This year’s South African Film and Television Awards (Saftas) will only feature 79 awards that will be handed out in various categories ranging from TV non-fiction, TV fiction, feature films, short films, to student films.

The 12th annual Saftas nominees were announced at Inanda Club in Johannesburg on Friday morning in an event hosted by media personality Masechaba Ndlovu.

Only South African films and TV shows that have been produced and broadcast between 1 August 2016 to 31 October 2017 were eligible.

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This year, a record number of 262 judges used along two judging phases.

The official Saftas ceremony will take place over three days at Sun City from 22-24 March. The main objectives of the awards are to celebrate excellence, encourage collaboration and develop new talent, while profiling South African talent and productions.

This year’s nominees are a representation of these objectives with an exciting combination of new talent and honouring incredible productions that have kept South Africans at the edge of their seats.

The Saftas committee extended its gratitude to the judges for their dedication and willingness to contribute towards making the awards world-class.

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“I would like to congratulate all the nominees for this achievement, reaching this stage from 348 entries is no small feat as the quality of entries left judges deliberating well after midnight each night, deciding on their top three nominees for each category. I encourage the industry to continue to produce exceptional productions and to strive for excellence so that these awards can get better each year. I would also like to wish all the nominees the best of luck and we will continue to celebrate you,’’ said National Film and Video Foundation CEO Zama Mkosi.

Some of the popular productions featured on the nominee list this year are Inxeba (The Wound), Tjovitjo, Isibaya, Ses’ Top La and Inumber Number.

These are some of the nominees: