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 Romania and eventually moved to London, where she works across narrative fiction, documentary, commercials, music videos and art films.
In 2019, Simona shot “Audrey", a feature length creative documentary about iconic Hollywood star, Audrey Hepburn, the first biopic ever made about Hepburn at this scale. The film uses dance to narrate Audrey's life. It is produced by BAFTA nominated Salon Pictures and Universal, and it will premiere on all major VOD platforms in December 2020.
Simona's previous work in high budget documentary is "Belief", Episode 2 of the Amazon original series, This is Football . Shot across USA and Japan, it tells the story of the American and Japanese women's national soccer teams, who brought the women's game to the status it has today, their history, heroes and rise to success, starting in the 90's, on the historic Rose Bowl Stadium in California.
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”.
In 2019, Simona was nominated as an Emerging Cinematographer by the British Society of Cinematographers, for her work on the short fiction film Isha. Isha premiered in 2018 at the BFI London Film Festival and received numerous nominations for best short film (Outfest, Frameline, Encounters) and two awards at Sicilia Queer Film Festival.
Two short films are currently in the festival circuit: Nowhere, commissioned by the BFI, shot on location in Israel and by the border with West Bank, and the short film "Isabel", starring Claire Skinner and Iain Glen.
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.
Simona's latest commercial credits are a TVC for The Body Shop's Christmas campaign to fight youth homelessness, released on Channel 4 and a Vodafone ad about connectivity and communication during the pandemic.
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 UNATC Photography Award, Bucharest, Romania