Writer-producer & Managing director
David Franciscus is a writer-producer, having moved from directing TV commercials to focussing on his career producing long form fiction. David is currently running Protagonist Studios, a film production company based in South Africa.
David has always been in love with cinema, growing up with the films of Spielberg, Lucas, Scorsese, Kubrick, Fincher and Tarantino. These masters inspired David’s approach to storytelling and his focus on thought-provoking, character-centric narratives within the framework of genre.
David won a Loerie for the first commercial he directed which took him to Cannes Lions, launching his career as a commercial director. David won a Gold Loerie for being Brand SA’s Young Creative 2018. In 2019, David was included in Mail & Guardian’s 200 Young South Africans in media.
David is a passionate, driven and forward-thinking individual that believes all filmmakers have the ability and responsibility to inform and entertain, in order to create positive societal change.