CONTACT
franzgalo@outlook.com
+44 7983 709 122

I am a London-based French film director and cinematographer.

I specialise in documentary, branded content and music videos.

After studying graphic design in Paris (ESAG), I worked as an art director and a fashion photographer.

I then discovered film by directing my first narrative, which won an award for Best Short Film in a French Festival.

This experience led me to numerous film projects. I had the opportunity to do a series of documentaries about European artists, and explore their creative process.

Winning numerous international awards encouraged me to work on more ambitious projects.

Emotional narratives and poetic storytelling is what I focus on, by creating stories and characters that speak to the soul and heart of the viewer. I always try to “feel” a story or a character, rather than to “think” it, which allows me more freedom in the artistic process.

Here is an interview by Tim Jarvis (Fabrik) about my work.


AWARDS

LOVE (Short film)
WINNER at World Fest International Film Festival 2016
Semi-finalist at LOS ANGELES Cinefest 2016
Official Selection at LOS ANGELES Lift-Off Film Festival 2016
Official Selection at AMSTERDAM Lift-Off Film Festival 2016
Official Selection at Sydney Lift-Off Film Festival 2016
Nominee For Best Picture at Short Pole London IFF Summer 2016
Finalist at Berlin International Cinefest 2016
Official Selection at BARCELONA Planet Film Festival 2016
Official Selection at BUCHAREST ShortCut CineFest for Best Editor 2016
Official Selection at BUCHAREST ShortCut CineFest for Best Original Score 2016
Official Selection at Direct Monthly Online Film Festival 2016
Official Selection at Fort Worth Indie Film Showcase 2017


The ZIDARU: Artists in Light (Documentary)

WINNER at HOLLYWOOD International Independent Documentary Awards 2016
WINNER at BUCHAREST ShortCut Cinefest for Best Documentary July 2016
WINNER at BUCHAREST ShortCut Cinefest for Best Editor July 2016
WINNER at BUCHAREST ShortCut Cinefest Audience Award July 2016:
WINNER at World Fest International Film Festival 2016
Bronze Official Selection at Victoria Film
Festival Canada 2016
Official Selection at BARCELONA Planet Film Festival 2016
Official Selection at The Black Sea Film Festival 2016
Official Selection at BUCHAREST ShortCut Cinefest for Best Director July 2016
Official Selection at BUCHAREST ShortCut Cinefest for Best Screenplay July 2016
Official Selection at BUCHAREST ShortCut Cinefest for Best Cinematography July 2016
Official Selection at BUCHAREST ShortCut Cinefest for Best Original Score July 2016


KRK (Short Film)

WINNER a Pontault-Combault Short Film International Festival – CPIF Prize 2013


Maria Balabas: Invisible Worlds (Documentary)

Official Selection at BUCHAREST ShortCut CineFest for Best Documentary 2016
Official Selection at BUCHAREST ShortCut CineFest for Best Actress 2016


Momo Sanno: Free Soul (Documentary)
Official Selection at BUCHAREST ShortCut CineFest 2016



SCREENINGS

MARIA BALABAS
Screening at Electric Castle Festival, Romania, during the Eco Cinema program.
Organized by MAINOI, Center for Creativity and Communication



EXHIBITS

ELEVATION, solo photo Exhibition with Pascal Gravot Haeberli, Romanian Cultural Institute, Paris 2016
The Facets of Hyperconnectivity, Group Show, Berlin 2016

VANITAS, Group Show at Centrul Artelor Vizuale Multimedia, Bucharest 2015
ELEVATION, solo photo Exhibition with Pascal Gravot Haeberli, ARCUB, Bucharest 2015
“Krk” exhibited at The Facets of Hyperconnectivity  2015
Exhibition at Palatul Mogosoaia, Many Colors Association 2015

ELECTRIC CAMP (group exhibition), paintings, Teatrul Odeon, Bucharest 2014
DISSIMULARI, video, with Ioana Sisea, Galeria Galateea, Bucharest 2014

La Fessée (group exhibition), collages, Territori, Paris 2013
Vivre après la mort (group exhibition), collages, Territori, Paris 2013



PUBLICATIONS

Catalogue of the photo exhibition ELEVATION, Vellant Editions 2015
Inexploré Magazine, cover and portrait series 2014
Paulette Magazine, cover and portrait series 2014
Standard Magazine, portrait series 2014



RESIDENCIES

Conacul Otetelisanu Painting Residency, Craiova, Romania September 2014