Spitfire

Spitfire Films aims to craft creative content for screens and the end result will range from television commercials to long-format films.

Johannesburg

Directors: AK / Akin Omotso / Ed Van Blerk / Hloni Ntsooa / JT / Katlego Baaitse / Peter Heaney / Rajay Singh
Producers: Liesl Karpinski / Baleseng Lee Mokola

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Started in 2012, Spitfire.tv aims to craft creative content for screens from television commercials to long-format films.

Launched by Liesl Lategan and AK after meeting in 2011 and forming a partnership in 2012 Liesl was originally on her way to becoming a lawyer, but that all changed her career direction after interning at a film company in the US. Since then Liesl has become the one of the film industry’s most well know producers based on the successes of an impressive list of clients and a string of D&ADs, several Loeries, Cannes, Promax, Vuka awards and more.

AK is regarded as one of South Africa’s top directors, focussing on a variety of content including TV commercials, activations and online content. His work in the advertising industry is legendary, with a career that continuously places firsts for the likes of Adidas, Investec, KFC, Landrover, Fox, DSTV, and many more.

This Turn Key Production House works with some of South Africa’s top directors and producers to keep delivering on such a high-level, leading the way in contemporary production. They are passionate about transformation and they are building and training young film makers through our Spitfires for the Future programme. For more you can view their website.

  • 2 x Gold at Promax for Fox Crime Cinema Activation
  • 1 x Merit certificate from The One Show for Fox Crime Cinema Activation
  • 2nd Place at Ad of the Year for Fox Crime Cinema Activation
  • Cannes Short List for Fox Crime Cinema Activation
  • 4 x Silver Loeries – The Walking Dead
  • 1 Silver Canes Lion – The Walking Dead
  • D&AD Pencil – The Walking Dead
  • Ad of the Month – ‘Tapiola’ (Helsinki)
  • British Design Awards Silver – Nova TV Idents
  • D&AD Finalist – 5FM DJ
  • Cannes Finalist – Super Seven
  • Fines Festival Gold Lux – Superheroes
  • Dogstar Awards x 5 Gold – Pojola Sufer
  • Asian Awards 2 x Gold, 1 x Silver – Lemon Water Still Life
  • Runner up of AD of the Year – SANBS Blood Donation TVC 2013
  • Winner ATKV 2012 Best Director and Best Drama – Erfsondes Season 4
  • Winner ATKV 2012 Best Director and Best Drama – Erfsondes Season 5
  • 1st Project – Play it to break it
  • SAMA Nominee 2007 ‘BEST LIVE DVD’
  • Nominated for 7 x SAFTA’s and 2 x SA Comedy Awards – Laugh Out Loud 1 & 2
  • Gold Book Mark Award 2016 – KFC: Shakin’ Shakin’
  • Gold Loeries 2016 – KFC: Shakin’ Shakin’
  • Bronze One Show Award – KFC: Shakin’ Shakin’

JOHANNESBURG OFFICE

8A 7th Avenue Parktown North, Johannesburg
+27 (0) 11 268 2286
+27 (0) 112682247
 
Executive Producer | Liesl Karpinski
+27 (0)82 539 1287
Liesl@spitfire.tv

Featured Work 

Awarded by IDIDTHAT

AWARDED: CRAFT MENTION (DIRECTION)
Spitfire Films | Katlego Baaitse
KFC ‘Whodunnit?’
IDIDTHAT Guest Judge: Grant De Sousa, Director at They
October 2022

Grant’s comment: ‘I love this campaign and I especially love how the supporting work around it was no afterthought. With limited resources (I think it’s maybe 3 locations and one lead in total) I can feel the director working here. Performance nuances are very funny and love the subtle digs at the other brands. It’s tongue in cheek and I feel this campaign will shake this category up.’

AWARDED: CRAFT MENTION (DIRECTION)
Spitfire Films | JT Moatshe
Ballantine’s ‘Stay True Cities’
IDIDTHAT Guest Judge: Jabulani Sigege, Executive Creative Director at Machine_
June 2022

Jabulani’s comment: ‘A superbly directed mini-documentary that allows two of Pretoria’s hottest DJs, Mellow and Sleazy, to tell their tale of how they got together and created their Pitori-influenced Amapiano sound. Their story is enhanced by them telling it in their mother tongues and bringing in locations from their respective hoods, and people who have been along for their journey or know them. All of the above combine to create a compelling narrative that is gritty, authentic and can’t be anything but Mzansi. The director knew what they wanted and made sure they got it.’

AWARDED: CRAFT MENTION (DIRECTION)
Spitfire Films | Katlego Baaitse
YAP ‘Digital Banking’
IDIDTHAT Guest Judge: Mzi Kumalo, Founder and Director at Olamuk
February 2022

Mzi’s comment: ‘Katlego does a good job with this piece, using the medium cleverly to deliver a fun energetic piece with a sprinkle of humour. It’s visually compelling and does a good job of communicating the offering of the product/service.’

AWARDED: CRAFT MENTION (DIRECTION)
Spitfire Films | Waldo Pretorius
Loeries ‘Uber’ & ‘Dictator’
IDIDTHAT Guest Judge: Bridget Johnson, Consulting Executive Creative Director at WICK
September 2018

Judge’s comment: “Thanks to Waldo Pretorius from Spitfire for bringing a nostaglic smile to my face on the Loeries spots, ‘Uber’ & ‘Dictator’, and for making work that looks nothing like anything else at the moment.”

AWARDED: CRAFT MENTION (DIRECTION)
Spitfire Films | AK
ISUZU ‘Made From Real’
IDIDTHAT Guest Judge: Jenny Glover, Executive Creative Director at TBWA\Hunt\Lascaris
April 2016

Judge’s comment: “AK from Spitfire Films: The music choice on Isuzu, Made from Real is very early 2000’s but in a good way.  It really lifts what is a largely functional story and script..”

IDIDTHAT Featured Stories

Spitfire’s director JT Moatshe – filmmaker, music producer, cool guy

May 27th, 2022|Comments Off on Spitfire’s director JT Moatshe – filmmaker, music producer, cool guy

Over 4 years ago JT Moatshe joined Spitfire as their in-house sound designer and music composer. Fiercely in love with film, curious and eager to learn, he worked his way up to videographer and photographer and eventually found his seat at the table as a fully-fledged Spitfire director. JT has already built up quite a reel of content and commercials, but what makes this filmmaker such an agile director is his ability to combine his visuals with his ear for music and sound design chops. Here’s why JT Moatshe should be on your radar.

Adman turned Director, Katlego Baaitse, joins Spitfire Films

October 14th, 2020|Comments Off on Adman turned Director, Katlego Baaitse, joins Spitfire Films

New Spitfire director, Katlego Baaitse, first caught our attention with the recent Chicken Licken ‘Kentucky’ ad that he directed. Yup, you’ve probably already seen it. Hell, it was even awarded IDIDTHAT’s ‘Best of Craft’. We did a little digging to find out what this new full-time director has to offer and how his unique style may just be perfect for one of your scripts.