Wim Steytler


Public bio

Wim Steytler, hailing from a family of pioneering writers, is an award-winning, young director with a compulsive drive for authenticity and creating poetic and powerful imagery. He cut his teeth by earning a degree in fine art and visual communication, editing for six years and being mentored by South Africa’s top commercial directors while working as creative researcher. Wim is now represented by Picture Tree in Johannesburg as a commercials director with producer Gary King. In his directorial debut, he picked up a prestigious CFP-E/SHOTS Young Director Award in 2014 at the Festival de Cannes for his narrative music video about xenophobic attacks in Johannesburg’s underbelly of hijacked buildings. Since then, Wim has developed a reputation for his cinematic documentary commercials with their unflinching realism and unique, emotive narratives. He recently shot the official music video for the United Nations' Global Goals for Sustainable Development curated by Richard Curtis and was awarded Best Director at the Silwerskerm Film Festival in Cape Town for his first narrative short 'Skewe Reënboog' (Crooked Rainbow) – an allegory on the failings of Rainbow Nation idealism.