Łukasz Żal

director of photography


Lukasz Zal is an Oscar nominated cinematographer based out of Poland. He most recently shot Pawel Pawlikowski’s COLD WAR, which won the Best Director Award at Cannes in June 2018.

Previously, he was nominated for an Academy Award in 2016 for Pawlikowski’s IDA and was one of two cinematographers of an Oscar nominated animation LOVING VINCENT (dir. Dorota Kobiela, Hugh Welchman) in 2017. He also received the Golden Frog Award for his cinematography at Cameraimage in addition to his prior win for PAPARAZZI (dir. Piotr Bernas).

Lukasz has also shot DOVLATOV (dir. Aleksiej German Jr.), which premiered at the Berlin International Film Festival this year and THE HERE AFTER (dir. Magnus von Horn), which premiered at Quinzaine des Réalisateurs (Directors’ Fortnight) at Cannes Film Festival in 2015.

Lukasz Zal is a Member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, European Film Academy, and Polish Society of Cinematographers.

He currently lives in Poland with his wife and son.


IDA - trailer | feature film | dir. Paweł Pawlikowski | PL, DK | 2013
Huawei | commercial | dir. Marcin Serafin I PL | 2018
Zovirax | commercial | UK | 2017
Alivia „Wojna z rakiem“ | commercial | PL | 2016
TWARDOWSKY - Polish Legends | short film | dir. Tomasz Bagiński | PL | 2015
The Here After | feature film | dir. Magnus von Horn | FR, PL, SWE | 2015
The High Frontier | feature film | dir. Wojciech Kasperski | PL | 2016