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M-Net’s Local Content Strategy Wins Big

M-Net’s local content investment strategy pays off.

20 March 11:13

M-Net’s local content investment strategy paid off when its channels collectively won 36 Golden Horns, scooping some of the biggest awards – Most Popular Soap, Best Soap, Best Feature Film, Best Documentary Feature, Best Achievement in Scriptwriting, and Best Achievement in Directing-Feature Film – at the 11th South African Film and Television Awards (SAFTAs) held at the Sun City Super Bowl on 18 March. 

Isibaya, Mzansi Magic’s flagship soap, won Most Popular Soap and The Road was awarded Best TV Soap. kykNET won Best Feature Film for Sink, Best Documentary Feature for Nobody’s Died Laughing, and Best Achievement in Scriptwriting for Die Boekklub. M-Net 101 won Best Achievement in Directing-Feature Film for its original film, Shepherds and Butchers

Thembisa Mdoda, presenter of Mzansi Magic’s popular reality show, Our Perfect Wedding won Best TV Presenter and Greed and Desire’s Linda Sebezo in the category Best Supporting Actress- TV Soap/Telenovela.  

kykNET (DStv channel 144) won a total of 26 awards including Best Supporting Actress-TV Drama for Die Boekklub won by Jana Cilliers, taking Best Actor- TV Comedy was James Borthwick as well as the 19 Golden Horns from the technical awards evening. 

M-Net’s (DStv channel 101) original film, Shepherds and Butchers directed by Oliver Schmitz won the Best Achievement in Directing in the Feature Film category. A South African story set in the 1980’s focuses on the skewed judicial system of the time. A second win for M-Net was for its ultimate talent contest The Voice South Africa, which won its very first Golden Horn for Best International Format Show. 

Voted for by adoring fans, Isibaya (on DStv channel 161), is a proudly South African story that has captured the hearts of Mzansi. It depicts the battle for wealth and power between rival taxi families, a reality that many South Africans can relate with. Isibaya also won for its brilliant production value in the category Best Achievement in Post Production-Original Music/Score-TV Soap/Telenovela.

Sink, a kykNET original production, is based on the journey of a mother, who needs to make devastating choices. Nobody’s Died Laughing, is a biographic feature documentary, an exploration of the life and times of satirist Pieter-Dirk Uys. 

M-Net CEO Yolisa Phahle stated that, ‘From audience approvals to awards, our local content focus is about creating memorable and empowering television, which has allowed our M-Net magic to spread across the continent’. Phahle continued to say that, ‘Our successes are based on the winning partnerships with powerhouse production companies, actors and our employees, who share the M-Net vision of creating local stories that are transformational and entertaining.’ Phahle congratulated all nominees and winners honoured on the evening.

The 11th Annual South African Film and Television (SAFTAs) winners announced – Night 2

1

Best Documentary Feature

Nobody’s Died Laughing

Who Projects

2

Best TV Soap/Telenovela

The Road

 The Bomb Shelter Film Company

3

Best Feature Film

Sink

Nostalgia Productions, Brittle Star Pictures and  Scramble Productions

4

Best Achievement in Directing – Feature Film

Shepherds and Butchers

Oliver Schmitz

5

Best TV Presenter

Thembisa Mdoda

Public Vote 

6

Most Popular TV Soap

Isibaya

Public Vote

7

Best Supporting Actress – TV Drama

Jana Cilliers

Die Boekklub

8

Best Supporting Actress- TV Soap/Telenovela

Linda Sebezo

Greed and Desire

9

Best Actor -TV Comedy

James Borthwick

Hotel

10

Best Actor – Feature Film

Dann Jaques Mouton

Noem My Skollie

11

Best Actress – Feature Film

Shoki Mokgapa

Sink

12

Best Supporting Actor -Feature Film

Abdurahgmaan Adams

Noem My Skollie

 

The 11th Annual South African Film and Television (SAFTAs) winners announced – Night 1

1

Best Achievement in Sound Design – Documentary Feature

Nobody’s Died Laughing

Barry Donnelly

2

 

Best Achievement in Editing – Documentary Feature

Nobody’s Died Laughing

Geoffrey Butler

3

Best International Format Show

The Voice South Africa

African Media and Production Network

4

Best Achievement in Scriptwriting -TV Drama

Die Boekklub

Louis Pretorius

5

Best Achievement in Cinematography – TV Drama

Bloedbroers

Adam Bentel

6

Best Achievement in Editing – TV Drama

Bloedbroers

Ula Oelsen

7

Best Achievement in Editing – TV Drama

Bloedbroers

Johan Cronje

8

Best Achievement in Original Music/ Score-TV Drama

Bloedbroers

Janine Neethling

9

Best Achievement in Art / Production Design – TV Drama

Bloedbroers

Bathoni Robinson

10

Best Achievement in Wardrobe, Make-Up and Hairstyling – TV Drama

Bloedbroers

Julia Rubinstein

11

Best Achievement in Wardrobe, Make-Up and Hairstyling – TV Drama

Bloedbroers

Sulet Meintjes

12

Best Achievement in Post Production – Editing – TV Soap/Telenovela

The Road

Kirsten de Magalhaes, Andrew Traill, Julian Thomas, Nqobizwe Ndlangamandla, Sharron Hawkes

13

Best Achievement in Art Direction/ Production Design – TV Soap/Telenovela

The Road

Dylan Lloyd & Johann Krynauw

14

Best Achievement in Wardrobe, Make-up and Hair – TV Soap/Telenovela

The Road

Trudi Barklem & Julene Paton

15

Best Achievement in Post Production – Original Music/Score-TV Soap/Telenova

Isibaya

Philip Miller

16

Best Achievement in Scriptwriting -TV Comedy

Hotel

Bennie Fourie & Stiaan Smith

17

Best Achievement in Scriptwriting -Feature Film

Sink

Brett Michael Innes

18

Best Achievement in Editing – Feature Film

Sink

Nicholas Costaras & Brett Michael Innes

19

Best Achievement in Cinematography – Feature Film

Modder en Bloed

Adam Bentel

20

Best Achievement in Art Production Design – Feature Film

Noem My Skollie

Warren Gray

21

Best Achievement in Original Music/ Score – Feature Film

Sink

Chris Letcher

22

Best Achievement in Sound Design – Feature Film

Modder en Bloed

Jim Petrak

23

Best Achievement in Costume Design – Feature Film

Noem My Skollie

Emma Moss

24

Best Achievement in Make-up and Hairstyling – Feature Film

Noem My Skollie

Gale Shepherd

 

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