Jozef Banyák was born in 1958 in Bratislava and studied Film and TV directing at the Academy of Performing Arts in Bratislava. He then worked for the Slovakian Television as a director and a screenplay writer from 1981 to 1993 and has been working as a freelancer since then. In the 1990s, he produced several fairy tales for TV, inspired by the traditional Romani fairy tales (About Zorali and the Two Brothers, About the Beautiful Witch, The Golden Voice). Jozef Banyák also creates documentary films; he for instance produced a series of documentaries with social, ethnic and cultural topics for the Slovak Television (Innocent children, Dance is Life, From Rudňany to Bronx). He has been cooperating with Hollywood productions (Dragonheart, Kull the Conqueror, Uprising) since 1991. He is also chairman of the OKNO association (Window), which produces non-commercial audio-visual works with educational and pedagogical focus, with a special focus on minorities.