Willem van den Heever is an independent filmmaker, photographer, environmentalist, and explorer from Cape Town, South Africa. He specializes in writing, directing, cinematography and editing. Having been to over 40 different countries (including Antarctica), Willem is considered a well-travelled man for his age. One of his most memorable journeys include a five months backpacking trip through the untamed wilderness of North America. He recently also underwent an 8500 km train journey via the Trans-Siberian Express.
By the end of 2015 Willem graduated with a BA Film Arts degree from The Open Window Institute of Film Arts in Pretoria, South Africa. Willem created his first short film at the end of 2013, which shortly afterwards received international recognition. In 2014, he was awarded the Best New Talent Award at the National Film Festival for Talented Youth in Seattle, USA and by January 2015 he was selected as a Sundance Short Film Challenge winner. In December 2018 Willem published his first nonfiction novel, The Great Unknown. He has worked with brands such as National Geographic, Sony, Levi’s, Tag Heuer and Sea Shepherd.