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In August 2017, Steven's short film for Nadia Sirota's "Tesselatum" was featured in the Music Playlist section of The New York Times.


The music video for Regina Spektor's "Small Bills" was an official selection in the 41st Cleveland International Film Festival (2017) in the Music Video Program.

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In March 2018, Rolling Stone premiered the video for Jessie Baylin's "Supermoon".

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Steven Mertens is a director and animator who has worked in many formats, from  stop motion animation to 3D motion graphics, live action and design. Recently, Steven has used AI's capabilities to expand artistic horizons, creating experiences that go beyond traditional norms.

Steven has directed music videos for artists including Sheryl Crow, Duran Duran, Regina Spektor, Mike Campbell, The Chainsmokers, EELS, Dan Auerbach, Lil Peep, Benee, Nickel Creek, Wiz Khalifa, and Deca.

Before starting his career in directing, Steven toured extensively as a bassist with The Moldy Peaches, Adam Green and Here We Go Magic, among others. This background allows Steven to seamlessly connect his visual creations to music.

Steven is based in Los Angeles, CA.



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Vimeo Staff Picks

Several of Steven's music videos have been selected as Vimeo Staff Picks, including Kingship "Show Me The Meaning of Being Lonely",  Elysian Fields "Channeling" and Deca "Gabriel Ratchet".

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Tribeca Film Festival

The Tribeca new online work (N.O.W.) program highlights the next generation of online storytellers. As an official creator in 2014, Steven's work was featured via the Tribeca Film Festival's events and website.

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Pitchfork Premiere

In November 2018, Steven's music video for

Lil Peep's "Runaway" was covered by Pitchfork news.


The New York Times

Steven's short film for Donnacha Dennehy's "Tesselatum" was featured in the Music Playlist section of The New York Times.


Featured Speaker

In February 2020, Juilliard presented Steven's animated film for the micotonal work "Tesselatum" (Donnacha Dennehy) for solo viola and lower strings, followed by a live Q&A. 

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Rolling Stone Premiere

In March 2018, Rolling Stone premiered the video for Jessie Baylin's "Supermoon".

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