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.

Red Carpet madness 2
Red Carpet madness
Jimmy Nevis and Tracy-Lee Roslind
Jimmy Nevis and Tracy-Lee Roslind

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.


Gothic Couture Make Up 4
Gothic Couture Make Up
Gothic Couture Make Up 1
Gothic Couture Make Up


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.

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.


Adrian Lazarus Bokeh Managing Director and Founder
Adrian Lazarus Bokeh Managing Director and Founder
Irma G - MC at Gala Event
Irma G – MC at Gala Event
Award Trophys from Carrol Boyes
Award Trophys from Carrol Boyes


The winners:

Best ActorIn & Out of Control – Emir Erlap (Director) – Lutz Föster

Best DirectorDakar Express – Peter Verster Cohen

Best CinematographyEthetics 2 – Amber Molter (Director) – Luis Barreto Carrillo

Best PictureDakar Express – Peter Verster Cohen

Best SoundRocco Caminiti – Azzellini Fabrizio (Director) – Florent Turpin

Best Hair – Abjective – Marie-Therese Hilenbrandt (Director) – Wolfgang Lindenhofer

Best Creative Make UpStatues – Joshua Brandão & Nicolai Kornum (Director) – Einat Dan

Best Emerging TalentAlrededores – Luis Ahijado (Director)

Billy Preston Emerging Creative TalentSHE – Andrea Kloppers

CTFC Cellphone ChallengeS(HE) – Rainn Vlietman &  Cyla Gonsolves

Best Documentary – Inside Amato – Rocco Leo Gaglioti

Best FashionThe Fashion Film – Delai & Renne Castrucci (Directors) – Jussara Caetano (Fashion Concept) Juliana Gimenez (Fashion Stylist)

Best Art Direction – Statues – Joshua Brandão & Nicolai Kornum (Art Directors)

As issued by Luxury Brands on behalf of Mercedes Benz Bokeh South Africa International Film Festival
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