Mariusz Palej is a film director and cinematographer. Born in Kraków, he is a graduate of the Academy of Photography in Warsaw and the National Film School in Łódź.
Primarily a documentary cinematographer for many years, he later on began working in feature films and TV theatre. He gained experience as a director working on music videos and TV series.
His début as a feature film director, „Behind the Blue Door”, a film for children and family audiences, was awarded at the Ale Kino! and W Chmurach festivals for the best début in its category.
He is currently working on more films for young audiences. One of them are: „The Chakram of Power” – project on the final development. Both projects were supported by the Polish Film Institute. For the next of his projects he is looking for inspiration in Polish literature for young readers.
2022 DETEKTYW BRUNO (Feature film)
2021 CZARNY MŁYN (Feature film)
2017 -2018 KOMISARZ ALEX (TV series)
2016 BEHIND BLUE DOORS (Feature film)
„Behind the blue door”
ALE KINO! International Young Audience Film Festiwal 2016 – Award for the best debut
W CHMURACH International Film Festival for the youngest 2016 – Award of the Arthous Cinema network: For a brilliant debut in the category of children’s cinema
OFF KAMERA 2017- Honorary mention by KIPA. For activities aimed at restoring Polish children’s cinema.
SUSPENSE FILM FESTIVAL KOŁOBRZEG 2017 – Audience Award
WĘDRUJĄCE ALE KINO! 2017 – Grand Prix „Golden goats”
SCHLINGEL The 22nd International Film Festival for Children and Young Audience in Chemnitz 2017 – Audience Award & Honorable Mention Junior Jury
KINO JAZDA 2017 – „Złoty Kadr” (Golden frame) Grand Prix Junior Jury
PFFA 27th Polish Film Festival in America 2017 – HUMANITARIAN AWARD
FIFEM 20th Montréal International Children’s Film Festival 2017 – nominated in the main competition
ŹLIN 57th Internationa Film Festival for Children and Youth 2017 – official selection
BIKY International Kids and Youth Film Festival Busan Korea 2017 – official selection
KINO W TRAMPKACH 2017 – official selection
THEHESSALONIKI INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIWAL 58th 2017 – official selection
FILEM’ON International Children’s Film Festiwal Brussels 2017 – nominated in the main competition
CINEMAGIC International Film Festival for Young People based in Belfast 2017, Northern Ireland – nominated in the main competition
ROLAN International Film Festival as a Platform for Intercultural Dialogue, Yerevan, Armenia – official selection
IRVINE Film Festival (California, USA) 2018 – Honorable Mention