Work In Progress

A Conversation with Cédric Babouche and Aymeric Castaing
Moderated by Francesco Antolini

Sunday, January 29, 2023
FIAF Skyroom

In English • 60 min

Artist Cédric Babouche and producer Aymeric Castaing present a closer look at the making of their unique video game Dordogne.

The stunningly beautiful video game follows Mimi as she reminisces about time spent with her grandmother in the Dordogne region of France. The game was created using over 150 watercolors painted by Babouche, creating a lush and poetic backdrop to this charming game set in one of France’s most beautiful regions. Castaing will address his unique approach to multimedia storytelling, discussing the breadth of the Dordogne transmedia project. The conversation and Q&A will be moderated by Francesco Antolini, Game Designer and Instructor at NYU Game Center.

Dordogne has been presented internationally at Tokyo Game Show, Gamescom, Pax East Boston, and others.

“An Amélie Poulain version in video games”Le Monde

Cedric Babouche (director)

After Babouche’s first short film The Routine, he went on to direct Imago, a 12mn film that blends watercolor with 2D and 3D animation.

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    • Imago won two awards at the Cannes Film Festival and was short listed for the Oscars. Babouche has worked on films and tv series until co-founding his company, Dandeloo in 2009. Since 2009, Babouche has produced shows for France Television, and won an Emmy Kids award in 2018 for The Treehouse Stories. After publishing his first graphic novel, Le Chant Du Cygne (2015), Babouche has worked on many famous animated film book adaptations. In 2018, he found Un Je Ne Sais Quoi, a transmedia production company. Babouche works as a visual development artist for Illumination Mac Guff, Supamonks, and Blue Spirit and teaches at several schools.

Aymeric Castaing (producer)

With more than 15 years of entertainment experience, Castaing works as a music producer and publisher, as well as a animation producer (co-founder and CEO for 10 years of a kids animation prodco).

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    • Castaing founded, and is currently CEO of Umanimation Group, a conglomerate of companies that develop a catalogue of narrative and immersive content designed for new media. Interested in new ways to tell and produce stories, Castaing is a founding member of the French national transmedia association PXN (, and co-founder and president of Transmedia cluster CoBo (