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Spier Films is a motion picture production company with offices in Cape Town, London, Los Angeles and Reykjavik. We develop, produce and finance films and series unrestricted by form, genre or platform. We are part of a family-owned group of companies that includes at least 6 of the top South African insurance companies, two food franchises in 30 countries, a wine estate, hotel and conference centre and luxury lodges throughout Africa and India. We create and support films which have both critical and commercial success and often work with highly respected international producers in both a servicing and co-production capacity while remaining dedicated to fostering South African talent.


Spier Films is part of a family-owned group of companies that includes six South African insurance companies, two food franchises in 30 countries, a wine estate and luxury lodges across Africa and India.


Managing Director

Michael Auret

A lawyer and enterprising executive, financier and producer, Michael runs Spier Films. Films he has produced and financed have played in Berlin, Toronto, Sundance and other festivals, while also selling in multiple territories.

Thembisa develops theatrical features for Speir Films, working on both internal productions and international co-productions.
HEATHER MILLARD - Producer & Sales Agent
Heather is a British producer who relocated to Iceland in 2009. She has produced documentaries, feature films and animated content, many of these were international co-productions financed through European funds, tax incentives and pre-sales. Her films have been selected and awarded at international film festivals. Heather is a member of the European Film Academy, the Icelandic Film Academy and Iceland’s Producer on the Move 2015.
THORDUR BRAGI JONSSON - Head of Production: Iceland
Ryan graduated summa cum laude with a masters in arts in motion picture producing from UCLA''S school fo theater, film and television. He is both a telluride film festival filmlab fellow and a sundance institute lab participant. Prior to working with Spier, Ryan worked at Anonymous content.
RYAN FRAME - Producer
Ryan graduated summa cum laude with a Masters in Fine Arts in Motion Picture Producing from UCLA''S School fo Theater, Film and Television. He is both a Telluride Film Festival FilmLab fellow and a Sundance institute lab participant. Ryan is currently an executive at Spier Films based in Los Angeles.
His company, Pitch Black Films, won a SAFTA for the 58-part documentary series titled, “What’s Your Story?’ several other documentaries, short films etc. have subsequently followed, including the powerful coming of age documentary, Vision to Dream, screened at Encounters International Documentary Film Festival.
Matt's expertise extends to public relations in managing PR for brands and bands with an international reach and working in production of a number of feature films and productions for major broadcasters.
JAMES ABDOU - Producer
James has been with Spier Films since 2012, producing feature films and factual content. He has been part of the UB40 management team since 2014 and in January 2020 became Managing Partner of Evo Music Management.
Kim joined Spier Films as a producer in 2017, and deals with co-productions and all finance related matters.
OLOFF BERGH - Producer
Oloff is a documentary and reality TV Producer and Executive Producer. He has award-winning productions and has a track record of producing documentaries and factual series for international broadcast clients including Discovery Channel, National Geographic and Animal Planet.
for the development of Africa audiovisual entrepreneurs


Africa Imagining Producers to be announced at the end of February 2021.

U - Carmen eKhayelitsha
Golden Bear Award 2005
Son of Man
Sundance Festival 2006
The Harvesters
Cannes Film Festival 2018 - Un Certain Regard
Act of Defiance
UK Jewish Film Festival 2005 - Best Film
The Salvation
Cannes Film Festival 2014 - Official selection
Young Ones
Sundance Film Festival 2014
Price of Sugar
Golden Calf, Netherlands Film Awards 2006
Layla Fourie
Berlin Film Festival - Special Mention 2013
Of Good Report
SAFTA - Best Film 2014
Black Butterflies
SAFTA - Best Film & Golden Calf at Netherlands Film Festival 2011


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