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Monday, 01 October 2018 11:07

2018 Bokeh South African International Lifestyle and Fashion Film Festival winners announced

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The winners of the 5 th edition of the Bokeh South African International Lifestyle and Fashion Film Festival, presented by Savanna Loco, were announced on the 22 September at the Carrol Boyes showroom in Paarden Eiland. The extravagant red carpet gala awards ceremony was a fitting culmination to the festival, after a few day lead up of inspiring screenings, talks and competitions.

With the theme of Tim Burton, new venue, the Carrol Boyes showroom played the perfect backdrop to a scene of fabulous gothic extravagance, Carrol Boyes also debuted their new confectionary range on the night. While the bridal inspired fashion show by local designer Abigail Betz received high praise.

“The Gala Events were the cherry on the cake and bring to a close the 2018 Bokeh Festival events. I am once again humbled by the attention and accolades that Bokeh continues to garner both locally and abroad. The support and commitment shown by each member of the Bokeh team as well as our partners makes Bokeh the world class platform it is.” Says Adrian Lazarus – Founder and Manging Director of the Bokeh Festival.

“Savanna Premium Cider is known for its funny, quirky and unapologetic nature, but there is also a lesser-known maverick side to Savanna, which is always pushing the boundaries, unafraid to break new ground and to try new things. We believe strongly in the strength of joint branding, provided the brands are strongly aligned on their vision and future direction. Bokeh is well aligned to the principles of breaking new ground, always premium and unmistakably original, all of which firmly articulate the future of Savanna. As such, Savanna, led by the premium variant, Savanna Loco, are delighted to have formed this partnership with Bokeh. We are proud to be able to extend our headline sponsorship for a further year with the team at Bokeh!” Says Vicki Herbertson – Head of RTD Distell.

“Mercedes-Benz values the unique interactive sensory experience that the Bokeh Festival offers us to share our brand values with the fashion film community, and feature our latest models as the official vehicle sponsor. Our customers are highly fashionable and their cars are not only an extension of their image, but an integral part of their lifestyle. Fashion and cars have always been closely linked as an expression of individuality and creativity, with both relying on brilliant design. Our design philosophy of sensual purity expresses modern luxury, which we interpret across our entire vehicle range to awaken emotions much like the international films, art and fashion displayed at the festival.

It for this reason that we are pleased to confirm the extension of our relationship with the Bokeh Festival for a sixth consecutive year.” Says Selvin Govender – Marketing Director of Mercedes-Benz Cars South Africa.

Attendees went all out when it came to their outfits, and for good reason, as the V&A Waterfront generously awarded R10 000 each to the best dressed woman and man of the night.

The SA International Make-up Championship title was awarded to Elena Bettanello from Italy, who won R20 000 and beat out twelve local and international contestants with their Tim Burton inspired make-up and body art. While the Billy Preston Emerging Creative Talent Award and R50 000 went to student film What Would Sarah Do?

Fourteen exclusively designed Carrol Boyes awards were given away with Best Picture being awarded to South African film Lovely.

View the full list of winners below:


  • Best Actor - El Manifiesto De Lola (Lola's Manifesto)
  • Best Art Direction - Perfect Parisienne 
  • Best Cinematography - Paris You Got Me
  • Best Hair - Doll House
  • Best Make-Up - Imagine - The Puppeteer
  • Best Director - Hollywood Hills
  • Best Documentary - Mamuthones
  • Best Emerging Talent - Note to Self
  • Best Fashion - Picha Marangi
  • Best Sound/Music - Casamorati
  • Lifetime Achievement Award - Einat Dan
  • Billy Preston Emerging Creative Talent Award Make-Up - Eat It
  • Billy Preston Emerging Creative Talent Award - What Would Sarah Do?
  • Best Picture – Lovely

The main awards event was followed by a glamorous Red Carpet event at Shepstone Gardens in Johannesburg on the 26 September, which saw many local celebrities, designers and film makers in attendance. The big band orchestra, sumptuous cuisine and beautiful location all helped make our guests feel like total rockstars!

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