SJ focuses on creating unique and insightful content with a keen focus on writing, directing and editing. She is a multi-skilled film professional and has worked in every facet of film production.
SJ van Breda was born and raised in Durban, South Africa. She graduated as a mechanical engineer from the University of Cape Town, and worked in the aerospace research field for two years, before pursuing film at Vancouver Film School. She graduated with honours with specialisations in directing, post-production, and cinematography.
SJ is currently a Xiaomi Creator with Xiaomi Studios, and a freelance director and editor in Cape Town, South Africa. She is focusing on engaging video content in conjunction with NGOs such as WWF, UNFPA, UNICEF, FairTrade Africa, The Atlantic Institute’s Atlantic Fellows Programme, and The Kingsley Holgate Foundation. She also served as an instructor and jury member for the inaugural MMOCA Film Festival in Cape Town in 2020. SJ’s editorial clients include The Beautiful News by Ginkgo Agency, Aimer Films, Storyhive Canada, Pantone X Intimina and ScreamFest 2020. SJ also works with Blackbird Film Festival and OXIFF as a festival selection judge.
SJ has screened films at Whistler Film Festival, Oxford International Film Festival, Chilliwack Independent Film Festival, SA Indie Festival, and has filmed two shorts in Italy for the Pigneto and CICI Film Festivals. She was also placed in the top 10 of the Nespresso Talents 2018 and 2020, was selected as a Top Talent for the Adobe Design Achievement awards. SJ was a speaker on mobile filmmaking at the FilmicPro creator summit 2020, and has most recently worked with Ginkgo Agency on editing The Beautiful News SA and Australia.
SJ most recently won the mini documentary prize at the Moment Invitational Film Fest 2021, the documentary prize at SMart: The London International Smartphone Film Fest 2021, and the documentary category of Filmic Fest 2019. SJ has been selected as a finalist at SF3 2021 and her short doc Jane Digby is an official selection at the Oxford International Film Festival 2021.
  • Director (11 Credits)
    Light & Shadow2021
    Documentary, Short
    Symphony of Spheres2021
    Documentary, Short
    The One Year Anniversary2021
    Short
    The God and Girl2020
    Short
    (ISOLA)TION2019
    Experimental, Short
    Jane Digby2019
    Documentary, Short
    Runaway2019
    Experimental, Music Video, Short
    V2019
    Student, Short
    Grey2017
    Experimental, Short
    Sentience2017
    Short
    Sentience Trailer2017
    Student, Short
  • Writer (10 Credits)
    Light & Shadow2021
    Documentary, Short
    Symphony of Spheres2021
    Documentary, Short
    The One Year Anniversary2021
    Short
    The God and Girl2020
    Short
    (ISOLA)TION2019
    Experimental, Short
    Jane Digby2019
    Documentary, Short
    Runaway2019
    Experimental, Music Video, Short
    Grey2017
    Experimental, Short
    Sentience2017
    Short
    Sentience Trailer2017
    Student, Short
  • Producer (8 Credits)
    Light & Shadow2021
    Documentary, Short
    Symphony of Spheres2021
    Documentary, Short
    The One Year Anniversary2021
    Short
    The God and Girl2020
    Short
    (ISOLA)TION2019
    Experimental, Short
    Jane Digby2019
    Documentary, Short
    Sentience2017
    Short
    Sentience Trailer2017
    Student, Short
  • Editor (5 Credits)
    The One Year Anniversary2021
    Short
    The God and Girl2020
    Short
    Jane Digby2019
    Documentary, Short
    Runaway2019
    Experimental, Music Video, Short
    V2019
    Student, Short
Finalist: SF3 Mini
Light & Shadow
SF3
Sydney
2022
Officially Commissioned Film
Light & Shadow
Xiaomi Studios
Beijing
2021
Winner: Short Documentary
Light & Shadow
Moment Invitational Film Festival
Seattle, WA
2021
Official Selection
Jane Digby
Oxford International Film Festival
Oxford
2021
Official Selection, Invited Filmmaker
The God and Girl
CICI Film Festival 2019
Castellammare del Golfo
2020
Documentary Winner
Jane Digby
Filmic Fest 2019
Seattle
2019
Best Soundtrack, Nominated Best Actress
(ISOLA)TION
Pigneto Film Festival
Rome
2019
College
University of Cape Town
Mechanical Engineering
20102013
College
Vancouver Film School
Directing, Cinematography, Post-Production
20162017
High School
Danville Park Girls' High School
20052009
Birth City
Durban, South Africa
Current City
Cape Town, South Africa
Hometown
Durban, South Africa
Gender
Female
Eye Color
Green
SJ focuses on creating unique and insightful content with a keen focus on writing, directing and editing. She is a multi-skilled film professional and has worked in every facet of film production.
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