Thierry Garrel was 20 years old when he started working for the Research Department of the ORTF. He worked for 40 years for Public Television.
As Director of Documentaries of La Sept and of Arte France from 1987 to 2008, he spearheaded an ambitious production mission of discovering and fostering new talent, whilst also working with world renowned names in documentary cinema (from Chris Marker to Agnès Varda, Johan van der Keuken, Frederick Wiseman and Alain Cavalier, as well as Chantal Akerman, Rithy Panh, Amos Gitaï or Nicolas Philibert).

Today he lives between Paris and Vancouver, where in 2015 and 2016 he was guest curator of a French French programmation at the International Documentary Festival Doxa.

He also works as «volunteer consultant for compelling documentary causes», and conducts workshops all over the world for young professionals.
A Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres, The National Gallery of Jeu de Paume in Paris paid hommage to Mr Garrel in 2000 through Juste une Image — 88 programmes for creative television, an exposition of decades of his work. The prestigious Prix des Auteurs bestowed by la Scam in 2015 crowned a life of engagement in service to documentaries.