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FILM & TV AWARDS (article first published : 2005-10-28)

The National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF) and the South African Film and Television Awards Committee will launch the new South African Film and Television Awards (SAFTA) on November 4 at Theatre on the Track, Kyalami, Johannesburg.

The launch is going to be a spectacular red carpet celebrity and industry event, accompanied by a three course dinner where the who¹s who of the television and film industry are expected to attend.

Some of the invited guests include South Africa¹s celebrated actors, filmmakers, film and television producers, broadcasting executives and government dignitaries.

Actors, Sophie Ndaba, Menzie Ngubane (both from SABC 1¹s Generations), Hlubi Mboya, Karlin van der Laag (both from SABC 3¹s Isidingo), Tselane Tambo (from E-Tv¹s Backstage) and Akin Omotoso (former actor and now filmmaker) are some of the celebrities who will join in the glitz and glamour of the event. The attendees will be treated to an exclusive music performance by Loyiso and 340 ML.

The launch of SAFTA will be officially opened with a keynote address by the Minister of Arts and Culture, the Honourable Dr. Pallo Jordan. The climax of the function is the unveiling of the SAFTA trophy and the call for entries will begin leading up to the official awards ceremony on April 8, 2006.

“The NFVF is proud to present to the film and television industries the first ever national film and television awards,” said Eddie Mbalo, CEO of the NFVF. “Our aim is that SAFTA will celebrate excellence in the film and television industry in a fair and objective manner.”

Jackie Motsepe, Senior Marketing Manager at the NFVF, said: “The significance of the hosting of the awards ceremony in April 2006 lies in the fact that 2006 is the year that marks the 30th anniversary of broadcasting in South Africa. These awards are launched during the era in which South African film receives acclaim outside its borders and I strongly believe that it is time we give recognition to South Africa¹s film and television industry in our own backyard.”




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