ABOUT

Simon Sticker is an independent visual storyteller, consultant and educator with the Bombay Flying Club. His documentary focused work combines a wide variety of forms of visual media and approaches.

Over the last decade Simon has been working with both big and small NGOs in the developing world, shining a light on issues as diverse as Climate Change, Womens Health, Megacities and Energy Poverty. One of his key focusses there has always been to bring original voices from his stories into light and let his characters tell their own stories. With that he builds bridges between the often western centric focus of the discussion and the original perspectives of his characters, all with the intention of creating a deeper understanding and connection between cultures and life situations.
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In his quest for finding the best ways to connect people with each other, he worked in different forms and formats from classic short form character-driven documentary in projects like A Thin Line (for the World Health Organisation) or Cold At Home (for the Energy Action Project) to fragmented multimedia narratives like HUMANS, for which he travelled from Capetown to Cairo with public transport interviewing and documenting people and their perspective on happiness, life and their dreams.
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Recently he developed and produced Reframe The City for Plan International, that builds on the foundation of teaching youth to report from their slums through the use of social media with photography, but also features an extended multimedia platform for development education that gives an immersive experience of life in a slum. Currently Reframe the City is integrated into projects of Plan International in seven countries in Africa and Asia and used for reporting, advocacy, monitoring, fundraising and educational purposes.
Simon is frequently teaching filmmaking and storytelling at Media & Journalism Schools like the Axel Springer Akademie or the Danish School for Media and Journalism as well as in the developing world in countries as diverse as Bangladesh, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Zambia and Zimbabwe for various NGOs and served in the jury of the Reporterpreis and the Crossover Webdocumentary Festival. His film Cold at Home (co-produced with Poul Madsen) won the danish Picture of the Year for Long-form documentary.
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Simon has a background in geography and social science, holding a diploma in that field, with a thesis on the perception of city spaces. Before that he had a career as a sponsored athlete in rock climbing over many years, that took him all over the world.
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Currently Simon divides his time between assignments, teaching and consulting work, personal projects like Møn Sessions, a music and storytelling project from the danish island of Møn, his work with the NGO Dreamtown, developing a new form of NGO that holds storytelling in its core, and his research project Bridge the Gap, looking into how the stories we tell can make an audience care and connect with it.
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Simon is based in Copenhagen, where he lives with his wife and two kids in an old farmhouse in the outskirts of the city.