Willem Grobler - Biography

BIOGRAPHY

Willem Grobler is an award-winning writer-director based in Cape Town, South Africa, where he works as a commercials director.

He has written and directed a variety of award-winning content pieces, including television commercials, fashion films, music videos and short films.

His most recent short film HUM – an Afrikaans psychological thriller with sci-fi undertones – premiered at the 2016 Silwerskermfees, where it won four awards including Best Actor and Best Screenplay. HUM has been hailed as a trendsetter that is helping redefine Afrikaans cinema.

Willem is currently developing a feature length neo-noir – GOD IS GOOD – with support of South Africa’s National Film and Video Foundation. The project was selected for participation in the Independent Filmmaker Project’s 2016 “No Borders” co-production forum in New York City.

Set against the violent backdrop of the Cape Flats, GOD IS GOOD will be Grobler’s directorial debut.

ACCOLADES

  • 2016 – PARTICIPANT – “GOD IS GOOD” – Independent Filmmaker Project’s “No Borders” Co-production Forum in New York City
  • 2016 – WINNER – “HUM” – Kyknet Silwerskermfees – Best Screenplay
  • 2016 – NOMINEE – “HUM” – Kyknet Silwerskermfees – Best Director
  • 2016 – NOMINEE – “HUM” – Kyknet Silwerskermfees – Best Short Film
  • 2016 – OFFICIAL SELECTION – “THE GREAT GATSBY:REDEMPTION” – Kyknet Silwerskermfees
  • 2016 – OFFICIAL SELECTION – “THE GREAT GATSBY:REDEMPTION” – Durban Int’l. Film Festival
  • 2015 – WINNER – “THE GREAT GATSBY:REDEMPTION” – SHNIT Int’l. Short Film Festival Realtime Competition
  • 2015 – NOMINEE – “ABSA: LOLO, A PROSPER STORY” – Loeries – Branded Content Video Single Execution
  • 2015 – OFFICIAL SELECTION – Sergeant Pepper Clothing Company Fashion Films – Mercedes-Benz Bokeh SA Fashion Film Festival
  • 2014 – DURBAN TALENT – Durban Int’l. Film Festival Talents Program (partner of Berlinale Talents program)
  • 2014 – BEST DIRECTOR NOMINEE – Suzaan Heyns Fashion Week 2012 – Mercedes-Benz Bokeh South African Fashion Film Festival
  • 2013 – HONORABLE MENTION; RUNNER UP (ACTOR; CAST; VFX; GENRE) – “ADELARD” – 48 Hour Film Project Cape Town
  • 2011 – MUSIC VIDEO PROJECT – ISO “Destiny” Official Music Video – Musiek Kanaal
  • 2006 – WINNER – “CONSIDERATELY KILLING ME” – Apollo Film Festival Best South African Newcomer
  • 2006 – OFFICIAL SELECTION – “CONSIDERATELY KILLING ME” – Sithengi Cape Town World Cinema Festival
  • 2006 – OFFICIAL SELECTION – “CONSIDERATELY KILLING ME” – Manchester Commonwealth Film Festival