Arolla Film company was founded in 2009 with the aim of contributing the protection of the valleys Tichá and Kôprová in the Tatra Mountains via the film The Keeper of wilderness. Encouraged by the success of the first project, we have decided to go on. The company’s mission is to convey our enthusiasm for wild nature to the general public via authentic images and to contribute to the protection of specific areas of wild nature.
Erik Baláž (*1978) grew up under the Tatra Mountains and since he was sixteen he has spent a lot of time here in the wilderness.
In 2002 he graduated from the “Forest ecology” at the Technical University in Zvolen with a thesis on the ecology of bears. Already during his studies he was active in the campaigns of the Wolf Forest Protection Movement, the aim of which was protection of natural forests and large carnivores. He played a key role in a successful campaign for the protection of Tichá and Kôprová valleys in the Tatras. This area today is the largest wilderness area in Slovakia.
He is the co-author of a successful book about bears The Last Stronghold and of the film Keeper of the Wilderness.
Erik is the initiator of a new nature protection project in the Eastern Carpathians, which includes the upcoming film The Wolf Mountains.
Karol Kaliský (*1978) grew up in a family of a forester and spent his childhood exploring the Tatra nature.
After graduating from Forestry in Zvolen he was working for two years as participant in the Project Save the Tatra chamois, for the next five years he was working at the Administration of the Tatra National Park.
He began taking pictures in 1995, and along with his brother Miroslav and cousin Tomáš they are trying to impress people for the idea of wilderness by the website www.WILDlife.sk.
He got to nature protection thanks to his parents. The biggest influence on him, however, had the meeting with Erik, which quickly turned into inseparable friendship and today an already more than 10-year long cooperation on a shared vision.
Jozef Fiala (*1974) grew up under the mountains Slanské vrchy in the region of Zemplín.
After graduating from Ecology at the Comenius University in Bratislava (1997) he has been working as professional ecologist, biologist and later also as freelance nature photographer. During his studies and practice he has been doing research in ecology of forest communities (especially bird communities) for more than 15 years. For many years he has actively assisted in the campaigns of the Wolf Forest Protection Movement in the protection of forests and designating of forest preserves.
During his work as well as during his free time he likes to move around in remote parts of the Carpathian forests, where not a human soul goes astray for whole weeks of months and where wilderness is still in the air.
Adam Baštek (*1986) studied the “Environmental Geochemistry” at the Comenius University in Bratislava. He worked at the Ministry of Environment, Department of Geology and Natural Resources. Since 2008, he is focused on his passion – taking pictures of wild nature and, in 2014, he became a part of the team working on the project Secret Carpathians.