L’ECHANGEUR is a production company based in Paris whose activity is mainly dedicated to the production of documentary films in Île-de-France (region of Paris) and West Africa. Conceived as a demanding and equitable form of production between Europe and Africa, L’ECHANGEUR sees itself as an independent audiovisual and cinematographic production that evolves and adapts to the artistic and economic environment of the projects developed.
L’ECHANGEUR has produced, co-produced or distributed a dozen of films and accompanies the projects of authors whose work questions the transformations of contemporary Africa, its socio-economic stakes and its political challenge.
Background (in french)
- Production direction
Julien Fiorentino is artistic director and producer for documentary projects developed by L’Echangeur.
Julien studied History and holds a Master’s degree in cultural project management. In 2005, he co-founded the travelling cinema Kinodrom, which travels through the cities and countryside of Eastern Europe, from Budapest to Sarajevo via Istanbul.
In 2006, he became the coordinator of the Prisoner cultural reinsertion course (Parcours Culturel d’Insertion) within the SPIP 94, the penitentiary service in charge of the reinsertion of the detainees in the Val de Marne departement: he worked for 2 years in the State prison of Fresnes, in partnership with the institutions (program supported by ESF/DRAC/DAP) and together with 25 cultural sites within the Ile-de-France region (Louvre, BPI, MAC-VAL…).
In 2008, he went to work in Mali as an International Volunteer (Volontariat de solidarité internationale – VSI) with the Cinéma Numérique Ambulant (CNA network). He coordinated several national tours (including 450 screenings in the south of the country of the film UNICEF against female genital mutilation; and 500 screenings in the north of Mali of the film: UN/HCNLS AIDS prevention…) and self-produced several awareness-raising films, including a series of short films against female genital mutilation for UNICEF (Nsere, 6×6′, 2009).
Back in France, after several years of work on issues of integration through culture in prisons, he directed Avenue de la liberté (2011, 52′) produced by Les Films Sauvages.
In 2011, the Africa Dynamo project was launched by L’Echangeur, organizing filmmaking residencies and distribution in West Africa around environmental topics.
Since then, Julien Fiorentino has been the main architect of the documentary production component of L’Echangeur, initiated in 2014. He has learned alongside Jean-Christophe Soulageon, manager of Les Films Sauvages who produced his first film. In 2015, he benefited from the program Fondamentaux de la production of the École documentaire in Lussas. He also engaged two co-productions between France and Mali and distributed the films that were made within the program. He then started to develop further his work as producer by developing the filmography of L’ECHANGEUR.
Head office: 90 Rue Victor Hugo – 93170 Bagnolet – FRANCE
Working space: Villa Belleville – 23 Rue Ramponeau – 75020 PARIS