Les Films du Balibari is a Winner

… we cover far too little the French documentary situation. I don’t go to Cinéma du Réel any longer and Sunny Side of the Docs is also clashing with other events. And I am not 27 any longer…

But I meet filmmakers here and there and FB is one of the sources to give information. Yesterday I saw this which deserves to be passed on:

« Le jury a récompensé au titre du Producteur français de télévision 2019 dans la catégorie Documentaire, la société LES FILMS DU BALIBARI (Estelle Robin-You, Clara Vuillermoz), en soulignant la qualité et la modernité de la démarche de production allant du local à l’international, l’engagement des productrices dans les combats collectifs autour du documentaire, et leur ouverture au monde (notamment l’Afrique) dans une vision à 360° du métier. En 2018, la société a notamment produit « Debouttes » de Maxime Faure (France 2, SRC), « Libres » de Arno Bitschy (Arte, YLE, Lyon Capitale TV). »

Happy for Estelle and Clara, here is a qoute about the company from their website:

« First created in 1998 in the wind-swept city of Nantes, LFBD has grown solid roots in its home base and internationally. Two female producers are at the helm, Estelle Robin You in Nantes, producer and managing director for more than 12 years, and Clara Vuillermoz in Lyon since 2015. Nantes-Lyon, and since 2013 Paris, where Point du Jour, our big sister company, and its CEO Luc Martin-Gousset, offer us a permanent base and team to work with. Having worked with TV broadcasters in France and abroad such as France télévisions, ARTE, ZDF, YLE, SVT, ORF, we have also ensured that our films travel to major festivals such as IDFA, HOT DOCS, Visions du réel – Nyon …Estelle is an Ex ORIENTE 2009 graduate and EAVE Producers Network 2016 alumni. Clara is a EURODOC 2014 graduate.
In 2010 and 2017, our work was saluted by our profession as we were nominated for the Procirep French TV producer award, and now they won (ed.) »

About the international approach : Last year Estelle visited DocsBarcelona to represent two films, Ouaga Girls by Swedish Theresa Traore Dahlberg and Dolphin Man by Greek Lefteris Charitos. Way back she also helped Bosnian Srdjan Sarenac with his « Village Without Women » and Saeed Taji Farouky with « The Runner ». Just to mention a couple of co-productions. French/Irish Estelle has been a tutor at several EDN sessions and she has been a member of the board of the association.

The company presents itself as a “pan-european company with a collective and creative spirit ». Indeed it is. Once more Congratulations.


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Tue Steen Müller
Tue Steen Müller

Müller, Tue Steen
Documentary Consultant and Critic, DENMARK

Worked with documentary films for more than 20 years at the Danish Film Board, as press officer, festival representative and film consultant/commissioner. Co-founder of Balticum Film and TV Festival, Filmkontakt Nord, Documentary of the EU and EDN (European Documentary Network).
Awards: 2004 the Danish Roos Prize for his contribution to the Danish and European documentary culture. 2006 an award for promoting Portuguese documentaries. 2014 he received the EDN Award “for an outstanding contribution to the development of the European documentary culture”. 2016 The Cross of the Knight of the Order for Merits to Lithuania. 2019 a Big Stamp at the 15th edition of ZagrebDox. 2021 receipt of the highest state decoration, Order of the Three Stars, Fourth Class, for the significant contribution to the development and promotion of Latvian documentary cinema outside Latvia. In 2022 he received an honorary award at DocsBarcelona’s 25th edition having served as organizer and programmer since the start of the festival.
From 1996 until 2005 he was the first director of EDN (European Documentary Network). From 2006 a freelance consultant and teacher in workshops like Ex Oriente, DocsBarcelona, Archidoc, Documentary Campus, Storydoc, Baltic Sea Forum, Black Sea DocStories, Caucadoc, CinéDOC Tbilisi, Docudays Kiev, Dealing With the Past Sarajevo FF as well as programme consultant for the festivals Magnificent7 in Belgrade, DOCSBarcelona, Verzio Budapest, Message2Man in St. Petersburg and DOKLeipzig. Teaches at the Zelig Documentary School in Bolzano Italy.

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