The end of 2021 proved to the local creative industry had an incredibly productive year despite the global pandemic that left the industry at a standstill. The year saw an influx of accolades spanning across the world of literature (David Galgut winning the 2021 Booker Prize Fiction Award), music (Manana winning a Grammy for song-writing on Burna Boy’s album), film ( Lemohang Jeremiah Mosese’ This is Not a Burial, It’s A Resurrection’s critical success) and advertising and production. The new year has opened it’s doors to entries for the 2021/2022 season awards — either celebrating the last years submissions or reviewing a collection of works to be presented within the current year.
Here is a list of institutions that have opened entries for 2021/2022 season award shows and ceremonies that South African creatives are eligible to enter.
One World Media Awards – Deadline: 10 February 2022.
Journalists and filmmakers from around the world invited to send their best stories focused on the global south. The Women’s Solutions Reporting award sponsored by the EIB Awards is now open for entries until 10 February 2022. For the second year, the European Investment Bank (EIB) is partnering with One World Media to celebrate the best underreported stories from around the world. One World Media is an NGO dedicated to supporting accurate and creative reporting of development issues that break through stereotypes, change the narrative and connect people across cultures.
The EIB is sponsoring an award designed to celebrate excellence in media coverage of stories featuring solutions by and for women to the current challenges. This award is open to media, including broadcast, digital, audio, film or print, that explores women’s solutions in the global south: solutions that address the impact of climate change and protect the environment, solutions that increase access to education and health care, or solutions that empower women.
Pan-African (Re)Insurance Journalism Awards – Deadline: 31 January 2022.
Continental Reinsurance Plc has opened submissions for the 2022 pan-African (re)insurance journalism awards. Business reporters across the African continent may submit entries across several award categories until 31 January 2022.
Now in its seventh successful year, English, French, and, for the first time, Arabic entries are to be received by the deadline. The awards recognise the outstanding work of journalists who report on developments within the insurance sector across Africa. Successful candidates must demonstrate how their articles have raised awareness and understanding of developments in the (re)insurance sector.
Lawrence Nazare, group managing director at Continental Reinsurance Plc, commented, “Overall, we have seen exciting improvements in the extent of coverage for the (re)insurance sector in the years since we launched the awards. We look forward to seeing how the journalists have tackled the developing stories in the past year. We will be honouring the winners at an industry event in 2022.”
One World Media’s patron, Jon Snow of Channel 4, said: “Since 1988, the One World Media Awards have recognised more than 1000 journalists and filmmakers, setting the standard for international reporting. These are some of the greatest storytellers of our generation helping us to understand the issues and solutions of the world around us.”
Literature & Publishing
Booker Prize For Fiction – Deadline: entry deadlines have changed and are now staggered between 31 January and 4 April 2022.
The Booker Prize for Fiction is awarded annually to the author of the best (in the opinion of the judges) eligible work of long-form fiction. The work be published in the UK or Ireland between 1 October 2021 and 30 September 2022.
Submissions for the 2002 prize opened on Tuesday, 11 January and deadlines for submissions are staggered between 31 January and 4 April 2022.
The work must be published by a publishing house based in the UK or Ireland. Authors are not permitted to enter their own works.
- Physical copies and PDFs for all available automatic entries should be submitted to Four Culture during January 2022.
- Completed entry forms can follow after, as per the below deadlines.
Books published between 1 October 2021 and 31 March 2022
- All entry forms, physical copies and PDFs must be submitted to Four Culture by Monday 31 January 2022.
Books published between 1 April and 30 September 2022
- All entry forms must be submitted to Four Culture by Monday 4 April 2022, with physical copies and PDFs arriving no later than Monday 6 June 2022.
- All nomination forms, justification letters and first chapters must be submitted to Four Culture by Monday 7 March 2022. If no text is available at the time of call-in, the first chapter should be sent as soon as it is available.
Film & Television
South African Film and Television Awards – Deadline: 27 January 2022.
The National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF) has opened the entry process for the 16th South African Film and Television Awards (SAFTAs) that will take place in June 2022.
Films shown in a commercial cinema in South Africa for at least a week between 1 January 2021 and 31 December 2021 can be entered. Because of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, films placed on video-on-demand (VOD) streaming services like Netflix SA, MultiChoice’s Showmax and DStv Box Office, Hulu, and Amazon Prime Video can be entered for the 16th Saftas as well.
Only feature films are eligible in the film category and not made-for-TV movies.
TV content broadcast between 1 January and 31 December 2021 on SABC1, SABC2, SABC3, e.tv, one of the M-Net channels on MultiChoice’s DStv, or local content on any of the other third-party DStv channels, are eligible for the TV category.
First-run TV content, for instance, new series or new seasons of existing shows on streaming services like Netflix SA and Showmax during 2021, are also eligible.
Content that was placed on YouTube, Vimeo or T-VOD (transactional video-on-demand) platforms are ineligible.
Art & Design
Global Design Awards – Deadline: 31 January 2022.
The SEGD 2022 Global Design Awards nomination portal is now open and receiving submissions in seven different practice categories:
1. Digital Experience Content
3. Interactive Experiences
4. Placemaking and Identity
5. Public Installations
Submissions are due January 31, 2022, and the late deadline is February 14, 2022.
“The SEGD Global Design Awards are the most recognized, celebrated and referenced awards in experiential graphic design,” says Cybelle Jones, CEO of SEGD. “The awards drive hundreds of thousands of visitors to our website annually and become benchmarks for companies in search of hiring the best EGD firms in the world.”
A multi-disciplinary jury—including clients, users and students—representing a diversity of design disciplines will evaluate projects based on their effectiveness in connecting people to place, creating a unique and memorable user experience, and solving the client’s objectives and design challenges.
Prince Claus Seed Award – Deadline: March 1, 2022 at 23:59h Amsterdam Time.
The Prince Claus Fund annually recognizes 100 emerging artists and cultural practitioners within the first five years of their careers with Prince Claus Seed Awards. Through this, they aim to create space for emerging artists to experiment and develop new perspectives on societal challenges within their practice on their own terms.
The Prince Claus Fund offers 100 Awards to emerging artists and cultural practitioners, who each receive €5.000 (R 103,200 ZAR) to develop their cultural practice.
See detailed guidelines on How to Apply and Eligibility Criteria and fill in your submission on our Prince Claus Awards Platform. Only completed submissions via our Prince Claus Awards Platform will be considered.
Please note: Although all of the awards within the list are eligible to South Africans, some institutions are internationally based and as a result have different time zones that affect the deadline dates. Do read the application criteria carefully.