August 18
Estonian Academy of Arts
Põhja puiestee 7

What is a producer? How do they choose their projects? What are their motivations? How do they work with authors? The point of view of Olivier Catherin, freelance creative producer, producing art films.

Olivier Catherin is an ethnologist by training. He was a board member and employee of the French Animation Film Association (AFCA), where he was responsible for the Resource Centre and created the International Animation Film Day. In 2008 he created the production company “Les Trois Ours”. He produced, among others, Kiki of Montparnasse which won a César for best short animation film. From 2015 to 2018 he was in charge of the animation sector for the Hauts-de-France region (Nord) at Pictanovo. He is one of the co-founders and administrators of the European Animation Awards (Emile Awards). Today he is a freelance producer on international co-production projects (Steakhouse, Granny’s Sexual Life, Franzy’s Soup Kitchen, The Shadows of Butterflies), consultant for various entities such as CITIA or CEE Animation. He’s also teaching animation production and History of Cinema (INA sup, Sciences Po).