AFDA alumni shine with 13 Golden Horn awards at SAFTAs 2021

News, 07 June 2021

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Taking place as a virtual extravaganza on 22 May 2021, The 15th South African Film and Television Awards was hosted by Dineo Langa, Mpho Popps, and Graeme Richards. The theme of the awards was “Still Shining” and that is just what AFDA alumni did, winning 13 prestigious Golden Horn awards.

In the Feature Film Category alumnus Jozua Malherbe picked up the Best Director – Feature Film award for his work on “Griekwastad”, with the film also receiving the Best Feature Film award. Alumna Rene van Rooyen who wrote and directed the South African Oscar candidate film, “Toorbos” walked off with the Best Scriptwriting – Feature Film award and alumnus Rory O Grady took the Best Cinematography award, for his jaw-dropping work on the Netflix film, “Riding with Sugar”.

Alumnus Mandla Ngcongwane, better known as Mandla N from the production house, Black Brain Pictures, picked up two awards, the first for his film “Loving Thokoza” in the Best Made for TV Movie category and the second he won the Best Achievement in Original Music/Score – TV Drama for his work on “Lockdown Season 5”, which he also happened to direct.

The Netflix series “Blood and Water” written and directed by alumni Travis Taute, Nosipho Dumisa and Daryne Joshua of the production house, Gambit Films was always going to be in the running, bagging the Best TV Drama award as well as the Best Cinematography – TV Drama award which went to alumnus Zenn van Zyl.

Alumnus Etienne Fourie was not going to miss out on the drama in the TV Drama category and took home the Best Directing – TV Drama award for “Tydelik Terminal”.

In the TV Comedy category, alumni Lwazi Mvusi, Joshua Rous and Meren Reddy won the Best Scriptwriting – TV Comedy award for their scriptwriting on “Black Tax”. Alumnus Melanie Jankes stepped into the spotlight winning the Best Editing – TV Comedy award for her work on “How to Ruin Christmas: The Wedding” and alumna Martha Sibanyoni won the Best Art Direction – TV Comedy award for her work on “How to Ruin Christmas: The Wedding”

To round things up and get to the lucky number 13, alumna Karen Zoid’s television show, “Republiek van Zoid Afrika”, won the Best Variety Show award.

Congratulations to all the AFDA alumni winners of the 15th South African Film and Television Awards. We salute you!



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