The 2018 Bokeh South African International Lifestyle & Fashion Film Festival will be held in Johannesburg and Cape Town from 20-29 September 2018. The official selections for the fifth edition of the festival will be revealed at a press event in Johannesburg on 1 August 2018 and 50 nominated films will be revealed at a press event in Durban on 4 August 2018.

The judging panel

From a record entry of over 700 film submissions, 130 will be carefully selected by the Bokeh judges.

The local and international judges for this year’s awards include fashion photographers/cinematographers Rankin and Kristian Schmidt, celebrity stylists and fashionistas Tracy-Lee Rosslind and Chrisna de Bruyn, J’Something of Mi Casa, Tuna Yilmaz from the Istanbul Fashion Film Festival, Katrina Olson Mottahead from the Canadian Fashion Film Festival, and trend researcher analyst Nicola Cooper.

This year has seen Bokeh get behind the creative processes of teams from both Johannesburg and Cape Town in the Billy Preston Emerging Creative Talent Award category, with the winning team being awarded R50,000 to further advance their film careers as well as uniquely designed trophies by innovative homeware designer Carrol Boyes.

2018 Bokeh Fashion Film Festival selections to be announced in August

Bokeh TV

This year sees the launch of Bokeh TV, a 13-part 30-minute television series that will be aired on e.TV’s, eExtra channel on Mondays at 9pm from the 17 September 2018. The series will focus on celebrating young creativity in the arts, specifically fashion, film, and design. Each episode will feature specific creative designations and will include interviews with upcoming and established local and international designers, filmmakers, artists and more, as well as offer helpful resources to help start or further the careers of budding creatives.

Bokeh TV is co-produced and hosted by Susanna Kennedy, a television and radio host, producer, entrepreneur, creative consultant and philanthropist. Kennedy has produced films for both local and international releases, worked with the some of the best across all areas of the creative industry and is passionate about making a difference through empowering and celebrating young creatives.

The 2018 edition of the annual Bokeh Magazine will also be launching at the main red-carpet gala events that follow the six Bokeh 101 events leading up to the festival taking place in both Johannesburg and Cape Town.

Film submissions for the 2018 Festival close on 31 July 2018, while film submissions for the 2019 Festival open on 1 August 2018.

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