SIMONA SUSNEA CINEMATOGRAPHER


Simona is a Romanian - British cinematographer based in East London, alumna of The National Film and Television School UK. 
She works between narrative, documentary, fashion, commercials, music videos and art films.

Simona shot and lit “AUDREY", a feature length creative documentary about the iconic Hollywood star, Audrey Hepburn, the first biopic ever made about the movie star at this scale. The film uses dance to narrate Audrey's life and features Alessandra Ferri and Francesca Hayward as Audrey, under Wayne McGregor's choreography. The film was produced by BAFTA nominated Salon Pictures and Universal and it has been released by all major VOD platforms such as Amazon, Netflix and Apple in USA, Europe and Australia.


In 2021 Simona shot director Leo Leigh's debut feature, Sweet Sue, produced by Somesuch and SUMS for BBC Film. 

She also lensed the short film Blood Rites for BBC, directed by Helena Coan, based on the short story by Daisy Johnson.


Simona was awarded Best Cinematography at the 2019 BAFTA Qualifying Underwire Film Festival, for the hybrid fiction - doc short film “And it was the same with my son”.

The same year, she earned an Emerging Cinematographer nomination from the British Society of Cinematographers,  for her work on Isha. Isha premiered at the 2018 BFI London Film Festival, received numerous nominations for best short film (Outfest,  Frameline, Encounters) and two awards at Sicilia Queer Film Festival. 

Nowhere, a short commissioned by the BFI & British Council,  shot in Israel and by the border with West Bank is currently in the festival circuit (LSFF 2022 in competition, 2021 Frameline Festival San Francisco) after its premiere at BFI Flare in London.  

Simona's focus as a cinematographer is making  character driven narratives and cross genre stories come to life. She's heavily influenced by European and American independent cinema.  She has developed a strong aesthetic drawing from her fine art, analogue photography and cinematography practice. 

Her work 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.




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RECOGNITION:

2021 The Drum Awards - Campaign of the Year - Unseen Kingdoms Campaign for The Body Shop 

2020 Berlinale Talents Alumna 

2019 Cinematography Award, BAFTA Qualifying Underwire Film Festival, UK - "And it was the same with my son" Short Film

2019 Emerging Cinematographer Nomination by the British Society of Cinematographers


2018 Cinematography nomination, Oscar Qualifying Hollyshorts, USA - "Late" Short Film

2018 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 Cinematography nomination, World Cinema Int. Film Festival - One in a million short film.

2016 Sarajevo Talent Campus Alumna - Sarajevo International Film Festival

2015 Emerging Cinematographer Nomination by the British Society of Cinematographers


2011 Budapest Cinematography Masterclass Scholar 

2011 Kodak Film School Cinematography Competition - National Winner - Romania.

2010 KODAK Cinematography Award for a Romanian Short Film - ”Smoking may kill”, 16 mm, black and white.

2010 UNATC Photography Award, Bucharest, Romania