Salomon Lightelm


Salomon, a son to missionary parents who opened his eyes to the world, is a self-taught filmmaker whose international background –a childhood spent in Johannesburg, Dubai, and Sydney– figures strongly in his distinctive, visceral yet meditative work. His textural and experimental style looks to find new ways of exploring visual and narrative storytelling - always with a human story at its core. His work has garnered recognition across the world, with inclusion in both the Saatchi & Saatchi and 1.4 New Directors Showcases, two Golds and three Silvers at the YDAs, a Gold Cannes Lion, multiple AICP wins with work featured at the MOMA, shortlists for Music Video of the Year at Shots, Best Alternative Video and Best New Director, with wins for Best Editing and Best Color Grading at the UKMVA’s - and a growing list of awards from the industry including the British Arrows, Cannes and D&AD. His body of work includes short films like “Rocket Wars,” which documents the stunning aerial fireworks battle of a Greek village, as well as commercials for Puma, Adidas, Top Boy, S7, Valvoline etc, and music videos, for artists like Justin Bieber, Giveon, Little Simz, Skrillex, Don Toliver, Prince, The Weeknd, Daughter, Bearcubs and Young Fathers. Salomon currently lives in New York City with his young family, where he is in the early stages of putting together his debut feature, MOTHERLAND and writing his second, ICONOCLAST.