Sister Sílvia

Pedro Vaz Simões

Sílvia, a young woman, decides to become a nun. Her sister cannot accept her decision and tries to dissuade her.

Pedro Vaz Simões

Pedro Vaz Simões was born in Abrantes, Portugal. He studied theatre at the University of Évora, and film at the Lisbon Film and Theatre School. He works in film and the performing arts, mostly as a director, assistant director, and writer. In 2018, Pedro created a video installation for and performed in the dance show Gesturing Refugees, by Palestinian choreographer Farah Saleh, which premiered at the Avignon Off Festival 2018 and toured afterwards. He wrote and directed the short film ‘Road to Heaven’, which premiered at IndieLisboa in 2020, and co-wrote ‘First Age’ (dir. Alexander David), which premiered at the International Film Festival Rotterdam in 2023. Pedro is now developing his first feature film, Sister Sílvia, and he is a 2023 Pustnik screenwriters residency alumnus.

Currently based in Lisbon, Pedro lived in Edinburgh and London for several years where he worked with various film and performing arts organisations (Edinburgh International Film Festival, BFI) mostly in film and industry programming, and communications.