‘Lace’ Wins big at 48 Hour Film Project
With the industry celebrating some of the best performances and works at this year’s Johannesburg leg of the international 48 Hour Film Project (48HFP) Awards, there were many stars shining on the evening. The biggest prize on the evening was awarded to Viva Pictures for winning the Best Film of 2018 for their film, ‘Lace’.
The film will go on to represent Johannesburg against all the other city winners around the world at Filmapalooza 2019 taking place in Orlando, Florida USA from March 6 to 9.
‘LACE’, THE SCI-FI THAT BAGGED SIX AWARDS
The biggest prize on the evening was awarded to Viva Pictures for winning the Best Film of 2018 for their film, Lace. The film will go on to represent Johannesburg against all the other city winners around the world at Filmapalooza 2019 taking place in Orlando, Florida USA from March 6 to 9.
The short sci-fi film also won awards for Best Acting, Best Directing, Best Special Effects, Best Writing and the Audience Favourite award for Group C.
Directed by Kgosi Choene and starring actress Enhle Mbali Maphumulo and actor Richard Lukunku, the film follows a man named Garvey who is hopelessly in love and planning to propose to his girlfriend. Garvey experiences an unforgettable evening of highs and lows and shows the world how technology can change one’s life forever.
48 HOUR FILM PROJECT’S IMPACT
Speaking at the event, 48HFP Johannesburg Producer, Natalie Delport, said that the 48HFP is about fun, creativity and building communities. “For years the 48HFP has been helping local creative film lovers create films. More than 50% of the competitors at this year film project were first time participants, which is phenomenal because every year the competition just keeps on growing,” Ms Delport said.
“The 48HFP has created such a reputation that it now opens the Cannes Film Festival, held in Cannes, France annually. In fact, if you do research on the project you find that filmmakers who have participated in this challenge have been offered major blockbuster movie contracts because of their entries at the Cannes Film Festival,” Ms Delport said.
According to Ms Delport, there was a total of 60 teams that took part in the local contest to conceive, shoot and edit a movie in just two days, held over the weekend of September 23rd. “From the 60 teams which entered, a total of 48 delivered their films within the 48-hour time frame,” she said.
The Gauteng Film Commission’s role is to support the job-creation potential of the movie industry in the province, in particular, in previously disadvantaged communities and among the youth. The 48 Hour Film Project provides an ideal vehicle for this mission.
“I really want to thank the GFC who are really supportive of what we are doing and have sponsored us with the trophies for the awards ceremony and some goodies we have never had before,” Ms Delport said.
LIST OF WINNERS
2nd Place: Best Film of 2018: The shade of it all by Poopsie Doopsie
3rd Place: Best Film of 2018: Your Motherby The Poetry Cucumber
Audience Favourite: Group A: The Nudgeby Closed Window Productions and Take Your Pills by Ready for Tomorrow.
Audience Favourite Group B: Your Motherby The Poetry Cucumber
Audience Favourite Group C: Lace by Viva Pictures
Audience Favourite Group D: Kasinomicsby Ubumber Media
Best Writing: Lace by Viva Pictures
Best Editing: Gobe for The Gift by Isago Ntle
Best Directing: Kgosi Choene for Lace by Viva Pictures
Best Cinematography: Ryan Johnson for Rag Dolls by Soaring Heights Production
See the full list of winners here.
ABOUT THE 48 HOUR FILM PROJECT
The 48 Hour Film Project was conceived as a wild experiment in Washington DC in the USA in 2001, to find out whether it was possible to make a watchable movie from nothing in 48 hours. The experiment proved such exhilarating fun that it swept around the world, becoming a formal annual international competition to encourage filmmaking. An estimated 30 000 films have been made.