Soraya Gilanni Viljoen

Production Designers

Soraya is a multi-disciplinary artist whose body of work encompasses narrative, commercials, music promos, exhibitions and installations. Throughout any design process her focus centres on the narrative, and how certain details interact to create a distinctive, original and expressive world.

Soraya’s drama work includes Adura Onashile’s feature Girl, and Blue Jean directed by Georgia Oakley. She also designed BAFTA winning short Dreamland, and Rise, directed by Hannah Renton, which is currently screening at festivals worldwide.

Soraya is also the Art Director of Tilted Axis Press, a not for profit press.


Prod. Film 4 / Fox Cub Films
Dir. Amrou Al-Kadhi

BLUE JEAN (Feature)
Prod. BFI / BBC
Dir. Georgia Oakley
Nomination: BAFTA 2023 – Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer
World Premiere: Venice Film Festival (Giornate degli Autori) 2022
In Competition: Venice Film Festival Queer Lion Award 2022
Official Selection: BFI LFF 2022
Audience Winner: Giornate degli Autori – Venice Film Festival 2022
Nomination: BIFA 2022 – Best Debut Director (LongList)
Nomination: BIFA 2022 – Breakthrough Producer (LongList)
Nomination: Breakthrough Director Award – Gotham Awards 2023

GIRL (Feature)
Prod. Ciara Barrry
Dir. Adura Onashile
World Premiere: Sundance Film Festival 2023 – World Cinema Dramatic Competition
Official Selection: Glasgow Film Festival 2023
Official Selection: Gothenburg Film Festival 2023 – In Competition (Ingmar Bergman)
Official Selection: Dinard Film Festival 2023 – In Competition
Official Selection: BFI LFF 2023 

Prod. Damian Jones Films / Universal Pictures
Dir. MJ Delaney

DREAMLAND (Short Form)
Prod. Merman
Dir. MJ Delaney
Screenplay Sharon Horgan | Starring Morgana Robinson, Sheridan Smith
Winner: BAFTA – Best Short Form Programme

THE WAY OUT (Television Drama)
Prod. BBC / BBC4 / Battersea Arts Centre
Dir. Suri Krishnamma


Prod. Dawn Chorus Films / La Pêche Productions
Dir. Priyanga Burford
Winner: Best Production Design – Cannes Indie Shorts Awards 2022
Nomination: Best Short Narrative Film – Flickers’ Rhode Island International Film Festival 2022
Nomination: Best First Time Filmmaker – Montreal Independent Film Festival 2022
Nomination: Best Short Film – Rome Prisma Independent Film Awards 2022
Nomination: Best Director – Rome Prisma Independent Film Awards 2022
Nomination: Best of Fest – Rome Prisma Independent Film Awards 2022

Prod. Somesuch
Dir. Roxy Revzany

Prod. Sylvan Films
Dir. Elize Spall

Prod. Revolution Films / Shore Leave Productions
Dir. Ben Pearce

Prod. Villager Films
Dir. Hannah Renton

Prod. Universal Media Studios
Dir. MJ Delaney

Prod. Google

Prod. Evade Films
Dir. Sam Johnson
World Premiere: Palm Springs ShortFest, 2015
Winner: Best of Fest – Palm Springs International, 2015
Winner: Best Short – Isle of Man Film Festival, 2015
Winner: Audience Award – Isle of Man Film Festival, 2015
Winner: Best Comedy – Isle of Man Film Festival, 2015
Winner: Youth Audience Award – Aesthetica, 2015
Winner: Audience Award – Adelaide Kids Film Festival, 2015
Winner: Audience Favourite – Coronado Island Film Festival, 2016
Winner: Best Short Film – Boston Independent Film Festival, 2016
Winner: Remi Award – WorldFest Houston, 2016
Nominated: Best Comedy – Aesthetica, 2015
Runner Up: Audience Award, Orillia Film Festival, 2015
Official Selection: Palm Springs ShortFest 2015
Official Selection: Aesthetica 2015
Official Selection: DC Shorts 2015
Official Selection: Nevada City Film Festival 2015
Official Selection:: 24FPS Film Festival 2015
Official Selection: Isle of Man Film Festival 2015
Official Selection: Orilla Film Festival 2015
Official Selection: Adelaide Kids Film Festival 2015
Official Selection: Bahamas International Film Festival 2015
Official Selection: LA Comedy Festival 2015
Official Selection: Coronado Island Film Festival 2016
Official Selection : San Diego Cinema Society 2016
Official Selection: Kinofilm Manchester International Film Festival 2016
Official Selection: LOCO London Comedy Festival 2016
Official Selection: Boston Independent Film Festival 2016
Official Selection: 59th WorldFest Houston 2016
Official Selection: Brazil Independent Film Festival 2016
Official Selection: Sanford International Film Festival 2016

Prod. Wingbeat Productions
Dir. Drew Pautz
Winner: Regiofun Film Festival, Poland 2015

Prod. Frisbee Films
Dir. Rob Leggatt
Nomination: Best Short Film – LSFF 2015

Prod. Working Title
Dir. Caroline Harvey
Official Selection: Palm Springs Film Festival 2012
Official Selection: Raindance Film Festival 2012

BEN AND LUMP (Episode 2 of Channel 4 ‘Coming Up’ Series)
Prod. Channel 4
Dir. MJ Delaney


Akin Akinsiku: Microsoft
Courtney Phillips
: Fairy 
Crinan Campbell
: Marks & Spencer: Mother’s Day (Online Campaign)
Fred Scott: NHS
MJ Delaney: Walkers / Co-Op / Kinder / Transpennine Express / Unicef: #WhatIReallyReallyWant / Let It Shine / Bodyform / KFC / Nivea / Weetabix / The Sun / Sainsbury’s: Back To School / Dairylea
Reeve Rixon: Marks & Spencer / Axe (Print Campaign) / Oreo
Stella Scott: BBC News: The Future’s Not Cancelled



Olan Collardy: Nakhane feat. Anohni – New Brighton


Atomic 50:Time Travels in Tin (Blackhorse Workshop) – part of the London Borough of Culture 2019. A one-off installation that merges workshop with immersive theatre.

100 Years of Advertising Festival:IPA Studio Sixty Billion – Production Design of the sets, spaces and graphics of an interactive exhibition held at the Truman Brewery 8 – 12th March 2017.