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SIMON LEVENE

About Simon

Simon began directing at the tender age of 25 after an already previously successful career film editing in Los Angeles alongside Hank Corwin (credits include; Natural Born Killers, the Tree of life, the Big Short).

 

Simon’s advertising awards include; Jiffy condoms (Cannes bronze Lion, silver at the British Television Awards, silver Clio in the U.S). Simon was also included in the Cannes/Saatchis new directors, selected as one of the ten new hottest directors in the world.

 

Simon subsequently developed a unique and identifiable directorial style, working initially on performance driven work, often with real people or children. Simon has since demonstrated a highly diverse range of skills on work for MTV, Sony, Volvo, Visa, Renault, Umbro (Gold Circle award, included in the 1999 D&AD annual for best direction), Workoplis.com (winner, I.B.A awards in Las Vegas), Florida department of Health (silver clio, silver at the one show in NYC).

 

Tube Poker (a quirky mockumentary about a gambling craze sweeping the globe) was Simon’s first short film, which he wrote and directed. It was selected for competition for the Venice Film Festival, (wins also include Brussels Film Festival, Benacassim, Spain) and was also a winner at the Oscar recognised, Gijon film festival in Spain.

 

Simon’s most recent short “Shoreditch Slayer” was a finalist at the Rushes Soho shorts Festival and recently won best film at the Irish Science Fiction awards.

 

Simon has recently continued to adapt his directorial style shooting award winning comedy work in Ireland (Lotto and Today FM) and in Australia for Kleenheat and Australian Road Safety, Kleenheat winning a Silver for best direction at the PADC awards.

 

As his international client base has grown Simon has recently also shot a 7 and a half minute commission for Burger King for French agency Buzzman, which also won several awards.