“No one is left unmoved by the night sky.”

During the darkest hours of the night, while the rest of the world is sleeping, outdoor photographer Paul Zizka ventures out into the wilderness in search of the world’s starriest skies. His journey to photograph the celestial wonders takes him from his home amongst the peaks of the Canadian Rockies to the wild, desert dunes of Namibia and remote ice caps of Greenland. Ever the adventurer, he must balance his work and passion for photography with his equal devotion as a family man. In the Starlight is an intimate portrayal of Paul’s quest to capture the night skies, and what his time spent under the stars has taught him about life, love, adventure, and our place in the universe.


Coproduction: Camera Lucida, Mathieu Le Lay Productions, Ushuaïa TV
Year: 2018
Written, Directed and Edited by: Mathieu Le Lay
Featuring: Paul Zizka
Cinematography: Mathieu Le Lay
Additional Cinematography: Benjamin Dowie
Photographies: Paul Zizka
Original Soundtrack: Franck Zaragoza
Sound design: Laurent Mollard from studio Gaïné
Assistant Designer: Larisa Oltean
Executive Producer: François Bertrand
Producer: Valérie Grenon
Producer Manager: Alison Genet
Associate Producer: Silvia Alba
Partners: Ball Watch, Mountain Hardwear, Canon France, Visit Greenland, Tasermiut South Greenland Expeditions, Aquatech, Syrp, Wilson Mountain Sports
Distribution: CPB Films
With the participation of:
Centre National du Cinéma et de l’Image Animée
FODACIM – Le Fonds d’Aide au Cinéma de Montagne est une association qui soutient la création de films, grâce à ses partenaires.

First Prize at 8th Sestriere Film Festival 2018, Italy
First Prize at Milano Mountain Film Festival 2018, Italy
Cairn d’Argent at 7th Festival du Film de Montagne et d’Exploration 2018, France
Special Mention at 3rd Morocco Adventure Film Festival 2018, Morocco
Best Film in section ‘Highlands of the World’ – 13th Orobie Film Festival 2019, Italy
Best Production at 4th Objectif Aventure Festival 2019, France
Nominated film at 29th Maria Luisa Memorial 2019, Spain
Best Biography at NatureTrack Film Festival 2019, USA
Public Price at 7th Festival du Film de Montagne Regards d’Altitudes 2019, France

Official festival selections
The Adventure Film Series of Whistler 2018, Canada
Godollo International Nature Film Festival 2018, Hungary
8th Sestriere Film Festival 2018, Italy
Matsalu Film Festival 2018, Estonia
Ladek Mountain Film Festival 2018, Poland
Milano Mountain Film Festival 2018, Italy
International Festival of Outdoor Films 2018, Czech Republic
Medzinárodný Festival Horských Filmov Poprad 2018, Slovakia
The International Documentary Film Festival of Mexico City 2018, Mexico
Banff Centre Mountain Film and Book Festival 2018, Canada
5th Adventure Film Festival in Athens 2018, Greece
Winter Film Fest de Bourg St-Maurice 2018, France
Arctic Light Filmfestival 2018, Sweden
Mountainfilm International Filmfestival Graz 2018, Austria
7th Festival du Film de Montagne et d’Exploration 2018, France
35th Torelló Mountain Film Festival 2018, Spain
Eho Mountain Film Festival 2018, Macedonia
Festival International du Film de Montagne d’Autrans 2018, France
11th Bilbao Mendi Film Festival 2018, Spain
Semi-finaliste au Guangzhou International Documentary Film Festival 2018, China
4th Morocco Adventure Film Festival 2018, Morocco
Festival International du Film Animalier et de l’Environnement de Rabat 2018, Morocco
12th Bovec Adventure Film Festival 2019, Slovenia
Brescia Winter Film 2019, Italy
Objectif Aventure 2019, France
Frozen River Film Festival 2019, USA
13ème Festival Gorniskega Filma 2019, Slovenia

Other public screenings;
Fresh Air Festival by Les Others 2018, France
Festival de la Photo Animalière et de Nature de Montier-en-Der 2018, France
Festival Quais du Départ 2018, France

Film website designed by Larisa Oltean.