The feature film  Krotoa  has achieved great acclaim on the international festival circuit :



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International Film Festival for Environment, Health, and Culture – Official Selection

Artemis Women in Action Film Festival – Official Selection

Female Eye Film Festival –
Official Selection/ Nominated for Best Foreign Feature

Nashville Film Festival – Official Selection

World Humanitarian Awards – Official Selection



International Film Festival for Women, Social Issues, and Zero Discrimination – AWARD OF EXCELLENCE

Depth Of Field International Film Festival – BEST OF SHOW

International Movie Awards – PLATINUM AWARD WINNER

Filmmakers World Festival – DIAMOND AWARD

IndieFEST Film Awards – BEST OF SHOW

Accolade Global Film Competition – Award of Excellence Special Mention: Women Filmmakers



Harlem International Film Festival – Best Of Show





The feature film FELIX has achieved great acclaim on the international festival circuit winning :

The Audience Award at Durban International Film Festival 2013

The Lucas Award
 for best film at the Lucas International Children’s Film Festival in Frankfurt 2013

The Michel Award 
for best film at the Hamburg Film Festival 2013

The Best Director Award
 at the Africa International Film Festival in Nigeria 2013

Two awards 
at the International Young Audience Film Festival Ale Kino in Poland 2013

The Marcinek Award 
for best full length film for children as well as the Teacher’s Jury 2013

Shirley Johnston won Best Feature Film Script from the Writers Guild of South Africa’s Muse Awards 2013

Beste feature film: “Felix” by Roberta Durant (Zuid-Afrika, 2013)Children’s Jury Antwerp

Youth Jury prize for Best Film at the Reel 2 Real International Film Festival for Youth in Vancouver, Canada 2014

Best Film Award at Kikife International Children’s Film Festival in Schwäbisch Gmünd, Germany 2014

Adult Jury Prize – ‘Die Goldene Klappe Award’ for best Picture at the Augsburg Children’s Film Festival in Germany 2014

Peoples Choice Award Best Feature Film Vancouver South African Film Festival 2014

Youth Jury Award Best Feature Film Toronto Intern. Film Festival for Kids 2014

Special Mention Award
Roberta Durrant also received Special Jury Recognition
for Felix as a first time feature film director at the Pan African Film Festival in Los Angeles.

Worldwide Recognition:

HOME AFFAIRS has been a finalist in the drama category at the International Emmy Awards four times between 2007 and 2010 in both the best drama category and best actress category.

In 2007 HOME AFFAIRS was a finalist at Banff (Canada) and received especial mention at the Rose d’Or (Switzerland).

Paw Paw Films’ legal drama series SOKHULU and PARTNERS was nominated for an International Emmy Award in 2009 in the drama category and won best drama and best lead actress SAFTAS in 2009.

In 2004, STOKVEL was the runner-up in New York in the International Emmy Awards in the sitcom category, the first time in the history of South African television that a local program was nominated. STOKVEL has won various SAFTA awards over a 5 year period including best comedy, best director, best actor, best actress and best ensemble acting.

STOKVEL won Best Comedy at the South Africa comedy awards.

ABOUT US, a four part comedy sketch show produced for SABC2.  STOKVEL received an honourable mention at the International Golden Rose Festival in the comedy category in 2005.

MADAM&EVE achieved a Rose in the prestigious 2002 Golden Rose Awards in Switzerland for best sitcom from over 30 submissions from around the world.

Local Acclaim:

At the SAFTA Awards in 2012, Penguin Films and Paw Paw Films were well represented with 18 nominations in various comedy, drama and children’s programming categories,

Penguin Films and Paw Paw Films walked away with Best Ensemble cast for STOKVEL and

Best Supporting Actress Harriet Manamela in SOKHULU and PARTNERS.

At the SAFTA Awards in 2011 Penguin Films achieved 8 nominations:

STOKVEL was nominated for Best Actor and Actress.

DEELTITEL DAMES for Best Actress

HOME AFFAIRS for Best Drama Series, Best Actress and Best Editor

Best Supporting
 Actress for HOME AFFAIRS was awarded to Theresa Benade

At the SAFTA Awards in 2010 Penguin Films and Paw Paw Films achieved 7 local SAFTA awards:

SOKHULU and PARTNERS, won Best Drama and Best Actress

STOKVEL’s director, Vusi Dibakwane, won Best Comedy Director

Penguin Films has also received the following local awards:

NTVA Silver Stone Award  2001 for S.O.S

MADAM&EVE received an NTVA Bronze Stone Award

NTVA Bronze Stone Award  2001 for SCOOP SCHOMBIE

1999 5 AVANTI Awards for GOING UP

1 BRONZE Award for KHULULEKA and
3 additional CRAFT Awards


1995 Artes Awards:

Best Presenter
 Professor Dennis Davis for FUTURE IMPERFECT

Best Director for an edutainment series 
                                                 Joy Wilson for MAXIMUM ME

1994 2 Star Tonight Awards:

  • Best Magazine Program
    Roberta Durrant for FUTURE IMPERFECT
  • Best Presenter of any program  TV1 or M-NET
    Professor Dennis Davis for FUTURE IMPERFECT

Artes Awards:

Best Drama 
 Clive Morris for VELAPHI

Special Merit Award  Best actor
 Ray Ntlokwana for VELAPHI

Best Children’s Program  LET’S GO TRAVELLING

Best Documentary
Roberta Durrant for A SAHIB IN SOUTH AFRICA

Best Drama
Roberta Durrant for ‘SGUDI ‘SNAYSI (IT’S GOOD, IT’S NICE)

Best Actor 

Best Script
Richard Beynon for ‘SGUDI ‘SNAYSI (IT’S GOOD, IT’S NICE)

3 Star Tonight Awards in 1991:

Best Children’s Program 
Roberta Durrant for WHAT-IF

Best Comedy Series   VELAPHI

Best Comedy Artist
 Ray Ntlokwana for VELAPHI

Besides these, since 1982, Penguin Films received
3 other STAR TONIGHT AWARDS and 5 nominations.

STAR TONIGHT AWARD for Best Children’s Program
for the edutainment drama WHAT-IF.

Others include:

for their program THE ACTIVE CONSUMER.


Special Awards for our Directors:

The Lifetime Achievement Award from the SAFTA committee in 2012 was awarded to Roberta Durrant for her contribution to comedy, drama and development in the industry.

2006 Roberta Durrant has received
the Golden Plume Award for 30 years of Excellence in TV.

Roberta has also received
the Passing the Torch Award from the Gauteng Provincial Government.

Roberta Durrant received an IMBONGI Award in 2009
for her contribution to the Film – and Television industry.

1992 the ARTES and the TONIGHT Award
for Best Actor Joe Mafela and