Carla Simón (born 1986) is a film writer and director raised in a small Catalan village. She studied audio-visual communication in Barcelona and California. In 2011, she was awarded a scholarship by La Caixa for a master’s program at the London Film School, where she directed the short films Born Positive, Lipstick, Las Pequeñas Cosas and Llacunes. Summer 1993 (2017) is her autobiographical debut. It won the Best First Feature Award and the Generation Kplus Grand Prix at the Berlinale, along with three Goya Awards including Best New Director. The film collected more than 30 awards all over the world, it was selected to represent Spain at the 2018 Academy Awards, and it won the Discovery nomination at the European Film Awards. In 2018, during the 71st edition of the Cannes Film Festival, Simón received the Kering Women In Motion Young Talent Award. The prize, which aims to help female filmmakers gain visibility and recognition, was accompanied by a 50,000 euro grant that contributed to support Alcarràs. Her last short films are If Then Else and Correspondence, an epistolary conversation with Dominga Sotomayor, were screened at Visions du Réel and the New York and San Sebastian Film Festivals. Alcarràs is Simón’s second feature film. It participated in the Torino Script Lab, Nipkow Programm, MFI and Cannes Residency.