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.