Mathieu Le Lay is a French director and cinematographer since 2008.
After he graduated in wildlife conservation at the University of Salford (UK), his passion for cinema, nature and wildlife led him to one year study at IFFCAM, the French wildlife film school.
He has a personal style, a visual poetry that feeds the soul with images of rare beauty and a feeling of freedom. His art and his intimate quest are strongly connected. Guided by wild environments and mysterious atmospheres, his films tell genuine stories of the interaction between humans and nature, inspiring people to discover and feel the raw subtlety of the world.

Clients & Partners

Ball Watch
Canon France
Visit Greenland
Destination Canada
National Geographic

Les Saisies
Ushuaia Beauté
Mountain Hardwear

Land Rover
Fondation Petzl
Nature & Découvertes

Alta Badia
PN des Ecrins
PNR du Vercors
PN de la Vanoise

TV Broadcasters

France 3
France 5
Ushuaia TV

Montagne TV
8 Mont-Blanc
TV5 Monde
Télé-Québec, Canada

Canal OFF, Brazil
Curta TV, Brazil
Radio Télévision Suisse
RadioTelevisione Svizzera

EBS, Korea
Planète +, Germany
Servus TV, Austria


Des Gypaètes et des Hommes (2011)
Special Jury Mention – Festival International du Film Animalier et d’Environnement de Rabat, Morocco, 2012
Prize for the protection of the wild species – Festival International du Film Animalier d’Albert, France, 2012
Prize Best Hope – 5th China Ya’an Panda International Animal & Nature Film Festival, China, 2012
Special Prize Talinn Zoo – 10th Matsalu International Nature Film Festival, Estonia, 2013
1st Prize – Festival de l’Insolite Vendée Nature, France, 2013

La Quête d’Inspiration (2012)
Silver Frame – Video Festival Imperia, Italy, 2013
Best Photography – 44ème Festival International du Film Alpin des Diablerets, Switzerland, 2013
Prix Jeunes Regards – Festival International du Film Ornithologique de Ménigoute, France, 2013
Nominated in Best Postproduction – Green Screen International Wildlife Film Festival, Germany, 2013
Best Photography – 7th Bilbao Mendi Film Festival, Spain, 2014
Beauty of Nature – Medzinárodný Festival Horských Filmov Poprad, Slovakia, 2015
Best Junior Filmmaker – 13 Internationales Bergfilm Festival Tegernsee, Germany, 2015
Best Mountain Nature – 13 Internationales Bergfilm Festival Tegernsee, Germany, 2015
Special Jury Prize – T-Film International Film Festival Ostrava, Czech Republic, 2016

American Loneliness (2014)
Best Mountain Culture Film – 32nd Festival de Cinema de Muntanya de Torelló, Spain, 2014

Keep Exploring (2014) – Vimeo Staff Pick
Best Documentary Film – Goldensun Short Film Festival, Malta, 2015
Eco Tourism Main Prize – The Riga International Festival of Tourism Films, Latvia, 2016
Green Planet Best Film – T-Film International Film Festiva Ostrava, Slovakia, 2016
Best Film in Adventure Tourism – Zagreb Tourfilm Festival, Croatia, 2016

Kumano (2015) – Vimeo Staff Pick
3rd Prize in Religious Tourism – Finisterra Arrábida Film Art & Tourism Festival, Portugal, 2016
Best Film in Religious Tourism – Zagreb Tourfilm Festival, Croatia, 2016
Grand Prix – IV Baku International Tourism Film Festival, Azerbaïdjan, 2017

West Empire (2015)
Special Jury Award for Outstanding Cinematography – 25th Arizona International Film Festival, USA, 2016
Best Short Film – XIII CRONOGRAF Festivalul International de Cinema Documentar, Moldova, 2016
Best Cinematography – 10th High Desert International Film Festival, USA, 2016
Best Short Documentary – The Annual Valley Film Festival, USA, 2016

Indlandsis (2016)
2nd Award in Travel category – 8th Amorgos Yperia Tourism Film Festival, Greece, 2017

A Sense of Wonder (2017) – Vimeo Staff Pick
The Living Mountain Award – 2nd Milano Montagna Video Awards, Italy, 2017
Best Short Film – 10th Bilbao Mendi Film Festival, Spain, 2017
Best Wanderlust Nominee – Travel Video Awards, USA, 2018
Jury Prize – 8th Sestriere Film Festival, Italy, 2018
Best Short Film – 16th International Festival of Outdoor Films, Czech Republic, 2018

Echo of the Wild (2018) – Vimeo Staff Pick

In the Starlight (2018)
First Prize – 8th Sestriere Film Festival, Italy, 2018
First Prize – Milano Mountain Film Festival, Italy, 2018
Cairn d’Argent – 7th Festival du Film de Montagne et d’Exploration, France, 2018
Special Mention – 3rd Morocco Adventure Film Festival, Morocco, 2018
Best Film in section ‘Highlands of the World’ – 13th Orobie Film Festival, Italy, 2019
Best Production – 4th Objectif Aventure Festival, France, 2019
Nominated film – 29th Maria Luisa Memorial, Spain, 2019
Best Biography – NatureTrack Film Festival, USA, 2019
Public Price – 7th Festival du Film de Montagne Regards d’Altitudes, France, 2019
Honorable Mention – T-Film International Film Festival, Czech Republic, 2019
Best Photography – 13th Festival Internacional de Cine de Montaña Ushuaia Shh, Argentina, 2019