Cape Town native Stephan van der Merwe announced as winner of Funny Or Die’s #360DegreesOfFunny viral video competition at comically captivating award ceremony held in Johannesburg on Tuesday 27 November 2016.

When global creative titans Funny or Die and Samsung Mobile collide to revolutionise the world of compelling content – the results are truly epic.

Brought together by Capacity Relations, global leaders in the content creation game, Funny or Die teamed up with Samsung for a groundbreaking knowledge sharing session on 27 September 2016 at Room 5 in Rivonia, Johannesburg, where key speakers divulged unsurmountable knowledge about the creation of compelling content.

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Topping off an informative and exciting day, the 360° of Funny competition, powered by Samsung, came to a head as the winner of the short script competition was announced by influential local emcee's Toby Anne Hirsch and Darren Simpson.

Topping off an informative and exciting day, the 360° of Funny competition, powered by Samsung, came to a head as the winner of the short script competition was announced by influential local emcee’s Toby Anne Hirsch and Darren Simpson.

Capetonian Stephan van der Merwe walked away victorious with a cash prize of R50,000.00 and a S7 Smart Phone, 360° camera and VR technology, courtesy of Samsung for his epic video “The Maybe Baby”.

Capetonian Stephan van der Merwe walked away victorious with a cash prize of R50,000.00 and a S7 Smart Phone, 360° camera and VR technology, courtesy of Samsung for his epic video “The Maybe Baby”.

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The organisers have extended their congratulations to the runners up; Jared Sassman (far left), Grant Morrow (far right), as well as the other remaining finalists.

The goal of the event was to leave South Africa’s talented young content creators inspired and empowered in the hopes that they would take the insights to help skyrocket their creative careers.

About the winner:_dsc0647

Stephan van der Merwe is a long-time admirer of film and motion picture, having practically grown up in front of a TV-screen, feasting on all kinds of programming available. After completing a 3-year course in Film & Video at CPUT Film School, Steph now works in the South African film industry as a freelance spark, grip and rigger. Creatively, Steph has continued writing scripts as his passion and hobby – writing theatre productions for Childline Western Cape. Steph dreams of one day being miraculously blessed with the ‘gift’ of flight; whether that be like a bird, or Superman, or on the back of a Luck Dragon. Steph’s not too picky about it. Until then, he’s very happy with walking.