Rudolf Buitendach (or Rudolf B.) is a South African born film director and editor.[1]



His short Indoor Fireworks produced by Sleevemonkey Films was the world's first fully uncompressed film shot on the legendary Viper filmstream camera and lauded by the likes of director Darren Aronofsky and composer Angelo Badalamenti (who scored the film) It was picked up by Canal Plus for European distribution.

His short Rearview was nominated by BBC Three as best short of 2006 in their new talent strand and also screened at the LA International Shortsfest and Brief Encounters. It was shortlisted by the Amsterdam Fantastic Film Festival for a Golden Melies nomination and also screened in Cannes and Venice. In 2007 Rudolf was a finalist in the international filmmaking competition.

Rudolf also works as a film trailer editor and creative director. One of his trailers The Brotherhood of the Wolf was nominated for a Golden Trailer Award in 2002. In 2007 Rudolf was nominated for two Golden Trailer Awards for best International drama trailer for 'Snowcake' and for best Comedy Trailer for Waiter. In 2008 Rudolf worked on the Control trailer that was nominated for a Key Art award. Rudolf has worked in tandem with the likes of Werner Herzog, Mike Leigh, Mike Hodges, Peter Greenaway, Alexi Tan, Richard Linklater, and Pedro Almodóvar on their trailers and has cut trailers for all the major studios and distributors.

In 2009, Rudolf directed a documentary about Arsenal's 2008–2009 season.[2]

In 2011, Rudolf directed his debut feature film Dark Hearts starring Lucas Till, Kyle Schmid, Sonja Kinski, Juliet Landau, Rachel Blanchard and Goran Visnjic. "Dark Hearts" was nominated as Best International Feature at the 2012 Raindance Film Festival in London.

In 2013, Rudolf directed his sophomore feature Where the Road Runs Out, making history as this was the first feature film ever to be made in Equatorial Guinea West Africa. The film starred the César winning actor Isaach De Bankolé, Juliet Landau and Stelio Savante. The film had its world premiere at the San Diego International Film Festival. The three times Academy Award-winning film 12 Years a Slave opened the 2013 festival. Rudolf’s film won the 2014 Grand Jury Award for Best Film against the Academy Award-winning film The Imitation Game starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira Knightley, Academy Award nominee Wild starring Reese Witherspoon and Laura Dern and Golden Globe Award nominated St. Vincent starring Bill Murray. Rudolf received his reward from Academy Award nominee Tom Berenger. Rudolf’s film also won the United Tribune Award for Best Film. Recently, the film won the Black Reel Award for Outstanding World Cinema amongst fellow winners Moonlight and Fences.

In 2015, Rudolf won the Best Director Award at the Sunscreen Film Festival in Florida, sponsored by the Academy Of Motion Pictures and Sciences. Special guest at the festival was two-time Oscar nominee John Travolta. Rudolf’s award was presented by four-time Grammy Award winner Stanley Clarke. Rudolf’s film also won the Best Actor Award for Isaach De Bankolé.

In 2015, Rudolf edited and produced the environmental film Medicine of the Wolf, the aim of which was to try and save the aforementioned animals from extinction. The film featured Jane Goodall and Jim Brandenburg. The film won the Grand Jury Prize for best film at the Arizona International Film Festival and the Audience Award at the St. Paul/Minneapolis International Film Festival.

In 2016, Rudolf finished his third feature as director, Selling Isobel (released as Apartment 407) based on true events, with Frida Farrell playing herself as sex trafficking victim. The film also stars Lew Temple and Alyson Stoner. The film won the Breakout Film Award at the San Diego International Film Festival, Best Indie Feature at the 2016 Raindance Film Festival, Best Non-European Feature at the ECU Film Festival in Paris and Best Film at the California Women’s Film Festival. It had a limited theatrical release in the US and Scandinavia.

In 2018, Rudolf completed his 4th feature film Hex, filmed in Cambodia, his first as writer-director. The film stars British-American actress Jenny Boyd as well as Ross McCall.


  1. ^ Official website
  2. ^ "Arsenal fan's film screened in London". Football Fans Census. 13 October 2009. Retrieved 5 April 2011.