A short film for the Gaillanne Foundation

The Frédéric Gaillanne Foundation, in Isle sur la Sorgue in Provence, France, is the only organisation in France to provide guide dogs for blind children. They do an absolutely remarkable job. I made a short film for the foundation (who I sponsor) explaining how they work. They need funds in order to double their capacity to be able to offer twenty dogs per year instead of ten. This ‘amateur’ film was made by a mini-team of professionals, and everyone in the film is part of the foundation, or are real host families for the dogs. Young Anaïs is really blind and handled her role as a true professional, accompanied by her own dog “Mozart”.
A special thank you to Mathieu Kassovitz, who ventured out on his scooter in the rain to bail us out. If you would consider making a small contribution this Christmas, it would be welcome. And don’t hesitate to share this little film with all your friends…


Two snails in Auvergne

The “Deux escargots” set off for the opening ceremony of the Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Festival. Here I am, on the stage with Romain Segaud, co-director and animator, and Julien Lecat, who took care of the editing and recorded the 35 actors. In the photo projected above us is the Clermont-Ferrand jury in 1983, under the leadership of President Henri Alekan, with Marie-Claude Treihou, Ted Benoit, Sophie Taticheff, Florence Giorgetti, a bookseller from Clermont, and yours truly, a few years younger…

“Two Snails Set Off” is showing at Les Fauvettes

Our short film Two Snails Set Off is showing at “Les Fauvettes” cinema, 58 av des Gobelins, Paris, a magnificent cinema renovated by Pathé. It will be shown on all five screens before all films during the school holidays, from 17/12 to 2/1/2017. Yesterday was the premiere, shown before my favourite Marcel Carné film: Port of Shadows. Romain Segaud and I were there…


Then from January 18 to 24, it will be shown at all the sessions of the equally magnificent “Studio 28” in Montmartre, as part of Telerama week…


Did you see that S car go?

My short film, which I co-wrote with Roman Segaud, (who single-handedly animated my creatures which were inspired by the artist Jephan de Villiers, who I admire and have been collecting from for a long time (http://Jephan-de-villiers.com), currently on display at the Galerie Grand Rue in Poitiers until the 5th of november) is finally finished. The first screening took place at the Halle Garnier, for the opening of “Lumière 2016”, in front of 4,500 viewers! Julien Lecat, director of all of my “Making ofs” since A Very Long Engagement, recorded the 35 actors and did the editing. Based on the poem Song of Snails Going to a Funeral by Jacques Prévert.

Romain Segaud et Jean-Pierre Jeunet (photo Julien Roche).

Label Otero

Dans les bonus du DVD de Micmacs, un documentaire que j’ai produit sur Manuel Otero, réalisateur de dessins animés chez qui j’ai commencé à travailler en 1974… Réalisé par Phil Casoar, par ailleurs auteur des livres d’Amélie et du Long Dimanche, ce documentaire alterne interviews de ce réalisateur qui a gagné entre autres le grand prix au festival d’Annecy, avec des extraits de ses films et de ceux qu’il a produit, dont un certain Manège, dont je vous propose ci-dessous une conséquence cocasse…

Dans ce bonus, quatre courts-métrages d’Otero, sans doute les meilleurs, quatre petits bijoux intitulés Contrepied, Ares contre Atlas, La balade d’Emile et Univers.

Par ailleurs, le travail de Manuel Otero fera l’objet d’une exposition au château d’Annecy pendant la durée du festival.


Votre serviteur en 1975.



Au banc-titre avec le boss, Manuel Otero.



Aujourd’hui dans le documentaire.







La balade d’Emile.