Spitfire Films

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


Directors: AK / Peter Heaney / Akin Omotoso / Markstry / Rajay Singh / Ed Van Blerk / Anthony Bila
Producers: Liesl Karpinski / Cherice Whewell

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Spitfire Films was formed in 2013 by Executive Producer Liesl Karpinski and Director AK, and since then has taken off with a mission. Today Spitfire has a squadron of seven eagle-eyed Directors along with two Producers and five additional support staff. Joining founding director AK are Directors Akin Omotoso, Peter Heaney, Markstry, Ed van Blerk, Rajay Singh and, our most recent addition to the team, Anthony Bila.

Working with all the big names in the business, and a few smaller names on their way up in a big way, Spitfire has bagged an impressive array of awards, including Cannes Lion, D&ADs, One Show, several Loeries, Vuka Awards, Bookmarks, Ad of the Year and more. Agencies that Spitfire has partnered with include Ireland/Davenport, Ogilvy & Mather, DDB, FCB Africa, Network BBDO, JWT, TBWA, working with clients such as Investec, KFC, Isuzu, Telkom, Huawei, Renault, Standard Bank, Vodacom, Knorr, McDonald’s, Land Rover, DSTV and Ford, to name just a few.

In addition, three of our Directors (AK, Akin and Peter) recently completed filming ‘The Greatest Movie Ever Made’ – a 28-minute movie commissioned by M-Net and inspired by scenes from some of the greatest movies ever made. Under the watchful eye of Executive Producer Liesl Karpinski, Spitfire looks set to fly even higher in the years ahead.

  • 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’


8A 7th Avenue Parktown North, Johannesburg
+27 (0) 11 268 2286
+27 (0) 112682247

Executive Producer | Liesl Karpinski
+27 (0)82 539 1287

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Special Mention: Direction Craft – AK

ISUZU ‘Made From Real’
iDidTht Guest Judge: Jenny Glover, Executive Creative Director at TBWA\Hunt\Lascaris
Awarded: April 2016

Judges 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..”

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Behind The Screams With AK

December 11th, 2017|Comments Off on Behind The Screams With AK

We took the graveyard shift and went inside the dark world of Director AK from Spitfire Films and his latest campaign for DStv #HalloweenSleepOver. We learnt one thing, do not disturb AK, because he already is…