Dāvis Sīmanis works as a documentary and feature film director, scriptwriter, editor, story editor, lecturer as well as assistant DoP. Simanis regularly writes for several monthly publications, focusing on analysis of issues like cinema, opera, theatre, and visual arts. He received Award for the Best Debut (Version. LNO, 2007) and FIPRESCI Award (Valkyrie Limited, 2009) at the Latvian National Film Award competition Lielais Kristaps. His documentary Escaping Riga (2014) was selected in numerous festivals including IDFA, Vilnius IFF and CPH:Dox. His film Exiled (2016) won Best Film Award at Riga International Film Festival. His most recent film D Is For Division had premiere at Visions du Réel 2018.