Johannesburg, South Africa 21 - 23 September 2018

Announcing the Winners

After much deliberation, our distinguished panel of judges has selected this year’s winning films. Congratulations to all of the filmmakers and teams who participated. We are proud to announce our winners.

Kudos to Viva Pictures for winning Best Film of 2018. Their film Lace will go on to represent Johannesburg against all the other city winners around the world at Filmapalooza 2019.


1st Place: Best Film of 2018

Lace by Viva Pictures

2nd Place: Best Film of 2018

The shade of it all by Poopsie Doopsie

3rd Place: Best Film of 2018

Your Mother by The Poetry Cucumber

Required Elements

  • Character: Mel or Melanie Louw, Accountant
  • Prop: A shoelace
  • Line: "Let's hide it in here."

Audience Favorite: Group A

The Nudge by Closed Window Productions

Take Your Pills by Ready For Tomorrow

Honorable Mention
Louw Melanie by LPS (Lynnwood Private School)

Audience Favorite: Group B

Your Mother by The Poetry Cucumber

Honorable Mention
The Family Luncheon by Diepsloot Youth Programme

Audience Favorite: Group C

Lace by Viva Pictures

Honorable Mentions
Gobe: The Gift by Isago Ntle
Tales of the sole by eGumbini Collaborative Production company

Audience Favorite: Group D

Kasinomics by Ubumber Media

Honorable Mentions
The shade of it all by Poopsie Doopsie
Split by CYTOCH
The Knot by Team OneTouch
Long Story Short by Film Appreciation Club

Best Writing

Lace by Viva Pictures

Honorable Mentions
Your Mother by The Poetry Cucumber
Laceworms by Purple Thunderlicious
The View Between Us by Old Soul Films

Best Editing

Gobe: The Gift by Isago Ntle

Honorable Mentions
Timothy Drew Your Mother by The Poetry Cucumber
Adherence by Openwindow filmarts
Lace by Viva Pictures

Best Directing

Kgosi Choene Lace by Viva Pictures

Honorable Mention
The Knot by Team OneTouch

Best Cinematography

Rag Dolls (Ryan Johnson) by Soaring Heights Productions

Honorable Mentions
Lace by Viva Pictures
The Knot by Team OneTouch

Best Sound Design

Quake by Marshall Arts

Honorable Mentions
Pieces by Intsomi
The shade of it all by Poopsie Doopsie

Best Musical Score

All music done by mouth The shade of it all by Poopsie Doopsie

Honorable Mentions
Pieces by Intsomi
Rag Dolls (Ryan Johnson) by Soaring Heights Productions

Best Actor

Lead actor Lace by Viva Pictures

Honorable Mentions
Lead actor Your Mother by The Poetry Cucumber
Lead actor The View Between Us by Old Soul Films

Best Effects

Lace by Viva Pictures

Honorable Mentions
Laceworms by Purple Thunderlicious
Film Noir The shade of it all by Poopsie Doopsie

Best Special Effects

Lace by Viva Pictures

Honorable Mentions
Laceworms by Purple Thunderlicious
The shade of it all by Poopsie Doopsie

Best Costumes

Rag Dolls (Ryan Johnson) by Soaring Heights Productions

Honorable Mention
Adherence by Openwindow filmarts

Best Use of Character

Nako ea tee by Blue Gecko

Honorable Mention
Laceworms by Purple Thunderlicious

Best Use of Prop

Evidence The Knot by Team OneTouch

Honorable Mentions
Logo Lace by Viva Pictures
Worms Laceworms by Purple Thunderlicious

Best Use of Line

"let's hide it [the anger] in here..." Your Mother by The Poetry Cucumber

Honorable Mention
Pieces by Intsomi

Best Newcomer to 48HFP

Gobe: The Gift by Isago Ntle

Best Student Cinematography

Stuart Young Laceworms by Purple Thunderlicious

Honorable Mentions
Timothy Drew Your Mother by The Poetry Cucumber
Team from Botswana Gobe: The Gift by Isago Ntle

Best Student Entry

Timothy Drew Your Mother by The Poetry Cucumber

Honorable Mentions
Felipe Kirsten Laceworms by Purple Thunderlicious
Gina Levi Narcotic Mire by Kilter kid

Best Student: School

Narcotic Mire by Kilter kid

2018 Film List

  • 1st Time by Kiez&Gooiz

    Not applicable

  • 48 Hour Mission by Matshebelele Productions

    An accountant's cover is blown. He has the most dangerous criminals behind his tail

  • Adherence by Openwindow filmarts

    The son of a South African pakhan must make a difficult decision between what he wants and what is expected.

  • Dead man switch by Kagano

    When a spy masquerading as an account gets a faraway mission, he decides to take his wife along under under the covers of a second honeymoon.

  • Disposable Crimes by Fresh Africano Productions

    A man's past comes back to haunt him on a blind date.

  • Dziedzi by ublYnd Films

    You can't win

  • Evade by CityVarsity Project Group 2

    An accountant finds himself in hot trouble when two thugs break in at his workplace to get the codes of his accounts only to find out that his girlfriend set him up.

  • Gobe: The Gift by Isago Ntle

    A young woman living an ordinary life realises she possesses extraordinary abilities.

  • Gone by Focus Pullers

    A private detective and his rookie partner are on the case to find a missing girl, but things arn't always as they seem

  • Kasinomics by Ubumber Media

    Things Change

  • Khunou by Ras-Station

    Prince vs Goliath

  • Lace by Viva Pictures

    Garvey, a man planing to propose to his girlfriend Vida experiences an unforgettable evening, that changes their lives forever.

  • Laced up by Strong Finishers

    An angry young woman kills her brother with a shoelace. Out of regret she snaps out and realise it was just a fantasy.

  • Laceworms by Purple Thunderlicious

    Two dystopian thieves find a blind woman hidden deep in a government facility who has the ability to control worms that resemble shoelaces.

  • Long Story Short by Film Appreciation Club

    One bunny's 48 quest!!!!

  • Louw Melanie by LPS (Lynnwood Private School)

    An accountants work is never done.

  • Masterplan by We tried productions

    Mel Louw as he journeys through life facing self created problems

  • Minenhle by Indigo children

    Money, Duffle bags and Murder

  • My brother's keeper by Motif Pictures

    An investment accountant working for a brokerage and assets management firm risks his wife and brother's life by partaking in fraudulent activities.

  • Nako ea tee by Blue Gecko

    Can one tea party bring a mother and daughter closer together?

  • Narcotic Mire by Kilter kid

    A drug-addicted accountant actualizes her murderous inner demons

  • Pieces by Intsomi

    When a man won't accept loss, he finds himself stuck in a building of his own doing, with the memories of a past he can't remember.

  • Price Tag by DXF48

    When a young accountant suddenly finds herself our of a job and about to be lose the home she shares with her part, her, desperation drives her to make decision that test her principles, but that change their future.

  • Priceless by Professional

    Let's hide it in here

  • Quake by Marshall Arts

    After a massive natural disaster, Melanie Louw is relieved to discover she is not the last person alive when she is helped by a mysterious stranger - until it seems the stranger may be responsible for the disaster itself.

  • Rag Dolls (Ryan Johnson) by Soaring Heights Productions

    When a girl finds herself trapped in a trafficking ring, she only has herself and her wits to rely on to escape the danger.

  • Sakumzi by ATV - Black Levels

    A couple has to find a reason to again after loosing a child to a miscarriage.

  • Score by ATV - White Balance

    Two house mates who play a challenge to see who can get the most dates realize that one of them has an interest on the other.

  • Split by CYTOCH

    Just another day in the life of unusual suspect , Melanie Louw. Senior finance accountant is taken hostage during a company heist, but we all know there's 2 sides to every story.

  • Take Your Pills by Ready For Tomorrow

    A severely lonely and depressed boy accidentally consumes illegal pills designed to create friends via hallucinations. The pills were stolen from an accountant who possessed the pills and he needs to get them back before all the pills are taken or the boy will die

  • Tales of the sole by eGumbini Collaborative Production company

    The very first criminal offense I did was to murder someone just for a pair of shoes.u

  • Thando by Black slate productions

    After the murder of her husband, Melonie Louw,an accountant from the dingy western town of Laceville where shoe laces are valuable enough to be seen as currency and gives whoever posesses it power, is after vengeance for her husbands murderer, Bra Shakes.

  • The Body by Riders of the Storm

    Death is the ultimate adventure.

  • The Caretaker by The Fantastic 17

    Four former, grown-up orphans re-unite by re-visit their former caretaker's home, after her death

  • The Deuce by Go Curveball! Go!

    After a dinner party, something foul has occurred. Who committed this heinous crime?

  • The Family Luncheon by Diepsloot Youth Programme

    Well prepared family luncheon that went wrong

  • The Knot by Team OneTouch

    When forever turns out not to be forever.

  • The Marathon by Diep Stars Production

    Shoe lace

  • The Nudge by Closed Window Productions

    A film about an accountant who is unstable.

  • The shade of it all by Poopsie Doopsie

    Yaaas Queen.

  • The View Between Us by Old Soul Films

    A man finds solace whilst tracing the footsteps of a past love

  • Vuka by Dreams Do Come True

    Music triggers memories

  • Your Mother by The Poetry Cucumber

    When a family falls apart, the father comes up with an eccentric plan to deal with the situation.


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