Wim Steytler is part of the new wave of young, fearless filmmakers rising from the African continent. Hailing from a family of pioneering writers who challenged the apartheid regime in the 60s, Wim is an award-winning director with a compulsive drive for authenticity and creating poetic and powerful imagery. Wim cut his teeth by earning a BA degree in fine art and visual communication, editing for six years and being mentored by South Africa’s top commercial directors while working as a creative researcher. 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 films with their unflinching realism and unique, emotive narratives. Wim 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. His latest short documentary Black Black Metal investigates the rise of African punk and metal in townships of Soweto. It went viral after it was featured on prominent blogs like The Daily Beast, ID Vice and The Fader. Wim’s upcoming feature film The Sovereign was selected for the 2016 Realness Screenwriting Residency, EAVE Producer’s Workshop 2017, La Fabrique des Cinema du Monde 2017 and The Durban Film Mart 2017.