Rafael Kapeliński

director | screenwriter


Rafael is a London-based, award-winning writer, director, a lecturer, and a screenplay consultant. A graduate of the National Film and Television School in Beaconsfield, The London Film School and the EKRAN+ programme at the Andrzej Wajda Master School of Film Directing in Warsaw. He has created some of the most distinctive short and feature films that have won numerous international awards at top-tier festivals such as Cannes, Oberhausen, Austin, New Horizons, and Brest.

His feature debut BUTTERFLY KISSES won the Crystal Bear at the 2017 Berlin International Film Festival and consequently, Rafael was long-listed for the British Independent Film Award for Directing. His feature project Up on the Roof won Cannes Film Festival’s prestigious Cinefondation Residence Award.

He also worked as script supervisor on Nina Gantz’s BAFTA-winning short animation Edmond. He has most recently completed a neo-noir psychological drama titled A WOMAN AT NIGHT and is currently in pre-production with BUDAPEST DIARIES.

He has lectured at the London Film School, London Film Academy, and The American Film Institute (AFI) in Los Angeles.

Recently, his upcoming film BUDAPEST DIARIES received funding from the Hungarian National Film Institute and production is planned to begin in winter 2021.


Butterfly Kisses | trailer | feature film | dir. Rafael Kapeliński | UK | 2017
Emily Cries | short film | dir. Rafael Kapelinski | dp Paweł Dyllus | PL | 2006
Budapest Diaries | tests | feature film | dir. Rafael Kapeliński | dp Paweł Dyllus | PL, HU | preproduction