director / producer / photojournalist
Balazs Simonyi was born in 1980, Budapest (Hungary).
Since his childhood he dreamed of being a football player or a chef.
Dreams are not reality.
He has been looking the bright side of the life as a freelance artist since 2002. Currently he is only and making films and writing. He is a graphomaniac.
In 1986 he started working as a child actor. He appeared on stage & in movies, and he has been dubbing thousands of films and commercial until nowadays. He is the Hungarian voice of Bart Simpson since 1998.
He was a founding member and leading actor of a successful improvisation theatre, Momentan. He quit after 13 years in 2012.
He graduated in Literature & Film in 2006, and is recently completing his PhD in Art Theory.
From 2003 he worked for many years as an all-round photojournalist for newspapers and magazines, mostly for Magyar Narancs. Covers, articles, illustrations, report & portraits for HVG, Index, VS, UNIT, Mindennapi, Hócipő, Black & White, and all with F (Földgömb, Film.hu, FilmVilág, Filmkultúra, FlashArt, FotoVideo, Fotopost).
Please mind that prizes are Viagras of vanity.
His films have been screened at major festivals, from Cannes to Cracow, from Aspen and St. Louis to Seattle and Vancouver. He has won several awards, like the CamerImage, the Audience Award at Asiana Film Festival, and the French Cinema Distributors’ (GRAC) prize. His films has been broadcasted in France, the USA and Japan. He is also a selector of the Budapest Short Film Festival. He was a jury member at Lille Film Festival, Dieciminuti Film Festival and Sedicicorto Film Festival.
Grants and fellowships:
- PJLF Three Rivers Residency for scriptwriting, 2017
- CineLink Sarajevo, 2017
- European Short Pitch – Work in Progress (Poznan), 2017
- EDN Docs in Thessaloniki, 2017
- Last Stop Trieste, 2017
- DOK Incubator, 2016
- Rough Cut Boutique Sarajevo, 2016
- EDN Docs in Thessaloniki, 2015
- EuroConnection (Clermont-Ferrand), 2015
- NIPKOW Programm (Berlin), 2014-2015
- Kunststiftung Baden-Württemberg (Stuttgart), 2011
He likes running. He finished dozens of marathons and ultra races like Spartathlon (4-times in a row).
He won silver at the 2014 Hungarian National Championship in 50km running.
He completed his sport studies in 2014 as a triathlon coach. He is a 4-time-ironman.
He luckily has no car, but 6 bicycles. He worked couple of weeks as a bicycle delivery boy during winters.
He has been playing the saxophone since 2000.
He feels sorry for the difficult consonants in his name. (Zs, Ny)
SELECTED PHOTO EXHIBITIONS
2010: Shaman- Budapest, Docu Art /// Shopping mall generation – Budapest, Marczi Cultural Centre (Month of Photography 2010)
2008: Concrete youngsters – Budapest, Volksbank Gallery (Month of Photography 2008)
2006: RetroMetro – Budapest, Fotocella (Month of Photography 2006)
2005: Bridgekeepers – Budapest, Vörösmarty Cinema /// Eastern – Budapest, Fotocella
2017: Kiscelli Múzeum – Streetphoto Budapest from the early days until today /// Képlet – Budapesti streetfotó a kezdetektől napjainkig
2011: III. Photo Biennial, Dunaújváros /// Budaörs (Punctum)
2010: FFS – “Foretaste”, Prague (CZ) /// Exhibition of József Pécsi Photography Grant, Mai Manó Ház (House of Photography), Budapest /// 28th Hungarian Press Photo Exhibition, National Museum, Budapest
2009: Regardez-moi! – I’m back!, Immanence Galerie, Paris /// FFS – Map, Artbázis, Bp. /// Fotografus.hu “11”, Millenáris, Budapest /// II. Photo Biennial, Dunaújváros /// FFS – Image error, ArtBázis, Budapest
2008: 26th Hungarian Press Photo Exhibition, National Museum, Bp. | FFS – Still life, Budapest
2007: 2007 I. Photo Biennial, Dunaújváros /// Lumix Panasonic 2007, Museum of Ethnography, Bp. /// Introducing FFS, Kolta Gallery, Budapest & Tartu (Estonia)
Pictures and Pixels 2016
Concrete youngsters – photoalbum 2010
Photos of the Year – 2009
Refresh! – group catalogue of the FFS 2008-2009
Regardez moi! – I’m back! 2009
Month of Photography 2008
Photos of the Year 2007
Dunaújváros Photobiennale 2007 & 2009
Lumix Panasonic Contest 2007
FFS Exhibiton 2007
Photos of the Year 2006