22 February 2019, News

AFDA students, staff and alumni received a record number of nominations at the 13th annual South African Film and Television Awards (#SAFTAs13), which will take place at the Sun City Superbowl over the weekend of 1-2 March 2019.

The AFDA Cape Town honours award winning film, “Doreen”, directed by Luvuyo Equiano Nyawose, makes it the 23rd nomination for AFDA in the Best Student Film category in the history of the SAFTAs.  “Doreen”, which has screened at film festivals around the world in the last year is now also streaming on Showmax in the AFDA collection series.

“AFDA students create their films on shoestring budgets but with a war chest of grit, will and talent. Creating a student film is a grueling process, this process develops an inner steel that sets an AFDA graduate a cut above the rest. The quality of graduate films such as “Doreen” is astounding, AFDA salute’s all the students involved in these productions.” says AFDA CEO, Teresa Passchier.

AFDA staff and alumni dominate nominations in the Feature Film categories. The film, “Nommer 37”, directed by Nosipho Dumisa receives seven nominations, “Ellen: Die Ellen Pakkies Storie”, directed by Daryne Joshua of “Noem My Skollie” fame takes five, while “Kanarie” produced by Jaco Smit also takes five. Alumna and TV Producing lecturer, Diaan Lawrenson is nominated in the Best Actress for her role as ‘Ingrid’ in the film “Raaiselkind”.  Zen van Zyl (Nommer 37) and Willie Nel (Meerkat Maantuig) go head to head in the Best Cinematographer category and Simon Beesley (Nommer 37) takes a spot for Best Editing. Waldemar Coetsee (Meerkat Maantuig) gets yet another nomination for Best Production Design.

In the television categories Masters (MFA) student Richard Starkey (Tali’s Wedding Diary) gets the nod for Best Editing – TV Comedy. Screenwriting lecturers Margaret and Peter Goldsmid (Ring of Lies) are nominated for Best Scriptwriting – Telenovela and Motheo Moeng (Tjovitjo) gets the opportunity to make it two Golden Horns in a row for the Best Cinematography – TV Drama award.

A massive congratulations to all the nomiees. Check out the full list of AFDA nominees below.  

Best Student Film


Best Achievement in Directing – Feature Film

Ellen: Die Ellen Pakkies Storie – Daryne Joshua 

Best Achievement in Scriptwriting – Feature Film

Nommer 37 – Nosipho Dumisa

Best Achievement in Cinematography – Feature Film

Meerkat Maantuig – Willie Nel

Nommer 37 – Zen van Zyl 

Best Achievement in Editing – Feature Film

Nommer 37 – Simon Beesley

Best Achievement in Production Design – Feature Film

Meerkat Maantuig – Waldemeer Coetsee

Best Actress – Feature Film

Raaisekind – Diaan Lawrenson

Best Feature Film

Kanarie – Marche Media

Nommer 37 – Gambit Films

Best Achievement in Scriptwriting – TV Comedy

Thuli noThulani – Julian Koboekae, Meren Reddy

Best Actress – TV Comedy

Tali’s Wedding Diary – Tali Shapiro

Best Achievement in Editing – TV Comedy

Tali’s Wedding Diary – Richard Starkey

Best Achievement in Cinematography – TV Comedy

Tali’s Wedding Diary – James Adey

Bedford Wives – Justus De Jager 

Best Achievement in Directing – TV Soap

Isithembiso – Zeno Peterson, Shaft Moropane and Darryl Fuchs 

Best Achievement in Scriptwriting – TV Soap

Isithembiso – Mathew Jankes

Best Achievement in Editing – TV Soap

Isithembiso – Brett Anolik

Best Achievement in Cinematography – TV Soap

Isithembiso – Zeno Peterson

Best Achievement in Directing – Telenovela

Ring of Lies – Darryl Fuchs and David Golden

Best Achievement in Scriptwriting – Telenovela

The River – Peter Goldsmid, Margaret Goldsmid and Tristram Atkins

Broken Vows – Lwazi Mvusi and Genna Lewis

Best Achievement in Cinematography – Telenovela

Ring of Lies – Ntobeko Dlamini 

Best TV Drama

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The Herd

Best Achievement in Directing – TV Drama

The Herd – Ernest Nkosi

Best Achievement in Scriptwriting – TV Drama

Emoyeni – Thishiwe Ziqubu                                                                                                                                                 

Best Achievement in Art/Production Design – TV Drama

Tjovitjo – Vevienne Mahloko

Best Achievement in Cinematography – TV Drama

Tjovitjo – Motheo Moeng

AFDA is the South African School of Motion Picture Medium and Live Performance, and is registered with the Department of Higher Education and Training as a private higher education institution under the Higher Education Act, 1997. Registration certificate no. 2001/HE07/012.

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