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Celebrating South African Talent: NFTA Awards 2023 Nominees

The National Film Academy today announced the release of the official nominees for the National Film & TV Awards South Africa (NFTA).

The National Film Academy with a rich history of 25 years, is one of the world’s largest film and TV academies, boasting over 7.5 million members globally. As the driving force behind esteemed awards such as the National Film Awards UK, National Film & TV Awards USA, and National Reality Television Awards, the Academy has today announced the launch of the annual National Film & TV Awards here in South Africa. The South African annual version of the NFTA is set to take place at the Opera Theatre, in Pretoria on the 21st of October 2023.

The National Film & TV Awards South Africa will be broadcast to 15 countries, showcasing the depth and breadth of South African movies and talent to a global audience.

Sara Kensington, Head of Partnerships at the National Film Academy, expressed, “Every territory we expand in, our goal remains constant: to elevate talent both on/off camera, films and television shows to the global stage. The worldwide rise of African music, from Afrobeats to Amapiano, is evidence of the potential African talent possess. Starting from South Africa, the National Film Academy is looking forward to providing a global platform for talent and films to succeed worldwide.

Previous South African notable accolades from the Academy’s international awards include Trevor Noah’s win for Best Talk Show at the National Film & TV Awards USA in 2018 and South African actress Terry Pheto’s win for Best Supporting Actress at the National Film Awards UK in 2017 for her role in “A United Kingdom.” In 2023, the South African edition of the hit reality TV show, ‘Love & HipHop SA‘, clinched the title for Best International TV Show at the National Reality TV Awards in London.

The official list of the National Film & TV Awards 2023 nominees include:

Best Actress 2023
Candice Modiselle (Love, Sex and 30 Candle)
Enhle Mbali Mlotshwa (Home wrecker)
Noxolo Dlamini (Silverton Siege)
Shannon Esra (Do Your Worst)
Tumie Yakhe Ngumla (You’re My Favourite Place)
Noxolo Dlamini (iNumber Number: Jozi Gold)
Thuso Mbedu (The Woman King)
Kajal Bagwandeen (The Honeymoon)

Best Actor 2023
Nay Maps (Home Wrecker)
Jefferson Tshabalala (Big nunu’s little heist)
S’dumo Mtshali (iNumber Number: Jozi Gold)
Thabo Rametsi (Silverton Siege)
Mothusi Magano (Wild is the Wind)
Stefan Erasmus (Silverton Siege)
Armand Aucamp (Mense van die wind)
Presley Chweneyagae (iNumber Number: Jozi Gold)

Best Newcomer 2023
Gaisang K Noge (Six In The City)
AmaQamata(Blood &Water)
Nina Hastie (Comedian)
Khosi Ngema (Blood & Water)
Lindah Majola (The Wife)
Sicelo Buthelezi (Kleva-ish)
Khosi Ngema (Blood & Water)
Rosemary Zimu (Nine)

Best Actress in a TV Series 2023
KgomotsoChristopher (Legacy)
Tsholofelo Matshaba (The River)
Michelle Botes (Legacy)
Tsholofelo Matshaba (The River)
Elizabeth Serunye (Skeem Saam )
Khabonina Qubeka (Shaka Ilembe)
CindySwanepoel (Binnelanders)
Zikhona Sodlaka (The Wife)
Connie Ferguson (Kings of Jo’Burg)
Rosemary Zimu (Savage Beauty)
Kgomotso Christopher (Fatal Seduction)
Gail Mabalane (Unseen)
ThandoThabethe (HousekeepersS3)

Best Actor in a TV Series 2023
Lawrence Maleka (The River)
Irvine van der Merwe (Suidooster)
Zolisa Xaluva (Kings of Jo’Burg)
Melusi Mbele ( SCANDAL! )
JasonWillemse (uBettinaWethuS2)
Shona Ferguson (Kings of Jo’Burg)
Wiseman Mncube (Shaka Ilembe)
Thapelo Mokoena (Fatal Seduction)
Colin Moss (Unseen)
CraigUrbani (MakotiS2)
Hlomla Dandala (Justice Served)
Mpho Modikoane – (Entangled)

Best Supporting Actor 2023
Tony Miyambo (Big nunu’s little heist)
ArnoldVosloo (SilvertonSiege)
Presley Chweneyagae (iNumber Number: Jozi Gold)
Thabo Rametsi (Amandla)
ChrisChameleon (WildistheWind)
Nay Maps (Home Wrecker)
Niza Jay ( You’re My Favourite Place)
Arnold Vosloo (Silverton Siege)

Best Supporting Actress 2023
Thuso Mbedu (The Woman King)
Letoya Makhene-Pulumo (Home Wrecker)
Kate Liquorish (Do Your Worst)
Awethu Sharon Hleli (You’re My Favourite Place)
Frances Sholto-Douglas (Fatal Seduction)
Tumi Morake (The Honeymoon)
Noxolo Dlamini (iNumber Number: Jozi Gold)
Nqobile Sipamla (Amandla)
Khayakazi Kula (You’re My Favourite Place)

Best TV Drama Series 2023
Savage Beauty
Kings of Jo’Burg
Blood & Water S
Shaka Ilembe
Fatal Seduction

Best Male TV Personality 2023
Quinton Masina aka Naked ( Young, Famous & African)
Katlego Maboe (Tropika Island of Treasure All Stars)
Da L.E.S (Love & HipHop SA)
Swanky Jerry (Young, Famous & African)
Shane Eagle (Love & HipHop SA)
Somizi (Living the Dream with Somizi)
Diamond Platinumz (Young, Famous & African)
Shane Eagle (Love & HipHop SA)
Andile Ncube (Young, Famous & African)
2Baba (Young, Famous & African)

Best Female TV Personality 2023
Lebo “Jojo” Mokoena (The Real Housewives of Johannesburg)
Zari Hassan (Young, Famous & African)
Nunurai Mudarikwa (The Mommy Club)
Fifi Cooper (Love & HipHop SA)
Mpumi “Mrs Mops” Mophatlane (The Mommy Club)
Kayleigh Schwark (Young, Famous & African)
DJ Speedsta (Love & HipHop SA)
Happy “Her Majesty” Simelane (The Mommy Club)
Annie Mthembu (The Real Housewives of Durban)
Annie Macaulay-Idibia (Young,Famous & African)
Gigi Lamayne (Love & HipHop SA)

Best Supporting Actress in a TV Series 2023
GaisangKNoge (TheWife)
Nthati Moshesh (Savage Beauty)
Brenda Mukwevho (House of Zwide)
AmaQamata (Blood &Water)
Nicole Holm (Donkerbos)
Nomzamo Mbatha (Shaka Ilembe)
Charmaine Mtinta (Makoti)
Siphesihle Ndaba (Gomora)
Deli Malinga (Redemption)
OdelleDeWet (Binnelanders)

Best Supporting Actor in a TV Series 2023
Morné Visser (Justice Served)
Ayanda Daweti (Gomora)
Abdul Khoza (The Wife)
Katlego Letsholonyana (Skeem Saam)
Mothusi Magano (Blood Psalms)
Lindah Majola (The Wife)
GeraldSteyn (Binnelanders)
Khaya Mthembu (Gomora)
Wanda Zuma (House of Zwide)

Best TV Presenter 2023
Anele Mdoda
Minnie Dlamini
Somizi Mhlongo
Nico Panagio
Lerato Kganyago
Katlego Maboe
Lawrence Maleka
Tshegofatso Mosupye
Emo Adams
MacFarlane Moleli

Best Comedian 2023
Loyiso Gola
David Kau
Riaad Moosa
Celeste Ntuli
Nik Rabinowitz
Deep Fried Man
Tumi Morake
Tats Nkonzo
Barry Hilton
Marc Lottering
Mpho Popps

Best Competition Show 2023
Celebrity Game Night
Kokkedoor: Vuur en Vlam
Wie Word ‘n Miljoenêr?
Noot vir Noot
The Masked Singer South Africa
Survivor South Africa: Return of the Outcasts
Idols South Africa
The Ultimate Braai Master
Deal or No Deal: South Africa

Best Action in a Film/Series 2023
Big Nunu’s Little Heist Assassins
Justice Served
The River
Wild is the Wind
Kings of Jo’Burg
iNumber Number: Jozi Gold Redemption

Best Entertainment Show 2023
Yo MTV Raps Uncapped
Young, Famous and African MasterChef SA
Survivor SA: Return of the Outcasts Sunday Sexy Love
Celebrity Game Night
Love & HipHop SA
The Real Housewives of Durban Mzansi Icons
The Real Housewives of Johannesburg

Best International African Film 2023
Love, Sex and 30 Candles (South Africa)
Assassin (South Africa)
Goodbye Julia (Sudan)
Augure (Omen) (Congo)
Shimoni (Kenya)
Gangs of Lagos (Nigeria)
Sira (Burkina Faso/Senegal)
The Planter’s Plantation (Cameroon)
TeraStorm (Kenya)
Our Brothers (Algeria)
Xalé (Senegal)

Best Documentary 2023
Lobola, A Bride’s True Price?
Against All Odds: the Alwyn Uys Story
My Name is Reeva
Pale Ya Kosa
Nkalakatha: The Life of Mandoza

Outstanding Performance 2023
Zikhona Sodlaka (The Wife)
Nomzamo Mbatha (Assassin)
Jaques De Silva (The Umbrella Men)
Enhle Mbali Mlotshwa (Home wrecker)
Abdul Khoza (The Wife)
Connie Ferguson (Kings of Jo’Burg)
Gail Mabalane (Unseen)
Hlomla Dandala (Justice Served)
Tsholofelo Matshaba (The River)
Arnold Vosloo (Silverton Siege)

Best Feature Film 2023
Silverton Siege
Love, Sex and 30 Candles Wild Is the Wind
The Umbrella Men
Mense van die wind
The Honeymoon
iNumber Number: Jozi Gold

Best Director 2023
Stephina Zwane (Love, Sex and 30 Candles)
John Barker (The Umbrella Men)
Stephina Zwane (Home Wrecker)
Samantha Nell (Do Your Worst)
Mandla Dube (Silverton Siege)
Fabian Medea (Wild Is the Wind)
David Schröder (Mense van die wind)
Bianca Isaac (The Honeymoon)

Best Producer 2023
John Barker, Joel Phiri, Tshepiso Chikapa Phiri, Dan Jawitz, Thembalethu Mfebe (The Umbrella Men)
Walter Ayres | Mandla Dube ( Silverton Siege)
Fabian Medea | Tshepiso Chikapa Phiri (Wild Is the Wind)
Aimee Dherman (Mense van die wind)
Bianca Isaac | Gregory Mthanji (The Honeymoon)
JP Potgieter (iNumber Number: Jozi Gold)

Celebrity Personality of the Year 2023
Zikhona Sodlaka
Connie Ferguson
Pearl Thusi
Katlego Maboe
Lasizwe Dambuza
Minnie Dlamini
Boity Thulo
Bonang Matheba
Nadia Nakai
Natasha Thahane
Clement Maosa

Best Production Company 2023
Both Worlds Pictures
Quizzical Pictures
Urban Brew Studios
Yellowbone Entertainment
Tshedza Pictures
Stark Films
Ochre Media
Meraki SA
Nagvlug Films
Burnt Onion Productions
Bomb Productions

Best Television / Streaming Network 2023
Mzansi Magic

Best Non-Scripted TV Series 2023
The Mommy Club
Love & HipHop South Africa
Noot vir Noot
The Taste Master SA
Living the Dream with Somizi
Young, Famous and African
The Real Housewives of Johannesburg

Best Scripted TV Series 2023
Savage Beauty
How to Ruin Christmas The Wife
Justice Served
The River

In a bid to celebrate and recognize the outstanding talent and content, this event promises to be a memorable annual milestone in the South African entertainment industry. Join us in celebrating the best of South African film and television, as we bring our rich heritage and stories to the world stage.

Public Voting commences on the 4th of September to the 10th of October 2023 via title sponsor, new social media network Telephonos.com

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