Carla Simón

Writer/Director

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Film, TV & Theatre

Assistant: Nick Hitchcock

Film, TV & Theatre

Carla Simón grew up in a small Catalan village. After graduating in Audiovisual Communication at the Universitat Autonoma of Barcelona, Carla spent a year at the University of California where she made her experimental shorts WOMEN and LOVERS before moving back to Spain and completing an MA in TV Fiction. 

Awarded with the prestigious scholarships of Obra Social "la Caixa", Carla then moved to the UK to study at the London Film School. There, she wrote and directed the documentary BORN POSITIVE and the narrative short film LIPSTICK; both films were selected for numerous international film festivals. Her graduation project LAS PEQUENAS COSAS received a distinction and exhibited at several festivals internationally.

Carla's debut feature SUMMER 1993, which is produced by Inicia Films and Avalon, premiered at the Berlinale 2017 where it won the Best First Film Award and the Generation Kplus Grand Prix Jury Award. It also won the Golden Biznaga at Málaga Film Festival, the Jury Mention at Istanbul Film Festival, and the Best Direction Award at BAFICI, amongst others. In 2018, chosen by a panel including Salma Hayek, Carla received the Women in Motion Young Talent Prize at Festival des Cannes. 

Carla is now developing her second feature film whilst also teaching film to children through Cinema en Curs in Barcelona. She is also a participant on the 2019 Festival des Cannes Résidence.  

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In Development

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ALCARRÁS

2019

Avalon

Feature film. Accepted by Torino Film Lab 2019. Winner of the Eurimages Development Award at the Berlinale Co-Production Market - European Film Market 2019

Film

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SUMMER 1993

2017

Avalon/Inicia Films

2018's Spanish Oscar nomination, SUMMER 1993 is the recipient winner of the Best Drama Award, Best Director Award, and Best Screenplay Award at the 2018 Feroz Awards respectively; and winner of the Best First Feature Award and the Grand Prix of the Generation Kplus International Jury at Berlinale 2017. In 2018, Carla Simon was awarded the Best New Director Award at the Goya Awards, with the SUMMER 1993 also picking up awards for Best New Actress and Best Supporting Actor. At the Gaudi Awards that same year, Carla also won awards for Best Film, Best Director and Best Screenplay. SUMMER 1993 won the Special Prize of the Jury in the International Competition at the 2017 Istanbul International Film Festival, as well as the Best Director award in the International Competition at the Buenos Aires International Film Festival 2017. The film received honourable mentions at the European Film Awards, the London Film Festival and at AFI Festival

Short Films

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LAS PEQUENAS COSAS

2015

London Film School

Nominated for the European Student Films Grand Jury Prize at the 2015 Angers European First Film Festival

LIPSTICK

2013

London Film School

Nominated for Best Short Film at the Naoussa International Film Festival 2015; Nominated for Best Short Film at the Aesthetica Short Film Festival 2013; and, Nominated for Best Short Film at the Cornwall Film Festival 2013

BORN POSITIVE

2012

London Film School

Winner of the Best Documentary Short at the 2013 National Student Film Festival