Biography

Piotr Kukla is a Polish cinematographer, born in Bydgoszcz, Poland.

He graduated from the PWSFTviT (The Polish National Film, Television and Theatre School) in Łódź in 1983. He moved to the Netherlands in the early 1980’s and has been working there since. He is a member of the Dutch and Polish Society of Cinematographers – N.S.C. and P.S.C. respectively. He has worked for Dutch television, creating cinematography for series and commercials. His credits include many feature films. For these, he collaborated with such filmmakers as Ben Sombogaart (In My Father’s Garden, Twin Sisters – which was nominated for an Academy Award in 2004 in the category Foreign Language Film, Bride Flight, Storm), Dick Maas (Quiz), Wiesław Saniewski (The Winner), and Ralph Ziman (The Zookeeper).

He received a Silver Frog in 2003 for his cinematography for Twin Sisters and was nominated for a Golden Frog for the film Bride Flight in 2009. For the latter, he was also awarded the Best Cinematographer Jury Award during the Newport Beach Festival in 2008. He was nominated twice for a Golden Calf – for Twin Sisters in 2003 and for The Gang from Oss in 2011.

Piotr has participated in multiple editions of the Camerimage Festival. In 2006, he was a member of the European Debuts Competition jury. He acted as a juror again in 2013, when he evaluated films in Cinematographers’ Debut Competition. It is during this festival that in 2003, he received the Silver Frog award for his work on Twin Sisters. In 2009, Bride Flight was selected for the Main Competition. Films with Piotr’s cinematography have been featured in the World Panorama cycle: at the 9th Camerimage Festival it was The Zookeeper (directed by Ralph Ziman), and at the 18th edition, The Storm (directed by Ben Sombogaart).

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