THE South African Film and Television Awards (Safta) will be announcing the nominees for this year’s awards on Thursday, 29 April.
The prestigious film and television awards will be hosting the nominee announcement online, but in a “fun and different way”.
They sent out communication to the media on Monday, 26 April, saying even though they are disappointed that the announcement will be live and not in person, they are excited about the great talent they will announce as nominees on Thursday.
However, they said more details about the nominee announcement would follow in the coming days.
The award ceremony was also held online last year and saw The River walking away with 10 awards and legendary actress, Thembi Mtshali-Jones, got the Lifetime Achiever Award.
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Last month, the Saftas announced they had an increase in the number of entries this year and they had to get more judges.
The executive producer, Anneke de Ridder, told Daily Sun that 402 entries were submitted, compared to more than 350 last year. Therefore, they had to increase the number of judges from 205 to 213.
Three new categories were also added. They are for online content, best made for TV documentary and best structured soapie reality.
People were also pushing for 947 presenter Hulisani Ravele to host this year’s awards. The media personally was trending on Twitter for hours, with people saying the Saftas should hire her.
During a previous interview with Daily Sun,Hulisani said although she’s not one of the most popular celebrities, she’d love to host the awards.
However, the Saftas haven’t announced who the host will be or whether the ceremony will be virtual or not.
The event is set to take place on 22 May.