Cape Town – South Africa's film and TV stars will shine bright at the annual South African Film and Television Awards (Saftas) this weekend.
The Saftas celebrates its 10th anniversary with an entirely new look under the theme Imagine.
The awards honour the excellence across the industry that, when fuelled by the magic of imagination, crafts characters and shapes worlds that enthrall audiences within our shores and beyond.
Here are five things you need to know about this year's awards.
1. When and where
The awards weekend kicks off on Friday, 18 March with the awarding of a few categories. The big ceremony will be held on Sunday, 20 March at the Gallagher Estate in Johannesburg.
Viewers can watch the broadcast live on SABC 2 at 19:30 and on Mzansi Magic (DStv 161).
2. The hosts
Hot on the heels of successfully hosting the AMVCAs Minnie Dlamini needs no introduction. We can't wait to see Minnie slay on the red carpet and on stage.
Expresso presenter Katlego Maboe will join her on stage as co-host.
Hanging out the gorgeous @minniedlamini and dazzling @officialbonbizzle on @afternoonexpress talking #SAFTAS10 ?? . ?? by @guntherschubert ????A photo posted by Katlego Maboe (@katlegomaboe) on Mar 10, 2016 at 6:48am PST
Hanging out the gorgeous @minniedlamini and dazzling @officialbonbizzle on @afternoonexpress talking #SAFTAS10 ?? . ?? by @guntherschubert ????
A photo posted by Katlego Maboe (@katlegomaboe) on Mar 10, 2016 at 6:48am PST
3. The nominees
Leading with 11 nominations is the satirical show ZA News: Puppet Nation on StarSat with 11 nominations, followed by 9 nominations for the SABC3 mockumentary Those Who Can’t.
The made-for-TV movies Rise and Ingoma, as well as the TV comedy Kota Life Crisis all got 8 nominations.
The soap dramas Saints and Sinners (Mzansi Magic) and isiBaya (Mzansi Magic) each got 7 nominations, with 6 nominations each for Isidingo (SABC3) and Ashes to Ashes (e.tv).
Five nominations each went to Rhythm City (e.tv), The Gift and While You Weren’t Looking. The feature film Ayanda also earned five nods.
See all the nominees here.
4. Live red carpet coverage
Idols judge Somizi Mhlongo and entertainment reporter Nadia Neophytou will be interviewing filmmakers, producers, actors and TV stars live on the red carpet.
The pair have been working hard in preparation for the big night.
Briefing session with @SAFTAS1 Red Carpet pressnters @somizi @NadiaNeophytou 18 & 20 March pic.twitter.com/dImSmcLo2u— Naomi Mokhele (@IamNaomiM) March 16, 2016
Briefing session with @SAFTAS1 Red Carpet pressnters @somizi @NadiaNeophytou 18 & 20 March pic.twitter.com/dImSmcLo2u
With my #SAFTAs10 co-host @somizi, going through the running order for Fri and Sunday's shows! @SAFTAS1 #SAFTAS10 pic.twitter.com/f32KrmneS9— Nadia Neophytou (@NadiaNeophytou) March 16, 2016
With my #SAFTAs10 co-host @somizi, going through the running order for Fri and Sunday's shows! @SAFTAS1 #SAFTAS10 pic.twitter.com/f32KrmneS9
Getting ready for the weekend, don't miss the Red Carpet with @NadiaNeophytou and @somizi pic.twitter.com/QgRzgCxRdm— SAFTAS (@SAFTAS1) March 16, 2016
Getting ready for the weekend, don't miss the Red Carpet with @NadiaNeophytou and @somizi pic.twitter.com/QgRzgCxRdm
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