© 2019 Willem van den Heever
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I am an independent filmmaker, photographer and traveller from Cape Town, South Africa. I specialize in writing, directing and editing. I am an adventurer and explorer at heart. I like to hear stories, see stories and tell stories. I have a great passion for art, music and travelling.


I started filmmaking in 2011 while still in high school. At the end of 2015 I graduated with a Bachelors degree in Film Arts from The Open Window Institute of Film Arts in Centurion, Pretoria. I created my first short film, Coffee at the end of 2013 which shortly afterwards received international recognition. In April 2014 I was awarded the Best New Talent Award at the National Film Festival for Talented Youth in Seattle, USA and in January 2015 I was nominated as a Sundance Short Film Challenge winner. I'm currently working as a freelancer, mostly focusing on commercials and music videos.


I spent the first six months of 2016 travelling and backpacking, mostly through the United States, hitch hiking from Seattle down the West Coast to the border of Mexico and hiking just over a 1000 km through untamed wilderness. During this period I spent the majority of my time writing, photo-documenting my journey and gathering stories. I have now completed a nonfiction novel on my journey, The Great Unknown, out December 2018.