The Acrobats

Acrobates Films  is a French production company based in Paris since 2002. Involved in Art House films, international coproductions and documentaries. We develop and produce films whose authors bring a contemporary and singular vision of the world, whatever the subject or origin. We are committed to the international visibility of the films we produce. This choice is reflected in co-productions with many countries including Italy, Germany, Vietnam, the Netherlands, Singapore, Lebanon, Burkina Faso, Venezuela, Indonesia; and selections and awards in major international festivals including Berlin, Cannes, Venice, San Sebastian, Toronto. In its nearly 20 years of existence, Acrobates Films has produced nine feature films and over thirty documentaries and essays. Acrobates Films is a member of the SPI Association.

Claire Lajoumard

After mastery of Modern Letters in cinema, at the University of Paris III, Claire Lajoumard has worked at CNC, and then at different production studios, among them Les Films de la Lune Vague.
From 1996 to 2000, she was associated to Paraiso Production, where she collaborated on films as a production director, associated producer, and executive producer (3 features, 15 short films).
She then worked as production director and executive producer at Key Light Productions (2 features, 1 short film).
In 2002 she founded the production studio Acrobates Films.
Parallel to this, since 2010, she has worked as an expert for the Produire au Sud workshops (3 Continents Festival Nantes) as well as for other workshops on international co-production (EAVE Ties That Bind, SEAFIC).
In charge of courses from 2016-2019 at the Polytechnics University of Hauts-de-France, Master 2 MCAV.
Graduate of EAVE 2000.

Pablo Fendrik

Pablo Fendrik was noticed in 2007 with the thriller “The Assailant”. Graduate of the Buenos Aires Center of Cinematographic Research, he invested himself in cinema at the frontier of genre and authorism. Assistant director and then screenwriter, he was formed along with other filmmakers. He worked with Alejandro Agresti on the production of “Wind Takes Them Elsewhere” and “One Night With Sabrina” as well as with Jorge Gaggero and Sandra Gugliotta where he signed the respective scenarios “Vida en Falcon” and “Las Vidas Posible”. In 2009 he released his second feature film, “Blood Appears”. Again presented at Critic Week, this confirms the talent of Pablo Fendrik.

Tumpal Tampubolon

Tumpal Tampubolon is an Indonesian scriptwriter and director.
He first studied mathematics before devoting himself to cinema after graduating. In 2007 he participated in the Asian Young Filmmakers in Jeonju, South Korea. He directed Drum Lesson during this period. He directed Mamalia in 2010, one of the short films for Belkibolang Omnibus Film. Belkibolang was selected in Rotterdam, Hong-Kong, Jeonju and in Udine Far East Film Festival. In 2014 he won the Citra Best Screenplay Award for Tabula Rasa, one of the most prestigious recompensations in Indonesia.

CROCODILE TEARS – feature film – in development

212 WARRIOR – feature / Scriptwriter, 2018
Fox International Productions and LifeLike Pictures

TABULA RASA – feature / Scriptwriter, 2014
Best original screenplay – Citra Award

ROCKET RAIN – feature / Scriptwriter, 2013
Best Non-Cinema Film at the Apresiasi Film Festival of Indonesia
Best director at the Apresiasi Film Festival of Indonesia
Geber Award for the Best film at the Jogja-Netpac Festival
International Film Festival of Karlovivary

SOLERAM – short film / Director, 2011

MAMALIA – Belkibolang Omnibus Film / Director, 2010
International Film Festival of Rotterdam
International Film Festival of Hong-Kong
International Film Festival of Jeonju
Udine Far East Film Festival

DRUM LESSON – short film / Director, 2008

THE LAST BELIEVER – short film / Director, 2006
Best fiction short film at the International Film Festival of Jakarta

Soudade Kaadan

Born in France in 1979, Soudade Kaadan studied Critical Theatre in Damascus, Syria, then Cinema at the Institute of Scenic, Audiovisual and Cinematographic Studies (ISACS) in Saint Joseph University in Beirut, Lebanon. She has directed documentaries for UNDP, UNICEF and the channel Aljazeera. Her first feature documentary, “Looking For Pink” won the Martine Filippi Discovery prize – Urti Documentary Grand Prize of author of Monte Carlo 2010. Her short documentary Damascus Roof and Tales of Paradise was screened at the Dubai Film Festival.

The Day I Lost my Shadow – 94′ – 2018
KAF Production (Lebanon) in coproduction with Acrobates Films.
With the support of Aide aux Cinémas du Monde, Arab Fund for Art & Culture, Prince Claus Fund, Arab Human Rights Fund, Asian Cinema Fund, Abu Dhabi Film Fund (SANAD), Doha Film Institute, HBF + Europe.
Best First Film, Biennale di Venezia, 2018. Toronto TIFF Discovery.

OBSCURE – Creation documentary – 67′ – 2017.
DOX Festival 2017, Awarded in Friburg IFF.
Awards : Venice Final Cut workshop awards TREES – short film 20′. In postproduction
Production : Amira Kaadan, KAF Production.

Damascus Roof and Tales of Paradise, doc, 51′, 2010
Documentary about Damascus tales – 2010
Production and Diffusion : Aljazeera Documentary Channel
Awards : MUHR ARAB DOCUMENTARY Award, International Film Festival of Dubai 2010 / Special Award of the Arts and Culture Ministry, TRT Documentary Awards – Turkey, 2011 / Award “Art, patrimoine et culture de la Méditerranée” at PriMed, Prix International du documentaire et du reportage méditerranéen, 2011.
Selected in more than twenty festivals, such as Dubai IFF, London LIDF, Edinburg, Film Fra Sor, APSA, Cairo, Bilbao

Looking for pink, doc, 75′, 2009 – Documentary on syrian women
Production : Aljazeera Documentary Channel
Prix : Prix Martine Filippi de la découverte et Grand Prix International URTI du Documentaire d’Auteur – Festival de Télévision de Monte Carlo en 2010.
Sélectionné entre autres à International Filmmmor Women’s Film Festival – Turquie, Amal Euro Arab FF Espagne, Solde Luna Festival-Italie, 2010, Cine Fertil Festival-Argentine.

Two cities and a prison, documentaire, 39, 2008
Sélectionné à IFFR Rotterdam 2012, Arab Film Festival Berlin 2010, Dubai, Documenta Madrid, Ecrans de Réel-Liban, Skopje, Medimed, Copenhague.

Aamir Bashir

Aamir Bashir was born in 1970 in Srinaga, Kashmir, India. After having received a diploma in History, he studied law at the University of Delhi. He worked as a journalist and as an anchor on Television. He moved to Bombay in 1998 and began a career in acting.
He played notably in multiple independent films such as “Clever & Lonely” by Ashwini Malik, “Split Wide Open” by Dev Benegal, “The Great Indian Butterfly” by Sarthak Dasgupta, “A Wednesday” by Neeraj Pandey, “Peepli (Live)” by Anusha Rizvi and Mahmood Farooqui and “Frozen” by Shivajee Chandrabhushan. He directed “HARUD (Autumn)”, his first feature film as a screenwriter, director and producer in 2010. HARUD won the Don Quixote Prize at the Friburg International Film Festival
in 2011, and the Best Film Prize in Urdu in 2013

Phan Dang Di

Phan Dang Di’s films have been screened at festivals globally, including Cannes, Berlin, Venice, Hong-Kong, Moscow, Stockholm, Vancouver, and Busan. He won the ACID and SACD prizes at Cannes for his first film, “Bi, Don’t Be Afraid!” His second film, “Big Father, Small Father, and Other Stories” was selected for the Golden Bear prize of Berlin.
He is also a professor of Cinema History and screenwriting. Furthermore, he is the founder and president of Autumn Meeting, which meets every year with the new generation of Vietnamese and Asian filmmakers.

K. Rajagopal

Born the 21st of September 1965 in Singapore, K. Rajagopal was a theatre comedian for about 15 years. He collaborated with well-known staging directors (William Teo, Kuo Pao Kun, Ong Ken Sen, Arifin Noer, and Krishen Jit). He appeared as King Lear in The King Lear Project shown at the Brussels and Singapore Art Festivals in 2008. In the present day, he has directed numerous documentaries and short films for Asian television channels. He won the Special Jury Prize in the Singapore International Film Festival three consecutive times with his
three first short films, ‘I Can’t Sleep Tonight’ (1995), ‘The Glare’ (1996), and ‘Absence’ (1997). In 2010, the National Singapore Museum organized a retrospective of his films.

A Yellow Bird
Feature – 2016 – 112’
Critic’s Week – Cannes Film Festival 2016

I Can’t Sleep Tonight
Short film – 1995 – 15’
Jury Special Award – International Film Festival of Singapour 1995

The Glare
Short film – 1996 – 14’
Jury Special Award – International Film Festival of Singapour 1996

Short film – 1997 – 18’
Jury Special Award – International Film Festival of Singapour 1997

Short film – 1997 – 15’
Grant of the Singapor Arts Festival in collaboration with Theatreworks

Lucky 7
2008 – Omnibus directed by 7 Singaporian Directors
K. Rajagopal, Sun Koh, Boo Junfeng, Brian Gothong Tan, Ho Tzu Nyen, Chew Tze Chuan and Tania Sng
International Film Festival of Rotterdam 2008
International Film Festival of Vancouver 2008

The New World
Short film – 2008 – 13’
Grant of the Singapore Arts Museum

Tiny Toones
2009 – Documentary
In competition at the 15th Asian Television Awards

Asia at War
2009 – Documentary
The History Channel

Short film – 2010 – 18’
Grant of the Singapore Arts Museum
Best photography
Best editing – 2nd Short Film Festival of Singapore
Oberhausen Film Festival

Asia Exposed
2010-2011 – Documentary
Channel News Asia
Official Selection
New York Film Festival

Varanasi / Jaipur
(City Time Traveller)
2014 – Documentaire
Channel News Asia
Special Mention for the best documentary
Asian Television Awards

Silent Screams (Acid attack victims in India and Cambodia)
2014 – Documentaire
Channel News Asia
In competition at the Asian Television Awards

The Flame
Short film – 2015 – 15’
With the support of Media Development Authority of Singapour

Fanta Regina Nacro

Born in 1962, Fanta Régina Nacro grew up in a rural region of Burkina Faso. A graduate of the Institute of Cinematographic Education in Ouagadougou in 1986, she then worked as a script writer on Idrissa Ouedraogo’s “Choice” before completing additional film training in Paris.
Her first short film, “Un Certain Matin” in 1991, is considered the first work of cinematographic fiction ever directed by an African woman, and won an award at the Cartagena Film Festival. Short and medium-length films then followed and reinforced her notoriety, notably “Puk Nini” in 1995 and “Le Truc de Konaté” in 1998, a comedy promoting the use of condoms. “Bintou” was selected for the Directors’ Fortnight at the Cannes Film Festival and also received the award for best short film at Fespaco in 2001. In 2004, her fiction feature, “Night of Truth”, on ethnic conflicts, was also noted.

Bui Thac Chuyen

Born in Hanoi in 1968, Bui Thac Chuyen studied directing at the Hanoi Academy of Theatre and Cinema. He started directing short films and TV series in 1991. Also directing documentaries, he set up the Center for Assistance and Development for Cinema. He supports and helps to produce numerous film projects by other directors and participates in the formation of the first cinema-specialized library in Vietnam.

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