Benoît Labourdette is filmmaker, educator, expert in new media, cultural innovation and is a business leader. He was born in 1970. He among others founded the Court Bouillon short films screenings (1988-1997), the video production centre of Paris 3 University (1991-1997), the company Quidam production (1999-2013), the Pocket Films Festival (2005-2010) and the company Benoît Labourdette production (2016). In 2018 he was made a Chevalier in the “Ordre des Palmes académiques” by the french Ministry of National Education.
He works in five fields in the new media area :
Benoît Labourdette writes and produces feature films, documentaries, experimental and participatory works. He often works at the intersection of broadcast and live performance. He collaborate artistically with creators from various backgrounds. Painting, theater, opera, photography, architecture, music, film... Richard Texier, Pippo Delbono, Nicolas Frize, Macha Makeïeff, Alain Fleischer, Louise Moaty, Jean-Philippe Poirée-Ville, Myriam Drosne, Olivier Mellano, Benloÿ, Joseph Morder...
He explores the creative potential and renewal of the scriptures with new creative tools : mobile phones, drones, cameras, virtual reality...
In addition to the audiovisual sector, he also covers the fields of musical composition, painting, live performance and literary writing.
His works and approaches are welcomed in places for cinema and art in France and internationnaly. Forum des images, Popular House Montreuil, La Veranda St. Jean de Braye, lux national scene in Valencia, Ma Scène nationale Montbeliard, French Institutes and French alliances (Spain, Algeria, Tunisia, Canada)... as well as at international cinema festivals (Festival of New Cinema Montreal, SESIFF Seoul, Film festival of Pesaro, International film Festival of Rio de Janeiro, Digifest Toronto...).
Benoît Labourdette is also an expert in the field of digital storytelling. He founded and directed the Festival Pocket Films (2005-2010) with the Forum des Images (Paris, France), and the Festival Cameras Mobiles (2011-2013). In 2011 he co-founded the national operation “The shortest day”, organized by the National Center of Cinema in France.
He supports communities in the implementation of community projects, participatory, creative and image education with digital tools (Film Marathon - Agglomeration of Evry, Imediacinema - Vitrolles, etc. .). He leads work teams of all sizes in a variety of contexts.
Pedagogy is also one of its main areas of expertise. He teaches at the Fémis at the University of Sorbonne Nouvelle, ESAV Toulouse at Fresnoy National Studio at the Ecole des Beaux Arts in Paris, the INA Sup. He hosts fifteen years training in the pedagogy of broadcasting for teachers of primary schools, colleges, high schools as well as facilitators of the social field.
He conducts professional training technologies and strategies for new media for CEFPF, Arte, TV5 Monde, INA, the Observatory of Cultural Policies, CNFPT, CFI, etc. as well as production companies and distribution.
He regularly lectures on digital issues, image education, film, photography, new media, drones... (Gaite Lyrique, Arles photo Festival, Passseurs d’images, The Fresnoy, Digifest, seminars...).
He implements video editing projects, web development, VOD (Video On Demand) and cross-media for organizations and supports in their digital development (Forum des images, ACID, Périphérie, Documentaire sur Grand écran, Cinémas 93, Ciné-Tamaris...).
Benoît Labourdette regularly gives lectures and publish articles. In 2008 he published the book « Make a movie with your phone » (Dixit Edition), he is one of the authors of the collective book « Mobile Phone and Creation », Editions Armand Colin - Research, 2014, and he published in 2015 “Image Education 2.0” of the city of Paris.
Benoît Labourdette was trained in human sciences and cinema at Paris 3 University (Master 2 level). He is trained at the psychoanalytic clinic. In addition to his expertise in digital and audiovisual techniques, databases and creative techniques, he has developed expertise in new pedagogies and organizational management methods.
(Photo by Boris Lehman, 2015)
I have always had a multidisciplinary way of working between artistic creation, diffusion and cultural engineering, management, pedagogy, technology. These different fields interact, complement each other, feed and are in my background very close. Innovation is my guiding thread.