Originally from South Africa, Stephen is a writer/director who is now proud to call both Australia and South Africa home. A graduate of the directing program at the Australian Film Television Radio School (AFTRS), he has directed more than 12 narrative films including Legend, a 20-min segment of the AFTRS/NIDA portmanteau feature film, Before the Rain (2009) written by Judy Morris. Throughout his career, he is privileged to have worked with some of South Africa and Australia’s top actors, including Ian Robers (Tstosi), Sean Cameron Michael (24, Black Sails), Socratis Otto (Wentworth, X-Men Origins) and Leanna Walsman (Star Wars, Ep 2, 7 Signs of Ambiguity).

Past festival highlights include screening as part of the Short Film Metrage at Cannes, while Super Sounds, his latest short, has screened at over 35 festivals with highlights including Giffoni (Italy), Sequence Court-Metrage (France), Flickerfest (Sydney), Byron Bay, San Francisco International Film Festival, Reel Abilities (NYC, Chicago, Philadelphia), being commissioned to screen in Virgin In-Flight Entertainment, and went on to win Best Film and Best Director at the Fleurieu Film Festival (2016).

In 2016, he was a finalist in the Weinstein Co. Lexus Global Fellowship as well as one of the twenty finalists in the Lexus Australia Short Film Fellowship.

In a commercial capacity, he has been directing full time for 7 years, producing over 200 branded documentaries and commercials, with his work taking him to across Asia, Europe the US and Africa.

He is the founder and creative director at Beyond Content, where he is proud to work with brands big and small, in South Australia and beyond.

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Directing Reel

a selection of my work

Stephen de Villiers - Directing Reel



  • 2014 Super Sounds. (13 mins). Short film. Writer/Director. D2V Films. DOP. Aaron Gully. Australia
  • 2012 A Shot at the Big Time. (10 mins). Short film. Budget: $10k. Director. Just Do It Productions. DOP: Luke Pallett.  South Africa
  • 2009 In Hearts Left Behind. (15 mins). Short Film. Budget: $40k. Writer/Director. AFTRS. DOP: Ross Giardina. 35mm/S16mm. NSW
  • 2009 Legend. (20 mins). Short Film. Director. Budget: $1m. AFTRS. DOP: Ross Giardina. Writer: Judy Morris. Producer: Sandra Levy.
  • 2009 Far From Home. (7 Mins). Documentary. Writer/Director. AFTRS. DOP: Rob Morton. HD. NSW2009 Snapshots (20 mins). Short Film. Co-Director/Editor. Garden Village Pictures. DOP: Aaron Schuppan. HD. SA
  • 2008 3 Cigarettes (43 mins). Short Feature. Writer/Director/Editor. Flaming Iron Films. DOP: David Willert. HD. South Africa.
  • 2008 Band Aid Backpackers (24 mins). Documentary. Director. Vuleka Productions. Producer: Julie Frederikse. HD. South Africa.
  • 2007 Commando. (17 mins). Short Film. Writer/Director/Producer. M-Net. DOP: David Willert. HD. South Africa.
  • 2005 Takes the Cake. (7 mins). Short Film. Writer/Director/Producer. Flaming Iron Films. DOP: David Willert. DV. South Africa.

Awards & Screenings


I was a finalist (one of 20 worldwide) in the Weinstein Co. Lexus global film I was a finalist in the SFF Lexus Australia Short Film Fellowship

2016 - Super Sounds

Best Film, Best Directing, Best Score

Fleurieu Film Festival, SA

Official Selection, Reel Abilities, NYC

Winner Honourable Mention, Picture This Film Festival, Calgary, Canada

2015 - Super Sounds

Official Selection, San Francisco Int. Film Festival, USA

Official Selection, Byron Bay Film Festival, Byron Bay

Official Selection, Flickerfest, Sydney

Official Selection, Virgin In-Flight Entertainment

2014 - Super Sounds

Official Selection, Adelaide Kids Film Festival, Adelaide

Official Selection, BOFA, Hobart

Official Selection, Sequence-Court Metrage, France

Official Selection, Festival des Antipodes, France

Official Seleciton, Giffoni, Italy

2014 - A Shot at the Big Time

Nominated, Best Director. IMSFF Awards. South Africa

2013 - A Shot at the Big Time

Nominated, Best Film. Ethekwini Film Awards. South Africa.

Official Selection, Short Film Metrage, Cannes Film Festival,  France

Winner. Best Cinematography. Ethekwini Film Awards. South Africa.

2010 - Snapshots

Winner, Int. Achievement Award. SoCal Film Festival, USA

2010 - Legend

Bronze Award, Cinematography, ACS Awards, Australia.

Official Finalist, Plus Cameraimage (Camera Image), Poland.

Official Selection, Dungog, Australia.

2009 - 3 Cigarettes

Official Selection, Sehsuchte Student Awards, Berlin.

2008 - 3 Cigarettes

Official Selection, Durban International Film Festival. South Africa.

2008 - Commando

Official Selection, Sequence-Court Metrage, France

Winner Best Cinematography, National Student Awards, South Africa

Top 10 Finalist, Sehsuchte Student Awards, Berlin.

Official Selection, Durban International Film Festival, South Africa

Official Selection, Apollo Film Festival, South Africa.

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Stephen de Villiers
174 Sturt St, Adelaide
SA, 5000

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