National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF) CEO, Makhosazana Khanyile has promised a revitalized 14th edition of the upcoming South African Film and Television Awards (Saftas) set for March 2020 in Sun City, North West.
The recently minted CEO who took over from former CEO, Zama Mkosi admitted to a certain blunders made in the previous editions of the award ceremony.
Khanyile was speaking during NFVF’s during the foundation’s media day held at Capital Empire in Sandton on Tuesday, an event also aimed at creating mutually beneficial relationships between the foundation and the media industry.
“We have had to introspect how we do things following some of the blunders and criticism we received in recent past. In our introspection we looked at the British Film and Television Awards (Bafta) and compared ourselves to them in order to inform the changes that will be reflected by Satftas 14. The changes include music, reality, best variety and magazine and lifestyle related categories. We are committed to effecting changes in the manner in which we do and approach things. With the upcoming Safta 14, we have introduced new categories and rebranded some of the categories to reflect some of the changes the industry is experiencing. We are also committed to strengthening our relationships with the media, which is why we have decided to engage the media today,” Khanyile said.
Some of the changes made to the awards include the inclusion of content exhibited via subscription-based streaming services (S-VOD, subscription video on demand) in South Africa (e.g. Netflix, Showmax), which for the first time between 1 November 2018 and 31 October 2019 will be eligible for entry; as well as a new category called, Entertainment Programme which accommodates quizzes, game shows, talent shows, music shows, music specials, and all general entertainment. Another notable change is the best wildlife documentary category which changes to natural history and environmental programme, separation of reality show award into two categories, best competition reality show and best structured or docu-reality show awards.
The event was also an opportunity to gloat on the success of some of the local films which dominated the box office in the first half of the year. Films such as Kandansamys-The Wedding, Matwetwe, and Afrikaans film, Dominee Tienie. These films, released in the first part of 2019 surpassed box office expectations and did well. We need to urge our family members and to support local films when they are released in theatres,” she said.
Khanyile further emphasised the importance of training and development aimed at women and youth film makers, while also ensuring that funding processes did not discriminate against those without experience.
“We can’t decline people without empowering them, which is why we will be offering funding training workshops to those who have been declined funding. Also, our funding priorities need to reflect that NFVF is about transforming and developing the industry, which is why the training of female filmmakers, the youth producers, directors and scriptwriters form part of our priorities,” she said.
The event wound up with the call for entries for Saftas 14, which opened on Tuesday, 15 October until 15 November 2019