Until 1984, François Chilot was Head of All Productions at TBWA when he chose to move on to found his own company – LES PRODUCERS, a name he embraced with the intention of conveying the philosophy that humor is the greatest elixir ever and, at the same time, underlining Les Producers’ 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-ranked production companies in the world.
In 1998 he founded the Young Director Award, born of a passion for great filmmaking and a drive to discover the talent of tomorrow, no matter who or where they were. YDA is now acknowledged as a must-see fringe event of the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity, and the only non-profit award in the world founded and managed by producers and exclusively dedicated to up-and-coming young filmmakers. Every year, the YDA celebrates films from more than 16 categories and ensures directors all around the world at the start of their careers receive the recognition and exposure they deserve, both from the diverse, international jury and from audiences around the world.
François has been frequently invited as a highly-demanded guest speaker and jury for advertising festivals and 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 a few.