Congratulations SAFTA nominees!

The 15th South African Film and Television Awards (SAFTAS) have released their much-awaited annual nominees list for the upcoming 2021 award ceremony set to be held in May. This year’s edition is admittedly remarkable with newcomer Netflix South Africa landing 45 spots on the nominations list. How to Ruin Christmas: The Wedding leads the pack with 10 nominations. This year’s awards will prove very competitive with telenovela favourites from local production house Tshedza Pictures The River and newcomer Legacy earning 12 nominations each. Here’s a list of this year’s nominees:

Best Supporting Actress – Feature Film

    Ira Blanckenberg, Toorbos

    Jane De Wet, Griekwastad

    Tarryn Wyngaard, Stam

Best Supporting Actor – Feature Film

    Hakeem Kae Kazim, Riding with Sugar

    Justin Strydom, Dust

    Nicholas Campbell, Gat in die Muur (Hole in the Wall)

Best Feature Film


    Riding with Sugar


Best Short Film


    The Stranger


Best Student Film

    Binding Adventures from The Animation School

    Flower in the Subway from The Animation School

    The Boy and the Robin from The Animation School

Best Made for TV Movie

    A Christmas Chorus

    Home Affairs – A Christmas Tale

    Loving Thokoza

Best Documentary Feature

    A New Country

    Days of Cannibalism

    How to Steal a Country

    Mother to Mother

Best Documentary Short

    Lefu – The Funeral

    Lindela under Lockdown!

    When the Flame Speaks

Best Made for TV Documentary

    Badimo S1 – Music and Trance

    Chasing the Sun

    Evolution of Mzansi Street Culture

    My Story of Kwaito – I am Still In Love with Kwaito

Best Structured Soapie Reality Show

    Lebo M: Coming Home

    Life with Kelly

    Somizi & Mohale: The Union

Best Variety Show


    Mzansi Magic Music Specials

    Republiek van Zoid Afrika

    Savanna Virtual Comedy Bar

Best Online Content

    AFI Fashion Week 2020


    Noko Mashaba – Lockdown Shandis

Best TV Presenter (Public Vote Category)

    Devi Sankaree Govender, The Devi Show

    Dineo Ranaka, Yimlo

    Entle Bizane, Hectic on 3

    Palesa Tembe, Afternoon Express

    Katchie Nzama, Come Again

    Katlego Maboe, Tropika Island of Treasure Curacao

    Waldimar Pelser, KN Verslag in Gesprek

Best Actress – Feature Film

    Elani Dekker, Toorbos

    Inge Beckmann, Stam

    Tinarie Loots, Gat in die Muur (Hole in the Wall)

Best Actor – Feature Film

    Andre Odendaal, Gat in die Muur (Hole in the Wall)

    Gideon Lombard Lombard, Stam

    Tshamano Sebe, 8

Best Actress – Telenovela

    Crystal Donna Roberts, Arendsvlei

    Mary-Anne Barlow, Legacy

    Sindi Dlathu, The River

Best Actor – Telenovela

    Dawid Minnaar, Legacy

    Menzi Ngubane, Isibaya

    Presley Chweneyagae, The River

Best Supporting Actress – Telenovela

    Rami Chuene, Isono

    Michelle Botes, Legacy

    Quanita Adams, Arendsvlei

Best Supporting Actor – Telenovela

    Andrew Buckland, Legacy

    Lawrence Maleka, The River

    Meshack Mavuso, The River

Best Actress – TV Soap

    Cindy Swanepoel, Binnelanders

    Petronella Tshuma, Rhythm City

    Shoki Mmola, Skeem Saam

Best Actor – TV Soap

    Clint Brink, Binnelanders

    Cedwyn Joel, Suidooster

    Bongile Mantsai, Scandal!

Best Supporting Actress – TV Soap

    Mapula Mafole, Rhythm City

    Masasa Mbangeni, Scandal!

    Portia Joel, Suidooster

Best Supporting Actor – TV Soap

    Molefi Monaisa, Skeem Saam

    Mothusi Magano, Skeem Saam

    Roderick Jaftha, Getroud met Rugby

Best TV Soap

    7de Laan

    Rhythm City


Best Telenovela



    The River

Best Actress – TV Drama

    Kate Liquorish, Still Breathing

    Tiffany Barbuzano, Still Breathing

    Tina Jaxa, Erased

Best Actor – TV Drama

    Abduraghman Adams, Melody

    Brandon Auret, Still Breathing

    Zolisa Xaluva, Kings of Joburg

Best Supporting Actress – TV Drama

    Jay Anstey, Inconceivable

    June van Merch, Sara se Geheim

    Lorcia Cooper, Housekeepers

    Zola Nombona, Lockdown

Best Supporting Actor – TV Drama

    James Ngcobo, Queen Sono

    Lindani Nkosi, Housekeepers

    Michael Richard, Still Breathing

Best TV Drama


    Blood and Water




Best Actress – TV Comedy

    Busisiwe Lurayi, How to Ruin Christmas: The Wedding

    Chanelle de Jager, Kniediep in die Warm Water

    Mari Molefe van Heerden, Die Vlieende Springbokkie

Best Actor – TV Comedy

    James Borthwick, Hotel

    Keenan Arrison, The Riviera

    Mandla Jwara, Black Tax

Best Supporting Actress – TV Comedy

    Chantal Herman, The Riviera

    Clementine Mosimane, How to Ruin Christmas: The Wedding

    Martelize Kolver, Hotel

Best Supporting Actor – TV Comedy

    De Klerk Oelofse, Hotel

    Desmond Dube, How to Ruin Christmas: The Wedding

    Motlatsi Mafatshe, How to Ruin Christmas: The Wedding

Best TV Comedy

    Black Tax

    How to Ruin Christmas: The Wedding

    The Riviera