Piotr Malecki is an alumni of documentary filmmaking course at the Wajda School in Warsaw. He also studied cinematography at the WRiTV of Silesian University in Poland and photography at the Bournemouth & Poole College of Art. Since 2011 Piotr has been shooting and directing documentary films, of his own as well as commissioned. He started out with short multimedia pieces, which were used on websites of magazines - Polityka, Newsweek Poland, The New Yorker, Los Angeles Times, The Atlantic.
Over the last few years his commissioning clients have included ABC News, Washington Post, Open Society Foundation, British Red Cross, FAO (United Nations). Nowadays Piotr creates and produces documentaries featured at film festivals including DOK Leipzig and Krakow Film Festival. Piotr was also working as a cinematographer and co-director on a feature-length documentary co-produced by David Lynch. The film is in production. His latest film in progress, "Our Village" is co-produced with Canal Plus and co-financed by the Polish Film Institute. Piotr runs of a small production firm Short Docs Media.
His projects were developed in the programs of Doc Lab Poland. "George and George on the Lake" was selected to be a part of IF/Then program run by Tribeca Film Institute.
- Personal Portrait vol. 4 / Portret Osobisty vol. 4 (27’ 2021) / premiere at Teatr Powszechny, Warsaw. - The Leader / Lider (30’ 2021) / distributed by Journeyman Pictures - Personal Portrait vol. 3 / Portret Osobisty vol. 3 (46’ 2020) / premiere at Teatr Powszechny, Warsaw. - George and George on the Lake / Jerzy i Jerzy na Jeziorach (29’ 2018) / premiere at Krakow Film Festival - Personal Portrait vol. 2 / Portret Osobisty vol. 2 (47’ 2018) / premiere at On Art Film Festival, Warsaw - Personal Portrait / Portret Osobisty (42’ 2017) / premiere at Festival of Films about Art, Zakopane - Out of the Blue / Budzik (33’ 2015) / premiere at DOK Leipzig
Awards and nominations:
For „George and George on the Lake”: - 2-nd audience award at the YachtFilm festival, Warsaw, 2018 - Nomination to Jan Machulski Independent Cinema Award, 2018 - Honorary Mention - Kameralne Lato festival, Radom, 2018 - Special selection at the TRIBECA IF/Then Shorts Central & Eastern Europe pitch competition at East Doc Platform in Prague. 2018
For "Out of the Blue”: - Special Award - Cinema with the Soul festival, 2017¨ - Best Documentary Award - Grand OFF festival , 2016 - Gdansk Doc Film Festival - Nomination to Gate of Freedom Award, 2016 - Jihlava - Silver Screen Award nomination, 2016
Other: - Multimedia Happy End Festival – the Best Protagonist Award for „Wika”, 2012 - POYi (Pictures Of the Year International) Multimedia Photographer of the Year 2-nd Award, 2012 - First prize (group award) in FotoWeek DC’s Documentary and Experimental category, for "A Thousand More" 2012