Biography of Monique Renault

Monique Renault was born in Rennes, France. She studied painting at the Ecole Nationale Superieure des Beaux Arts in Rennes and Paris. In 1966 she got a scholarship to study animation in Prague. She has worked several years with Peter Földes and Sarah Mallinson. In 1972 she became chief animator at A.A.A. Studio (J. Rouxel and M. Ponti) in Paris. In 1976 she went to work in Amsterdam in The Netherlands and acquired the Dutch nationality.

She was guest of honor in Assen, Athens, Cambridge, Grimstad, Hiroshima, Krok, London, Montpellier, Rennes, Sorrento, Stockholm, Taiwan, Tampere and Utrecht.

Monique is also well known for her workshops and memberships of juries. She was member of a jury in AniFest, Annecy, Bilbao, Douarnenez, Espinho, Hiroshima, Krok, Utrecht and Zagreb.

Since 2003 she works for PH Productions, Tokyo, Japan ("Fukushima Folkstales", "Space Elevator: The future scientist dream of" and "Irving Penn and Issey Miyake: Visual Dialogue" from director Pascal Roulin).

In may 2009 she featured in Centre Pompidou in Paris, indicated as l'art émancipé. On several websites attention was payed to this event, like Centre Pompidou, Cobayanim, The Parisian and Dailymotion.


Titles and credits:
  • L'ECUME DES JOURS (1969), film by Charles Belmont
  • SOUVENIRS D'AVENIR (1970), direction Jean Marie Perier
  • EL CONDOR PASA (1971), direction Sarah Mallinson and Monique Renault
  • ANIMOSE (1972), direction Mose
  • TROMPE L'OEIL (1974), direction Claude d'Anna

  • TEKENFILMCLUB (1986), direction Ellen Meske and Monique Renault, camera Jochgem van Dijk, production VPRO
  • THE WRITER (1989), interview with Paul Driessen, direction Monique Renault, camera Jochgem van Dijk, production VPRO-Atlantis
  • SHAMUS CULHANE (1990), interview with Shamus Culhane and Borg Ring, direction Monique Renault, camera Jochgem van Dijk, production VPRO-Atlantis

Educationals & commercials:
  • LIKESTILLING (1989), direction Gerdinger Polden
  • NIKE (1990), animation & direction Monique Renault
  • NO MORE AIDS (1994)
  • 850 YEARS MOSKOW (1998), animation & direction Monique Renault

Master classes, student and children's workshops:
  • Amsterdam (A.S.I.F.A.), The Netherlands
  • Annecy (A.A.A. Studio), France
  • Auch, France
  • Cairo, Egypt
  • Cakovec, Croatia
  • Cambridge, England
  • Espinho, Portugal
  • Farnham, England
  • Hilversum, The Netherlands
  • Kabelvág, Norway
  • Lillehammer (A.S.I.F.A.), Norway
  • Metz, France
  • Monodendri (ANIMART 07), Greece
  • Moscow, Russia
  • Rennes, France
  • Røros, Norway
  • Rouen, France
  • St Petersburg to Moscow, Russia
  • Svolver, Norway
  • Tainan, Taiwan
  • Taichung, Taiwan
  • Taipei, Taiwan
  • Tilbug (N.I.A.F.), The Netherlands
  • Tokyo (21-21 museum), Japan
  • Tromsø, Norway
  • Volda, Norway

Some words from Monique on the Semat workshop in Cairo
It was a great honour and pleasure to be invited to participate at the first animated workshop in Cairo, organised by SEMAT Production & Distribution, Caravan of the Euro-Arab Cinema, a project funded by European Union, within the frame work of Euromed Audiovisual II program. It was also a big discovery, not only about the Sphinx, the Pyramids, but the city of Cairo, with all her beauties and madness. I was very happy with my students, coming from different countries; Omar from Cairo, Mayye from Alexandria, Amer from Jordan and later Youmna from Libanon. It was amazing to see how those young people who did not know each others were able to understand, feel and cooperate together.
The theme given was "The self and the city". It suited me... That's why I send them into the city to draw what they saw and to feel it. What I told them was: Making film is first all about communication. No matter how fascinating the story is to you, if it does not communicate you will lose your audience .Do not assume that what is clear to you will be understood by others. Show your storyboard to people in your group. Ideas come through talking with others. Most of all: give yourselves time to dream and play. Animation as you may be know is very time consuming. You may as well enjoy yourselves. Choose a technique and a style suited to the ideas you wish to express. Work needed in a week: Completed storyboard, Lay-out and animatic.
It was quite a challenge, but they did succeed and how! My work was finished on Thursday. The next Monday I went to visit them. I met Omar, a new one, from Algeria. He also had join the group later without any problem. This talented young man was happy, enthusiast and I could see how all together they had become friends, talking laughing, teaching each others without any restriction... It means real friendship. Amazing! And when I finally came Wednesday to say goodbye, my happiness was complete. The seed was planted! What I saw was a beautiful work, marvellous background and characters. Knowing they get all what they need from beautiful Rania, they did not need me any longer.
They are great artists. That work is due to them, to their talent. I regret, because of some stupid passport problem, Ziad Alhalabi from Syria could not join us. We looked at his DVD. I will be in touch with him. Semat gave us the chance to meet and love each others. I hope they keep going. Its so important in a world of difficulties and sorrow. Thanks to Caravan of Euro-Arab Cinema and Euromed Audiovisual. I wish this experience goes on. Its needed. I wish them all the best.
See you again my friends, I hope, Monique.
(november 2008)