Gloria Kurnik

Filmmaker and Visual Storyteller

  • LevelMid Level
  • LocationLondon, United Kingdom
  • AvailabilityLocked Pro Plan feature
  • ProfessionsCinematographer - Film Director - Director of Photography


About me

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: Fiction Reel:

Locked Pro Plan feature


  • Action Cinematography
  • Cinematographer
  • Corporate Filmmaking
  • Filmmaking
  • Photography
  • Self Shooting Director
  • Self-shooting
  • Self Shooting PD
  • Visual Storytelling
  • Branded Content

Work history




Sep 2010
  • London, United Kingdom
  • Freelance
  • 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.


Assistant Producer


May 2016 - Jun 2016
  • Vietnam
  • Freelance
  • 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.


Head of Production


Jun 2011 - Aug 2012
  • Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • Full Time
  • 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.




Pedagogical University of Cracow

Sep 2004 - Jun 2009
  • Kraków, Poland
  • • 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 Most Moving Film for "Rèsce La Lune"

Szczecin European Film Festival

  • 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?"

Where is the Horse Film Festival

  • Audience Award for "Spinning a Yarn?" during the first edition of Where is the Horse Film Festival in USA.


Best Short Film Award for "Rèsce La Lune"

Italian Contemporary Film Festival

  • 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 for "La Resa"


  • Best Cinematography award for the film "La Resa" by Paolo Torchio shot in 2 days during CinemadaMare Film Festival 2015.


Achievement Award


  • One month scholarship to NYFA awarded as a Grand Prize of CinemadaMare 2015.


Best Cinematography for "L'Innocente"


  • 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.


Best Editing for "Connessione"


  • 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.


First Prize Winner for "Spinning a Yarn?"

Faces Of Wisdom Film Festival

  • Award for my experimental documentary short "Spinning a Yarn?" (2014) 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."


Grand Prize Winner of "India Is" (Video Challenge) for "Confined"

Indian Ministry of External Affairs

  • My short "Confined" awarded in India Is Challenge. Wiki Page: