Audience Award!

The audience has voted for French Roast at the Leeds International Film Festival (UK) last week!



French Roast is now one of the ten films shortlisted for an Academy Award !
The final 5 nominees will be announced on February 2, 2010.


3 new awards!

A quick update on the latest prizes won by French Roast last month...

Best Professional Film - Bradford Animation Festival (UK)
Prix José Abel / Best Animation - Cinanima (Portugal)
Best 3D Character Design - ViewFest Digital Movie Festival (Italy)



Anima Còrdoba

French Roast just won the Best Animation Prize in the "Animated Stories" category at the Anima Còrdoba Festival in Argentina last week! Muchas Gracias!


Anima Mundi

The film has just won the Best Art Direction Award at Anima Mundi in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil)!

Moreover, French Roast has also received an Honorary Mention in the "Computer Animation / Film / VFX" section of the Prix Ars Electronica that took place this month in Austria!


Animation Magazine

French Roast is the top story of the Animation Magazine website today!



French Roast wins SIGGRAPH’s Best in Show!

What a reward this is for me and the team! Thank you all...and thanks to Siggraph!


Olivier Lliboutry

French Roast Original Music Composer

Olivier Lliboutry's website is out!
A very nice way to discover the work of the composer who has created the beautiful score of French Roast (which I'm very proud of!). You can listen to some extracts of it in the "audio" section.

I've known Olivier for the last 15 years and when I started to think about the film's music, I immediately thought of him. He is a great melodist and since I wanted the music to give a real identity to French Roast, Olivier was the ideal choice. The story is taking place in the Paris of the sixties and so we wanted to evoke the music of the detective comedies from that period. We opted for a small orchestra and Olivier suggested an electric guitar, a double-bass, a bit of electronic organ, a flute, some percussions... and a güiro!

We had the chance to get a financial support
for the music from Alcimé, which allowed us to record with live musicians in the studio Val d'Orge.

Again, a big thank you to Olivier Lliboutry, to all the musicians and to Lorène (the singer), to Jean Taxis (the sound engineer) and to Alcimé!


Music composed and conducted by
Olivier Lliboutry

Sound Engineer
Jean Taxis (Studio Val d'Orge)

Eric Lohrer

Philippe "Fifi" Chayeb

Bobby Rangell

Thierry Chauvet-Peillex

Keyboards and Percussion
Olivier Lliboutry

Lorène Devienne

Olivier (right) conducting Bobby Rangell at the flute


Character Design

The visual development of French Roast has been an exciting and crucial stage during pre-production. I have answered some questions about that subject on http://characterdesign.blogspot.com/
(a blog entirely dedicated to artists working in animation and illustrators).

Character Design for Walter the Businessman by Nicolas Marlet


List of Nominations and Awards


Audience Award / Festival Voix d'Etoiles, 2008

Best Animation / Foyle Film Festival, 2008

Best Animated Short Film / Atlanta Film Festival, 2009

Best Art Direction / Anima Mundi, 2009

Honorary Mention / Cinefiesta 2009

Best in Show Award / SIGGRAPH 2009

Honorary Mention / Prix Ars Electronica 2009

Best Animation / Animanima 2009

Best Animation Prize / Anima Còrdoba 2009

3D Futura Show 2nd Prize / Art Futura Show 2009

Best 3D Character Design / ViewFest Digital Movie Festival 2009

Best Animation - Prix José Abel / Cinanima 2009

Best Professional Film / Bradford Animation Festival 2009



Festival Voix d'Etoiles

30 Oct – 2 Nov | France

Foyle Film Festival

21 Nov – 29 Nov | United Kingdom


Festival de l'Alpe d'Huez

20 Jan – 25 Jan | France

Anima: Brussels Animation Film Festival

20 Feb – 28 Feb | Belgium

International Family Film Festival

26 Feb – 1 Mar | USA

Festival International du Film d'Aubagne

16 Mar – 21 Mar | France

Aspen Shortsfest

1 Apr – 5 Apr | USA

Atlanta Film Festival

16 Apr – 25 Apr | USA

Nashville Film Festival

16 Apr – 23 Apr | USA

Seattle International Film Festival

21 May – 14 Jun | USA

Melbourne International Animation Festival

20 Jun – 28 Jun | Australia

Palm Springs International ShortFest

23 Jun – 29 Jun | USA

Anima Mundi

10 Jul - 26 Jul | Brazil

Seoul International Cartoon and Animation Festival

22 Jul – 26 Jul | South Korea

Cinefiesta Puerto Rico International Short Film Festival

27 Jul - 2 Aug | Puerto Rico

Traverse City Film Festival

28 Jul - 2 Aug | USA

SIGGRAPH Computer Animation Festival

3 Aug – 7 Aug | USA

Ballston Spa Film Festival

7 Aug – 8 Aug | USA

Malibu International Film Festival

7 Aug – 9 Aug | USA

1 Reel Film Festival
5 Sep - 7 Sep | USA

ANIMANIMA: International Animation Festival
9 Sep - 12 Sep | Serbia & Montenegro

KLIK! Amsterdam Animation Festival
17 Sep - 20 Sep | Netherlands

Krok: International Animated Film Festival
28 Sep - 7 Oct | Russia

Festival des Jeunes Réalisateurs de St-Jean-de-Luz
13 Oct - 17 Oct | France

14 Oct - 18 Oct | Portugal

Wiesbaden International Weekend of Animation
15 Oct - 18 Oct | Germany

Austin Film Festival
22 Oct - 29 Oct | USA

ViewFest Digital Movie Festival
30 Oct - 1 Nov | Italy

2 Nov - 7 Nov | Spain

3 Nov - 8 Nov | Germany

Leeds International Film Festival
4 Nov – 16 Nov | United Kingdom

Filmets: Badalona International Short Film Festival
6 Nov – 14 Nov | Spain

10 Nov - 14 Nov | United Kingdom

9 Nov - 15 Nov | Portugal

Encounters Short Film Festival

17 Nov - 22 Nov | United Kingdom

to be continued...