Biography

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 travel, discover and feel the raw subtlety of the world.

Clients & Partners

Ball Watch
Land Rover
Ushuaia Beauté
Destination Canada
National Geographic

Eider
Alta Badia
Les Saisies
Visit Greenland
Mountain Hardwear

Syrp
Aquatech
Canon France
Fondation Petzl
Nature & Découvertes

Asters
PN des Ecrins
PNR du Vercors
PN de la Vanoise

TV Broadcasters

Arte
France 5
TV5 Monde
Ushuaia TV
Montagne TV
8 Mont-Blanc
EBS, Korea
Telus, Canada
Canal OFF, Brazil
Servus TV, Austria
Télé-Québec, Canada

Rewards

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

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

A Sense of Wonder (2017) – Vimeo Staff Pick