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 award-winning short film HUM has played at festivals around the world, including a premiere at the 40th Annual Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival in France in 2018.

Willem cowrote SPOORLOOS, a thirteen episode 48-minute crime drama that aired to great acclaim on South African broadcaster kykNET in 2018. The series is currently available to stream VOD platform ShowMax.

GOD IS GOOD, a crime thriller screenplay developed by Willem with support from South Africa’s National Film and Video Foundation and selected for the 2016 IFP No Borders Coproduction Forum in New York, was recently optioned by UK-based Bandit Country producer Josephine Rose (ex-Sony Pictures UK). STAR WARS actor John Boyega recently boarded the project as executive producer, with his newly minted label UpperRoom Records set to oversee the soundtrack to the film. GOD IS GOOD will be Willem’s directorial debut.

Willem splits his time between writing and directing long form narrative and short form commercial projects from his home in Cape Town.

Press

Accolades

  • 2018 – OFFICIAL SELECTION – “HUM” – The 40th Annual Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival
  • 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