JEAN-PAUL FRENAY

Film Director | Creative Director | Visual Artist

Jean-Paul Frenay is a Belgian Film Director and multidisciplinary Visual Artist. Born in Siegen, he spent his youth in Germany before moving to Brussels to begin his studies. 

After a specialization in visual effects, he started his career as a flame artist. He took his first steps directing commercials and quickly became known for his ability to mix different techniques, including live action, stop motion, CGI and video mapping.

Several of his projects like his debut short film "Artificial Paradise, Inc." or his "VW Bluemotion" and "Nike" commercials were featured in numerous international industry leading festivals and publications such as Onedotzero, Stash, IDN, OFFF, Motionographer and Shots.

Frenay’s short film « You Are the Canvas », created for the OFFF Festival, was nominated as a finalist in the Excellence in Title Design competition at the 2016 SXSW Film Festival and won, among others, a Platinum Muse Creative Award.

His most recent commercial project, a campaign for Lincoln and New York agency Hudson Rouge, showcases his mastery of storytelling and visual effects as a woman dances on the walls and ceiling of an elegant drawing room. He also directed a magical spot for Nissan and Digitas LBi Paris in which a Nissan Leaf “dreams” of traveling country roads while “sleeping” in a suburban garage.

Always looking for challenges, he works as a video artist in performance arts creating visuals and interactive installations and is now looking to expand his storytelling skills to longer format.

Jean-Paul always tries to push the limits, change his style and explore beyond boundaries combining storytelling with a strong sense of art direction.

AWARDS + RECOGNITIONS

SON LUX : CAGE OF BONES
2017 Semi Finalist for Best Director @ International Music Video Underground, FR
2017 Winner Best Music Video of the Year @ Paris Art and Movies Awards, FR
2017 Winner Best Experimental Award @ Berlin Music Video Awards, DE
2017 Winner Best Music Video @ Top Shorts 2017
2017 Shortlisted for Best Music video and Best Cinematography award @ Berlin Fashion Film Festival, DE

2016 One Talent TV Award @ Sulmona International Film Festival, IT
2016 Nominated for Best Director, Best Cinematography and Best VFX @ Widescreen Film & Music Video Festival, US
2016 Nominated for Best Director Award @ Ibiza Music Video Festival, ES
2016 
Best Art Direction Award @ Austin Music Video Festival, US
2016 
Winner Video of the Day , VOTD
2016 
IMVDb Staff Pick
2016 Vimeo Staff Pick, Vimeo
2016 
FMF Video Staff Pick, Fringe Music Fix


YOU ARE THE CANVAS (OFFF QUEBEC 2015 MAIN TITLES)
2016 Winner Platinum Award, Muse Creative Awards, USA
2016 
SXSW Excellence in Title Design Finalist, USA
2015 
Top 2015 Motion Graphics, Design Collector
2015 
Winner Audience Award, Motion+, FR
2015 Finalist Best Sound Design (International Short Film), Music + Sound Awards
2015 
Top Pick Of The Day, Illusion Magazine
2015 
Video Pick Of The Day, Film Shortage
2015
Vimeo Staff Pick, Vimeo

TOYOTA : INDESTRUCTIBLE HILUX
2015 Silver Award for Toyota Indestructible Hilux @ Creative Club of Belgium, BE

CPH BANK : LIGHT BULBS INSTALLATION
2015 Honorable Mention for CPH Bank Light Bulbs Installation @ Howww.com, US

KYASMA : RADIOACTIVITY
2013 Nominated for Best Swiss Music Video @ Solothurner Filmtage, CH
2012 Best Music Video @ California International Shorts Festival, US
2012 Celtx Seeds award, US
2012 
Staff Picks, Vimeo

ARTIFICIAL PARADISE, INC
2011 Second Place of the Non Narrative Category @ Cutout Festival, EM
2010 Honorable mention for Artificial Paradise, Inc @ Fargo Film Festival, USA
2010 Nominated for Best technical Realisation @ Animago Award, DE
2009 
Staff Picks, Vimeo


VOLKSWAGEN : BLUEMOTION
2010 Best production design for VW Bluemotion @ CFP Awards, BE

JURY + LECTURES

2017 Jury @ International Music Video Underground, FR
2016 Lecture @ Faux Images, DE
2016 Lecture @ Pixels Festival, BE
2015 Lecture @ OFFF Barcelona, ES
2015 Lecture @ OFFF Québec on Tour, CA
2014 Lecture @ Fête de l'Anim Lille, FR
2012 Lecture @ OFFF Lille on Tour, FR
2012 Jury @ Festival International du Court Métrage de Lille, FR
2011 Jury @ Kikk Festival, BE
2010 Lecture @ OFFF Paris Openroom, FR

PRESS + INTERVIEWS

2015 Stash Magazine / Interview OFFF Quebec 2015
2013 
Empty Kingdom / Interview Jean-Paul Frenay
2013 
Promonews.tv / Radioactivity
2013 
Empty Kingdom / Radioactivity
2012 Page Magazine Issue 01/12
2012 CutOut Fest on Tour DVD 2012
2011 
Stash issue 81
2011 Stash issue 80
2011 Pixelarts Magazine Issue 24
2011 Kromotion / Entretien avec Jean-Paul Frenay
2011 Shots issue 126 contender
2010 Mensomadaire #119 Spécial 3D
2010 Offf Paris Print Catalogue
2010 Repérages issue 68 DVD Expériences #06
2010 Movie Creation #3  / Dans les limbes du souvenir
2010 Realflow case study
2009 
Stash issue 61
2009 Motionographer / API
2009 Cultcrusher / Dans le monde de Jean-Paul Frenay
2009 IvyBetty / Director, Visual Artist Jean-Paul Frenay
2007 
Stash issue 39
2005 Stash issue 14

2005 AVI magazine issue 94

See all respective showcases and screenings under each project.

REPRESENTATION

PRESS

A short collection of articles and press releases about my work.

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