Filmmaker & Photographer
Simon Taylor makes films and specialises in working in politically and socially complex or compromised environments. His documentary film called Progress was licensed by BBC Knowledge, South African Airways (In-flight entertainment) and the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC). His films have been funded by the South African National Film and Video Foundation, who have supported a number of his projects. Simon received an emerging producers’ scholarship to attend the World Congress of Science and Factual Producing in 2010 and a scholarship to attend the EAVE Film Financing Forum in Luxembourg 2011. He holds two university degrees in political sciences. Simon has shot films in Ethiopia, South Africa, The Philippines, Zimbabwe and Mozambique.
Over the last 15 years he has developed a firm understanding of the workings of the film finance, development and production spaces and created independent films from idea, through script development to raising finance internationally, to production and managing sales and distribution partnerships. The experiential short film journey is his speciality and generally what attracts his clients who have included Al Jazeera, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, FOX, The Heinrich Boll foundation, IRIN News, The University of Cape Town and Global Integrity.