Simão Cayatte has worked as an actor and director in Lisbon, London, and New York. He completed his BA in Drama and Theatre Arts at Goldsmiths University London in 2006 and has since acted in theatre and film with renowned directors such as Werner Schroeter, Roberto Faenza and Carlos Saboga. His directorial debut, the short film "The Blind Voyeur" earned him the Jury Prize at the Filmaka Film Festival in 2007, which jury-member Werner Herzog found to be “an elegant exploration of the secret inner lives of the keepers of our secrets.”
Simão recently completed his Film MFA program at Columbia University in New York City with Honors as a Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation Fellow and subsequently interned at Protozoa Pictures, Darren Aronofsky’s production company. His short film "A Viagem" (The Trip) had its international premiere at the Cinéfondation Shorts Section of the 2011 Cannes Film Festival and was selected for the ASCAP/Columbia Film scoring workshop. "A Viagem" won the National Board of Review Student Grant Award at the Columbia University Film Festival and Best Narrative Short at River Run International Film Festival. It has since played in festivals such as Emir Kusturica's Kustendorf Film and Music Festival, Palm Springs International ShortFest, and Miami International FIlm Festival among others.
Simão currently resides in Lisbon, Portugal. His latest short film, "Miami" is in post-production stage.
"A Viagem" Trailer