Young Guns

Young Guns recognizes the vanguard of creative professionals 30 years of age and under. Founded in 1996, the portfolio-based competition has grown to become one of the most coveted awards for young creatives around the globe. For many designers, art directors, illustrators, copywriters, photographers, filmmakers, animators and other creatives, being named a Young Guns winner is a sure sign of a skyrocketing career, as well as a source of validation for all of the stressful days and sleepless nights that have come with early successes.

Young Guns is more than just an award; it's an exclusive community of rebels and prodigies, unsung heroes and rising stars, all who network, mentor and collaborate together. Over the years, our roster has grown to include some exceptional talent, among them Stefan Sagmeister (YG1), Rei Inamoto (YG4), James Victore (YG1), Jessica Walsh (YG8), Alli Truch (YG2), Natasha Jen (YG3), Pablo Medina (YG3), Jon Contino (YG9), Scott Stowell (YG3), Lindsay Ballant (YG7), Alex Trochut (YG6), Dark Igloo (YG10), Anna Bond (YG12), Zipeng Zhu (YG13), The Daniels (YG14) and Cait Oppermann (YG15).

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Film + Commercial Director

Based In: Cape Town, South Africa
Originally from: Johannesburg, South Africa

SJ is from bussling Johannesburg South Africa, but now lives in the beautiful Cape Town. After his studies he joined 7Films as a young director; moulding him into the director he is today. He is now a majority share holder of 7films, an award-winning Production Company rated 2nd in South Africa. His work won silver and gold Loeries at the 2016 Loerie Awards; at the age of 22 he was the youngest winner. He won Gold at Cannes Lions in 2017 and silver at the 2017 Pendoring Awards. He is an ambitious, risk-taking individual, who is quick to learn and adapt. His style is inspired by real stories with real characters; he believes reality is stranger than fiction. Taking on filmmaking as a personal responsibility to the world at large.

** We are saddened to hear about the passing of SJ in 2019. His legacy lives through his brilliant work.

Flex Salon Agency: Scanad Kenya Client: Safaricom Category: YG15 / Year: 2017
I Am Next Agency: Y&R Cape Town Client: Russian Bear Category: YG15 / Year: 2017
How Do You Say Hello Agency: Ogilvy One Dubai Client: Moto Lenovo Category: YG15 / Year: 2017
Pocket Agency: MakeBeautiful Client: Channel O Mutichoice DSTV Category: YG15 / Year: 2017
Born free Agency: 7Films Production House Client: Johnnie Walker Category: YG15 / Year: 2017
Chasing the Dragon Agency: Y&R Cape Town Client: Surf Shack Category: YG15 / Year: 2017




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