Bokeh – Inspiring And Developing Talent For 5 Years
The fifth Bokeh South African International Lifestyle & Fashion Film Festival presented by Savanna Loco, is set to dazzle and inspire at the upcoming red carpet awards taking place from the 20 – 29 September in both Johannesburg and Cape Town.
The local and international judges for this year’s awards include amongst others; world renowned fashion photographers/cinematographers; Rankin and Kristian Schmidt, celebrity stylists and fashionistas; Tracy-Lee Rosslind and Chrisna de Bruyn, J’Something of Mi Casa, Tuna Yilmaz from the Istanbul Fashion Film Festival, Katrina Olson Mottahead from the Canadian Fashion Film Festival and trend researcher analyst Nicola Cooper.
From a record entry of over 700 film submissions 130 will be carefully selected by the Bokeh judges. The official selections for 2018 will be revealed on 1st August at a press event in Johannesburg and the approximately 50 nominated films will be revealed at a press event in Durban on 4th August.
This year has seen Bokeh get behind the creative processes of teams from both Johannesburg and Cape Town in the Billy Preston Emerging Creative Talent Award category, with the winning team being awarded R50 000 to further advance their film careers as well as uniquely designed trophies by innovative homeware designer Carrol Boyes.
“Savanna Loco are once again delighted to be the presenting partner of the Bokeh South Africa International Lifestyle & Fashion Film Festival and excited to be aligned with this visually creative and stimulating world. As both Bokeh and Savanna Loco continue to cement our marks in fashion, film and design, so do the opportunities increase as to how we can activate and create amazing experiences with our target audience.” Marsh Barends, Savanna RSA Brand Activation Manager.
“Mercedes-Benz is proud to once again be a sponsor of this prestigious and unique event. Over the years the Bokeh South Africa International Lifestyle & Fashion Film Festival has set the standard for fashion film festivals, both locally and internationally, and this year will be no different. The festival is an innovative platform that showcases the best elements of fashion, in all its multi-faceted glory, and integrates aspects of the Mercedes-Benz brand, such as design, innovation, modern luxury, excellence and peak performance, while establishing a strong and lasting emotional connection with a trendy audience.” Selvin Govender, Marketing Director of Mercedes-Benz.
Year on year this unique festival has grown in stature, recognition and initiatives, with an increasing emphasis on enabling young local creatives through fringe events such as workshops, mentoring programmes and of course recognition and prizes through the prestigious awards events. Bokeh’s main objective is to discover and nurture South African talent in the film, fashion, design, music and technology fields.
Bokeh TV is born
This year promises to be the most ground-breaking yet when it comes to supporting young creatives, as 2018 sees the launch of Bokeh TV, a 13 part 30 minute television series that will be aired on e.TV’s, eExtra channel on Mondays at 9pm from the 17 September. The series will focus on celebrating young creativity in the arts, specifically fashion, film and design. Each episode will feature specific creative designations and will include interviews with upcoming and established local and international designers, film makers, artists and more, as well as offer helpful resources to help start or further the careers of budding creatives.
Fatulka Gaibi, Sales Manager of eMedia Investments, is delighted about eExtra being the broadcast partner for the Bokeh South Africa International Lifestyle & Fashion Film Festival.
“eExtra is a young, urban and cosmopolitan channel that showcases popular local and international content. The broadcast partnership with the Bokeh South Africa International Lifestyle & Fashion Film Festival is a great step in showcasing our rich local content on eExtra on Openview, South Africa’s first free satellite television service and DStv. We are confident that our eExtra viewers will enjoy the show as well as be inspired to achieve greatness in their own lives.”
Bokeh TV is co-produced and hosted by the multi-talented Susanna Kennedy, a television and radio host, producer, entrepreneur, creative consultant and philanthropist. Kennedy has produced films for both local and international releases, worked with the some of the best across all areas of the creative industry and is passionate about making a difference through empowering and celebrating young creatives.
The 2018 edition of the annual Bokeh Magazine will also be launching at the main red-carpet gala events that follow the six Bokeh 101 events leading up to the festival taking place in both Johannesburg and Cape Town this September.
The Bokeh SA International Lifestyle and Fashion Film Festival presented by Savanna Loco, as well as the Red Carpet Gala Awards will take place from the 20 – 29 September 2018 in both Johannesburg and Cape Town.
Film Submissions for the 2018 Festival close on 31 July 2018.
Film Submissions for the 2019 Festival open on 1 August 2018.
For more information go to www.bokehfestival.co.za.