SAFTA celebrates young people in film industry

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The 12th annual South African Film and Television Awards (SAFTA) celebrated young people that continue to make a mark in the industry.

The awards were held at Sun City in the North West, for the second year running.

The new television series ‘Tjovitjo’ was the weekend’s highlight, walking away with six awards.

Warren Masemola was among Saturday night’s favourites as one of the most nominated actor.


Isibaya once again walked with the Best Soapie award.

Thuso Mbedu got the Best actress Award when Pallance Dlala scooped the best Supporting Actor award.

“It feels good, more than feeling happy for it, I feel like I am an inspiration to people who want to be here one day. And I am happy to be part of the bridge. Thank you very much I really was not prepared for this. Thank you Amandaline, thank you to record blue, thank you Sdumo Mtshali, thank you to the cast and the crew of Isthunzi,” say some of the winners.


The Film and Television Awards organisers say they hope to see more growth through the SAFTAs. CEO for National Film and Video Foundation, Zama Mkosi, says this is also a way to groom those who want to get into the industry.

“It is also an opportunity to inspire other upcoming film makers that are still saying this is the industry that I still love. This is an industry that I am passionate about, but I never see who is behind. So tonight is an opportunity to see everyone that is behind the scenes and to see them being acknowledged for the amazing work that they do.”