Claire Fouquet (b.1971, Paris) is a filmmaker, artist, and educator with work ranging from short narrative films to artists books, prints and interdisciplinary projects in Europe and the USA. She earned an advanced degree from ENSAD (National Visual Arts school), Paris after which she began working in Paris as an animator and filmmaker on short films and commercials. Her films have been selected by more than fifty Film Festivals including Dok Leipzig, Tricky Women (Vienna, Austria), Women’s Film Festival (Créteil, France) and the Annecy, Hiroshima, Ottawa, Dresden, and Cardiff International Animation Film Festivals. Her awards have included the Silver Bear award at the Festival of Nations in Ebensee (Austria), the Jury Jeune Prize at the International Animation Film Festival Wissembourg (France), the Special Prize in the Festival Le court en dit long, (Paris, France), and, with her first film, the Debut Film prize in Cinanima (Porto, Portugal) and the Prix de la 5ème at the Festival d’Humour de Meudon, France. Her prints and artist books have been exhibited in France at the Conservatoire des Arts Montigny-le-Bretonneux, and in the exhibitions Delires de Livres, Rambouillet and Chartres. Internationally, her work has been exhibited in the USA at the A.I.R. Gallery, Brooklyn, NY, Center for Book Arts, NY, Ruth Baggett Gallery, Paducah, KY, the Art Alliance, Philadelphia, and at the Biennale de Livres d’artistes au Portage, Quebec, Canada. Her artist books reside in several collections including the Rhode Island School of Design, SUNY New Paltz, the New York Public Library, Yale University and the University of Southern California. She has been an Artist in Residence at the Tyrone Guthrie Center (Ireland, 2016), the Women’s Studio Workshop (USA, 2016), the Open Workshop (Danmark, 2019), and the Maison des Auteurs (France, 2020). She has lectured in Europe, the Philippines and in the USA including at Pratt Institute, New York, and University of the Arts, Philadelphia.


Teaching and sharing the creative process is second nature to Claire and she is working actively to support and promote diversity in cinema, especially in animated films. She teaches at EESI (Ecole Européenne Supérieure de l’Image, Angoulême and Poitiers) where she tutors students at the undergraduate and graduate level, helping them to transform their personal ideas into meaningful short animated films or art pieces. She is a mentor for international professionals from emerging countries through the Animation du Monde program, coordinated by the Annecy International Animation Film Festival, and the Southeast Asia Focus, whose mission is to broaden gender, racial and cultural representation on screen.  


Claire Fouquet was invited to be Ambassador by Wom@rts partner Grand Angouleme. 

Photo: Nicolas Guerin
I believe that the public needs a real diversity of visions and role models. It is now time to embrace the female gaze in cinema and arts, and highlight the contribution of women to art and culture as an inspiration to the next generation of artists.