AFDA alumna Muneera Sallies wins at The Western Cape Cultural Affairs Awards
AFDA alumna Muneera Sallies recently won the Most Innovative Contribution of an Artist/Organisation in Film, Audio-Visual, Interactive Media, and Photography at The Western Cape Cultural Affairs Awards 2023.
The Western Cape Cultural Affairs Awards are hosted annually by the Western Cape Department of Cultural Affairs and Sport (DCAS) to recognise and celebrate the cultural, linguistic and heritage excellence in the province. The occasion is a vital opportunity to proudly showcase the diversity of the province’s cultural landscape.
Since 1999 these prestigious awards have acknowledged many individuals and organisations that have made a significant impact in the Western Cape.
The annual ceremony is a highlight on the Western Cape Government calendar and gives the people of the province a sense of pride in their cultural and linguistic heritage. The Western Cape Cultural Affairs Awards is a true reflection of the values of our vibrant democracy, in which the cultural and linguistic rights of all people are recognised.
AFDA alumnus Daniel Steyn wins SANEF Nat Nakasa Award
AFDA alumnus Daniel Steyn, one of GroundUp’s lead journalists on the Thabo Bester prison escape story, recently won the 2023 Nat Nakasa Award for Media Integrity. The awards are hosted annually by the South African National Editors Forum (SANEF).
Their award citation states Daniel “rocked the boat of corruption” at Mangaung prison. GroundUp exposed that Bester had escaped from this prison with the help of Nandipha Magudumana. Because of these reports, Bester and Magudumana were apprehended in Tanzania, nearly a year after the escape, and brought back to South Africa where they and officials at the prison, who allegedly helped them escape, are now on trial.
The Nat Nakasa Award for Media Integrity is an award presented to a South African media practitioner in newspapers, magazines, broadcasting and online print media and whose reporting celebrates freedom of speech and media integrity. The award is managed and presented by the South African National Editors Forum.
AFDA alumnus Henk Pretorius’ new film wins awards at USA film festivals
AFDA alumnus Henk Pretorius’ new feature film “Forever Now”, directed and written by Henk, recently won the Best Narrative Feature Film award at the Viva Texas Film Festival 2023.
“Forever Now” also won the prestigious Industry Choice Award (ICA) at Dances with Films Festival in Los Angeles.
“Forever Now” remains one of the most authentically personal stories I have written and directed thus far. I grateful to all the cast and crew as well as all the unsung heroes in film and TV.” says Henk.