Simonee Chichester is an award-winning filmmaker of fiction and documentary films. Her work has enjoyed critical acclaim, been televised across the globe and screened internationally, notably at Sao Paulo’s Mostra Film Festival, Rome’s Tertio Millennio Film Festival and Taiwan’s Ethnographic Film Festival.
Credits include the Hot Docs Audience Top Ten feature Chichester’s Choice, Short of the Week Captivus, which premiered at Toronto’s Inside Out Film Festival, Am I Beautiful, a 10-part documentary web series produced for World Vision Canada, and the CBC original short film My Guy, produced for Canadian Reflections.
Simonee’s a graduate of the Directors' Lab at Norman Jewison’s prestigious Canadian Film Centre, and previously studied acting at The American Academy of Dramatic Arts in Los Angeles.
An actor’s director, she has collaborated with acclaimed actors Allana Harkin (Full Frontal with Samantha Bee), Amy Rutherford (Soulpepper’s A Streetcar Named Desire) and Karen Robinson (Schitt’s Creek). She also studied with internationally renowned coach Judith Weston, author of Directing Actors and The Film Director’s Intuition.
Simonee has several projects in various phases of development, including episodic television projects and her original feature screenplay, Merv, the winning entry in the Women In Film Kodak New Vision Mentorship Award. She’s currently pursuing episodic directing opportunities and recently shadowed directors on Locke and Key (Netflix) and Feudal (CBC/Entertainment One).
Simonee produces, directs and writes character-based stories, drawing from her own diverse background and personal experience to capture ordinary life unfolding in meaningful ways.