In 1984, François Chilot founded LES PRODUCERS, a name he chose and embraced 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.

LES PRODUCERS opened its doors in Paris with a special screening of the feature film “1984” by Michael Radford. A way for LES PRODUCERS to stand out as a one-of-a-kind, innovative production house, forever on the move, constantly exploring new ways of attracting people’s attention.

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.

In 2003, LES PRODUCERS welcomed on-board Rikke Katborg, Danish executive producer, as partner alongside François Chilot.

In recent years, LES PRODUCERS has entered the world of entertainment with the short film “Love Birds”, and the feature “A Beautiful Curse” currently in postproduction, both directed by Martin Garde Abildgaard and produced by Rikke Katborg.




YDA supports and promotes debuting, international directing talents in commercial and entertainment film production and is the only award exclusively-dedicated to aspiring filmmakers.

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 some 22 years ago.

YDA´s uniqueness has led it to become a groundbreaker, paving the way, internationally-recognized, it pursues its quest to position gifted young directors on the world stage by offering them remarkable recognition, during its yearly award show in Cannes.