Dryades Films is a French production company founded in the Summer of 2016 by Claire Babany, Eléonore Boissinot & Arié Chamouni, based in Paris and Marseille.
We produce creative documentaries for the cinema, web & TV, focused on society, culture & human interest. We build up relationships with promising filmmakers seeking attentive and passionate partners allowing them to fulfill their projects while preserving their own style. We are keen on working with International partners and our previous experiences in coproduction with various countries comforted us in our ambition to produce documentaries across the borders.
While Claire Babany & Eléonore Boissinot jointly produce all the projects, Arié Chamouni provides financial and legal counsel. We have produced since then several documentaries, chief among them the award-winning Denis Parrot’s feature length OUT which has been touring the festival circuit in Europe and overseas.
Dryades Films is a member of Docmonde network and LPA — association of producers in the South Region.
A graduate from Sciences Po Paris, Claire is a film producer and director at Dryades Films. Before co-founding the company, Claire has worked 6 years as a line producer and then as a producer at the acclaimed French production company Les Films du Poisson, on noteworthy international co-productions such as Dror Moreh’s documentary feature THE GATEKEEPERS, a 2013 Academy Awards nominee. She worked on Blaise Harrison’s celebrated documentaries SUMMER GROWING UP (Cannes Directors’ Fortnight 2011) and HARMONY (Locarno 2013). In 2016 she line produced 3 more documentaries among which EAT THAT QUESTION – FRANK ZAPPA IN HIS OWN WORDS, first presented at Sundance 2016 and theatrically released by Sony Pictures Classics. Claire has also produced a web documentary series for ARTE, MUSIC ON THE ROAD, shot in innovative binaural sound, later acquired by Fuse TV (USA).
Trained in social sciences (Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne, Paris X Nanterre) and documentary direction at Les Ateliers Varan, Eléonore is a film director and producer at Dryades Films. She started her career by assisting French anthropologists in Lebanon and India, while studying hindi. She then joined YUZU Productions where she worked on several international co-productions for ARTE and many other European channels, with producers Fabrice Estève and Christian Popp, before working for other companies such as Les Films du Poisson on international co-productions – THE SETTLERS by Shimon Dotan selected at Sundance 2016 and EAT THAT QUESTION – FRANK ZAPPA IN HIS OWN WORDS by Thorsten Schütte, also selected at Sundance 2016, and distributed all over the world by Sony Pictures Classics. Her skills in hindi allowed her to develop her first feature length documentary as a director, currently in production for France Télévisions (25 nuances de docs), RTS and Lyon Capitale TV.
Graduated in Finance at Paris-Dauphine and Film & TV at Sorbonne-Nouvelle, Arié starts his career focusing on the financial aspects of the industry. After two internships at Gaumont Animation and StudioCanal, he joins Neuflize OBC, leading bank in film in France. He then slides to production companies at head of finance : Pierre-Ange Le Pogam's Stone Angels and Phantasm / Vixens. He works on films such as Grace of Monaco (Olivier Dahan) or Smart Ass (Kim Chapiron), and also on many commercials and music videos. In 2018, he joins JohnDoe Productions (UGC group) as producer. He oversees a dozen projects in development (series and features) and produces two shorts : Bienvenue (V. Julé) and Lynx (J. Henry). In 2020, he starts his own production company, Roby Films. In 2021, he integrates the prestigious one-year "Writing and Creation of Series" training at La Fémis.