THE LAUREATE OF “THE BIG STAR OF MACEDONIAN CINEMA” AWARD, PRESENTED BY THE AFPM/ASSOCIATION OF THE FILM PROFESSIONALS OF MACEDONIA, IS THE WORLD-RENOWNED BRITISH PRODUCER:
- For his exceptional results in producing the most successful Macedonian film of all times - BEFORE THE RAIN and discovering MILCHO MANCHEVSKI as a talent
After an early career in theatre and television production, Simon Perry entered the British film industry in 1974. Over the next eight years, he worked as an independent filmmaker (KNOTS, 1975; ECLIPSE, 1976), as a trade journalist for Variety, and as head of the UK’s National Film Development Fund.
In 1982, he set up his own production company, Umbrella Films, which produced or co-produced 10 feature films as well as documentaries and shorts. Features included: Michael Radford's ANOTHER TIME, ANOTHER PLACE (1983), NINETEEN EIGHTY-FOUR (1984) and WHITE MISCHIEF (1988); Richard Eyre's LOOSE CONNECTIONS (1983); Conny Templeman's NANOU (1986); Jana Bokova's HOTEL DU PARADIS (1986); and Gillies Mackinnon's THE PLAYBOYS (1991).
In January 1991 Simon Perry was appointed Chief Executive of British Screen Finance (“British Screen”), the UK’s national agency for film development and production. He ran the organisation for almost 10 years, until September 2000 when it was absorbed by the UK Film Council.
Notable British Screen successes during Simon Perry’s time in office included Neil Jordan's THE CRYING GAME, Sally Potter's ORLANDO, Mike Leigh's NAKED, Milcho Manchevski's BEFORE THE RAIN, Marleen Gorris’ ANTONIA’S LINE, Ken Loach’s LAND AND FREEDOM, Peter Howitt’s SLIDING DOORS, Danis Tanovic’s NO MAN’S LAND and Gurinder Chadha’s BEND IT LIKE BECKHAM.
Since 2000 Simon Perry has held various educational positions, including as course designer and lecturer at the International Filmschool in Cologne, and as visiting film production professor at the Aalto School in Helsinki.
In January 2006 he was appointed Chief Executive of the Irish Film Board, based in Galway and Dublin, on a five-year contract which ended in 2011. Films supported by the IFB under Perry’s leadership included John Carney’s ONCE, Lenny Abrahamson’s GARAGE, Lance Daly’s KISSES, Ken Wardrop‘s HIS & HERS and John Michael McDonagh’s THE GUARD.
During 2015 Simon Perry was Head of International Production at Film i Väst in west Sweden, and is now a senior consultant for this regional film fund. Co-productions for which he was responsible there include Tomasz Wasilewski’s UNITED STATES OF LOVE and Juho Kuosmanen’s THE HAPPIEST DAY IN THE LIFE OF OLLI MÂKI;
Simon Perry is president of Ateliers du Cinéma Européen (ACE), a Paris-based initiative that has provided advanced training for film producers since 1993. On behalf of ACE he recently created Best Practice Exchange (BPX), a forum for leaders of film funding agencies worldwide to debate new ways of intervening in the cinema market.
Simon Perry holds the French honour of Officier de l’Ordre des Arts et Lettres and that of Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE).