Simone Smith is a writer/director and visual artist from Glasgow, Scotland, and founder of WILD ROOM - an experimental production house of film, music video, art and experimental shows. Her work has screened across publications, television and BAFTA and Oscar qualifying film festivals including Aesthetica, Underwire, LSFF, Cork, Cinequest, MTV, NME and Channel 4. She has garnered awards and nominations including winning a BAFTA New Talent Award for RED  and a BAFTA nomination for SLAP. 

SLAP is currently touring the festival circuit and won the audience award at Southside Film Festival and is nominated for the Scottish Short Film Award at GSFF 2019. 

Simone is interested in making bold concept-driven films that explore a range of themes including transformation, vulnerability, love, loss, and the challenges of becoming. She wants to get inside the heads of flawed, damaged human beings, and explore multi-platform emotional relationships. Her aesthetic is visceral and immersive, balancing a raw and gritty realism with surreal, psychedelic visions of the world. 

Simone was raised in the east-end of Glasgow and gained a BA Honours in Computer Animation & Digital Art, an HND in Digital Art & Design, and an Advanced Diploma in Physical Theatre Practice. From 2008-2014 she earned a position at BBC Scotland, working up the ladder from Runner to self-shooting Director and Producer. Simone then travelled to New York to work with experimental theatre collective The Wooster Group. In 2016 she was shortlisted for SFTN's New Talent Filmmaker scheme, and in 2018 she was selected for the Iceland Talent Lab at Reykjavik International Film Festival. Currently Simone is writing her first feature film UNTIL SHE BLEEDS which is in-development with SFTN.

My work is a constant work-in-progress where I aspire to explore freely through instinct, and without any kind of pre-conception the construction of the still and moving image. I follow my instincts and emotions, expressing what I can't not express. It is animal, intimate, instinctive, a place to be both violent and tender, a diary of visual exercises with multiple interpretations, a spiritual place. 

EXHIBITIONS / SCREENINGS (Future) 
'SLAP' screening at Glasgow Short Film Festival: Scottish Competition 1: Continuing Thunder / CCA Theatre, Glasgow  - 14th Mar '19
'SLAP' screening at CINEQUEST Film Festival: Shorts Program 8 - Directionals / San Jose, California  - 6th + 12th + 17th Mar '19
'SLAP' screening at Crystal Palace International Film Festival: Short Film Night / Anerley Town Hall, London  - 15th Mar '19

EXHIBITIONS (Past)
'RED' / 'THE FACE OF THE EARTH' - RED short film selected to screen as part of The Face of the Earth exhibition in Argentina. The work forms part of a reboot of the video installation of Eduardo Pla Videomundo Virtual / Argentina - August 15th  - September 15th 2018
'FUCK' - painting on wood / Gossip Collective / 'More Than Tartan and Teacakes' / Stirling - July 21st 2018
'HOMAGE TO THE WOMAN' experimental film / Transmission Members' Show / Transmission Gallery, Glasgow - June 21st - July 22nd 2018
'WAR AND WORSHIP' print and short experimental film / The Locale Collective / The Glad Cafe, Glasgow - July 2nd - July 27th 2018
"MEMOIRS OF A FEMALE'S EXISTENCE' - Volume I" Installation composed of sculpture, film and print / The Locale Collective / Cass Art gallery, Glasgow - Feb 17th 2018  - March 2nd 2018 

AWARDS / RESIDENCIES:
'SLAP'
- BAFTA - Best Short Film nominee - Nov 2018
'SLAP' - Underwire Film Festival London - Best Sound Design, nominee, 2018
'SLAP' - Southside Film Festival Glasgow - Best Film Audience Award, Winner, 2018
'XX' - Underwire Film Festival London - Best Editor, Nominee, 2017
LA WAYAKA - Artist's Desert residency in the Atacama Desert, Chile, South America to develop new piece of work 2019
SFTN (Scottish Film Talent Network) - Selected as writer/director to attend NEW FILM TALENT development programme, 2016
ARTELES FINLAND - Silence Awareness Existence artist's residency to develop feature film concept Until She Bleeds, 2015
THE WOOSTER GROUP - Creative Scotland funding award to research new work and attend internship with experimental theatre collective The Wooster Group in New York, 2014
OLIVIER DE SAGAZON - Artist's residency with performance artist Olivier De Sagazon at the Surge Festival, Glasgow, 2014
THE RINSING - Shorts on Tap London - Women at Crossroads, Winner, 2014.
THE RINSING - Southside Film Festival - Best Short Film, Shortlisted Nominee, 2013
EIFF SOUND LAB - Edinburgh International Film Festival's sound design talent lab, 2013
'RED' - BAFTA New Talent - Best Editor, Winner, 2013
'RED' - BAFTA New Talent - Best Sound Design, Shortlisted Nominee, 2013
'RED' - Limelight Film and Art Awards - Best Experimental Film, Nominee, 2012
PHYSICAL THEATRE PRACTICE - Advanced diploma, The Arches, Glasgow, 2012

SCREENINGS / TV: 
'SLAP' -
Premiere at Southside Film Festival, June 2018 - Official Selection
'XX' - Blueprint Short films, GFT, June 2018 - Official Selection
'XX' - Barbican Centre, London, 2017 / Underwire, 'Age of Consent', London 2017 - Official selection
'GUM GIRL HAIR' - Under the Floorboards, London 2017 - Official selection
'RED' - Anthology Film Archives New Filmmakers, New York 2013 + 2014 - Official selection
Shorts On Tap, A Year of Living Dangerously, London 2014 - Official selection
Shorts On Tap, Woman in Charge, London 2014 - Official selection
Underwire Film Festival, London 2013 - Official selection
Aesthetica Short Film Festival, York 2013 - Official selection
Ickle Film Festival, Dundee 2013 - Official selection
Southside Film Festival, Glasgow 2013 - Official selection
LimeLight Film Awards, London 2012 - Official selection
Cannes Film Festival Short Film Corner, Cannes, France 2012
'THE RINSING' - Shorts On Tap, London 2014 - Official selection
Aesthetica Short Film Festival, York 2014 - Official selection
Random Acts, Channel 4, Broadcast on UK television December 2013
Wicked Shorts Festival, Salem, Massachusetts 2016
'FROZEN ROOM' MTV PARTY ZONE - Broadcast on international television 2016
'PRESSURE LIGHTS' - MTV PARTY ZONE - Broadcast on international television 2015
'WHO KNOWS' - R.FM, MixMag 2014
'ALGOREAL' Local Suicide, Electronic Beats, Clubbing Spain, R.FM, NME 2013

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