Art/ Production Design – TV Drama: Tjovitjo (Ephraim Mathula and Vivienne Mahloko)

Best Achievement in Wardrobe/ Costume Design – TV Drama: Die Boekklub 2 (Ayesha Katieb and Jodi Bowers)

Best Achievement in Make-Up and Hairstyling – TV Drama: Lockdown    (Babalwa Carol Djieutceu)

Best Achievement in Cinematography – TV Drama: Tjovitjo (Motheo Moeng, Marius Van Graan and Ofentse Mwase)

Best Achievement in Directing – Documentary Feature: Skulls of my People (Vincent Moloi)

Best Achievement in Cinematography – Documentary Feature: Skulls of my People (Marius van Graan)

Best Achievement in Editing – Documentary Feature: The Giant is Falling (Henion Han and Megan Gill)

Best Achievement in Sound Design – Documentary Feature: The Giant is Falling (Vaughan Phillips)

Best Documentary Short: Nanlaban: The Philippines War on Drugs (Chronicle)

Best Wildlife Programme: King of the Mountain Baboons  (Earth Touch (Pty) Ltd)

Best Children’s Programme: Xcellerate (2 Blonds and a Redhead Filming CC)

Best Reality Show: Wingin It (Cheeky Media)

Best Game Show: Die Kliek 5 (Afrokaans Film & Television)

Best International Format Show: Shark Tank South Africa (Rapid Blue)

Best Factual & Educational Programme: Our Moments (Dzuguda Productions)

Best Current Affairs Programme: ENVIROSERV: Kicking Up A Stink (Nguni TV)

Best Variety & Magazine Show: Edik van Nantes 2 (Meerfout Films)

Best Youth Programme: MTV Shuga – In Real Life (TIA Productions)

Best Talk Show: Republiek van Zoid Afrika  (Brainwave Productions)

Best Music Show: Starlight Classics (Freshly Minced)

Best made for TV Movie: O Kae Molao  (Leburugraphy Pictures)

Best Micro-budget Film: New Era Sessions (Rouge Music Entertainment)

Best Achievement in Cinematography – Feature Film: Beyond the River  (Trevor Calverley)

 Best Achievement in Sound Design – Feature Film: From a house on Willow Street  (James Olivier, Simon Ratcliffe, Charles Singleton, Richard West and Andries Smit)

Best Achievement in Original Music/ Score – Feature Film: Kalushi (Rashid Lanie)

Best Achievement in Editing – Feature Film: Inxeba (The Wound) (Matthew Swanepoel)

Best Achievement in Production Design – Feature Film: Kalushi (Chantel Carter)

Best Achievement in Costume Design – Feature Film Kalushi (Ruy Filipe)

Best Achievement in Make-up and Hairstyling – Feature Film: From a house on Willow Street (Charlene Warwick & Jaco Snyman)

Best Student Film: Hewn – The Animation School

Best Short Film: Apocalypse Now Now (Be Phat Motel Company)

Best Achievement in Directing – TV Comedy: Johann Vermaak for Puppet Nation ZA

Best Achievement in Scriptwriting – TV Comedy: Karen Jeynes, Tsitsi Chiumya, Sipumziwe Lucwaba and Angel Campey for Puppet Nation ZA

Best Actress – TV Comedy: Carine Rous in Elke Skewe Pot

Best Actor – TV Comedy: Mandla Gaduka in Gauteng Maboneng

Best Supporting Actress – TV Comedy: Linda Sebezo in Gauteng Maboneng

Best Supporting Actor – TV Comedy: Schalk Bezuidenhout in Hotel

Best TV Comedy: Puppet Nation ZA – Both Worlds

Best Achievement in Directing – TV Soap/Telenovela: Phiwe Mkhanzi and Sthembiso Mathenjwa for Isibaya

Best Achievement in Scriptwriting – TV Soap/Telenovela: Colin Howard, Rosa Keet, Marcel Spaumer, Christine Truter, Ernst Brōcker, Candice Johannes, Hadley Horne, Kobus Geldenhuys, Ilse Oppelt, Tinus van Antwerp, Henry Cloete, Amy Jephta, Johann Davis, Theltom Masimila, Tristram Atkins for Suidooster

Best Actress – TV Soap/Telenovela: Jo-Anne Reyneke for Broken Vows

Best Actor – TV Soap/Telenovela: Hamilton Dhlamini for Isithembiso

Best Supporting Actress – TV Soap/Telenovela: Tarryn Lamb for Suidooster

Best Supporting Actor – TV Soap/Telenovela: Pallance Dladla for Isibaya

Best TV Soap: Isibaya – The Bomb Shelter

Best Telenovela: High Rollers 3 – Rous House Productions

Best Achievement in Directing – TV Drama: Catharine Cooke, Rolie Nikiwe and Rea Rangaka for iNumber Number

Best Achievement in Scriptwriting – TV Drama: Reabetswe Moeti and Mandla Ngcongwane for Lockdown

Best Actress – TV Drama: Thuso Mbedu for Is’thunzi

Best Actor – TV Drama: Warren Masemola for Tjovitjo

Best Supporting Actress – TV Drama: Jana Cilliers for Die Boekklub 2

Best Supporting Actor – TV Drama: Emmanuel Castis for Erfsondes 4

Best TV Drama: Tjovitjo – Tjovitjo Films (PTY) LTD

Best Documentary Feature: Skulls of my People – Puo Pha Productions

Best talk Show Host: Pabi Moloi for Trending SA

Best Achievement in Directing – Feature Film: John Trengrove for Inxeba (The Wound)

Best Achievement in Scriptwriting – Feature Film: John Trengrove, Malusi Bengu and Thando Mgqolozana for Inxeba (The Wound)

Best Actress – Feature Film: Crystal Donna Roberts for Krotoa

Best Actor – Feature Film: Nakhane Touré for Inxeba (The Wound)

Best Supporting Actress – Feature Film: Nomonde Mbusi for VAYA

Best Supporting Actor – Feature Film: Bongile Mantsai for Inxeba (The Wound)

Best Feature Film: Inxeba (The Wound) – Urucu Media

Best TV Presenter: Lerato Kganyago – Live Amp

Most Popular TV Soap/Telenovela: Uzalo – Stained Glass Productions

Outstanding Person with Disability Contributor Award: Shelly Barry

Youth Achiever Award: Ayanda Sithebe

Lifetime Achiever Award: Johan Stemmet

Lifetime Achiever Award: Thoko Ntshinga

Outstanding Provincial Contributor Awards: Thabang Moubane

The SAFTAs committee consists of the SABC, DStv, M-Net, e.tv, StarSat, the Cultural and Creative Industries Federation of South Africa (CCIFSA) and the South African Screen Federation (SASFED).