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Last night RapidLion, also known as the South African International Film Festival celebrated magnificence in filmmaking at the RapidLion Awards Ceremony 2017 held at The Market Theatre in Newtown. The event had it all, beautiful people, splendid entertainment and, of course, the much deserving winner’s circle. No auditing hiccups at this event.
All RapidLion nominated and winning films will be screened at the RapidLion Film Festival from 5 March – 12 March 2017 at The Market Theatre. This is the second edition of the RapidLion Awards Ceremony and given the calibre of the competition, it is swiftly establishing itself as a leading film competition both in South Africa and internationally. Last night’s event solidified the Festival’s resolve to make the RapidLion Award the pinnacle achievement of any filmmaker from Africa, the BRICS countries and the African diaspora.
India’s Bajirao Mastani, produced and directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali was the star of evening winning Best of BRICS and Best Film Overall. Bajirao Mastani also garnered awards for Directing, Film Editing (Rajesh Pandey) and cinematography (Sudeep Chatterjee), while Deepika Padukone won Best Actress in a Leading Role for her performance in the film.
Noem My Skollie produced by David Max Brown, Moshidi Motshegwa won Best of South Africa and Best Original Screenplay (John W. Fredericks). A United Kingdom produced by Brunson Green, Charlie Mason, David Oyelowo, Justin Moore-Levy, Peter Heslop, Rick McCallum took the award for Best of Africa and the African Diaspora, with David Oyelowo winning Best Actor in a Leading Role for his part in the film.
Casting director Moonyeenn Lee was honoured with The Lionel Ngakane Lifetime Achievement Award for her work in bringing South Africa’s top actors, actresses and fresh young faces to the big screen both here and internationally.
“We are thrilled at having had an even better RapidLion Award Ceremony than last year. We plan to grow from strength to strength. More exciting for us, and all Jo’burgers, is that these films will be on screen for all to see next week at The Market Theatre”, said Eric Miyeni of RapidLion.
RapidLion has partnered with the Department of Arts & Culture, S.A. Tourism, Brand SA, the Gauteng Film Commission, the Johannesburg Film Office, Trace Urban, Callsheet, TicketPro, The Market Theatre Foundation, The Nelson Mandela Foundation, the Wits School of the Arts Film And Television, Eagles Academy and The Ngakane Family to bring RapidLion – The South African International Film Festival to Johannesburg.
Tickets are available at www.tickepros.co.za.
For more information and the schedule of films visit www.rapidlion.co.za.