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RapidLion 2017 Promises a Profusion of Films

RapidLion 2017 promises a profusion of film from South African, BRICS, African and other international filmmakers.

For eight days, from the 5 March – 12 March, Joburg will pulsate with the power of Africa’s visual storytellers when RapidLion 2017 brings 140 films from 40 countries to the city. RapidLion also known as The South African International Film Festival celebrates the magnitude of African filmmaking with a special emphasis on South African cinema. The festival features films of multiple genres and varying lengths, Q&A sessions and niche sections. These include Kindercinema aimed at the youngest filmgoers and their parents; The Heritage platform, which features South African films of yesteryear; and Homage, comprising the work of the recipient of The Lionel Ngakane Lifetime Achievement Award. The In-Competition section of the festival awards excellence, innovation and supreme storytelling in film with the prestigious RapidLion awards. Shorts invites African film students from any film school in the world to compete for the RapidLion for Best Student Film BRICS, Africa and the African Diaspora. While Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa go head to head for the Best of BRICS award.

RapidLion 2017
Darryl Roodt | Director

Other events include Aspects, which will be hosted by Brand SA at RapidLion 2017. This year’s Aspects will have a panel discussion: “How Cinema Should Reflect Africa Today” with panelist filmmakers David Mboussou (Gabon) Vincent Moloi (South Africa), Steve Gukas (Nigeria), Arthur Musah (Ghana) and Daryne Jones (South Africe) and a Brand SA paper presentation: “How the South African Creative Product Enhances reputation on the Mother Continent”. This platform affords cinema lovers, filmmakers, and other film industry players such as distributors, the opportunity to rub shoulders, share ideas, teach and learn from each other. 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 this remarkable cultural experience to the city.

“RapidLion 2017 is definitely bigger and better than our previous edition. We are very excited to be putting the spotlight once again on South African cinema. We hope that Jo’burgers will flock to The Market Theatre to see films otherwise never offered in the country,” said Eric Miyeni of RapidLion.

RapidLion 2017
Marina Abramovic | Performance Artist

Top films and filmmakers nominated for the prestigious RapidLion Award

The nominees for RapidLion 2017 have been announced. The winners of this prestigious award will be announced at the RapidLion Awards Ceremony on 1 March 2017. All of the nominated films will be screened during RapidLion 2017, also known as The South African International Film Festival from 5 March – 12 March 2017 hosted by the Market Theatre. The In-Competition section of the festival awards excellence, innovation and supreme storytelling in film. RapidLion aims to make the RapidLion award the pinnacle achievement of any filmmaker from Africa, the BRICS countries and the African diaspora. The design of the award speaks to the embodiment of excellence in a beautiful fusion of the Andinkra symbol of excellence and a lioness in full flight. The RapidLion nominees for 2017 are:

Best Student Film:

Never a Next Train – Director: Devon Delmar
The Good Son – Director: Tomisin Adepeju
Post – Director: Jesse BrownDog – Director: Sivan Raphaely
Mandlakhe – Director: Charles Matthews

Best International Short

The Call (South Africa) – Director: Zamo Mkhawanazi
Ume Hamamah (United Arab Emirates) – Director: Hameeda Al Rahbi
Shun (China) – Director: Lavi Shiyun Hu
Guillo (Germany) – Director: Carlos Andres Lopez
Redeploy (USA) – Director: Nuria Dixon
La Voce/ Voiceless (Canada) – Director: David Uloth

Sound Editing

Paul Moshkin – Through the Mist (Russia)
Shantanu Yennemadi – Bajirao Mastani (India)
Basiami Segola, Charlotte Buys – Noem my Skollie (South Africa)
James Mather – A United Kingdom (United KingdomK)

Music (original song)

Barry Gibb for Angels – Shepherds and Butchers (South Africa)
A.M Turaz for Ab Tohe Jane Doongi – Bajirao Mastani (India)
Piet van Wyk for Hello Adriaan – Mignon Mossie Van Wyk (South Africa)
Bhaskar Dutta for The First Cadenza – The Violin Player (India)

Film Editing

Rajesh Pandey – Bajirao Mastani (India)
Maxim Schastnaya, Philip Konyashov  – Through the Mist (Russia)
Simon Beesley – Noem my Skollie (South Africa)
Apurva Asrani – Aligar (India)
Jonathan Amos, John Gregory – A United Kingdom (United Kingdom)
Antonio Ribeiro  – 93 Days (Nigeria)


Sudeep Chatterjee – Bajirao Mastani (India)
Sergei Eremin – Through the Mist (Russia)
Satya Nagpaul – Aligarth (India)
Zenn van Zyl – Noem my Skollie (South Africa)
Sam McCurdy – A United Kingdom (United Kingdom)

Best Actor in a Leading Role

Manoj Bajpayee – Aligarth (India)
David Oyelowo – A United Kingdom (UK)
Vladimir Kondaurov – Through the Mist (Russia)
Steve Hofmeyr – Treurgrond (South Africa)
Ranveer Singh – Bajirao Mastani (India)
Dann-Jacques Mouton – Noem my Skollie (South Africa)

Best Actress in a Leading Role

Jana Strydom – Treurgrond (South Africa)
Bimbo Akintola – 93 Days (Nigeria)
Deepika Padukone – Bajirao Mastani (India)
Khabonina Qubeka – Dora’s Peace (South Africa)

Best Original Screenplay

Apurva Asrani – Aligar (India)
John W. Fredericks – Noem My Skollie (South Africa)
Maksim Schastnev, Phillip Konyashov – Through the Mist (Russia)
Paul S. Rowlston – 93 Days (Nigeria)
Bauddhayan Mukherji – The Violin Player (India)


Sanjay Leela Bhansali – Bajirao Mastani (India)
Daryne Joshua – Noem my Skollie (South Africa)
Hansal Mehta – Aligar (India)
Darrell Roodt – Mignon Mossie Van Wyk (South Africa)
Maksim Schastnev – Through the Mist (Russia)
Amma Asante – A United Kingdom (United Kingdom)
Steve Gukas – 93 Days (Nigeria)

Best Humanitarian film

I am Congo (Gabon/Ecuador) – Directors: David Mboussou, Juan Ignacio
Skulls of my People (South Africa) – Director: Vincent Moloi
In the Shadow of the Hill (Brazil/ Australia) – Director: Dan Jackson
Naija Beta (Ghana) – Director: Arthur Musah
Touch of an Angel (Poland) – Director: Marek Tomasz Pawlowski
12 Months (USA) – Director: Charysse Tia Harper

Best Documentary Feature

Touch of an Angel (Poland) – Director: Marek Tomasz Pawlowski
Skulls of my People (South Africa) – Director: Vincent Moloi
In the Shadow of the Hill (Australia) – Director: Dan Jackson
Marina Abramovic in Brazil – The Space in Between (Brazil) – Director Marco del Fiol
Russian Woodpecker (USA) – Director: Chad Gracia

Best of South Africa

Treurgrond – Producers: Christianne Bennetto, Samuel Frauenstein, Andre Frauenstein Snr
Noem my Skollie – Producers: David Max Brown, Moshidi Motshegwa
Dora’s Peace – Producers: Dumi Gumbi, Gabriella Kalarytis, Konstandino Kalarytis
Mignon Mossie Van Wyk – Producers: Christianne Bennetto, Samuel Frauenstein, Dries Maree Andre Frauenstein Snr

Best of BRICS

Winner – Best of South Africa

Bajirao Mastani (India) – Producer: Sanjay Leela Bhansali

Though the Mist (Russia) – Producer: Anton Kuznetsov

Best of Africa and the Africa Diaspora:

Winner – Best of South Africa

A United Kingdom (UK) – Producers: Brunson Green, Charlie Mason, David Oyelowo, Justin Moore-Levy, Peter Heslop, Rick McCallum

93 Days (Nigeria) – Producers: Steve Gukas, Pemon Rami, Bolanie Austen-Peters, Dotun Olakunri

Best Film Overall

Winner – Best of South Africa

Winner – Best of BRICS

Winner – Best of Africa and the African Diaspora

“We are very excited about the upcoming RapidLion Award Ceremony 2017 where we will be hosting filmmakers exclusively, like the Oscar Ceremony does. The exciting thing for movie lovers is that the RapidLion winning films will be screened at The Market Theatre from the 5th to the 12 of March, just a few days after the ceremony”, said Eric Miyeni of RapidLion.

RapidLion 2017
Zamo Mkhwanazi | Screenwriter

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