An award-winning documentary filmmaker, visual storyteller and self-shooting director based in London and available to travel for a shoot worldwide. My primary expertise is in shooting and directing short content, mainly as a one woman team executing projects from conceptualization until the final cut. I'm especially familiar with Asia as I used to live there for the past 6 years and previously shot under burning Rajasthani sun, in the midst of vicious volcanic fumes and in close to 100% humidity of a Bornean jungle. I have filmed in India, Myanmar, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Singapore, Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia, Taiwan, Philippines... and in a couple of countries in Europe plus in USA. Documentary Reel: http://vimeo.com/gloriakurnik/reel2015 Fiction Reel: https://vimeo.com/gloriakurnik/reelfiction2016Locked Pro Plan feature
I'm currently working as a freelancer in the fields of documentary, creative storytelling and travel filmmaking. I'm specializing in one-man productions. I'm also a so called "preditor" (producer-shooter-editor) or self-shooting PD capable of executing a project from conception to the final cut.
Hands-on and on the ground Mission Producer for the Season 1 of "Asia Express", a travel TV show commissioned by the Polish TV channel (TVN). Production spanned across 4 countries - Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos and Thailand and continuously lasted for over a month.
Director, DOP, editor, producer and manager. I was leading a creative team of shooters and editors. Managed and organized production and post-production flow for the company. Shot and directed high quality corporate videos and online marketing videos for our US market.
• Master in Educational Psychology and Social Work • Gained knowledge in: psychology, sociology, counseling & guidance, pedagogical marketing, pedagogy, didactic, children development, educational diagnosis & therapy; • Studied a semester abroad on Erasmus Scholarship at the University Instituto Politécnico Viana do Castelo in Portugal. Attended the art course & teacher assistant internship in Portuguese. • Graduated with the highest result.
The second highest award at Szczecin European Film Festival (Poland) for "Rèsce La Lune". Jury's justification: "For a discreet and extraordinary portrayal of the drama of an unhappy love that breaks the taboo of silence in the world of mature women."
Audience Award for "Spinning a Yarn?" during the first edition of Where is the Horse Film Festival in USA.
Italian Contemporary Film Festival honored us with the Best Short Film award for "Rèsce La Lune", a short documentary I co-directed with Giulia di Battista in San Benedetto del Tronto, Italy. Jury's justification: "Intimate and powerful, Here Cometh the Moon has won the best short film at this year’s ICFF, but it’s more than a short film, it’s a portrait, a metaphor, a poem about love; a poem that brings past and present together, caught in a net that is woven before our eyes. Giulia di Battista and Gloria Kurnik’s skill and sensitivity delve into an ordinary woman’s life and the extraordinary feelings she shares with us. The filmmakers and their protagonist caught something rare with this film: they caught a truth that will make the heart sing."
Best Cinematography award for the film "La Resa" by Paolo Torchio shot in 2 days during CinemadaMare Film Festival 2015.
One month scholarship to NYFA awarded as a Grand Prize of CinemadaMare 2015.
Shared the Best Cinematography award for the short film "L'Innocente" by Denis Nazzari, shot in two days at CinemadaMare Film Festival during the stop in Francavilla al Mare.
Award for Best Editing for the short film "Connessione" (by Gloria Kurnik) shot and edited in one day at CinemadaMare Film Festival 2015 during the stop in Marina di Camerota. http://vimeo.com/gloriakurnik/connessione
Award for my experimental documentary short "Spinning a Yarn?" (2014) http://vimeo.com/gloriakurnik/spinningyarn Jury's justification: "Using the metaphor of the silkworm finding it’s way into the world, feasting on a banquet of mulberry leaves and spinning a cozy cocoon in which to dream of becoming a butterfly, and through the poignant images of patient hands spinning the finest silk, we are reminded of the responsibility carried by each of us as individual strands in the Fabric of Life. Beautifully photographed and narrated, this film spins it’s wisdom story with elegance and understatement."
My short "Confined" awarded in India Is Challenge. http://vimeo.com/gloriakurnik/confined Wiki Page: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/India_Is