SJ. Picture: ONE CLUB
SJ. Picture: ONE CLUB

In addition to being one of the 32 winners of the Young Guns 15 awards, SA filmmaker Siphiwe (SJ) Myeza-Mhlambi has been presented with the first-ever Young Guns Creative Choice Award. The award was chosen by the global creative community after they had reviewed the work of all 32 Young Guns 15 winners and then picked the creative they believed stood out.

A majority shareholder of 7Films, Myeza-Mhlambi says he has always had a passion for storytelling and that as a child he told other people’s stories as though they were his own. He sees himself as a mirror to society.

The big take-out: SA filmmaker Siphiwe (SJ) Myeza-Mhlambi, has been presented with the first-ever Young Guns Creative Choice Award.

Myeza-Mhlambi is a graduate of the SA School of Motion Picture Medium & Live Performance (AFDA). His talent was recognised at the 2016 Loerie Awards when he won two silver Loeries for Castrol ‘Vuvuliser’ and a gold Loerie for a series of Internet commercials called ‘Chasing the Dragon’ on behalf of The Surf Shack in Muizenberg. This organisation assists youths from the Cape Flats to replace their addiction to tik with a passion for surfing. He was 22 years old at the time. He was also awarded a Cannes Gold Lion for ‘Chasing the Dragon’ in 2017.

He had a tough upbringing and lost his mother at a young age, but says it’s not your circumstances that define you but your attitude. “There are more great people that come from rock bottom than great people that come from privilege,” he says.  

The Young Guns programme – originally a programme of the Art Directors Club – is now part of The One Club for Creativity. It is the only international, cross-disciplinary, portfolio-based awards competition that identifies and celebrates young creative professionals under the age of 30. This year’s Young Guns 15 received entries from 44 countries and was judged by 50 top creatives from around the world.

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