My name is Léo Favier, I make web-series, films and books. Using various storytelling strategies and comedy approach, my work evolves around fiction and documentary with the use of preexisting material like archives, stock footage, interviews, diaries, or found footage.
Furthermore I regularly do commission works mostly for cultural institutions and editorial design.

My films are produced by Les Films Sauvages and Les Bons clients Paris. I am a member of POC, network for contemporary images, and co-founder of the Wandertag magazine project.

Books

Jungle, or clearing a path threw family trees with a machete

A humorous story about building houses, moving furnitures, telling anecdotes about swindling or pets, giving commentaries on food and wine, and distributing presents. Threw the script of a christmas dinner, a story about a family.

2015, Ghost Edition, original title: Jungle, ou avancer dans les arbres généalogiques à la machette, translation: Simon Cowper, Copyediting: Mike Hembury, 72 pp., 19 x27,5 cm, Risograph and digital offset, 200 copies (ENG), 200 (FR),  the book exists in English and in French, 18,00 €

What, you don’t know Grapus?

Grapus [gra-´pUEs] is a French graphic design collective founded in Paris immediately following the student protests of May 1968. The group saw life as a field for experimentation, putting the new political, social, and cultural debates into graphic form for public discussion. At first Grapus designed posters for local chapters of the Communist Party; twenty years on, they were chosen to design the corporate identity of the Louvre in Paris. By the late 1980s, the collective’s productive days were over. In its heyday it had attracted many highly committed graphic artists both from France and abroad. After receiving the Grand Prix National des Arts Graphiques, the group decided to disband in 1990. I set out in search of the former members of the collective. The twenty-six interviews in his book tell of the utopian working methods and heated disputes that were at the heart of this collective way of life.

2014, Spector Books, 256 pp., 13×19 cm, French and English Edition, ISBN: 978-3-944669-49-6

Visit le bateau pirate

In 2012, I had the opportunity to get on a pirate boat. It was huge like a little town and strong like a titan. And it was nuclear. It could go anywhere and bomb anybody. If my country was a strong lady with bear breast fighting on a barricade, this boat was her molotov cocktail.

2012, Self-published, 72 pp., 19 x 27,5 cm, Risograph, Silkscreen, French (English translation on separate booklet), 291 copies, 20€

The Dark Side of Graphic Design

They say there are the bad guys, the little hands of the financial capitalism and market ideology based on making people feel guilty, addict and in withdrawal. They say we should take fight against this commodification and quantification of the world, against those fashionable porno chic and trash advertisement images. Really? Let’s first have a look into it.

2008, Self-published, 80 pp., 27,5 x 32,5 cm, Silkscreen, xerox, French, German, ca. 200 copies, 30€

The american dreams

Excerpt: “Dream # 8 New York City. I’m in a girl arms, she is dressed in pink. We’re lying on a bed. People are passing by. Lynn is going to leave. I have to free myself and leave this girl to kiss Lynn and tell her goodbye. Lynn is also dressed in pink. The first girl looks at us and, then, discretely leaves with a friend.“

2011, Self-published, 72 pp., 219,5 x 25,5 cm, Risograph, French, German, English, 98 copies

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Web Series

#Propaganda

Comment nous vend-on un Iphone, un épisode de Star Wars, ou même Trump ou la République populaire de Chine ? Un spin-doctor de choc nous fait découvrir les stratégies utilisées à notre insu pour façonner nos désirs, influer sur nos opinions et fabriquer notre consentement. 10 épisodes à voir sur Arte.tv/propaganda

2017, web-serie, 10×5′, Scénario et réalisation: Léo Favier; Avec la voix de Damien Witecka; Montage et compositing: Arnaud Viémont; Musique: Laurent Ferlet; Montage son: Théo Grand; Production: Les Bons clients

Short Films

Apollo ou la vie sauvage

In a not-too-distant future, humanity will be confronted with an inexorable energy crisis. To face it, a team of astronauts in cryogenic sleep is sent to another galaxy to collect uranium. Seventy-four years later, Apollo disembark on this wild planet where the resources seem miraculous…

Making-of: ici

2016, 18′, Scénario et Réalisation: Léo Favier; Avec Bernard Blancan, Louiza Bentoumi et Silvio Piano; Chef opératrice: Sophie Cadet, Ingénieur du son : Ludovic Tafforeau ; Chef décorateur : Aurélien Maillé; Chef monteur et graphiste: Arnaud Viémont; Musique originale: Son of a Pitch; Monteur son: Alexandre Hecker; Bruitage: Romain Anklewickz; Mix: Xavier Marsais; Etalonnage: Théo Deslus; Production: Les Films Sauvages – Jean-Christophe Soulageon avec le soutien du CNC (aide au programme)

Festival selection: Festifrance Brasil, Sao Paulo; 23e Festival international de Contis, FR; Prix Unifrance

TV broadcast: Arte France, Germany

Après le volcan / After the volcano

The earth quakes, ashes fall from the sky, and there’s this fire that firefighters don’t get to extinguish. The villagers decide to take refuge in the forest. Surrounded by wild beasts, a new life begins.

2016, 17′, Director: Léo Favier; With the voice of Lila Tamazit, Robert Nana, Tristan Fournier, Tiziana Jill Beck, Léo Favier; Editing and compositing: Arnaud Viémont; Music: Hideaki Tsuji; Sound design: Fabien Bourdier; Sound Editing: Brice Kartmann; Sound effect: Romain Anklewickz; Mixing: Xavier Marsais; Standardization: Mathilde Delacroix; Production: Les Films Sauvages – Jean-Christophe Soulageon with the support of Ciclic, France 3, Bip TV, CNC-Cosip, Procirep, Angoa.

Award: 3rd International Competition award, 10th Short Waves Festival, Poznan, PL
Mention spéciale, Festival RISC 2017, Marseille, FR
Honorable Mention, Innsbruck Nature Film Festival 2017, AU
Best Live Action Short Film, 28th IFF Message to Man, St Petersburg, RU
Best Short Movie, 19th FICA, BR
Special Mention, 26th Aspen Shortfest, USA

Festival selection: 8th Environmental Film Festival Australia, Melbourne, Au; 4th Festival Internacional de Cine Ambiental, Buenos Aires, AR; 30th Dresden Film Festival, DE; 5th Seoul Guro international Kids FF, Korea; 7th Bucharest International Experimental FF, RO; 10th Short Waves Festival, Poznan, PL; Exeter Phoenix Festival, UK; Festival RISC 2017, Marseille, FR; 23rd MedFilm Festival, Rome, IT; 15th London Short Film Festival, UK; 34th französiche Filmtage Tübingen-Stuttgart, DE; Innsbruck Nature Film Festival 2017, AU; 36th Uppsala International Short FF, SW; 43rd Ekofilm, Brno, CZ; Aesthetica Short Film Festival 2017, York, UK; 32nd Festival Européen du Film Court de Brest; 7th Festival de Cinéma de la Ville de Québec, CA; 8th Timishort, Timisoara, RO; 28th IFF Message to Man, St Petersburg, RU; 10th Festival Partie(s) de Campagne, Ouroux-en-Morvan, FR; 25th Curtas Vila do Conde IFF, PO; 19th FICA International Environmental Film and Video Festival, Guaio, BR; 21st Festival Résistances, Foix, FR; 20th Cinemabiente, Torino, IT; 26th Aspen Shortfest, USA

TV broadcast: France 3

Qui n’a pas sa part d’ombre / Who doesn’t have a dark side

The budget minister finds himself cornered by journalists. That’s it, they’ve found evidence of his secret Swiss bank account. Scandal! Resignation! How could things have come to such a pass? To come up with an exit strategy, the minister dives back into his past.
Made using video clips taken from image banks, the film gives a humorous and exact account of the life of a politician who grabs every opportunity he can to succeed and clamber his way to the top.

2015, 15′, Director: Léo Favier; With the voice of Lambert Wilson; Editing and compositing: Arnaud Viémont; Music: Finchhatten; Sound Editing: Julien Ngo Trong; Sound effect: Romain Anklewickz; Mixing: Xavier Marsais; Image: Videohive, Shutterstock; Standardization: Mathilde Delacroix; Production: Les Films Sauvages – Jean-Christophe Soulageon, with Media solution – Jean-Pierre Pinco; with the support of CNC, Arte, Procirep, Angoa.

Award: Storyboomers – 23th Capalbio International Film Festival, IT
Best Script – 10th Grand Off, Warsaw, PO
Best video-art film, 20th Zoom Festival, Jelenia Gora, RO

Festival selection: 20th Zoom Festival, Jelenia Gora, PO; 18th Festival International du Film d’Aubagne; 26th Curta Cinema 2016, Rio de Janeiro; 10th Grand Off World Independent Short Film Awards, Warsaw; 8th Petaluma international film festival, USA; 33th französiche Filmtage Tübingen-Stuttgart, DE; 2nd Combat – Festival International du Court-Métrage, Josselin; 31st Festival Européen du Film Court de Brest; Aesthetica Short Film Festival 2016, York, UK; Fingal Film Festival 2016, Dublin; Nordkapp Film Festival, Norway; 13th Jameson Cinefest, Miskolc International Film Festival, Hungary; 5e Festival Tournez-Court, Saint-Étienne; 13th Anonimul International Indépendant Film Festival, Romania; 5th Festival International du Film Grolandais, Toulouse; 6th Festival Chacun son court, Strasbourg; 9th Festival Partie(s) de Campagne, Ouroux-en-Morvan; 23th Capalbio International Film Festival, IT; 16e Festival de courts-métrages du Courtivore, Rouen; 19th Festival européen du court-métrage de Bordeaux Extérieur Nuit, Bordeaux.

TV broadcast: Arte (France, Germany)

Kinoki, ou des solutions directes pour une vie meilleure

The franco-german team Léo Favier and “Schroeter und Berger” have found a S-8mm archive out of which they have made a docu-fictionnal movie. It is a portrait of an unfaltering village where people have found their own way to organize themselves. Here solidarity and involvement are rated very highly. In a precise and amusing way Kinoki gives you the indispensable know-how for a better life.

2012, 15′, Directors: Léo Favier and Schroeter und Berger; Narrator: Sacha Bourdo, Johannes Harth; Illustration: Tiziana Jill Beck; Animation: Schroeter und Berger; Music: Johannes Harth; Sound Editing: Julien Ngo-Trong; Production: Les Films Sauvages, Paris, Jean-Christophe Soulageon, Eric John Bretmel; with the support of Centrimages, SACEM/Centre Images.

Award: Prix de Qualité – Centre National du Cinéma
Prix du film expérimental, 11th Festival Magma – Mostra di cinema breve, IT
Prix du documentaire, 14th Festival international du film d’Aubagne, FR
Honorific Mention, 41th Festival international de Huesca, ESP
Red Wasp Community Spirit, 5th Red Wasp Film Festival, Bryan, USA

Festival selection: 4th Festival de la Nuit du Court du Pays de Grignan, Pègue, France; 21th Festival de Sarlat, France; 18th MedFilm de Rome, Italy; 13th Festival Off-Court de Trouville (HC); 11th Magma Festival – Mostra di cinema breve, Acireale, Italy; 16th Festival International de Jihlava, Prague, Czech Republic; 28th International Short Film Festival Interfilm Berlin, Germany; 42th Festival international du film Modolist, Kiev, Ukraine (HC); 18th Festival on Wheels, Ankara, Turkey; 21th Festival de Vendôme, France (HC); 10th Festival des Bobines Sociales, Paris, France; 14th Festival du film d’Aubagne, France; 12th festival Eugeania, Italy; 41th Festival international de Huesca, Spain; 21th Festival Contravision, Berlin, Germany; 6th Rencontres du Cinéma et de la Télévision de Lomé, Togo; 5th Festival Klappe Auf, Hamburg, Germany; 5th Red Wasp Film Festival, Bryan, USA; 21th Blicke Film Festival, Bochum, Germany (HC); Festival Reims toi l’oeil, 2013 Reims, France

TV broadcast: CANAL + (France), CANAL + Afrique, RTS (Switzerland), Short TV (Internet)

Commissions

About

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Education

2020 Atelier scénario, (screenwriting professional training), Fémis
2011 Diplom (Master of Arts), School of Art Berlin-Weissensee
2007 Diplôme National d’Art Plastique, École Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs de Strasbourg

Now

Culbute (in production)
2020, 8×7′, with Edith Carron, Production Les Bons Clients, Web-serie for Arte Creative
Start-up Nation (Atelier scénario Fémis)
2020, 90′, screenplay, comedy

Web series

Dopamine
2019, 8×7′, Production Les Bons Clients, Web-serie for Arte Creative
#Propaganda
2017, 10×5′, Production Les Bons Clients, Web-serie for Arte Creative

Short movie

Apollo ou la vie sauvage,
2018, 18′, Production Les Films Sauvages, with the support of CNC, Arte, Procirep, Angoa
Après le volcan / After the volcano
2016, 17′, Production Les Films Sauvages, with the support of Ciclic, Bip Tv, Cosip, France 3
Qui n’a pas sa part d’ombre / Who doesn’t have a dark side
2015, 15’, Production Les Films Sauvages with Media Solution, with the support of CNC, Arte, Procirep, Angoa
Kinoki ou Des solutions directes pour une vie meilleure
2012, 15’, Directors: Léo Favier and Schroeter und Berger, production les Films Sauvages, with the support of Centre Images, SACEM/Centre Images

Published work

2015 Jungle, or clearing a path threw family trees with a machete, Ghost Edition, Lisboa
2014 What you don’t know Grapus? / Comment, tu ne connais pas Grapus ?, Spector books, Leipzig
2012 Visit le bateau pirate, self-published (291 numbered ex.)
2011 Les rêves américains, self-published (98 numbered ex.)
2008 The dark side of graphic design, self-published (200 ex.)

Clients

Lacoste, Mac/Val, Les Brigittines, Bruxelles, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin, Atelier de Visu, Marseille, Pôle Image Haute-Normandie, Kreuzberg Museum für Stadtentwicklung und Sozialgeschichte, La Briqueterie, CDC du Val-de-Marne, Cité nationale de l’histoire de l’immigration, Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung, KunstREpublik e.V. Steidl, Kehrer Verlag, Vergangenheit Verlag, Actes Sud, Thames and Hudson, Nature Humaine, Peliti associati, Dewi Lewis Publishing, Ghost Edition, Seigensha Art Publishing Inc., Tokyo