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Michel Ocelot – Masterclass

Michel Ocelot is an author, graphic designer and highly decorated director. He’s seen as an icon in the animation film industry.

He will be going to talk about the various techniques, which he has used throughout his long lasting career. Furthermore Michel is going to share some insight and outline elements of his career as an author-director.

There will be time for a Q&A and he is welcoming everyone for a chat.


Born on the French Riviera, Michel Ocelot spent his childhood in Guinea, grew up in the Loire valley and then settled in Paris. He has dedicated his entire career to film animation. Since the beginning, all his works have been based on his own scripts and graphics.

Among his short films, he directed “The 3 Inventors” (1980 Bafta for best animated film, London), followed by “The Legend of the Poor Hunchback” (1983 César for best animated short film, Paris).

In 1998, Michel Ocelot became known to the general public with the success of his first feature film Kirikou and the Sorceress. He then released “Princes and Princesses”, fairy tales in a shadow theatre, using cut out animation, and “Kirikou and the Wild Beasts”, co-directed with Bénédicte Galup. “Azur & Asmar” (2007), his 4th feature film, is another fairy tale, set on both sides of the Mediterranean. It was selected for the Cannes Film Festival for its Director’s Fortnight.

In late 2008, he released a compilation DVD of his short films, “The Hidden Treasures of Michel Ocelot”, his life and work before Kiriko. In July 2011, and for the first time in 3D, “Tales of the Night”, another silhouette film, was released. It was the only French feature film to be selected for the main competition at the 61st edition of the prestigious Berlin Film Festival. In 2012, Michel Ocelot completed the shooting of new Kirikou adventures, “Kirikou and the Men and Women”.

"Dilili in Paris", set in the Belle Epoque, won the 2019 Cesar award, France's highest film honor.

His last feature film, "The Pharaoh, the Savage and the Princess", composed of three very different stories, was released in October 2022.



Feature films

  •     Kirikou and the Sorceress (1998)
  •     Princes and Princesses (2000)
  •     Kirikou and the Wild Beasts (2005)
  •     Azur & Asmar - The Princes' Quest (2006)
  •     Tales of the Night (2011)
  •     Kirikou and the Men and Women (2012)
  •     Ivan Tsarevitch and the Changing Princess (2016)
  •     Dilili in Paris (2018)
  •     The Pharaoh, the Savage and the Princess (2022)


Short films

  •     The 3 Inventors (1979)
  •     The Legend of the Poor Hunchback (1982)
  •     The 4 Wishes (1987)
  •     The Maid and the Magician (1992)
  •     The Dancing Shepherdess (1992)
  •     The Jewel Prince (1992)
  •     Pablo-Paris-Satie (2020)



  •     Gédéon (1976)
  •     The Insensitive Princess (1984)
  •     Cine Si (1989)
  •     Dragons and Princesses (2010)


Music videos

  •     Earth Intruders by Björk (2007)

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