Filip Engstrom

Filip Engstrom

Director at Smuggler

Hollywood, United States

My Latest Work


People I worked with

Brian Carmody
Executive Producer/Partner
Lisa Rich
Executive Producer
Eight VFX
Paul Keister
Art Director
Saatchi & Saatchi
Eric Hirshberg
CEO, Cheif Creative Officer
Michael Bryce
Executive Creative Director



Hollywood, United States
Swedish director Filip Engstrom prides himself on creating visually stunning yet genuinely human commercials and films. With roots in short films, children’s programing, and puppetry for Swedish Television, he has developed a distinctive and innovative approach to filmmaking, along witha unique personal style. By combining traditional storytelling techniques with new methods and ever-evolving visual effects technologies, Engstrom creates innovative solutions and enhances his stories with a refreshing perspective tailored to each client’s needs.
Since his arrival in the United States, Engstrom has worked with some of the most recognized clients in the world, Chevy, Target, Verizon, Mastercard, American Express, M&M’s, LG, and Toyota, to name a few. He was a founding partner of the successful Swedish directing collective, Stylewar, which he left in 2006 to embark on a solo career. Immediately, he made a name for himself creating captivating and exciting work.
Engstrom gained numerous accolades with the striking ‘Ants’ spot for Nextel, including a Silver Clio. He was again recognized by the CLIO Awards for his Playstation 3 Spot, titled ‘Murals’, which follows a graffiti artist who’s art brings city buildings to life. In 2010, Filip’s AMF ‘The Caterpillar’ won Visual Effects Society award for Outstanding Animated Character, sharing the stage with James Cameron’s Avatar.
His ‘Color Changes Everything’ commercial for Target quickly became a viral sensation; with online blog The Spot Informant declaring that Engstrom delivers “some real sophistication and finesse across the board.” ‘Color Changes Everything’ was nominated for an Outstanding Commercial Emmy, one of the highest honors in the commercial world.
In 2013, Filip was brought in to help launch the exciting new face of Chevy by shooting three spots, which premiered during the live broadcast of the Academy Awards. Engstrom’s year did not slow down as he developed and shot new campaigns for Staples, Allstate, Honda, LG, and AT&T. Filip started off 2014 with a bang, shooting a new film for Intuit, which aired during the Superbowl.
He continued a busy year directing spots for Chase, Acura and Tide. His unique visual style can be seen in the new campaign he directed for Diet Coke, featuring characters in magically changing worlds. He is currently shooting spots for FedEx with BBDO and PWC with Deutsch. 


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