by Jessica Gaertner - July 5, 2019 Fashion News
The annual Bokeh SA International Lifestyle & Fashion Film Festival acknowledges and awards local and international film talent with an informative festival culminating in the dazzling Red Carpet Gala Awards, where substantial prize money and offerings will be awarded to the talented winners.
The festival will take place from the 09 – 14 of July 2019 at the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town with the main Gala Awards taking place on Saturday 13 July. The festival in Cape Town includes multiple free screenings, captivating industry presentations, master classes and competitions by the featured sponsors, designers and film makers from 9am to 9pm each day.
“Our passion for fashion is why we decided to be the host venue for the Bokeh Gala Event for the first time this year. The platform, serving as a backdrop to the celebration of fashion and film provides inspiration to the V&A Waterfront’s appeal as the home of luxury fashion,” comments Donald Kau, Head of PR & Communications for the V&A Waterfront.
The festival line-up includes panel discussions on social media and vlogging and ethical fashion, DJI drone flying demonstrations, a special effects master class by acclaimed SFX artist, Chad Waller, a sound editing master class by international DJ Dino Moran, the Einat Dan International Creative Make Up and Body Art Competition and much more.
“Savanna has been a proud partner of Bokeh Festival for the past two years, as the unapologetic cider we view this platform as the ultimate expression of unapologetic ideas. It allows us to experiment within a very creative space whilst providing a platform for the fashion film industry. So, roll out the yellow carpet Cape Town, get ready for another edition of Bokeh!” comments Lazola Dali, Savanna Marketing Manager.
With over 500 submissions from 46 countries, entries have been whittled down to the 129 Official Selections that will be shown in the week at various screenings.
“Mercedes-Benz is delighted to be one of the main sponsors for Bokeh South African International Lifestyle & Fashion Film Festival. The collaboration between Mercedes-Benz and Bokeh has been a great one that has focused on innovation and exclusivity,” comments Selvin Govender, Marketing Director for Mercedes-Benz Passenger Cars, South Africa.
Within the submissions categories various partner brands have created their own awards.
“Fitch & Leedes is a bespoke range of mixers with a core focus on innovation so when the opportunity to work with Bokeh came up we couldn’t resist the temptation to collaborate. We got straight to work in figuring out unique ways to weave our brand into the Bokeh events. The highlight of the collaboration has been the commissioning of a Fitch & Leedes Fashion Film through the Bokeh network of creators culminating in a R75 000 cash prize for the winning film,” says Dylan Teubes, Fitch & Leedes Digital Content Specialist.
The winner of the Best Picture will receive a new Fuji XT3 kit valued at R40 000. National Sales Manager, Barry Matthews says, “Fujifilm South Africa is proud to be associated with the Bokeh Festival. The value of supporting and being part of a creative platform for filmmakers is of importance to the industry and offers many opportunities for collaboration and creative networking.”
Once again innovative homeware designer Carrol Boyes will be supplying all the trophies with Pongracz serving fans ice cold MCC!
The winning team of students in The Bokeh Emerging Creative Talent Category will be taking home a prize of R50 000 for their fashion film under this year’s theme; “Super Hero”. This category has been sponsored by the Gauteng Film Commission, the festival is looking forward to a productive relationship with this agency fostering the growth and development of youth in film.
“As the Gala Event and Festival Week are almost upon us, I can’t help but to feel immense pride in what my creative and technical team, our sponsors and I have created over the past five years with Bokeh. We have cemented its place as the very best fashion film festival in the world, and this year we have curated a program befitting such a festival. We are so excited to be able to share the phenomenal work of film makers, designers and creatives from 46 countries with you at this the 6th Bokeh Lifestyle & Fashion Film Festival!” exclaims Adrian Lazarus, Festival Director/Founder.
Tickets will be available for the festival via Quicket. The red carpet awards ceremony is strictly by invitation only through the Bokeh Partners.
For more information visit www.bokehfestival.co.za.