Willem Grobler - Biography

BIOGRAPHY

Willem Grobler was born and raised in Pretoria, South Africa. He holds an Honours Degree in Film and Media Studies from the University of Cape Town and is a Durban Talents and IFP Film Week alumnus.

His short film HUM premiered at the 2016 Silwerskermfees to rave reviews, winning four awards, including Best Actor and Best Screenplay. HUM recently won Best Actor, Director and Film at the Kleinkaap Short Film Festival and had its international premiere at the 5th Annual Philip K Dick Science Fiction Film Festival in New York in 2017 and has gone on to win other accolades and nominations.

Willem’s neo-noir screenplay – GOD IS GOOD, developed with support from South Africa’s National Film and Video Foundation – was selected for the 2016 No Borders Coproduction Forum in New York, where it drew interest from a variety of co-producers, sales agents and distributors.

In 2017 Willem co-wrote SPOOR, a thirteen episode primetime crime drama for Ochre Media and kykNET to which he has also been attached as director.  SPOOR is set to go into production early 2018. Willem also recently joined the writing team for an upcoming SABC crime drama by Gambit Films, and is currently developing two feature length screenplays in between directing television commercials.

ACCOLADES

  • 2017 – NOMINEE – “HUM” – Shnit International Short Film Festival – Made in South Africa Jury Award
  • 2017 – WINNER – “HUM” – Kleinkaap Short Film Festival – Best Film
  • 2017 – WINNER – “HUM” – Kleinkaap Short Film Festival – Best Director
  • 2017 – OFFICIAL SELECTION – “HUM” – The 5th Annual Philip K. Dick Science Fiction Film Festival
  • 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