Karol Pałka

born in Rabka Zdrój in 1991, Karol is a photographer, documentary film director, and graduate of both the Radio and Television Department of the University of Silesia and the Wajda School. Currently a PhD student at the Jan Matejko Academy of Fine Arts, he is a member of the Association of Polish Art Photographers. His works have received numerous awards and been shown at international competitions and festivals. He received a scholarship from the City of Krakow in 2018 and also from the Minister of Culture and National Heritage in 2020. His debut short Years Have Gone, Winter Is Coming was shown at the Krakow Film Festival and Warsaw Film Festival, as well as at MiradasDoc in Spain. He was also awarded at the Ismailia International Short and Documentary Festival in Egypt. In his documentary work, he focuses primarily on other people – their emotions and spirituality, particularly in people who are excluded, alienated and on the margins of society.