Brics movies celebrated at the Market Theatre

AWARDS: Actors Vusi Kunene and Lerato Ngakane at the RapidLion Awards 2017.

It was an evening of glitz and glamour as filmmakers and their supporters came out in their best outfits to celebrate the work of Brics Entertainers.

RapidLion was conceptualised in 2012 and came to fruition in 2016 once the importance of film was recognised by the government. “Once the Zuma administration decided to tout the creative arts in the economic cluster, we saw film as the biggest driver of all the creative arts,” said Eric Miyeni, one of the minds behind the concept, RapidLion.

Hosting the event was the comedian, Kagiso Lediga who treated guests at the event to an entertainment-filled few hours dedicated to celebrating the achievements of filmmakers from the five major emerging national economies, Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa (Brics).

Results of winning such an award, as Miyeni explained, are exciting and abundant. “To win an international award like the RapidLion, can help one raise money for the next film. It gives the filmmaker gravitas. On the other hand, the festival is a tool to help promote the filmmaker’s movies to the public. Always a good thing.”

South African films were able to scoop up a number of awards – Best International Short was won by The Call, which was directed by Zamo Mkhawanazi; the award for Best Music (original song) went to Barry Gibbs for Angels which featured in Shepherds and Butchers; Best Original Screenplay and Best of South Africa went to Noem my Skollie by John W Fredericks.

It was an unforgettable night for the winners and lovers of film, which is set to be followed by the exciting RapidLion Film Festival beginning on 4 March and running until 12 March.

The film festival will take place at the Market Theatre in Newtown and will feature 140 films, from 40 countries, with more than 10 question and answer sessions to inspire up-and-coming makers of film and entertainment.

Don’t miss out on the opportunity to engage filmmakers from around the world.


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