7 Films

We love what we do.

Cape Town

Directors: Kevin Fitzgerald / Lazola Gola / Lourens van Rensburg / Ndumiso Sibanda / Jozua Malherbe / Siphiwe “SJ” Myeza-Mhlambi (Deceased) / Shane Knock
Executive Producer: Nina van Rensburg

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7films is not just a business – it is a home to an array of multi-talented and vastly different directors that each have their own unique skill set. We not only believe in creating groundbreaking, forward thinking work but we believe in transformation. We believe in investing in the industry and creating a space for young talented director’s to come through the ranks and continue to push the boundaries in the film industry. Every day is a Masterclass lead by Lourens, that is lead with an iron sword and passion, thus breeding the best of the best. The passion we invest in our arsenal gives a return in investment through the passion they put in their work.

2017:

  • Loeries (1 Grand Prix, 2 Gold, 3 Craft Gold)
  • Cannes (1 Gold Lion, 1 Silver Lion)
  • Loeries (1 Gold, 1 Silver)

2018:

  • Creative Circle Ad of the Year Loeries (1 Gold)
  • Pendoring (1 Silver)
  • London International Awards (1 Gold, 2 Silver)
  • Production House of the Year 2018 (Lisbon Health International Awards Festival)
  • Lisbon Health International Advertising Festival (2 Gold, 2 Silver, 3 Bronze)

27 Landskroon van Reebieckshof
Bellville
Cape Town, South Africa
+27 21 913 6594

Nina van Rensburg | Executive Producer
nina@7films.co.za
+27 83 281 1169

Saskia Finlayson Gupffert | Executive Producer
saskia@7films.co.za
083 271 0606

Featured Work

Awarded by IDIDTHAT

AWARDED: CRAFT MENTION (DIRECTION)
7 Films | Kevin Fitzgerald
‘The Hunter’ (Short Film)
IDIDTHAT Guest Judge: Greg Gray, Director at Romance Films
April 2020

Judges Comment: “Kevin Fitzgerald’s short movie ‘The Hunter’ is a well-crafted piece of cinematic storytelling. An intriguing and ever suspenseful dramatisation of a hunter and a photojournalist’s excursion into the wild. The suspense grips you throughout, as does the filmic camera language which reinforces the drama and isolation of their plight, as the narrative unfolds.”

AWARDED: BEST IN CRAFT (DIRECTION)
7 Films | Siphiwe Myeza
Gillette ‘Akhona’
IDIDTHAT Guest Judge: Fran Luckin, CCO at Grey Africa
May 2019

Judges Comment: “Full disclosure: 7Films shot this for us at Grey. I don’t believe I’m patting myself on the back by selecting this as my Best of Reel though because everything this film is, it owes to SJ Myeza and 7 Films. It could so easily have been a sad but moving story about loss and struggle. But through his casting of Akhona and Nozizwe, aided by the rapport he established with them that enabled him to draw so much rich material from them, through the sensitive cinematography that gives dignity and warmth to their home, to the way the edit guides the viewer through the relationship, the director has turned this into an ultimately joyous portrayal of the redemptive power of love.”

AWARDED: CRAFT MENTION (DIRECTION)
7 Films | Siphiwe Myeza
Netflix ‘Boxer’
IDIDTHAT Guest Judge: Xolisa Dyeshana, Chief Creative Officer and Partner at Joe Public
October 2018

Judges Comment: “A wonderful story beautifully told through the lens and capturing some genuine moments. I really enjoyed watching this and I was pleasantly surprised to see what they were actually advertising in the end.”

AWARDED: CRAFT MENTION (DIRECTION)
7 Films | Lourens Van Rensburg & Siphiwe Myeza
Nedbank ‘Affinities Children’
IDIDTHAT Guest Judge: Bridget Johnson, Consulting Executive Creative Director at WICK
September 2018

Judges Comment: “Props to Lourens Van Rensburg & Siphiwe Myeza from 7 Films for Nedbank ‘Affinities Children’, for a classy piece, beautifully shot and some great casting.”

AWARDED: CRAFT MENTION (DIRECTION)
7 Films | Siphiwe Myeza
SPUR ‘Fly the Flag’
IDIDTHAT Guest Judge: Kabelo Moshapalo, Executive Creative Director, TBWA\ Johannesburg
August 2018

Judges Comment: “This is an emotionally charged and truly South African story that tugs at your heartstrings as you follow a coming together moment of a young boy who carries the weight of representing his family, community and South Africa at large. A familiar construct and execution but very beautifully put together with rich cultural nuances.”

AWARDED: BEST IN CRAFT (DIRECTION)
Lourens van Rensburg
Mercedes-Benz ‘Return to Chapman’s Peak’
IDIDTHAT Guest Judge: Molefi Thulo, Creative Director at Ogilvy Johannesburg
July 2018

Judges Comment: “The Best of reel goes to… Lourens Van Rensburg for directing Mercedes Benz’s “Return to Chapman’s Peak”. This mini-documentary taps into the advertising archives to find an old gem and links it to the new to deliver a compelling product demonstration. Some people will remember the powerful message of the original ad, I must say this is just as riveting. The music also does a great job of keeping the suspense going, so well done!”

AWARDED: CRAFT MENTION (DIRECTION)
7 Films | SJ Myeza-Mhlambi & Dirk van Niekerk
Mercedes-Benz ‘Upside Down Cinema’ & Mercedes-Benz ‘Crater Golf’
IDIDTHAT Guest Judge: Peter Khoury, CCO at TBWA\Hunt\Lascaris
April 2018

Judges Comment: “Special mentions for direction go to both the Mercedes films by Dirk van Niekerk and Siphiwe SJ Myeza. They were intriguing to watch and visually beautiful. I especially loved the build in tension without giving away the story until the end in “Upside Down Cinema”. Both films were beautifully packaged overall.”

AWARDED: CRAFT MENTION (DIRECTION)
7 Films | SJ Myeza-Mhlambi
Tusker Light ‘Lite the Way’
IDIDTHAT Guest Judge: Jenny Glover, ECD at TBWA\Hunt Lascaris
November 2017

Judges Comment: “One final mention goes to SJ’s sharp direction of Tusker ‘Light the way.’  He’s created something that feels effortless and impromptu but still maintains a level of craft.”

AWARDED: BEST IN CRAFT (DIRECTION)
7 Films | SJ Myeza-Mhlambi
Channel O ‘Pocket’
IDIDTHAT Guest Judge: Zwelakhe Zee Tshabangu, founder and Executive Creative Director of The Make Beautiful Agency
July 2017

Judges Comment: “SJ handled this delicate piece delicately. The subject matter is a sensitive one. A part of our dark history. He welcomes us into a teenage girl’s world, full of life and promise but the end leaves you with a lump in your throat. Well done to SJ and his team. And oh, big ups on his Cannes Gold win as well…”

AWARDED: CRAFT MENTION (DIRECTION)
7 Films | Lourens van Rensburg
Otees ‘Bubblegum’
IDIDTHAT Guest Judge: Zwelakhe Zee Tshabangu, founder and Executive Creative Director of The Make Beautiful Agency
July 2017

Judges Comment: “Americans do this kind of humour very well where the product is integral to the spot and the joke in a seamless manner. This spot achieves that spot on. The performances are sharp, perhaps a bit over indulged but then again wouldn’t a tweenager over indulge in Bubble Gum flavoured cereal? Pieces like these are fragile, too much leniency on one way may actually ruin an otherwise great script but here all these are balanced. Just enough character interplay, the camera is allowed to both intrigue and entertain us. Nicely done.”

AWARDED: BEST IN CRAFT (DIRECTION)
7 Films | Dirk Van Niekerk 
Surf Shack ‘Salt’
IDIDTHAT Guest Judge: Bridget Johnson, Executive Creative Director
May 2017

Judges Comment: “When a piece of film is good I like to try work out what it is, specifically, that draws me in.  Is it the words in a great script that make me watch more, or the beautiful, uncomfortable images that make me listen to the words? When I can’t decide I know it’s a goody. In this case everything comes together beautifully. From the raw narration to the combination of long, composed shots and fluid observational moments, all suspended in a meticulously paced edit and beautifully crafted soundtrack. I like that the visual interpretation of the script is not as literal as it might have been. It’s also deliciously textural and kind of awful at the same time. The end sequence of the little boy in the surf at sunrise is sublime.  Besides feeling like you’re on the surfboard with him, the ending delivers the perfect redemptive note to the story. Always good. Well done Dirk Van Niekerk, 7Films, and all involved.  Jealous!”

AWARDED: CRAFT MENTION (DIRECTION)
7 Films | SJ Myeza-Mhlambi
Johnnie Walker ‘Born Free’
IDIDTHAT Guest Judge: Molefi Thulo, Creative Director at Ogilvy & Mather Johannesburg
November 2016

Judges Comment: “Don’t get it twisted – That’s one of the lines said in the campaign and that’s exactly what I dig about this documentary. Brutally honest, gritty and not trying too hard. Well done to 7Films for a well crafted and cleverly considered campaign.”

AWARDED: CRAFT MENTION (DIRECTION)
7 Films | Shane Knock 
Surfshack ‘A Good Drowning’
IDIDTHAT Guest Judge: iDidTht Judge: Suhana Gordhan, Creative Director at FCB Johannesburg.
September 2016

Judges Comment: “There were some really good direction choices made in this little film. This story could have been told in a manipulative way but instead it’s told in an unaffected, matter-of-fact manner which makes it more endearing and worth watching. A great choice of narrator and great copy stitched together in a seamless, effortless way.”

AWARDED: CRAFT MENTION (DIRECTION)
7 Films | Siphiwe Myeza (SJ) 
Surf Shack ‘Chasing the Dragon’
IDIDTHAT Guest Judge: Nkanyezi Masango, Creative Director at Y&R South Africa
June 2016

Judges Comment: “This film captures the feeling of addiction with gritty authenticity. The narrative sucks you in and before you know it, you’re hooked. The visual analogy is skillfully handled by the director Siphiwe Myeza.  There’s a constant duality running throughout the film. It’s dark and hopeful. It’s lo-fi and cinematic. But at the heart of it is a powerful insight, delivered with stellar direction.”

IDIDTHAT Editorial

A-List Director Kevin Fitzgerald announces move to 7 Films

February 28th, 2020|Comments Off on A-List Director Kevin Fitzgerald announces move to 7 Films

When one of the top, most established directors in the industry makes a move like this, we pay attention 👀 We meet with the legend himself and the legendary team at 7 Films to find out more about this blessed union.

Look at who joined 7 Films – Director Ndumiso Sibanda

February 5th, 2020|Comments Off on Look at who joined 7 Films – Director Ndumiso Sibanda

After having directed in over 50 countries around the world Ndumiso Sibanda has decided to call 7 Films home. We find out more about this Zimbabwean-born South African with a taste for adventure, a love of the continent and a passion to promote African identity.

The Storyteller Foundation – Building toward a better South African Film Industry

December 13th, 2019|Comments Off on The Storyteller Foundation – Building toward a better South African Film Industry

The Storyteller Foundation announces the launch of a programme in honour of Director SJ’s legacy that aims to support exceptional talent by providing mentorship and practical experience in ALL aspects of film directing. We catch up with the founders from 7Films and top ad agency folks at 99c about how the Foundation aims to shape the future of the local film industry. 

After three consecutive years winning ‘Ad of the Year’, 7Films celebrates work that means something

April 18th, 2019|Comments Off on After three consecutive years winning ‘Ad of the Year’, 7Films celebrates work that means something

We caught up with Executive Producer Nina van Rensburg and Director Lourens van Rensburg from 7Films about creating work with meaning, the changes they’ve adapted to in the industry and we get to meet the latest sexy addition to their Director squad.

Face-to-Face with iDidTht: Featuring SJ from 7Films

June 17th, 2018|Comments Off on Face-to-Face with iDidTht: Featuring SJ from 7Films

Director SJ from 7Films briefly presses pause on creating authentic SA stories to share his 'tingle method' of directing, thoughts on growing the industry and his goal to change the world through film. All in a day's work fam! Oh, and there's also time for a magazine-cover shoot! 💃💃💃