Simona CaloFilm Director / Screenwriter
Hi there! I’m Simona Calo, an Italian screenwriter and director. I’ve always been fascinated by storytelling and the power of film. I’m Italian by birth, but I’m living my childhood dream – I always yearned to write and to live in the English countryside. And guess what? Dreams do come true! Now, I’m living in the beautiful county of Kent, doing what I love the most.
Let me share a bit about my journey and the projects that are close to my heart…
My latest project is a feature docudrama called “CONNECTED: THE NEW POST-HUMAN SPECIES.” It’s a deep dive into the mysterious world of artificial intelligence – something that’s always intrigued me.
I recently poured my heart into a short film, “DAY 4” that explores a very sensitive topic – the complex relationship between a mother and her son, who was conceived in rape. It was a challenging but rewarding experience to bring this story to life.
One of my documentaries, “Vicolo degli onesti” (Honest Men’s Alley), sheds light on the issue of medical malpractice in Italy. It was an eye-opener to include perspectives from different fields: television (with Piero Chiambretti), the justice system (featuring Gherardo Colombo), and politics (including Antonello Soro). I felt it was important to highlight this ongoing struggle in our healthcare system.
When the pandemic hit, I worked on a project called “The New Normal.” It was a unique experience because we shot it during the lockdown. The actors, all in different countries, never actually met or even talked to each other! It’s amazing what technology can do these days.
Back in 2019, I made “Hasty Decisions,” a film that talks about bullying and the rising violence among young people. This topic hits close to home for many, and I felt it was crucial to bring attention to it.
I’ve had some exciting moments in my career, like making it to the semi-finals at the 2018 Golden Plume competition in Cannes with my drama/thriller, “The Dark Side of the Law.” That was a real thrill!
In 2017, I directed “Ovunque ma non qui” (Anywhere but here). It’s a story about violence against women. I believe in using film to spotlight issues that matter.
My journey in filmmaking started with “E poi la fine” (And Then the End Shall Be), a documentary about the famous Italian painter Dario Chiericallo.
All of these projects have been recognized with various awards at international film festivals. It’s not just about the accolades, though – for me, it’s about connecting with people through stories and creating films that resonate and inspire.
Crafting compelling scripts for films, documentaries, podcasts, and narrative driven corporate videos and advertising. Transforming ideas into engaging storytelling experiences.
Corporate videos & advertising
Creating dynamic corporate videos and advertisements from storyboard to final edit, blending innovative shooting techniques with expert editing for impactful visuals.
Movies & Documentaries
Producing short films, features, and documentaries from script to screen: overseeing production, editing, and distribution to festivals and streaming platforms.
MY LATEST WORK
A docudrama investigating Artificial Intelligence’s technological benefits for the Human species and the risks of worsening social inequalities.
14 WINS & 22 NOMINATIONS
WINNER Best Female Filmmaker (DSOFF)
WINNER Best Foreign Short Film (WOEFF)
WINNER Best Documentary (Hollywood FAMEUS)
WINNER Outstanding Achievement (BERLIN FFF)
WINNER Best Short Film (ALTFF)
SEMI-FINALIST Cannes Golden Plume (CANNES GOLDEN PLUME)
SEMI-FINALIST Best Short Film (LOS ANGELES CF)
SEMI-FINALIST Best Short Film (TORONTO CFF)
SOME OF MY WORKS
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I’m always curious what fun projects and cool new people lurk around the corners of the web.