Based in Paris, SILEX FILMS is an independent film company founded in 2009 and run by Priscilla Bertin and Judith Nora, with an eclectic line up of features and series, dramas and creative documentaries. In 2014 SILEX FILMS founded SILEX ANIMATION, a 2D studio.
SILEX FILMS produces dramas, and short programs for TV. Among them, the sketch show Connasse (70×1,40’) starring Camille Cottin, 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, co-produced with ARTE channel, won many accolades and was sold in more than 30 countries. In 2016 the 12×7’ digital documentary series French Touch (Touche Française) 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 and achieved great success too.
Stalk, a 10×23′ drama series by Simon Bouisson which will be broadcasted in Spring 2020 on France Télévisions Slash, has already garnered two major prizes in France : Best Director and Most Promising Actor for Théo Fernandez at Festival de la Fiction TV in La Rochelle in September 2019.
SILEX FILMS is currently producing two major international 2D animated series: Brazen, a 30×3’30’’ adaptation of Pénélope Bagieu’s international bestseller Culottées (ed. Gallimard & Macmillan, 2016-2018 and received the Eisner Prize in 2019) 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, a 4×52’ series portraying the 19th century Parisian Art and literary scene, directed by Amélie Harrault.
SILEX has produced several feature films including The Parisian Bitch, Princess of hearts (Connasse, Princesse des Coeurs) co-produced 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, or Last Winter (L’Hiver Dernier) by John Shank (Venice Film Festival), co-produced with Tarantula Cinema (Belgium) and Pct cinema television (Switzerland) released in 2012, or recently With the wind (Le Vent Tourne) by Swiss director Bettina Oberli sold internationally by Be For Films, starring Mélanie Thierry, Pierre Deladonchamps and Nuno Lopes, co-produced with Rita Productions (Switzerland), released in France and Switzerland 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, distributed in France and sold internationally by BAC Films.
The company is currently developing several dramas series and features 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 for Cinema and Fiction in 2001. After a mission for cinema with The Hong Kong Trade Development 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 including 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 or Inside by Alexandre Bustillo and Julien Maury (Semaine de la Critique 2006).
Alumni of the Tisch School of the Arts/ New YorkUniversity, 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 in France, 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), Going South (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.
Together they founded SILEX FILMS in 2009.