Leading the 2023 SAFTAs nomination list announced on 8 August is MultiChoice and M-Net’s Afrikaans channel ‘kykNET’ who proudly garnered 63 nominations, showcasing a range of compelling content, including the acclaimed comedy TV series Hotel and the captivating ecological horror fantasy film Gaia
Netflix South Africa is next in line with a substantial 55 nominations. The film with the highest number of nominations, 12 for Silverton Siege, produced by Pambilimedia, underscored Netflix’s dominance since committing to delivering impactful content. Additionally, Showmax’s Tali’s Joburg Diary received eight nominations, further solidifying the streaming platforms’ influence.
Tshedza Pictures’ The River and Legacy have been nominated in 11 categories and How to Ruin Christmas S3 has been nominated for 12 of the 13 categories, including Best TV Comedy, Best Achievement in Scriptwriting and Directing.
NFVF acting CEO Thobela Mayinje said: “The NFVF is encouraged by the confidence the SA film and television industry is showing to the Saftas. The high number of entries speaks volumes about the growth of the SA film and television industry, with new productions making part of the nominees list as well. It is also exciting that this year, industry peers will again be able to interact and celebrate with each other in person.”
The main awards ceremony will take place on 30 September 2023 at Sun City and broadcast live on Mzansi Magic (DStv channel 161) and SABC3 (DStv channel 193) at 7pm.