The 16th Edition of the South African Film and Television Awards (SAFTAs) have been moved to September 2022 by organisers, the National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF).
It is unclear whether the shift will be a once-off change or a permanent modification.
Since its establishment in 2009, the award ceremony has taken place in March, but ongoing Covid-19 restrictions last year focused the ceremony to take place in May.
This has left the country’s TV and film industry wondering whether the award ceremony will still continue, given the absence of communication and updates from the NFVF.
According to BMA sources, the date change of the 16th edition of the SAFTAs to September 2022 comes after the NFVF had previously announced that the awards ceremony would be moved to June 2022.
Entries for the 16th edition closed at the end of January 2022, and judging is currently underway.
According to NFVF’s Head Of Operations, Onke Dumeko, planning for the ceremony has been underway for some months.
Furthermore, “NFVF will issue a full statement in the coming weeks that will address all concerns relating to the 16th edition of SAFTAs,” Dumeko added.
The primary objective of the SAFTAs Awards is to honour, celebrate, promote and reward the quality, creativity, and excellence of the South African Film and Television Industry.