London based DOP, alumna of National Film and Television School UK. Simona studied cinematography in Romania and internationally, with DoPs Brian Tufano, BSC and Vilmos Zsigmond, ASC.
Works across narrative, documentary, commercials, music videos, art films. Simona's first feature doc, shot across USA and Tokyo, premiered in August 2019 on Amazon Prime. Simona's camera work and lighting is always focused on story and her interest lies in character driven narratives, emotion and human connection. Particularly enjoys shooting hand held when appropriate and has developed a strong aesthetic coming from her background in shooting music and analogue photography. Her work has been screened at Oscar and BAFTA qualifying festivals world - wide and shown in galleries and museums in Europe, USA and Australia.
2019 Emerging Cinematography Award Nomination by the British Society of Cinematographers
2019 Best Cinematography Award, BAFTA Qualifying Underwire Film Festival, UK - "And it was the same with my son" Short Film
2019 - Audience Award, SICILIA QUEER Film Festival - for ISHA, short film
2019 - Special Mention Award, 100 AUTORI JURY, SICILIA QUEER, Isha short film
2019 Best British Short Nomination - ISHA - London Short Film Festival
2019 Best British Student Short Nomination - ISHA - Encounters Film Festival
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.
BFI London Film Festival 2018 - Isha Short Film Premiere.
Best Cinematography nomination, World Cinema Int. Film Festival 2017 - One in a million short film.
Sarajevo Talent Campus Alumna - Sarajevo International Film Festival 2016.
2015 Emerging Cinematography Award Nomination by the British Society of Cinematographers
Budapest Cinematography Masterclass Scholar, 2011.
Kodak Film School Cinematography Competition - National Winner - Romania, 2011.