Live Talk
Making of Shooom’s Odyssey

Live Conversation with Claire Paoletti and Julien Bisaro


Moderated by Professor Richard Neupert


Sunday, February 7, 2021
2pm ET
In English

Meet writer-producer Claire Paoletti and director Julien Bisaro, the creative team behind Shooom’s Odyssey, a heartwarming tale about a baby owl’s search for her mother.

The pair will talk about their creative process, their inspiration from the natural world, and the ins and outs of animating the Louisiana bayou. Children are welcome to attend and ask questions, while adults are invited to dig deeper into the process with its creators.

Paoletti wrote the script of the award-winning Long Way North (Rémy Chayé, 2015). Bisaro worked on features including The Painting (Jean-François Laguionie, 2011) and directed Bang Bang! (2014), which won the Best Short Film prize at the Tokyo Anime Award.

TV Special: Shooom’s Odyssey (L'Odyssée de Choum)

NY Premiere
Friday, February 5–Monday, February 15, 2021
Dir. Julien Bisaro, 2019
Ages 3 & up

This heartwarming tale is set in a seaside town inspired by a lush Louisiana bayou. Born in the midst of a storm, baby owl Shooom must fend for herself and her unhatched sibling before she even leaves her nest. Against all odds, she is determined to find her mother, be it an alligator or a squirrel.

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Claire Paoletti

Claire Paoletti discovered animation while supervising co-productions of children’s programming for France 2 and France 3, two of France’s public television channels.

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    • She specialized as an animation writer for series, short films and features. She wrote the original screenplay of Long Way North (Rémy Chayé, 2015), among others. She runs regular workshops at the animation schools La Poudrière and Gobelins and is the founder of production company Picolo Pictures. More recently, she produced and co-wrote, with Julien Bisaro, Shooom’s Odyssey, winner of the Crystal for Best TV Production at the 2020 Annecy International Animation Film Festival.

Julien Bisaro

Julien Bisaro studied at the Beaux-Arts Academy of Epinal, where he discovered animation, and continued his training at the Poudrière animation school in Valence, France.

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    • Bisaro went on to work on feature films as background artist and layout-man on The Secret of Kells; animator and chief lay-out designer on Ernest and Célestine, story-boarder and graphics co-author on The Painting; and more recently on the story-board of I Lost My Body, for which he was nominated at the 2020 Annie Awards. Bisaro’s first short, Bang Bang!, co-written with Claire Paoletti, was nominated for a 2015 César Award. It was shown in 90 festivals and awarded 17 international prizes. His film, Shooom’s Odyssey, also co-written with Paoletti, was produced by Picolo Pictures and released in French theaters in January 2020.