Born in Medellin, Colombia, Simón studied Audiovisual Communication at the Universidad de Antioquia, where he also worked as a lecturer in film editing. Before moving to the UK, he worked as director in advertisement and TV documentaries. In 2014, he finished his MA in filmmaking at the London Film School. His graduation film Leidi won the short film Palme d’Or at Cannes Film Festival 2014 – one the most important honours in the history of Colombian cinema. He is currently writing his first feature.
For Momento Film Simón Mesa Soto is directing the short fiction Madre.
2016 Madre, WRITER/DIRECTOR, Momento Film
Nominated Palme d’Or Short film – Cannes Film festival
Gold Hugo for best short, Chicago International Film Festival
Official selection: BFI London Film Festival, Guanajuato International Film Festival, London Short Film Festival, Sao Paolo International Short Film Festival among others
2014 Leidi, WRITER/DIRECTOR, LFS
Palme d’Or Short film – Cannes Film festival
Young Jury Prize for Best Short Film – Gijon International Film Festival
Cinema of Our Time – Vancouver International Film Festival
Official Selection: BFI London Film Festival, Guanajuato International Film Festival
Melbourne International Film Festival, Habana International Film Festival, Sao Paolo International Short Film Festival, Rio International Short Film Festival, London Short Film Festival, Bogota Short Film Festival.
2014 Beth, WRITER/DIRECTOR, LFS
2012 Back Home, WRITER/DIRECTOR, LFS
Translations section – The National Gallery, London
2009 Los Tiempos Muertos (Dead Times), WRITER/DIRECTOR, Universidad de Antioquia
Best Short Film – ANANSE Afro-Film Festival. Official Selection: Bogota Short Film Festival, Santa Fe de Antioquia Film Festival.