India’s Bajirao Mastani dominates the RapidLion Awards 2017


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The RapidLion Statue
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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.

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The following films and filmmakers took RapidLions in their respective categories:

Best Student Film:Never A Next Train – Director: Devon Delmar

Best International Short:
The Call (South Africa) – Director: Zamo Mkhawanazi

Sound Editing:
Konstantin Kupriyanov – Through the Mist (Russia)

Music (Original Song):
Barry Gibb for Angels – Shepherds and Butchers (South Africa)

Film Editing:
Rajesh Pandey – Bajirao Mastani (India)

Sudeep Chatterjee – Bajirao Mastani (India)

Best Actor in a Leading Role:
David Oyelowo – A United Kingdom (United Kingdom)

Best Actress in a Leading Role:
Deepika Padukone –Bajirao Mastani (India)

Best Original Screenplay:
John W. Fredericks – Noem My Skollie (South Africa)

Best Directing:
Sanjay Leela Bhansali – Bajirao Mastani (India)

Best Humanitarian film:
I Am Congo – (Gabon/Ecuador)
Directors: David Mboussou, Juan Ignacio

Best Documentary Feature:
In the Shadow of the Hill (Brazil/Australia) – Director: Dan Jackson

Best of South Africa:
Noem My Skollie – Producers: David Max Brown, Moshidi Motshegwa

Best of BRICS:
Bajirao Mastani (India)
Producer: Sanjay Leela Bhansali

Best of Africa and the Africa Diaspora:
A United Kingdom (UK)
Producers: Brunson Green, Charlie Mason, David Oyelowo, Justin Moore-Levy, Peter Heslop, Rick McCallum

Best Film Overall:
Bajirao Mastani (India)
Producer: Sanjay Leela Bhansali.

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.
RapidLion - South African International Film FestivalCasting 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.

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