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This week, the Forum d’Avignon would like to introduce Les Editions Animées. This start-up has created the first colouring book that turns into an animated film thanks to an app. With the summer holidays around the corner, the Animated Colouring Book® is perfect for kids. 

What is your project/idea/start-up?

Our project is to create a new form of book, the Animated Colouring Book®. Children colour in the pictures in the book and then use their creations to produce a personalised animated film, of which they are the “directors”. Here, a traditional book becomes part of a new world, which is created using powerful digital technology. By combining drawing, writing, animation and music, it pays tribute to Europe’s story-telling heritage. It allows children (and their parents) to learn about digital technology in a subtle but innovative way. The Animated Colouring Book® collection, which successfully brings together printed and digital media, currently includes Andersen’s Fairy Tales, La Fontaine’s Fables and The Sea.    

What is your current challenge?

The Animated Colouring Book® spans two fields, so it is present in book fairs and technology forums. But in traditional distribution networks, the technology we have developed is not well understood, because it is about more than the object itself. As it involves skills developed by different branches of the cultural and digital industries (publishing, writing, animation, musical composition and digital applications), it is difficult to find a viable business model. That is our main challenge!

For you, what does it mean to be a cultural entrepreneur?

We founded Les Editions Animées because we wanted to add a new dimension to printed content by using digital technology. We wanted to bring books to life without replacing them. For us, being a cultural entrepreneur means inventing new ways of communicating beautiful things, and developing business models that make this possible. It means reinventing or revising our values and traditions based on digital technology and harnessing the power of social media.

Photo Credit © Franck Benausse

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  • A photo (website/founders/logo) in HD
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                        - What is your project/idea/start-up?

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                        - For you, what does it mean to be a cultural entrepreneur