György Pálos

Associate professor

György Pálos is producer, film director, director of photography, scriptwriter, photographer. He has over twenty-five years of experience in the film industry, has been awarded the prestigious Béla Balázs Award, and has won several awards at national and international film festivals. He has been teaching at ELTE BTK Department of Film Studies since 2000, he has been associate professor since 2018. Between 2012 and 2015 he was visiting professor at the School of Creative Media, City University of Hong Kong. He is board member of the Independent Hungarian Filmmakers Society, and member of the Hungarian Film Director’s Society. He has received his Doctor of Liberal Arts (DLA) degree in 2015 at the University of Theatre and Film Arts, Budapest.

Professional Activities & Affiliations

  • 1996–2010: Organizer and Shop Steward for INPUT (International Public Television Conference).
  • 1995–2010: Made more than 50 documentaries about pedagogical innovation in the Hungarian educational system.
  • 1993–: Hosts a call-in talk show on the independent “Radio Tilos” station, Budapest.
  • 1986–1990: Works as still photographer for feature films.

Selected Films and Awards

  • 2017
    (in preparation) Ali on the shore, long documentary, dir., DOP, editor.
  • 2015
    Hope, 16 min, short feature by Márton Szirmai, DOP.
  • 2014
    Drifter, 77min. Documentary, by Gabor Hörcher creative producer, Award for Best First Appearance, IDFA, 2014
    Minimal, short feature by Márton Szirmai cinematographer and creative producer
    Future Cinema, 52 min. HD, documentary with György Czabán, Csilla Győri
  • 2012
    Summertime, 9 min., short feature film by Márton Szirmai, cinematographer and creative producer
  • 2011
    Adventures of Tom Tomiczky, long animation film by Tamás Waliczky, creative producer
    “Every young people makes stupidities”, documentary, 80 min.
    Young autistic persons at work, documentary, 65 min.
  • 2010
    Turtle on board, series of 64 episodes of a digital artistic works for young audience.
    – Best TV Program Award, Camera Hungaria, 2010
  • 2009
    Who are you to know who I am !, documentary, 72 min.
    – Best documentary director, Hungarian Film Festival 2009.
    The Sinking Village, documentary, 25 min, producer, more than 10 awards
  • 2008
    Tripe ans onions,  10  min., 2006, producer more than 10 awards
  • 2002
    Two Sundays in Hungary, documentary, 25 min.
    – Best TV Program Award, Camera Hungaria, 2002
  • 2001
    Franky and the sweet life, 90 min. fiction, 35 mm.
    – Best script award, Hungarian Film Festival 2001
    – Best male actor award, Hungarian Film Festival 2001
  • 2000
    Le petit voyage, 90 min. fiction, 35 mm.
    – Audience award, Hungarian Film Festival
    – Best Film award, Avanca – Portugal,
    – Best female actor, Avanca – Portugal
    Maraton, documentary, 60 min, by Attila Mispál, cinematographer.
    – Best documentary award, Mediawave festival
  • 1998
    Orb, 90 min. fiction, 35 mm
    – Special Award of Jury, Hungarian Film Festival
    KVB-TV, fiction, 22 min.
    – Best TV Program Award, Camera Hungaria
    Yes, you can, documentary, 56 min, by Lars Mullback, cinematographer
    – Prix Europa for documentaries
  • 1995
    All black, documentary, 15 min.
    – Tolerance award, Hungary
    – Best documentary award, Mediawave festival
  • 1992
    Camping Europa, fiction, 90 min. 35mm
    – Special award, Budapest Film Festival
  • 1990
    – Best still photographer award, Budapest

Areas of Teaching / Courses Taught

  • Cinematography
  • Documentary film making

Contact Details

  • E-mail: gypalos _at_ gmail com
  • Personal website:
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