London based alumna of The National Film and Television School UK. Simona first studied cinematography in Bucharest at UNATC and internationally, with DoPs Brian Tufano, BSC and Vilmos Zsigmond, ASC.
She began her career as a DOP in fiction and documentary in Romania and eventually moved to London, where she works across fiction, documentary, commercials, music videos and art films.
Simona's first feature documentary, This is Football / Ep. 2 Belief, was filmed across USA and Tokyo in 2018 and premiered on Amazon in August 2019. It is a high budget 60 min documentary on the topic of women’s soccer, its history, heroes and rise to success in America and Japan, part of an Amazon Original series.
In the long form world, Simona shot “Audrey” in 2019, a feature length creative documentary about iconic Hollywood star, Audrey Hepburn. Produced by BAFTA nominated Salon Pictures and Universal Pictures, the 90 minute film will be distributed theatrically worldwide in 2020.
In 2019, Simona received a nomination for an Emerging Cinematographer Award, from the British Society of Cinematographers, for her lighting and narrative storytelling on the short fiction film Isha. Isha premiered in 2018 at the BFI London Film Festival and was awarded twice at Sicilia Queer Film Festival. The film was selected to festivals worldwide, including Outfest and Frameline, and received numerous nominations for best short film.
Two short films are currently in the festival circuit: Isabel, starring Claire Skinner and Iain Glen, and Nowhere, commissioned by the BFI, and shot on location in Israel and by the border with West Bank.
Simona was awarded Best Cinematography at the 2019 BAFTA Qualifying Underwire Film Festival, for the hybrid doc - fiction short “And it was the same with my son”.
Simona's camera work and lighting is focused on story, with interest in character driven narratives. She has developed a strong aesthetic drawing from her fine art, analogue photography and cinematography practice.
Her work has been screened at Oscar and BAFTA qualifying festivals word-wide, shown in galleries and museums in Europe, USA and Australia and nominated for a Turner Prize in the UK, in 2018.
She’s an alumna of The Budapest Cinematography Masterclass, Sarajevo Talent Campus and Berlinale Talents 2020.
2020 Berlinale Talents Alumna
2019 Best Cinematography Award, BAFTA Qualifying Underwire Film Festival, UK - "And it was the same with my son" Short Film
2019 Emerging Cinematography Award Nomination by the British Society of Cinematographers
2018 Best Cinematography nomination, Oscar Qualifying Hollyshorts, USA - "Late" Short Film
2018 Best Cinematography nomination, BAFTA Qualifying Underwire Film Festival, UK - "Late" Short Film
2018 Turner Prize nomination - Tate Britain Exhibition - Cemetery of Uniforms and Liveries art film, 16 mm, artist Luke Willis Thompson.
2017 Best Cinematography nomination, World Cinema Int. Film Festival - One in a million short film.
2016 Sarajevo Talent Campus Alumna - Sarajevo International Film Festival
2015 Emerging Cinematography Award Nomination by the British Society of Cinematographers
2011 Budapest Cinematography Masterclass Scholar
2011 Kodak Film School Cinematography Competition - National Winner - Romania.
2010 UNATC Photography Award, Bucharest, Romania