Olivier Cotte

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Olivier Cotte
Olivier Cotte at Utopiales 2015 in Nantes, France
Olivier Cotte at Utopiales 2015 in Nantes, France
Born (1963-06-20) June 20, 1963 (age 53)
Soisy-sous-Montmorency, France
Occupation Animation historian, graphic novelist and director
Nationality French

Olivier Cotte (born June 20, 1963) is a French film director, writer, graphic novel author, illustrator, and animation historian.

After studying music, ballet, fine arts and films, and directing his first film at the age of 14, he worked 15 years in the industry as director, flame artist and director of special effects, with such people as Wim Wenders (Until the End of the World), Roman Polanski (Death and the Maiden), Costa-Gavras (Mad City), Bob Swaim (The Climb), Josiane Balasko (Un grand cri d'amour), Jaco van Dormael (The Eighth Day), Leos Carax (Pola X), and Matthieu Kassovitz (Assassin(s)).

As critic and historian Olivier Cotte is the author of several works about animated films, including a technical and historical encyclopedia about animation worldwide, monographs on film directors, and a book on Oscar-winning animated short films. He also has translated into French 'The Animator's Survival Kit' by Richard Williams, written several technical works and over a hundred articles for magazines. He collaborates with numerous international animation festivals and cinematheques, and lectures at Gobelins, Ecole Supérieure de Réalisation Audiovisuelle, l'Eesa, Film Academy Baden-Wuerttemberg, Waide Somme, European Animation Master Class, Taiwan Film Center, Communication University of China, and others.

Olivier Cotte has directed many short films, mainly in animation, or mixing animation and live action.

He is also a writer and author of graphic novels.


Graphic novels[edit]

Short stories[edit]

  • La prison, 1992
  • Intersection-dissection, 1992
  • Naître ou ne pas naître, 1992
  • Petit traité du vide entre les étoiles, 1992
  • La tarte aux pommes, 1992
  • Ciel pur, 1992
  • Le port, 1993
  • Prise en passant, in Anthology 42, compiled by Jeanne-A Debats, Éditions Parchemins & Traverses, 2015.

Film bibliography[edit]

  • Il était une fois le dessin animé, an encyclopedia about worldwide animation. Foreword by Jean-Claude Carrière. Dreamland, 2001, (out of print).
  • Techniques d'animation, translation of Richard Williams' book The Animator's Survival Kit. Eyrolles 2003.
  • Les cahiers du designer; les cahiers de Gobelins, l'école de l'image, collective work. Eyrolles, 2003.
  • Les cahiers du designer; After-Effects, collective work. Eyrolles, 2004. In Spanish: Conseguir animaciones y efectos especiales. Editions CEAC tiempoLibre, 2005.
  • Secrets of Oscar-winning Animation: Behind the scenes of 13 classic short animations. Focal Press, 2007. ISBN 978-0-240-52070-4. In French: Les Oscars du film d'animation. Eyrolles, 2006. In Japanese: コマ撮りアニメーションの秘密―オスカー獲得13作品の制作現場と舞台裏. Editions Graphic-Sha, 2008. In corean: 오스카 애니메이션 올리비에 코트 | 역자: 나호원 | 다빈치. In Spanish: Los Oscars de dibujos animados, Ediciones Omega 2009.
  • Dictionnaire mondial des images, collective work. Nouveau Monde éditions, 2006.
  • B is for Bordo, bilingual (English/Croatian) monograph, collective work. SKD Prosvjeta, Zagreb, 2006.
  • La vidéo de A à Z: réalisez vos films comme un pro! Compétence Micro, 2007. In Spanish: Vídeo de la A à la Z: Crea peliculas como los profesionales. Know ware, PC-cuadernos, 2008.
  • 50th Asifa Anniversary, The Animation Art and The History of Asifa, collective work. Asifa Publication, 2011.
  • Travaux pratiques avec After Effects. Editions Dunod, 2011.
  • Savoir tout faire en animation 2D et 3D, collective work. Editions Oracom, 2011.
  • Animating the Unconscious, Desire, Sexuality and Animation, collective work. Wallflower Press, 2012.
  • Écrire pour le cinéma et la télévision : Structure du scénario, outils et nouvelles techniques d'écriture créative. Editions Dunod, 2014.
  • 100 ans de cinéma d'animation, encyclopedia about worldwide animation. Éditions Dunod, 2015.
  • Animation - A World History by Giannalberto Bendazzi, french chapter writer. Focal Press, 2015.
  • Dark Vador vs Monsieur Spock (co-written with Jeanne-A Debats). Foreword by Alan Dean Foster. Dunod, 2016.



  • Techniques d'animation, translation of Richard Williams's book. Eyrolles, 2003.
  • Créez vos propres animations en Stop Motion, translation of Melvyn Ternan's book. Dunod, 2014.
  • Composer ses images pour le cinéma : Structure visuelle de l'image animée, traduction du livre de Bruce Block. Éditions Eyrolles, 2014.
  • Métier : Réalisateur - Quand les maîtres du cinéma se racontent, traduction du livre de Mike Goodridge. Éditions Dunod, 2014.


  • Anthologie 42, compiled by Jeanne-A Debats, Éditions Parchemins & Traverses, 2015.
  • Dark Vador vs Monsieur Spock (co-written with Jeanne-A Debats. Dunod, 2016.


  • Mac OS X Lion. Editions Oracom, 2012.
  • Mac Office, collective work. Editions Oracom, 2012.
  • La photo de portrait, collective work. Editions Oracom, 2012.
  • Débuter et progresser en photographie, collective work. Editions Oracom, 2013.
  • Le guide des usages Mac, collectif. Éditions Oracom, 2014.

newspapers : regular contributions[edit]

  • iLive
  • Création Numérique
  • Pixel
  • Le technicien du film
  • CreaNum
  • Movie Creation


  • Concerto pour une image, writer/director short film S8 mm., 1977
  • Le justicier, writer/director short film 16 mm., 1984
  • Monsieur TiVi script writer (animated TV series), 1984–85
  • Documentary about CGI director (made for the Futuroscope), 1997
  • Oniric séquence for "L'annonce faite à Marius", integrated in the feature film directed by Armelle Sbraire, 1997
  • Terra Incognita, writer/director short film 35 mm interpreted by Michael Lonsdale, 1995
  • Fukushima 'The Mermaid', director, short film, 2005
  • Fukushima 'The Fox', director, short film, 2006
  • Fukushima 'Kohatayama', director, short film, 2006


Contribution to the bonus (interviews or booklets writing)

  • Grave of the Fireflies (Isao Takahata). 2004, Wild Side Vidéo
  • Jan Svankmajer Vol.1 (Jan Svankmajer). 2005, Chalet Films
  • Astérix, the Gaumont trilogy (René Goscinny). 2005, Gaumont Vidéo
  • Jan Svankmajer Vol.3 (Jan Svankmajer). 2007, Chalet Films
  • Nuvole e mani. Il cinema animato di Simone Massi. 2014, Minimum Fax.


  • Public prize at Imola festival for Terra Incognita
  • Best script for L'ultime défi de Sherlock Holmes at Festi'BD 2011.
  • Prix Lucioles BD 2011 for L'ultime défi de Sherlock Holmes.
  • Award for Special Contribution to Animation Research, at Animafest 2012.

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