Film Director

Simon Panay is 28. He started making independent documentaries ten years ago in West-Africa.


In 2012, he went to Burkina Faso to shoot his first documentary film: Tontines, une affaire de femmes (52min) and 2014 his second documentary Waiting for the (t)rain  (26min), which received 132 Official Selections all over the world, and won 31 Awards.

In 2014, he received the prize of Most Talented Young Director of the Year from the prestigious ARP Organisation and in 2017 the Documentary Grant from the Jean-Luc Lagardère Foundation.

He now works on his first documentary feature film If you are a man, which has been shot for two years in a gold mine in Burkina Faso. The film is co-produced by Canal+ International and financed by the CNC (French Film Institute)