7films is not just a business – it is a home to an array of multi-talented and vastly different directors that each have their own unique skill set. We not only believe in creating groundbreaking, forward thinking work but we believe in transformation. We believe in investing in the industry and creating a space for young talented director’s to come through the ranks and continue to push the boundaries in the film industry. Every day is a Masterclass lead by Lourens, that is lead with an iron sword and passion, thus breeding the best of the best. The passion we invest in our arsenal gives a return in investment through the passion they put in their work.
- Loeries 2017 (1 Grand Prix, 2 Gold, 3 Craft Gold)
- Cannes 2017 (1 Gold Lion, 1 Silver Lion)
- Loeries 2016 (1 Gold, 1 Silver)
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Special Mention: Direction Craft – SJ Myeza-Mhlambi
Tusker Light ‘Lite the Way’
iDidTht Guest Judge: Jenny Glover, ECD at TBWA\Hunt Lascaris
Awarded: November 2017
Judges Comment: “One final mention goes to SJ’s sharp direction of Tusker ‘Light the way.’ He’s created something that feels effortless and impromptu but still maintains a level of craft.”
Best Of Reel: Awarded for Direction Craft to Dirk Van Niekerk at 7 Films.
Surf Shack ‘Salt’
iDidTht Guest Judge: Bridget Johnson, Executive Creative Director
Awarded: May 2017
Judges Comment: “When a piece of film is good I like to try work out what it is, specifically, that draws me in. Is it the words in a great script that make me watch more, or the beautiful, uncomfortable images that make me listen to the words? When I can’t decide I know it’s a goody. In this case everything comes together beautifully. From the raw narration to the combination of long, composed shots and fluid observational moments, all suspended in a meticulously paced edit and beautifully crafted soundtrack. I like that the visual interpretation of the script is not as literal as it might have been. It’s also deliciously textural and kind of awful at the same time. The end sequence of the little boy in the surf at sunrise is sublime. Besides feeling like you’re on the surfboard with him, the ending delivers the perfect redemptive note to the story. Always good. Well done Dirk Van Niekerk, 7Films, and all involved. Jealous!”
Special Mention: Awarded for Direction Craft to SJ 7Films.
Johnnie Walker ‘Born Free’
iDidTht Guest Judge: Molefi Thulo, Creative Director at Ogilvy & Mather Johannesburg
Awarded: November 2016
Judges Comment: “Don’t get it twisted – That’s one of the lines said in the campaign and that’s exactly what I dig about this documentary. Brutally honest, gritty and not trying too hard. Well done to 7Films for a well crafted and cleverly considered campaign.”
Judges Comment: “There were some really good direction choices made in this little film. This story could have been told in a manipulative way but instead it’s told in an unaffected, matter-of-fact manner which makes it more endearing and worth watching. A great choice of narrator and great copy stitched together in a seamless, effortless way.”
Special Mention: Awarded for Direction Craft to Siphiwe Myeza (SJ) at 7 Films.
Surf Shack ‘Chasing the Dragon’
iDidTht Guest Judge: Nkanyezi Masango, Creative Director at Y&R South Africa
Awarded: June 2016
Judges Comment: “This film captures the feeling of addiction with gritty authenticity. The narrative sucks you in and before you know it, you’re hooked. The visual analogy is skillfully handled by the director Siphiwe Myeza. There’s a constant duality running throughout the film. It’s dark and hopeful. It’s lo-fi and cinematic. But at the heart of it is a powerful insight, delivered with stellar direction.”