Barcelona-born filmmaker Carla Simón recently won Spain’s 2023 National Cinematography Award, a significant honour from the country’s Ministry of Culture and Sports. Miguel Iceta, Spain’s Culture Minister presented the award at the San Sebastian Film Festival. Iceta praised Simón for her impact on Spanish cinema despite making just two feature films. He also acknowledged her strides for gender equality in the industry.
Simón, who gained fame with her 2017 debut film “Summer 1993,” was honoured last year with the Berlinale Golden Bear for her second film, “Alcarràs.” In her acceptance speech, Simón thanked those who supported her and highlighted the need to promote independence and gender diversity. She also paid tribute to pioneering female directors like Agnès Varda and Isabel Coixet.
Simón is now working on her third film, “Romería,” and plans to make a flamenco musical for her fourth project. Her award comes with a cash prize of €30,000 (around $31,800). Despite her win, Iceta noted that gender equality in award distribution still has a long way to go.