Film and Commercial Directors in South Africa

Find South Africa’s top Directors for your TV commercials, online content, short films, music videos or film production – Based in Johannesburg, Cape Town, and Durban.

Aadil Dhalech | Patriot

Aadil’s unique style, slick visual sensibilities and gift for performance has seen him become a firm favourite with agencies and brands. He is equally at home sketching unique and memorable characters as he is crafting strong and beautiful visuals.

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 Adriaan Louw | Robot

Adriaan Louw is a Cape Town-born filmmaker who began his career documenting youth culture across South Africa with a focus on music, skateboarding, and fashion. He regularly works with other major brands such as Nike, Vans, RVCA, Puma, and The Fader.

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AK | Spitfire

Over the past 18 years AK has worked in 28 countries, directed over 280 commercials and won over 40 international awards, he has featured at D&AD in New York, One Show, Promax in London, Los Angeles and Africa and the Cannes Advertising Awards.

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Akin Omotoso | Spitfire

With more diversity than a gallery in Paris, Akin is better known too. And well! There’s that Standard Bank Artist of the Year Award, a Best Director at the South African Film Television Award, and invitations to show at both Cannes and Toronto’s film festivals to prove it.

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Akona | Blacklist

Heimlich manoeuvre survivor Akona Matyila has been obsessed with music videos from a young age. Having directed music videos for Yvonne Chaka Chaka; AKA; Big Nuz and Dreamteam, his parents are still not too clear on what it is he actually does.

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Alan Irvin | they

He has grown an impeccable name for himself in the industry where he has been recognised by his peers winning numerous creative industry awards and has produced some of South Africa’s most loved commercials. Alan has received accolades at Cannes Lions, D&AD’s, Midas Awards, and many Loeire awards.

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Alexa Wilson | Arcade

Alexa comes from a family of filmmakers and climbed the ranks as a director’s assistant at Egg Films, where she learned from some of the best directors in the game. Building from this solid foundation, Alexa has delivered polished, outstanding work for brands including Standard Bank, Edgars and Castle Lager.

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Allison Swank | Giant Films

New on Giant’s roster, Allison’s style of filmmaking is rooted in a heartfelt curiosity about the world both past and present, with an emphasis on fringe and emerging cultures. She’s at home amongst artists and musicians and has had the honour of telling their stories in America and across the African continent.

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Amr Singh | FORT

A deeply thoughtful and considered director, Amr’s work is characterised by striking imagery, and authentic performances, with an acute appreciation for narrative structure.  Amr’s energy and passion for the task at hand has built a reputation of being a great collaborator with the ability to find the right approach to every brief.


Andile Sinqoto | Andy Dasoul Multimedia

After a decade working as a freelancer on various productions from local and international music videos, commercials to Hollywood movies, Director and DOP Andile opened the doors of Andy Dasoul Multimedia. Andile brings a strong background and exceptional skill set as a young director and DOP.

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Anthony Bila | Platypus

Also known as ‘The Expressionist’, with 10 years of advertising and marketing experience Anthony considers himself a creator through a one-way mirror. As a film director Anthony is hyper vigilant of being a conduit for the stories of South Africans and Africans at large.

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Amy Allais | Ola! Films

Amy’s vast experience, from epic choreographed dance spots, through comedy performance and an inadvertent focus on kids and babies, has taken her across the world and has contributed immensely to the diverse scope of work created by Ola to date.

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Andrew Kirkby | Iconic Agency

Andrew Kirkby is a self-professed multipotentialite. He has directed award-winning commercials for both local and international brands, as well as documentaries for Red Bull TV. Andrew has a strong background in editing and narrative-driven storytelling. He is the creative director and co-founder of Iconic Agency.

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Anton Visser | Patriot

Anton’s impeccable timing and top-notch performance chops have made him a sought-after comedy director and his eye for cast and knack for situational humour mean the worlds of his commercials are always fantastic places to visit.

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Ari Kruger | Sketchbook Studios

Ari is the co-creator and director of the hugely popular web series SuzelleDIY and the sensational TV series Tali’s Wedding Diary, with a host of awards, nominations and broken viewership records between them. Both productions epitomise his impeccable comic timing and talent for creating memorable characters.

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Arthur Neumeier | Eyeforce

Since 2008 Arthur has been shooting and directing action sports films, documentaries and commercials, working with brands like Red Bull, Corona, KLM, O’Neill, Vodafone, Samsung and Parle. As a director, Arthur captures interesting stories from inspiring people around the globe. As a DOP, he loves and thrives shooting in the water or from the air.

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Ayanda | Robot

Though coy about her hidden talent in classical piano. Ayanda’s film work embodies themes such as identity, sexuality, politics and interpersonal relationships, within slice of life narratives that celebrate the magic in the mundane.

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Bevan Cullinan | Together Films

Bevan Cullinan is an award-winning Director and funny guy known for his ability to shoot comedy and performance dialogue, but he can pretty much shoot any style because of his physically-based approach to characters. He understands the demands of shooting multi format content for all platforms and is totally woke.

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Bob van de Gronde | Eyeforce

Bob is an energetic director who always challenges himself, his team and clients creatively. If you envision something spectacular, Bob is first in line to make it bigger, and make it happen. His kiteboarding film Chapter One set new standards in kitesurf cinematography. With a decade of experience in creating, writing and shooting, the outcome is sure to amaze you.

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Brennan Lewis | Spitfire

Brennan directs both visual & performance based work and enjoys the creative process of collaboration, working closely with agency & client.

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Brent Harris | Egg Films

Brent is preoccupied with the human condition, with all its beautiful virtues and failings. He expresses these in an ultra-visual, poetic way. Based in New York, his work has won two AICP awards, a permanent place at MoMA, and four Bronzes at Cannes, among other accolades.

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Bruno Bossi | Carbon Films

For Bruno the idea is everything. He is a conceptual thinker who constantly pushes the execution boundaries to drive the idea further whether through fresh performances or his mastery of the technical. The focus is of his work is to always deliver a tight narrative through his captivating visuals.

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Chloe Coetsee | Darling Films

Chloe is a director at Darling. She enjoys lip sync competitions and very short walks on the beach. She doesn’t have much more to say about herself in the third person.

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Chris Saunders | Ola! Films

Chris Saunders lives in Paris but regularly shoots in SA on commercial film projects ranging beyond the fashion, beauty and music videos for which he was originally known. He started out in photography (fashion, editorial and commercial) before venturing into documentary projects that illuminate Africa’s sub cultures through his optimistic, vivid lens.

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Cindy Lee | The Star Film Company

Cindy loves to direct. Hailing from a genetic pool that gives her the advantage in both dealings with client and people in front of the camera, she also has a knack for copywriting and an exceptional skill set for directing humour, small children and untrained animals. 

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Damien Hope | Eyeforce

Damien has been working all over the world next to director Paul Geusebroek filming high end commercials. Damien has a sharp eye for emotive storytelling and beautiful cinematography, and the talent to let even small stories shine big.

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Dani Hynes | Made Films

Dani is a director, a writer and a mom, but not necessarily in that order. With her ability to extract nuanced performances and create visually impactful pieces, Dani’s as tricky to pigeon hole as she is to convince to walk near a lizard. She’s won Creative Circle Ad of the Year, among other accolades

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Daniel Morcos | Carbon Films

Daniel has been honing his craft across continents since a student Oscar nomination at the beginning of his 15 year career. He is drawn to making the ordinary extraordinary, and his work is infused with a perspective that highlights the human experience in unexpected and visually spectacular ways. This has seen him work across multiple genres throughout Africa and the Middle East and has earned him a few industry nods along the way.

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Darren Kerr | 10th Street

Darren’s approach to storytelling is simple, elicit emotion in the work. His producing skill set allows him to create concepts that tell the correct story, whilst giving clients maximum value.

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David Prior | they

David lives in Cape Town, brews rum, beer and photographs things beautifully. He is one of the most awarded photographers in South Africa, and is recognized globally. He has spent years studying a bottle of ice cold beer, and food and beverages, and has become an authority in the art of capturing life’s small pleasures.

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Dean Blumber | Massif

Dean is one of South Africa’s most awarded directors, known for his sensitivity and delicate handling of subject matter. He is a born storyteller, it is his work with actors that sets him apart and has made him a highly sought after director for many top international brands.

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Dillon Buirski | we are_

With 14 years’ experience in the fashion photo and film industry, Dillon is based in Cape Town, and London. His considered style, creativity and attention to detail make him a favourite among fashion retail houses. He’s directed work for the likes of Primark, Tommy Hilfiger, Jack Wills, George ASDA, F&F, Superbalist and Boden.

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Director Kit | Darling Films

Captivated by beauty and motivated by narrative choice since she was 17, Kit is a director who gets right to the heart of her stories with a deadly combination of whimsical pictures and critical thinking. She’s our unicorn. And she’s real. Real good.

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Appearing left to right (Jesse Coetsee & Daniel McCauley) are a directing duo that founded the commercial production company Dolph Graphic Video®️. They’ve got a new approach to traditional commercials, one that includes exciting & new facets of the craft, from high production value shoots through to design & animation.


Ed van Blerk | Spitfire

Ed van Blerk’s greatest talent is his love for a challenge mixed with a calmness under pressure. He has worked on the 2010 World Cup bid and animation for TVCs. Ed learned everything he knows about revenge from the Count of Monte Christo.

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Ernest Nkosi | Bomb Commercials

Driven by passion, underpinned by a strong work ethic, Ernest is dedicated to telling true African stories. It is his belief that our continent has a suppressed voice, which can only be liberated by the medium of film.


Emilie Badenhorst | Romance Films

Defined by a sensual visual style, Emilie’s direction skilfully uses performance and character to focus on the subject of shared human connection. She is a strong voice in a new generation of conscious filmmakers whose work empowers through intimacy and empathy.

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Fausto Becatti | Bioscope Films

Passionate about film, music, travel and photography – Fausto puts everything into his work. His style and energy has given his recent work a distinct look. With his finger on the pulse of youth culture and edgy visuals, Fausto recently picked up 4 merits at The One Show Awards for his ground-breaking work on Indiefin.

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Filipe Zapelini | Eyeforce

As a multi-disciplinary director and global nomad, Filipe connects intimately with characters and captures deep meaning in a contemporary visual language that pairs emotion with sobriety in a powerful way. His cinematic signature of documentary-style storytelling has earned him numerous Vimeo Staff Picks.

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Gale Maimane | Darling Films

Gale’s offbeat and raw approach to directing and stills comes through in her candid and in-the-moment approach to documenting unforgettable moments that hold an incredible depth; either pushing you to stare longer or laugh harder.

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Gilli Apter | Circus

Gilli’s great passion and forte lie in all things funny, but her strength is in making you feel something. She has a no-nonsense approach and loves collaborating with a creative team. Her philosophy is to let the idea lead and to use every tool and bit of craft to serve that vision or story.

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Glen Biderman-Pam | Panther Punch

Glen established himself as an actor before delving into the world of stand-up comedy and directing commercials. His recent work includes a short film Love Locked which was awarded a Best in Craft in the IDDIDTHAT Craft Awards. Glen also wrote, directed and acted in the viral sensation branded content piece My Kreepy Teacher.

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Gordon Lindsay | Massif

Gordon made the 2016 Young Director Award (YDA) shortlist at the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity. He enjoys experimenting and developing interesting techniques using camera and post-production. He has been featured five times on the Adforum Best Director’s List.

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Grant De Sousa | they

Grant proves his mettle as a performance director, being able to extract impressive interpretations from his cast. His keen creative eye and immaculate attention to detail make him a favorite choice as a director both locally and abroad.

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Greg Francois | The Joneses

Known for his epic, cinematic work, Greg has made a name for himself as a top visual and performance director. He thrives on solving complicated production issues, using a combination of highly evocative imagery and emotion, with cutting edge post-production, offering the viewer a reality they never knew existed.

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Greg Gray | Romance Films

No one has mastered the delicate balancing act between building a brand and sharing a powerful narrative quite like Greg. His understanding of how to speak to people through performance has created not only some of the world’s most awarded ads, but some of its most loved and shared.

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Greg Rom | Gentlemen Films

A talented storyteller, Greg’s forte lies in creating bold, unpredictable narratives across various genres. His short films have travelled to illustrious festivals across the world, while back home his award-winning commercial work spans from comedy to strong, dramatic visual executions.

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Gregg Bailey | Robot

Gregg loves many things but most importantly he loves ideas. Gregg Bailey only hates one thing. He truly hates writing about myself in the third person

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Hallie Haller | The Rudeboy Collective

Hallie is a creative who cares about media, the future and you. Hallie is interested in cultural production that creates opportunity, fosters community and examines how we may live more meaningful lives. For love and money, she is a writer, director and creative strategist.

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Helen & Kim | The Rudeboy Collective

Bound by their love of rich visuals, clear narratives and a shared modus operandi, Kim Hinrichs and Helen J. Raine teamed up to form two-headed director ‘Helen & Kim’. Strong storytellers and intuitive performance directors, visually, the pair has a stylistic approach, working to carefully balance narrative and aesthetic.

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Herman Du Toit | Iconic Agency

The fusion of Herman’s strategic and conceptual thinking gives him an advantage as a commercial and branded content director. His background in marketing has lead him to constantly question his work and how it contributes to the brand and it’s objectives, without compromising on creativity.

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Hesdy | Blacklist

Let’s jump into a time machine and take a ride to the present, even with a handful of commercials for international and national brands alike such Orange, Martini and Casio. Born to love, born to film.

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Hylton Tannenbaum | Bioscope Films

Hylton started directing at 10 years old, using his Dad’s Super 8mm film camera. Since then he has shot over 250 commercials, working with almost every South African agency and some international ones too. He has picked up numerous Loeries, Cannes and Clio awards along the way.

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Ian Chuter | Platypus

Ian has worked on pretty much every food and drink category imaginable, from Burger King and Coca Cola to KFC and Cruz Vodka. He has shot in over 20 countries around the world and has been involved in numerous projects that have won awards, from Cannes Gold, D&AD and One Show to Loerie Grand Prix.

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Ian Gabriel | Giant Films

A disrupter of the status quo, Ian’s affection for the craft of story and emotion has seen him work as an activist in theatre, direct some award winning feature films, develop a TV series and continue to make timeless, impeccably crafted commercials, that entertain and intrigue.

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Ian Morgan | TinToy Productions

Ian, aka Bean, is known for his quirky and unique worlds,  which he injects into his films & TVC. His most recent film was selected as the best SA short for SundanceTV and was screened at the Sundance Film Festival: London 2018.

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Imran Hamdulay | Figment Films

Coming from a family of writers and activists helped shaped Imran’s mindset and inclusive approach to directing. Imran’s experience in narrative drama means he has an instinctual eye for crafting beautiful imagery and drawing natural performances from actors. He was the recipient of the Robert Bosch Stiftung award, in 2020 he was invited to Cannes Film Festivals’s Marche Du Film as part of the prestigious Talentueuses Caméras d’Afrique and recently he was profiled on CNN Inside Africa as one of Africa’s directors to watch.

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Imraan Christian | Arcade

Imraan has blazed a trail through the worlds of advertising, art and activism. He fits in no box we can think of, yet his finger is always exactly on the pulse. Grassroots cultural relevance meets deep cinematic excellence.

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Itumeleng Mohlabane | Bomb Commercials

Itumeleng is a South African commercials and film director with a passion for telling authentic stories in an innovative way. His sharp cinematic eye and strong narrative foundation inspire stories that are both thought-provoking and visually captivating.

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Jabu Nadia Newman | Romance Films

Jabu is a female director and photographer who captures uniquely diverse and honest narratives, predominantly centred around South African youth culture. She encourages her subjects to tell their own stories in their own way and champions equal representation both in front of and behind the camera.

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Jahmil | Blacklist

Jahmil strives to consistently push the South African agenda in all his work. A man of structure, his work is internationally and locally recognized.  A powerful visual storyteller. He’s now making his return to commercial advertising and branded content with Blacklist.

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Jeana Theron | Darling Films

Jeana is known for bringing unrivalled artistic expression and style to the art of filmmaking and is able to draw nuanced performance regardless of genre. A classically trained fine artist and learned film craft by rising through the ranks from PA, researcher and finally director.

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Jolynn Minnaar | Figment Films

Jolynn Minnaar’s award-winning films have screened at prestigious international festivals including IDFA, Sheffield Doc/Fest and CPH:DOX and her commercial work spans the globe. She is known for her powerful character-driven storytelling and unique approach as a female filmmaker. Her passion lies in capturing intimate, insightful portraits that challenge perceptions and inspire new thought.

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Jono Hall | Gentlemen Films

Director Jono Hall is a visual stylist with a versatile approach to considered and engaging storytelling. His strong narrative skills have established him as a seasoned director who has achieved notable creative success. Jono’s first television series has recently been optioned for development by an international studio.

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Josh Hayman | Freelance Director

And I love what I do. Having spent many years working as a creative in the advertising industry, I feel I bring brand understanding and creative direction to each project. I’m passionate about writing, directing, shooting and editing with the ultimate goal of making captivating & memorable films for your brand.

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JT | Spitfire

JT is a multi-talented creative Film Director, Sound Designer and Music Producer. He has the ability to communicate through his craft and has worked with clients from all over the world such as, APPLE-MAC, I-D Magazine, CHANEL (No5), NESCAFE and DICKIES to name a few.

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Justice Mukheli | Romance Films

Defining himself as a man who sees great power in sensitivity, Justice Mukheli approaches projects with both dignity and heart. This multi-talented creative has worked as agency art director, stills photographer, artist, and film maker. No matter the medium, Justice tells unique stories through soulful visuals that showcase the richness of his background and heritage. He remains dedicated to using his success to inspire and empower future creatives.

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Justine Calverley | First Pencil

Justine has worked on projects ranging from subtle and warm performance pieces to complex 3D animation, realistic visual effects, outlandish stop frame, Big Data documentaries and even the collation of a Fashion Show. Her love for the craft shows in her attention to detail and scrupulous integrity to concept, regardless of the brief.

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Karabo Likhethe | Platypus

Karabo “Kaydan” Likhethe’s directing career kicked off when he was nominated for a Loerie Award for a Ster-Kinekor commercial he did, and which was soon upstaged by winning the Best Music Video Award at the 2016 SAMMA (South African Metal Music) Awards.

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Karien Cherry | Giant Films

Currently ranked as the Number 1 director in the African & Middle Eastern region (Loeries 2020 Rankings). This year she has served on both the D&AD and AICP directing juries and continues to be one of South Africa’s most prolific directors. She is sought after by creatives for her effortless collaboration, her knack for eliciting authentic performances, and her keen sensibility to adapt the tone of her work to serve the script.

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Katlego Baaitse | Spitfire

Katlego brings nuanced performances to his films while understanding the importance of a cultural lexicon within a brand or story. He has built a diverse body of work, working with brands including Converse, Chicken Licken, CTM and others.

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Kevin Fitzgerald | 7 Films

With a background as an award-winning fashion photographer, Kevin has a unique style, with a strong visual identity that is distinctively emotive. It is equal parts suggestion, beauty, and simplicity.

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Kim Geldenhuys | 0307

It’s his attention to detail and concept that has led to him consistently being featured at award shows around the world, winning Gold at Cannes, the Clios, One Show, the Loeries and many others.

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Kyla Philander | Bioscope Films

Kyla is a filmmaker directing content, commercials and documentaries. Committed to telling the stories the world doesn’t know, doesn’t hear often enough, Kyla’s focus on representation within media and their eye informs a body of work that is at once compelling and critical.

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Kyle Lewis | Egg Films

Having made his name as one of South Africa’s most acclaimed music video directors, Kyle’s transitioned seamlessly into advertising, where his instinct and flair for African youth culture has been in demand with everyone from Absolut and BMW to Nike and Volkswagen.

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Lauren Chengan | Your Girlfriend

Lauren has a fresh, young filmmaking voice that’s ready to be heard. Her bold visual style and passion for storytelling is coupled with a tireless energy and devotion to the work. You’ll love her in the board-room, you’ll be amazed by her on set and you’ll thank her in the edit suite.

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Laurence Hamburger | Groundglass

Laurence’s mercurial talent has led to a 25-year career of wide success and acclaim. His work has won many local and international awards and despite rumours to the contrary, he prefers contrast to conflict and genuinely enjoys honest collaboration.

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Laurissa Vergottini | Carbon Films

Laurissa has an insatiable curiosity. With a widespread set of skills and eye for the unusual and unexpected, she has an instinctual approach to both storytelling and visual aesthetics. Her passion for emotively intelligent writing and clarity of vision allow her to create films that induce a real connection that speak to the truths of her subjects.

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Lazola Gola | 7 Films


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Lebogang Rasethaba | Egg Films & Arcade

“There is this intensely creative, unapologetically young and curious energy in South Africa that I sense and subscribe to; it’s really infectious and I point my camera in that direction.” This has led to Lebo winning Creative Circle Ad of the Year and screening at TED Global.

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Louis Minnaar | Darling Films

With a background in animation, design and illustration, Louis focuses on combining live action material with computer generated imagery which has materialized in music videos, commercials & short films. Louis also has experience in production design, set design as well as visual effects.

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Lourens van Rensburg | 7 Films


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Lucinda | Blacklist

This powerful director-writer has had a video recorder strapped to her arm since she was six. Through her cross-media experience in film, writing, music, and the performing arts Lucinda Ohlson’s style can best be described as visionary. She sees the story in everything and every moment. Specialities include documentary, sports, performance, narrative and visual effects.

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Malo 8 (Midnight After 8) | Together Films

His work reflects a real love for South African culture and the humour in everyday occurrences. It is both vibrant and real and full of the warmth that we see in his personality.

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Marc Sidelsky | Massif

Marc featured on the Saatchi and Saatchi New Director’s Showcase when he was 23 years old and his work has since featured regularly on Shots, Promonews, Director’s Library, Shoot and Little Black Book. Marc thrives on concepts with smart humour and so places a strong focus on his casting & performance.

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Markstry | The Star Film Company

A finely dressed gentleman, knowledgeable filmmaker and pretty likeable guy. A man obsessed with all things film. Will bend the rules. Also known as, the king of content.

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Matthys Boshoff | The Star Film Company

Matthys’ background is as diverse as the adventures he’s embarked on, but it was his eye for beauty that landed him an acclaimed career in film directing. His work is as assorted as his escapades, from food commercials to feature films, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.

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Maxime Thaysen | we are_

Maxime is inspired by both the old- and new-school, mixing up the styles in an experimental way. With an affinity for storytelling, a sharp eye for aesthetics and a passion for human-centric narratives, she’s made her way through the filmmaking landscape and quietly creating anticipation for what she’s up to next…

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Mel & Lusanda | they

They met 10 years ago and have been friends since. Their differences are what make them such a strong duo, that and their knowledge of each other and film. Their love for film and story translates in their interpretation of scripts and concepts.

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Meja Shoba | Ola! Films

An exile baby now returned home to Soweto after being schooled in the US, Meja Shoba has a flair for capturing cultural nuances with strong narrative and dynamic visuals, whether film, digital content, advertisement or documentary. She loves fashion the most.

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Mfundo Mkhize | Ola! Films

Born storyteller, Mfundo Mkhize captivates audiences with his command of visual language and understanding of South African cultures…in 30 seconds or less. He has directed spots for Vodacom, MTN, Coca-Cola, KFC, and McDonald’s and has a number of short films and TV dramas to his name, such as SABC 1’s Dreamworld.

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Michael Rodrigues | we are_

Having returned from London with a Masters Degree in Film, Michael has used the past few years since to passionately hone his artistic voice through the development of short films, music videos, documentaries and commercial content. Along the way, some of his highlights included being nominated and awarded for his tongue-in-cheek approach, as well as his experimental creative execution. 

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Mo Matli  |  FirstPencil

Mo Matli is a multifaceted creative with a keen interest in authentic storytelling and fitness. A strong believer in crafting work that connects people across barriers, Mo is known for her incredible visual sensibilities displayed in her photography and films that tackle social class, gender equality, and sexual orientation through her unflinching gaze on the human condition.

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Morgan Dingle | Your Girlfriend

Morgan Dingle is a talented visual and often hilarious storyteller, as comfortable with the green-screen as he is with the actor in front of it. He has also completed folding 894 of his goal of 1000 origami cranes on which when completed he will be granted one wish. What he will wish for is none of your business.

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Mpho Twala | The Rudeboy Collective

To get Mpho, you need to meet him. A FILM DIRECTOR who’s all about real stories, unfiltered emotional authenticity, cultural accuracy and exploring how blackness is envisaged, depicted and viewed. His work across Africa, from Kenya and Ghana to Nigeria and Zambia, has received multiple awards and ardent respect, but it’s his deeply sensitive approach that makes him really stand out. Patient, personal and passionate, he has a unique way of gently but relentlessly navigating his team towards the mercurial.

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Monde Gumede | The Rudeboy Collective

Monde’s spent the past few years abroad honing his craft in LA, London, Tokyo, New York, Cannes & Jakarta – magic cities for teeth cutting. His approach puts story-telling at the forefront and leans on genre, medium and craft to tell age-old stories through a contemporary lens, all the while nudging each project a breath further than the last. Above all else, Monde’s excited to seek his rhythm at a time where African artists can articulate their stories as they see fit, taking themselves as seriously, or ridiculously as they want. What a time to be alive.

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Mzonke Maloney | Carbon Films

Mzonke Maloney is a writer and director. His work places a particular focus on strong character-centric storytelling and interrogates  new South African narrative-making, in authentic and challenging ways. A prominent part of emerging new wave of South African filmmakers, Mzonke continues to develop a unique and distinct voice that reflects a genuine love for craft & the art cinema.

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Nare Mokgotho | Massif

Nare quickly made his mark, winning 2 Gold Screen Awards at the 20th Edition of the Young Director Awards in Cannes. His varied creative experience is expressed in the strong conceptual grounding, pitch-perfect timing and humour that defines his work.

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Nadezna Radcore | Cake

Nadezna understands how brands operate, how trend patterns shift and form, and most importantly, how this industry has the power to make a positive difference. She’s a punk at heart and a diehard idealist with a couple of degrees in Film, Philosophy, Metaphysics and Psychology. She’s taken what she’s learnt over time and infused it into her work and she’s brilliant.

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Nelis Botha | Robot

 A multifaceted filmmaker who started his career documenting subcultures in the South African music scene.

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Nicole Maria Ackermann | Romance Films

With a background in theatre and creative research, Nicole is a commercial director who takes a meticulous approach to film making, thoughtfully balancing evocative visuals with narrative. Known for her bold visual style, Nicole creates commercials with both heart and beauty.

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Norman Maake | Figment Films

Knoxman likes street art as much as Burger King.

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Nthabiseng Mokoena | Rumanya Films

When it comes to storytelling you cannot take short cuts, what makes people interested is how you tell your story.

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Oliver Booth | Panther Punch

Over the last couple of years, Oliver has been involved in the writing, acting and directing of multiple pieces of content which have gone on to achieve huge viral success.

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Oliver Hermanus | Figment Films

Oliver is looking for a long term relationship with someone meaningful. Full body shots on request.

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Paul Ramaema | Robot

Combines Johannesburg street cool with a hip aesthetic.

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Paul Ward | Giant Films

Paul made a name for himself as a documentary photographer capturing niche subcultures in the South African youth landscape. Paul was soon making films for high profile global clients, including Nike, Puma, and Audi who sought out his honest view into youth culture and life narratives. Paul is based out of Johannesburg and Cape Town.

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Peri | Giant Films

A former creative director, Peri’s strong desire to entertain and to deliver sophisticated but accessible comedic driven storytelling with a visual twist enables him to engage audiences with work that is quirky, fun and very different from the norm.

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Petar Spiljevic | Massif

Petar brings a stylistic approach to his films where he incorporates carefully designed tonalities that enhance and reflect brand values as a whole. His greatest asset is his ability to tell stories with a keen sense of realism, warmth and humour alike and has become well known for his meticulous treatments of tabletop and children commercials.

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Peter Heaney | Spitfire

This multitalented, and awarded long form director translates the creative crux for stories being told in thirty seconds (or thereabouts) without losing any of the magic. He brings a big-league grasp on the full production process, sweating the small stuff – so that you don’t have to.

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PHI 2.0 | The Star Film Company

After a successful three years, PHI, which simultaneously mentored and encouraged a young director to find her own, Jonathan Parkinson forged a new partnership. Taking his 30 plus years of experience in commercials and merging it with a young director Matshepo Maja.

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Porteus Xandau | Carbon Films

Half man and half lens, Porteus, is no stranger to the film industry. Actor-turned director, his sensitivity to performance, combined with his incredible visual eye has seen him create some striking campaigns for local and international clients. The method to his madness? Don’t be boring.

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Rajay Singh | Spitfire

With a solid foundation in production and a strong talent for visual storytelling, it’s no surprise Rajay’s trophy cabinet is filled with multiple awards from Cannes, AdFest, Spikes and Kancil, and shooting in locations as diverse as the U.S., Tanzania, India and Japan.

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Rea Moeti | Platypus

Rea is a dynamic multi-award-winning director and a recipient of a South African Film and Television (SAFTA) award for her work as a Head-Writer for the hit prison drama Lockdown on DSTV’s Mzansi Magic. Rea is also the creator of Showmax’s latest Original, the soon to be released coming-of-age comedy series Woke in Progress.

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Renee van Reenen | Platypus

Renee has worked with brands such as Amstel Larger, Castrol, Halls, Spec Savers, Mweb, Cape Union Mart, Wellington’s, Kulula and Castle Lite. She is passionate about working with actors and enjoys scripts that are quirky and off-beat. She has won a Loerie for best TV and cinema commercial and received a merit award at The One Show for Prison Broadcast Network.

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Ric Shields | Platypus

Unsatisfied with sticking to a single area of expertise, Ric can be described as a hybrid filmmaker, combining his practical and theoretical training acquired at one of Australia’s top film academies with a sound engineering degree and a decade and a half of experience in the commercial post industry. You can consider Ric your own cinematic pocket-knife.

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Rio Allen | Bioscope Films

Rio has directed a variety of music videos, TV ads, doccies, online content and branded films. Passionate about telling stories, he brings energy, expertise and craftsmanship to every project he immerses himself in.

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Rob Malpage | Cake

Rob is one of the industry’s leading cinematographers turned director. A tenacious, perfectionist, he continues to direct and shoot most of his commercials for which he has been locally and internationally recognised.

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Rob van den Bragt | Masters & Savant and Chocolate Tribe

An illustrious VFX Supervisor & Animation Director whose work will astound you. Rob was trained in Classical Animation & Film in Belgium. His career spans over 20+ years at leading international VFX & animation companies. Nine of those 20 years, he spent working for The Mill in the UK as a VFX Supervisor and director.

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Robin Goode | Figment Films

Robin has had three alien encounters and was round house kicked in the head.

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Ross Garrett | Darling Films

Ross is a man of simple pleasures. He likes beer and riding on two wheels. A photographer by trade, Ross has a considered aesthetic and love for portraiture. His path has lead him to tell stories in moving image as well. An evolution that just makes simple sense.

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Sam Coleman | Patriot

Sam’s appreciation for craft and originality shine through in his work. He is collaborative by nature but likes to elevate concepts to interesting and unexpected places. Sam’s a natural storyteller with a unique eye, so he’s going to surprise you with how he sees your script.

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Sam Sterling-Court | The Star Film Company

Sam believes that much of the success of the work lies in how well one prepares. Her background in research means she leaves nothing to chance, while still passionate about creating work that is challenging and bold.

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Samantha Nell | Gentlemen Films

Samantha Nell is a filmmaker whose work has been filmed and showcased at festivals across four continents. Samantha is known for her discernible voice which oscillates between comedy and tragedy and sometimes both at the same time. She possesses a strong eye for performances and a distinct visual aesthetic.

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Shane Knock | 7 Films


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Shueti | Eyeforce

The work of Dutch artist Shueti ranges from high-profile commercial films to personal fine art projects. Artistically autonomous, his innovative style is defined by cinematic power, poetry and sophisticated aesthetics. A passion for extreme sports, street art, photography and design courses through his films.

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Slick: Slick as the name suggests | Circus

When Sifiso Slick chose the beautiful visuals and reccies in the city over the life around a table as a Copywriter and ECD that’s when a new person was born. After enjoying the glorious land of advertising, the Art Director and Festival Tracker wants to sit in the Director’s chair and show the world what crazy beauty lies in his head.

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Siya Saanga Sityana | Platypus

Siya Saanga Sityana was born into a creative world of storytelling and documenting worldly stories, and considers himself a true South African visionary. For him, film is an all-consuming passion that he has dedicated his time and life to, especially as a young black Director born in Port Elizabeth and finding his rhythm between Cape Town & Johannesburg.

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Simon Cracknell | Bioscope Films

Simon’s passion is to create beautiful moving images that focus on the brand as hero. His work stands out for its considered and skilled approach to lighting and attention to detail derived from many years working with top international brands as a food and beverage stills photographer.

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Siphiwe “SJ” Myeza-Mhlambi (Deceased) | 7 Films


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Slim | Darling Films

Slim has an amazing ability to tell evocative, character-driven stories – across a diverse range of genres – whether absurd comedy or poignant empathy. Coming from a design and art direction background, the concept is always key to his filmmaking – resulting in both beautiful and memorable work.

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Stephina Zwane | Bomb Commercials

With two successful feature films under her belt, Stephina Zwane is carving out a distinctive brand of local storytelling. She now extends her creative reach into the world of commercials, bringing to Bomb her unique artistic voice and talent. Her love for crafting authentic South African narratives through words and visuals has made her a force to be reckoned with.

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Takezito | Ola! Films

Director/producer Batandwa Alperstein, aka TAKEZITO, is a strategic thinker who has worked across Africa and is a natural at representing popular culture in both commercial and music related platforms. Takezito has worked alongside artists like Cassper Nyovest and Damian Marley; and released work on global platforms including Hypebeast and TIDAL.

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Team Best | Circus

The Best. Since 2008

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Teboho Mahlatsi | Bomb Commercials

Teboho, is an award-winning director, and is famed for his drama work on Yizo Yizo, and more recently iconic South African Commercials: Sasol ‘All Stars’; MTN ‘community tables’; MTN ‘Ayoba’; Vodacom ‘Jaiva’; Vodacom ‘Summer Loving’; DSTV ‘TIA’; SAB ‘Be The Mentor’; MTN ‘ Marvin’. Please see his showreel on our website.

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Tebza Keebine | Tribal Media House

Tebogo’s intuition is a superpower. Rooted in the lived experience of the South African masses, his ability to tell stories across multiple formats in documentaries, television, and recently, commercials and narrative digital content make him the most versatile alternate director right now.

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Tebza Malope | The Star Film Company

Tebza’s substantial appetite for creating masterful pictures is rivaled only by the number of glasses of water he drinks during a presentation. Tebza has received every possible directing accolade available, he is always hungry for more. Tebza is a superlative filmmaker, and he’s killing it.

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Terence Neale | Romance Films

Holding the title as first ever South African director to win a Grand Prix at the Cannes Lions, Terence is a director known for his surreal visual storytelling and strong conceptual approach. Whether creating music videos or commercials for heavyweight brands, his work shows a subversive originality that is compelling to watch.

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Thabang Moleya | Seriti Films

It is Thabangs energetic and infectious personality that creatives have fallen in love with. His authentic and expressive take on the South African aesthetic has bolted his illustrious career, as a multi-faceted director in feature films, high-end commercials and award winning TV dramas.

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Thati Pele | Giant Films

Born and raised in Johannesburg, Thati is a statistician turned N.Y.U Tisch Film grad. A natural storyteller, her work crosses genres seamlessly, blending cinematic rigour and warm human comedy. She was singled out for the Best New Talent Award at Ciclope Africa in 2019.

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Thea Small | Darling Films

From directing her first commercial featuring Sho Madjozi which collected a Gold, 2 Silvers and a Bronze at Bookmarks, to crafting intimate character portraits in her music videos, Thea’s talents reveal a range of capabilities, grounded in a keen sense of storytelling that gets to the heart of any idea. Her intuitive approach to directing sees that she continues making work that’s positive, entertaining and most of all – empowering.


Thomas G | Blacklist

To the less passionate Thomas Gumede may seem career obsessed, as he has an unapologetic love for all things displayed on screens. Strong drama and visual storytelling.

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Timothy Weyer | Iconic Agency

Timothy Weyer is a filmmaker living in Cape Town. Being a skilled editor and photographer is what makes him a good director: he has the eye to plan, capture and piece together beautiful visuals in order to tell a story. Timothy is also an accomplished musician and sound designer.

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Trevor Clarence | Your Girlfriend

Trevor Clarence has won numerous awards around the world for his unique and engaging directing work over the last thirteen years, specialising in comedy.  He loves making ads.  People tend to love making ads with him.

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Tristan Holmes | The Star Film Company

Tristan is fiercely hardworking that applies every part of himself to every image he creates. There is sweat, there is blood, there is [producer’s] tears, there is passion, there is ultimate craft. He also happens to be one of the only SA directors to have won a little gold Oscar.

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Vanessa Mojapelo | Rumanya Films

She is a ball of creativity, ready to bounce, leaving its mark on the Art of video making, filmmaking and everything in between. A creative problem solver, who believes nothing is impossible and everything is worth trying, passionate about life and loves putting smiles on human faces.

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Vusi Africa | Circus

Durban Talents alumnus, Vusi Africa, has a unique and contemporary voice in storytelling, focused on the discovery of a hero with an African face. He honed his craft as a stage play writer and director, his work having been staged at some of the most prestigious venues and festivals including the National Arts Festival and The Festival of Fame.

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Wandile Xaba | They

Wandile identifies herself as a Queer Intersectional Director. She describes intersectionality as a space of respect you can create… for the ideas, religious beliefs, experiences and expressions of the individual standing in front of you. She has a visually sensitive eye and is passionate about creating thought-provoking and exquisite work.

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Wim Steytler | The Star Film Company

After being recognised by Cannes Lions with a Young Director award, Wim has been creating beautiful moving pictures for branded content. He loves to tell edgy stories and extracting emotion from sources that on the surface seem to have none.

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Xolelwa “Ollie” Nhlabatsi | Rumanya Films

Xolelwa was born in Mbabane, eSwatini. He grew up in Washington DC, Ottawa and Johannesburg. This has given him a world view and the skillset to be able to adapt to different cultures and people. “I find my job is to reflect reality through the lens of embellishment mixed with some whimsy and hope.”

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Ying-Poi De Lacy | Massif

Ying-Poi started her advertising career as a creative researcher with South Africa’s top production company and went on to start Little League Films producing online branded content films for some top brands at local agencies where she has built a strong knowledge of film and advertising. Her first commercial for Cadbury’s shot in 2019 was placed 1st in Adforum’s monthly Top 5 Production Directors.

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Zandi Tisani | Robot

Zandi is a considered filmmaker creating edgy and adventurous work. With an emphasis on culture, humour and storytelling, there’s a refreshing combination of authenticity and a strong cinematic quality to her work. Zandi is also an accomplished writer, creative and collaborator.

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Zee Ntuli | Darling Films

Zee’s passion and love for storytelling and cinema is revealed in his approach which is equal parts story and style; humane and aesthetic. As a writer and director that works in long-form and commercials his work has a distinctive edge.

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Zipho Dlangamandla | Bioscope Films

Zipho comes from an acting background and you can tell from the authentic performances he gets out of people. His film ‘Boys Have Feelings Too’ won the Best Emerging Creative Talent at the Bokeh Fashion Film Festival 2019.

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Zwelethu Radebe | Egg Films

Still in his twenties, Zwelethu has directed commercials for both local and international agencies and clients, shooting in nine countries across Africa and Europe. In 2017, he won a Silver Apex Award for Strongbow, as well as over 10 awards for his short film, The Hangman.

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