Łukasz Żal

director of photography


Łukasz Żal is an Academy Award nominated cinematographer. He most recently was as DoP on Paweł Pawlikowski’s COLD WAR, which won the Best Director Award at Cannes Film Festival and is Poland’s official Oscar candidate in the Best Foreign Film category. COLD WAR landed Łukasz Żal the Silver Frog Award for cinematography at the 2018 Camerimage Festival in Poland as well as a nomination for both ASC and BAFTA Awards.

Łukasz was nominated for the 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 (for Cold War) in addition to his prior win for PAPARAZZI (dir. Piotr Bernas).

Cinematographer on DOVLATOV (dir. Aleksiej German Jr.), which premiered at the Berlinale 2018 and THE HERE AFTER (dir. Magnus von Horn), which premiered at Quinzaine des Réalisateurs (Directors’ Fortnight) at Cannes Film Festival in 2015.


Cold War - trailer | feature film | dir. Paweł Pawlikowski | PL/UK/FR | 2018
IDA - trailer | feature film | dir. Paweł Pawlikowski | PL, DK | 2013
Amica | commercial | dir. Michał Marczak | costumes Lucretia Nagabczynski | PL | 2018
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