I featured the 2017 Mercedes-Benz Bokeh International Fashion Film Festival here and, guess what? The winners were announced at a glittering red carpet event held at the flagship Mercedes-Benz dealership in Century City, Cape Town, over a two day festival on 7 and 8 April 2017.
This year saw over 512 film submissions of which 120 were selected as nominees and screened. Each of the winners received bespoke Carol Boyes trophies while Peter Verster Cohen, winner of Best Picture Award, sponsored by Oude Meester received a R120 000 Fujifilm camera system and Andrea Kloppers, winner of the Billy Preston Emerging Creative Talent Award received R50 000.
The 2017 Mercedes-Benz Bokeh International Fashion Film Festival winners were announced at a glittering red carpet event held at the flagship Mercedes-Benz dealership in Century City, Cape Town, over a two day festival on 7 and 8 April 2017.
A-list celebrities, industry VIPs, producers, designers, models and invited guests were treated to two glamorous Oscar Awards styled red carpet evenings. Friday evening hosted the first eight category awards, followed by the second eight on Saturday night, culminating in an epic after party at hot new party place – Harringtons.
A daunting “paparazzi” lined red carpet and intriguing photo booth allowed all the fashionable attendees to feel like celebrities, while delicious canapes, bubbles, cocktails and an Oude Meester brandy pairing station kept spirits high throughout.
Beautiful models sporting amazing hair styles, accessories and body paint weaved their way through the mingling crowds displaying the work of the nominees for the Gothic Couture Body Art and Creative Make Up Awards. Eva Toth was crowned winner while second place went to Karen Yu from Hong Kong and third went to South African SJ van Zyl. The winners receiving prizes to the value of R50 000.
Label.m and M.A.C made sure ladies looked their best with free hair and make-up applications, FoxBox provided express manicures while Redrum Culture Club supplied grooming for the gents.
Bokeh founder Adrian Lazarus and Heart 104.9 FM DJ Irma G MC’ed the sit down ceremony which included screenings of the winning films.
Best Actor – In & Out of Control – Emir Erlap (Director) – Lutz Föster
Best Director – Dakar Express – Peter Verster Cohen
Best Cinematography – Ethetics 2 – Amber Molter (Director) – Luis Barreto Carrillo
Best Picture – Dakar Express – Peter Verster Cohen
Best Sound – Rocco Caminiti – Azzellini Fabrizio (Director) – Florent Turpin
Best Hair – Abjective – Marie-Therese Hilenbrandt (Director) – Wolfgang Lindenhofer
Best Creative Make Up – Statues – Joshua Brandão & Nicolai Kornum (Director) – Einat Dan
Best Emerging Talent – Alrededores – Luis Ahijado (Director)
Billy Preston Emerging Creative Talent – SHE – Andrea Kloppers
CTFC Cellphone Challenge – S(HE) – Rainn Vlietman & Cyla Gonsolves
Best Documentary – Inside Amato – Rocco Leo Gaglioti
Best Fashion – The Fashion Film – Delai & Renne Castrucci (Directors) – Jussara Caetano (Fashion Concept) Juliana Gimenez (Fashion Stylist)
Best Art Direction – Statues – Joshua Brandão & Nicolai Kornum (Art Directors)
In addition to being the headline sponsor, Mercedes-Benz, the festival is proud to be aligned with prestigious brands and companies such as Oude Meester, Carrol Boyes, Wings Group, Kitchen Aid, Fuji Film, Art Lab, M.A.C, label.m, Caffe Luxe, Lime Lens, Thunderfund, Organic Canvas, Havaianas and Cape Town Fashion Council.
Images: Bokeh Festival