French Studio Folimage and its residency program

Folimage animation studio ranks among the best not only in France but also in the world. To what do they owe its successes? What is its production strategy? Can you work for the studio? Presentation and panel by Corinne Destombes.

Folimage studio – specializes in creating stop-motion animation films was founded in 1981 by Jacques-Rémy Girerd. Since that time, the company (now located in Bourg-lès-Valence, in the Drôme) has gained a world wide notoriety with TV series, short films and feature films production. In the short film world, Folimage is famous for its international residency program that is opened to any young, creative and original artists with a producer. Since its opening the residency program saw some very famous short films to be produced there: for example Le Banquet de la concubine (2012) by Hefang Wei or Le Vélo de l’éléphant (2014) by Olesya Shchukina.

In 2005, the studio started releasing DVDs – as a mainly short films distribution with the focus on young and children audience. The animation studio handles both production and distribution on the same site thereby giving them the same impetus. It has gained great notoriety thanks to a catalogue including over 45 shorts, as well as classic television series (Tidbits for Toddlers, My Little Planet, Hilltop Hospital, or more recently Ariol, broadcast on TF1), specials (Charlie’s Christmas, Spud and the Vegetable Garden, Leon in the Wintertime, Molly in the Springtime, Bonifacio in the Summertime) and feature films (Raining Cats and Frogs, Mia and the Migoo). The studio’s feature film, A Cat in Paris, was nominated for an Oscar in 2012 in the Best Animated Feature category.

Guest: Corinne Destombes, associated producer (TV and shorts)