Big Screen Symposium

Simon Price is one of New Zealand’s sought after editors, with over 20 years experience in film and television.

Simon grew up in Dunedin where he originally worked as both an actor and an author. In 1996 he published a researched account of early film-making in Otago and Southland entitled NZ’s FIRST TALKIES (Otago Heritage Books). Named most daring graduate at Melbourne’s VCA School of Film & TV in 1998, his first short film TURANGAWAEWAE was awarded most innovative VCA production of the year and won an Australian ATOM award for most innovative short in 1999.

While living in Australia, Simon made his second short film BUSTING, which was nominated for a Dendy best short award at Sydney IFF in 2000. He also worked as a video artist exhibiting at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image, at Melbourne’s Federation Square and as part of significant shows in Mexico, Beijing, USA, NZ and Australia’s Next Wave Festival. He went on to help establish the Irrkerlantye Media Unit for Aboriginal youth at risk in Alice Springs where he was a regular tutor up until 2003.

Simon’s first NZ feature-film edit BLACKSPOT (dir Ben Hawker, prod. Freya Blackwood) was awarded Best Editing at the 2008 Rhode Island International Film Festival. Since then Simon has continued to win major international attention for his editing work.

In 2008, Simon edited the HBO released documentary FLIGHT OF THE CONCHORDS: ON AIR (dir. Hannah Clarke, prod. Vicky Pope). His next NZ feature film, DESERT (dir Stephen Kang, prod. Leanne Saunders), premiered at 2010 Pusan International Film Festival.

In 2011 Simon edited O LE TULAFALE: THE ORATOR (dir Tusi Tamasese, prod. Catherine Fitzgerald) which won three awards at the Venice Film Festival, and best film at the 2012 NZ Film Awards and Nara IFF. The same year he also wrote, directed and edited LAST MEN STANDING: A FAREWELL TO CASSINO, a 1 hour documentary for TV3, and cut NZ short ELLEN IS LEAVING (dir Michelle Saville prod. Desiree Armstrong), which won best short film at the 2013 SXSW Film Festival and the San Francisco IFF.

Simon’s next major feature was the Cambodian/Australian co-production RUIN (dir/prod Amiel Courtin-Wilson & Michael Cody) which was awarded the Orrizonti Jury Prize at the 2013 Venice Film Festival + beat luminaries such as Wong Kai Wai to take out Best Editing at the 2013 Asia-Pacific Film Awards in Macau. RUIN was also in competition at both the 2014 Sydney Film Festival and the 2014 Melbourne IFF alongside another of Simon’s feature edits, FELL (dir. Kasimir Burgess, prod. John Maynard). The same year Simon edited and story edited the NZ feature documentary ANTARCTICA: A YEAR ON ICE (dir/prod Anthony Powell) which was long listed for best documentary at the Academy Awards and nominated for best editing at the Milano IFF.

In 2014 Simon was the writer/director in one of only 12 applications accepted world-wide to attend the Biennale di Venezia – Biennale Cinema College in Venice, Italy, with his own feature project BE WILDEBEEST (currently in post-production).

Last year Simon was the lead editor on the landmark Australian TV series CLEVERMAN (dir Wayne Blair & Leah Purcell, prod. Rosemary Blight & Angela Littlejohn). He also co-edited FREE IN DEED (dir Jake Mahaffy) which won Best Film at Venice IFF 2015 (Orrizonti section).

This year Simon edited Yamin Tun’s short film WAIT (prod. Vicky Pope), which won best short in cometition at NZIFF, and the best short film at Sydney FF, SLAPPER (dir/prod. Luci Schroder) as well as cutting the debut feature of Australian director Kiku Ohe, BETH (currently in post-prod).

Simon is also a founding member of Arc Edit (, a new post-production house based in Sydney that specialises in story-telling of all durations and platforms. He holds an MA in scriptwriting and a PG Dip in documentary production. He currently lives in Wellington with his wife Brita and five year old son Pelle.

See Simon Price in the following session:

Editing Masterclass: Serious With Simon Price: Sun 25th September, 9:40 am.