Nominations for the 2022 South African Film and Television Awards (SAFTA) have been announced. This year’s SAFTAs, with the theme of “Frame the Future”, will be a two-day affair on 2 and 3 September. The main awards ceremony will be a simulcast on Saturday, 3 September on SABC3 and Mzansi Magic on DStv.
Similar to what’s happening overseas with award show nominations, video streaming services are making ever bigger inroads in SAFTA category nominations, with MultiChoice’s Showmax and Netflix South Africa once again snagging several nominees and eMedia Investment’s new eVOD streamer making its debut by snagging some nominations.
Showmax is up for a whopping 158 South African Film and Television Awards (SAFTAs) – the most by far of any streaming service available in South Africa. Showmax Originals alone are nominated for 52 SAFTAs, including the key categories of Best Telenovela (The Wife), TV Drama (DAM), TV Comedy (Tali’s Baby Diary), Feature Film (Glasshouse), Made For TV Documentary (Devilsdorp), and Made For TV Movie (Boxing Day).
With 11 nominations, including Best TV Drama, the Showmax Original DAM is the most nominated drama at this year.
With 11 nominations, including Best TV Comedy, the Showmax Original Tali’s Baby Diary is joint second in the overall rankings at the 2022 SAFTAs.
Having set viewing records on Showmax, topped Twitter, and taken home DStv Mzansi Viewers’ Choice Awards for Favourite Actor for Abdul Khoza and Rising Star for Kwenzo Ngcobo, The Wife is now up for 10 SAFTAs, including Best Telenovela, Directing, Cinematography, and Editing.
The feature film leading the 2022 nominations-tally is Netflix South Africa’s I Am All Girls from Nthibah Pictures, with 11 nominations. Netflix SA also scored 16 nominations for the second season of the South African filmed drama series, How to Ruin Christmas, produced by Burnt Onion Productions.
The Tshedza Pictures-produced telenovela The River on M-Net’s 1Magic (DStv 103) channel snagged 11 nominations.
“We are looking forward to a remarkable show that will showcase the creative innovation that our local industry has continued to display despite the circumstances that have been faced.”says Makhosazana Khanyile, NFVF CEO.
Viewers will be able to vote for two categories this year – Best TV presenter and Most popular soap/telenovela.
See the full list of nominees here