Based in Paris, SILEX FILMS is an independent film company run by Priscilla Bertin and Judith Nora, with an eclectic line up of features, TV fictions, creative documentaries, multimedia and art works. In 2014 SILEX FILMS inaugurated SILEX ANIMATION, a 2D studio in Angoulême, France.
SILEX has produced several feature films including The Parisian Bitch, Princess of hearts coproduced with LGM Cinéma and Gaumont, starring French actress Camille Cottin. It was one of the highest grossing films in France in 2015 with 1.2 million entries. In 2012, Last Winter by John Shank (Venice Film Festival) sold internationally by Le Pacte. The Big Trip, by Jérôme le Maire in 2013 (ACID, Cannes Film Festival). In 2016 Solange and the living by Ina Mihalache released in France and Canada. With the wind by Swiss director Bettina Oberli sold internationally by Be For Films, starring Mélanie Thierry, Pierre Deladonchamps and Nuno Lopes : coproduced with Rita Production, it was released in September 2018 and received the Variety Piazza Grande Award at the Locarno Film Festival. Soon will be released Passed by Censor by Turkish director Serhat Karaaslan, sold internationally by BAC Films.
SILEX FILMS also produces fictions, documentaries and short programs for TV. The shortcom Connasse (70×1,40’) which was broadcasted prime time in 2013-2014 on Canal+ channel was a very big hit in France. The Adventurers of Modern Art, a 6×52′ series mixing archives and animation written by Dan Franck and directed by French César Award winner Amélie Harrault together with Pauline Gaillard and Valérie Loiseleux, coproduced with ARTE channel, won many accolades and was sold to more than 30 countries. In 2016 the 12×7’ digital documentary series French Touch about the history of French electronic music was a hit on ARTE’s online platform. In the same collection, French Game about the history of French Rap music, was released online on arte.tv in April 2019. Stalk, a 10×23′ drama series by Simon Bouisson which will be broadcasted in Spring 2020 on France Télévisions slash, won two major prizes at Festival de la Fiction TV in La Rochelle in September 2019 : Best Director and Most Promising Actor for Théo Fernandez.
SILEX FILMS is currently producing two major international 2D animated series: Brazen, a 30×3’30’’ adaptation of Pénélope Bagieu’s international bestseller (ed. Gallimard & Macmillan, 2016-2018) with French public national TV broadcaster France Télévisions, which will be broadcasted in Spring 2020. And Romanticism : The Adventurers of Art (prequel to The Adventurers of Modern Art) with ARTE channel, 4×52’ portraying the 19th century Parisian Art and literary scene, directed by Amélie Harrault.
SILEX FILMS also produces art films by contemporary artists: C.H.Z by Philippe Parreno, presented in 2012 at the Beyeler Fondation in Switzerland and in 2013 at the Palais de Tokyo in Paris ; Grosse Fatigue, by Camille Henrot, won the Silver Lion at the 2013 Venice Biennale and was purchased by the most prestigious contemporary art museums in the world.
The company is currently developing several features in international coproduction, drama series, documentaries and 2D animation series.
A graduate from Panthéon-Assas University where she studied Economics and Film & Television production, Priscilla Bertin started her career in Paris at ARTE Channel in the department of Communication for Cinema and Fiction. After a mission for cinema with THE HONG KONG TRADE DEVELOPPEMENT COUNCIL, she joined producer Jean-Luc Ormières at OF2B PRODUCTIONS. In 2005 she was appointed Head of Production and Business Affairs at LA FABRIQUE DE FILMS / LA FABRIQUE 2 where she worked on several features by Spanish directors such as Oxford Crimes by Álex de la Iglesia (starring Elijah Wood & John Hurt) in 2008 and Cell 211 by Daniel Monzón in 2010.
Alumni of the Tisch School of the Arts/ New York University, Judith Nora started her career in New York at MIRAMAX FILMS. In 2004, she produced the documentary Torn Skin (La Peau Trouée) by Julien Samani. From 2005 to 2009, she ran the production department at AD VITAM where she produced Sangre by Mexican director Amat Escalante (Fipresci prize, Cannes Film Festival 2008), To Die Like a Man by Portuguese director Joao Pedro Rodrigues (Un Certain Regard, Cannes Film Festival 2009), Plein Sud by Sébastien Lifshitz (Berlinale 2009) and An American journey, in Robert Frank’s footsteps by Philippe Séclier, released in 2009 in the USA.