Gabriel Galand is an award-winning writer/director from France with experience in commercial and narrative filmmaking in the UK, Korea, Switzerland and Canada. His films deal with cross cultural issues and are made with a genre film approach.
Gabriel Galand is an award winning writer/director from France, currently based in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. A traveller and genre film enthusiast, Gabriel’s work mixes different styles with cross cultural issues such as death, dealing with loss as well as other social subjects, often with a genre approach.
His passion for film first took off when he took a directing workshop in London in 2010. Shortly after, Gabriel moved to France to attended Eicar, the International Film School of Paris where he majored in cinematography and editing. Upon receiving his Bachelor of Fine Arts in 2014, Gabriel presented two of his short films — “Cold Green Eyes”, a social drama portraying Alzheimer’s disease and “Horla”, a 19th horror film based on Maupassant’s eponym short story — to more than eighty film festivals around the world. “Horla” was awarded ‘Best Director’, ‘Best Cinematography’ and a dozen other prizes. It is distributed by Amazon Prime Video in Asia and by Shudder and Shorts TV in North America and Europe.
In 2014, Gabriel moved to Seoul, South Korea where he directed videos for Korean and international brands, including Chevrolet, Linkedin and Carrefour while collaborating with international artists. After spending a year and a half there, Gabriel directed “Above the Mist”, a short thriller on assisted suicide. The film was selected to forty-four festivals around the world, and was awarded ‘Best Korean Short Film’.
Collaborating with Swiss-American writer/producer Tiziana Giammarino, Gabriel travelled to Switzerland in Spring 2016 to direct “Resilience”, a short drama about a young boy who helps his mother deal with her grief. Premiering at the Cannes Short Film Corner in 2017, “Resilience” was selected to over ten festivals around the world and nominated for ‘Best Film’.
In 2018, Gabriel moved to Vancouver, Canada, where he took a screenwriting course at the Vancouver Film School. Working alongside Mexican writer Aaron Gomez, he directed a found-footage micro horror film, titled, in true Canadian fashion, “I’m sorry”. Now pursuing a Master of Fine Arts in Film Production at the University of British Columbia, Gabriel is conducting research on the two feature-length screenplays he is currently developing. While “Happy Niko” is an English/Korean drama about depression and assisted suicide, “Entropy” is a post-apocalyptic sci-fi which deals with consciousness and human instincts.
Best Korean Short Film
Above the Mist
KIXFF
Seoul
2018
Official Selection
I'm Sorry
Rio Grind Film Festival
Vancouver
2018
Award of Excellence
Above the Mist
Headline International Film Festival
2017
Award of Distinction
Above the Mist
Canada Shorts - Canadian & International Short Film Fest.
2017
Best Cinematography
Horla
Fan Film Awards
Los Angeles
2016
Best Editing
Above the Mist

Romania
2016
Best Cinematography
Horla
Short of the month
Online (private)
2015
Semi-Finalist
I'm Sorry
Bloody Horror Film Festival
Ottawa
Official Selection
I'm Sorry
80 Screams International Film Festival
Nomination for Best FX
I'm Sorry
Independent Horror Movie Awards
Official Selection
I'm Sorry
Berlin Flash Film Festival
Berlin
Best Horror Film
Horla
Festigious
Best Make-up
Horla
Festicini
Sao Paulo
Best Production Design
Horla
North American Film Awards
Honorable Mention in Horror
I'm Sorry
Top Shorts
Semi-Finalist
I'm Sorry
The Hollywood Theatre @PDX
Los Angeles
Best Director, Best Production Design
Horla
GIFA Global Independent Film Awards
Worlwide
Best Horror
Horla
Kwebfest
Seoul, South Korea
Best Student Film
Horla
Magwill Film Fest
USA
Best Horror, Best cinematography
Horla
Festigious
Online (private)
Best Editing
Horla
Top Shorts
Online (private)
College
Vancouver Film School
Screenwriting
2018Present
College
Eicar, the International Film School of Paris - France
BFA in Cinematography and Editing
20112014
College
Sorbonne Université - Faculté des lettres
English Language and Civilization
20092011
College
University of British Columbia
MFA in Film Production
2018Present
High School
International Grammar School - Sydney, Australia
20062007
Birth Date
October 12, 1991
Birth City
Paris, France
Current City
Vancouver, British Columbia
Hometown
Paris, France
Height
187 cm
Gender
Male
Eye Color
Brown
Zodiac Sign
Libra
Married To
Laura Katz
Children
A fluffy, Norwegian Forest cat
Gabriel has lived in Paris, London, Seoul, and Sydney.
“Don't explain your philosophy. Embody it.” ― Epictetus
"Filmmaking is a chance to live many lifetimes." ― Robert Altman
Gabriel Galand is an award-winning writer/director from France with experience in commercial and narrative filmmaking in the UK, Korea, Switzerland and Canada. His films deal with cross cultural issues and are made with a genre film approach.
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