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In 1984, after working for 13 years as Head of Productions at TBWA, François Chilot founded LES PRODUCERS. He chose and embraced this designation, with the intention of conveying the philosophy that humour is the greatest elixir ever and, at the same time, underlining his company’s across-the-board, multicultural identity.

In 2000, LES PRODUCERS entered the ‘Palme d’or’ list at the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity and became one of the 10 top-ranking production companies in the world.

For 20 years François Chilot held the Presidency of the CFP-E (Commercial Film Producers of Europe), whose goal is to promote the added value that production companies bring to agencies and advertisers, and to safeguard the future of production companies.

The CFP-E (Commercial Film Producers of Europe), along with its then President and henceforth Honorary Chairman, François Chilot, inspired and created the Young Director Award 20 years ago.

The Young Director Award (YDA) is the only non profit organisation to exclusively support and promote debuting international creative talent in commercial film production, ad entertainment, shorts, music video, and related artistic works since 1998.

François Chilot has been frequently invited as a highly-demanded guest speaker and jury for advertising festivals, award events and ceremonies throughout the world, such as the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity, D&AD, AICP Show, AdFest, FilmBrazil, Ciclope, AD Stars, PIAF to name but a few.

His adage for talented creatives has always been that without inherent desire, hard work, phenomenal talent and a pinch of luck, success is unattainable. When you make a film, make sure it stands out from the crowd.