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BUTTERFLY FILMS
CAPE TOWN / BERLIN

We're a Cape Town-based full service film and stills production company for commercials, content, music videos, documentaries and corporate films. 

Common sense is our guiding principle. We're nimble and adaptable. We can scale up where others can't scale down. We find ways to be better, smarter, more effective. Whether it's a car commercial or a crazy documentary that only you know what it's about – we're here for you. 

Since 2009, we’ve collaborated with a wide range of global ad agencies, brands, broadcasters, artists, and production companies, creating all kinds of sophisticated content all over the globe. With offices in Cape Town and Berlin, we build a bridge between the European market and South Africa as a world class film production destination. But we've also shot with Americans in Madagascar and with Lebanese in Ghana. And in Mexico. And in the Phillipines. And in more than 40 other countries.

At Butterfly Films we believe that success begins with trust. And trust is earned with open communication, reliability and transparency. Hence, we treasure relationships – with our clients, our collaborators, and with our crews

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  • "The butterfly effect, as I found it, was the polar opposite of chaos. The approach was cathectic; each problem was solved with confidence and clear thinking. Bravo Butterfly. 
    I will be back!"
    Lucy Gossage
    Producer, Somesuch
  • "We had such a lovely time, it was so well organised and I appreciate all the hard work Butterfly Films put into making it happen. India was also super made up with everything, she loved Cape Town and I suspect she'll be back."
    Millie Yoxen
    HEAD OF PHOTO, OBJECT & ANIMAL .PHOTO

FELIX SEUFFERT

EXECUTIVE PRODUCER / CAPE TOWN

Since co-founding Butterfly Films as a small company for NGO films in 2009, Felix has honed his producing skills with hands-on experience at every level in any conceivable place on the planet.

Now, also an established director and DOP, his production prowess stems from a unique blend of technical expertise, creative vision and a constant drive to do things smarter than they are usually done

MASSUDA KASSEM

EXECUTIVE PRODUCER / BERLIN

For the past 15 years, Massuda has been the driving force behind Berlin-based film production company Mutter&Vater. With a network all over Europe her expertise shines through in TV commercials, music videos, feature films and TV shows with some of the continent's freshest directing talent. 

As a certified green consultant she also guides our commitment to sustainability at all stages of production.

MAKEEDA SWAN

PRODUCER CAPE TOWN

Coming from an acting background, Makeeda combines years of experience in front of the lens with a rabid entrepreneurial hunger behind the scenes. She heads the South African division of Butterfly Films.

DIRECTORS

FELIX SEUFFERT

With a background in photojournalism, Felix combines a visceral and authentic storytelling with a highly cinematic visual language, which he applies in sports and fashion commercials and real-life narratives. As a director and DOP, Felix can work as a compact force and achieve incredible things with limited resources. His clients include Distell, Ackermans and BMW

ANNA TELFORD

With a distinctly feminine eye, Anna’s signature is light-hearted warmth and emotional resonance. As a trained musician she brings a sense of rhythm and harmony that engages on an emotional level. Being a mother of two she also has a golden hand with kids of any age. Among others, Anna has worked for Sanlam, Playmobil, Jungle Oats.

ROYD RINGDAHL

With a finger solidly on the pulse of youth culture, both contemporary and vintage, Royd never misses a chance to try something new and far out there. Nerdy obsession for visual trickery coupled with an urgent drive to create makes a powerful creative package with which he pushes from the music video arena into the advertising space.   
Sustainability is at the core of our mission. That's why we partner with Eco Ninjas to eliminate single-use plastics on set where possible and recycle all recyclable waste.

Our production workflow is paper-free as far as possible.

Our catering is vegetarian by default, meat is opt-in.

SUSTAINABILITY IS OUR MISSION

SUSTAINABILITY IS OUR MISSION

Sustainability is at the core of our mission. That's why we partner with Eco Ninjas to eliminate single-use plastics on set, where possible and recycle all recyclable waste

Our production workflow is paper-free as far as possible

Our catering is vegetarian by default, meat is opt-in