Vergine Keaton


Vergine Keaton (b.1981, lives and works in Paris, France) is a french visual artist and director who oscillates between experimental and animation films. After studying graphic design and cinema, Keaton’s first animated short film I was crying out at life. or for it (2009), screened at nearly 100 festivals including the ACID selection at Cannes Film Festival. Her following film Marzevan (2015), experiments with 3D mapping and was selected for Belo Horizonte International Short Film Festival in Brazil, Riverside Short Film & Video Festival in New Haven (USA) and was a short-list nominee in the category Best Short Animated Film at the 2017 César Awards in France. Her third film, The Tasmanian Tiger, was selected for the official competition for the 2018 Berlinale and screened at a number of international festivals that year.

Since 2016, she has been interested in installation and setting-up. She develops projects on several screens, in various places, according to their arcitecture. Her works are presented in particular in Times Square and in the Pompidou Center in Metz.

Vergine Keaton also teaches in the ENSAD (National Higher School of Arts in Paris).


Vergine Keaton’s animations are based on pre-existing documents from classical and popular culture in which she draws details to create new shapes that are both familiar and unique. Her interest lies in the evocative potential of these images belonging to the collective memory and their ability to reinvent themselves.

In her films, no form is fixed or definitive. The matter is always moving, moving forward, retracting or opening. It builds the world in a cyclical movement: to unite / disunite.

Vergine Keaton is working on the deployment of the image and seeks to create a form of sharpness in repeating a small number of patterns, exhausting them until the detail becomes an event.

FILMOGRAPHY vergine keaton

short films

2020 / Agnus Dei

2018 / Le Tigre de Tasmanie 

2015 / Marzevan 

2009  / je criais contre la vie. ou pour elle 


2020 / Sous Bois - Nuit Blanche

2019 / Vous qui entrez ici

2018 / I was crying out at life

2018 / Empédocle et le dernier Thylacine

2017 / Maz


Feb, 2021_ Festival  Hors Piste /  Centre Pompidou - Paris / projection & Leçon des Images

Oct 3, 2020_ Sous-Bois Nuit Blanche - Les Ateliers Médicis (FR) / installation video

Jun 2019 - Jan 2020_ Vous qui entrez ici Pompidou Center - Metz (FR) / Opera Monde - group exhibition

Sept 2019 - May 2020_ Residency at Les Ateliers Medicis - Clichy-sous-Bois (FRA)

Jan 201_ I was crying out at life / Times Square - New York (USA) / solo installation

Feb 2019_ Taming Nature FIAF Gallery - New York (USA) / group exhibition curated by Courtney Geraghty,

with Françoise Pétrovitch and Christine Rebet

July 2019_ Les Ateliers Médicis - Clichy-sous-Bois (FR) / installation & projection

Nov 2018_ Architects of DreamsErarta Museum of contemporary Art - St Petersburg (RUS) / group exhibition

Oct 2018_ Empedocle & le Tigre de Tasmanie / Maison de la Poésie - Paris (FR) / projection performée

2018_ Galerie Miyu - Paris / group exhibition

2017_ MAZOverkill Festival - Enschede (NLD) / installation / group exhibition

2017_ Focus Sacrebleu ProductionsConservatoire d’Art et d’Histoire - Annecy (FRA) / group exhibition




2020 // AGNUS DEI

2D animation - 2 min - production accentus - production exécutive Iliade et films 

With the support of Fondation Bettencourt Schueller and Arte concert


in collaboration with Laurence Equilbey and accentus choir


Arte Concert 



2D animation - 14 min - Sacrebleu Productions

With the support of CNC, Ville de Paris, Région Grand-Est & France 3 



Special Mention (Paris International Animation Film Festival, 2018)

Special Mention (Med Fest, Paris, 2018)

Special Mention (Festival de l'image, Epinal, France, 2018)


Berlinale 2018, official competition  / Festival Regard (Saguenay - Canada) / Festival International de Belo Horizonte (Brazil) / Anim Film Festival (Trebon - Czech Republic) /  Hong Kong International Film festival / Kortfilm Festivalen (Grimstad - Norway) / Filmec Festival (Tenerife - Espagne)  / BIAF 2018 (Korea) / European Film Festival (Palic - Serbie) / Image Science Film Festival  (New York - USA) / Concorto Film Festival (Pontenure - Italie) / Festival Silhouette (Paris - France) / Piaff (Paris - France) / Festival Nuits Méditerranéennes (Paris, France) / Animatou (Genève - Suisse) / Film Festival Delle Lessina (Veronne - Italie) / Neue Heimat Film (Germany) / BANJALUKA International Animated Film Festival (India) / Festival Uppsala International Short Film (Sweden) / Festival du Film Court en Armagnac (France) / Festival de l’Image (Epinal - France) / Multivision Festival, St Petersbourg (Russia) / International Short Film Festival de Berlin / Carrefour de l’Animation, (Paris - France) / Festival Européen du Film Court de Nice (France) Festival National du film d'animation (Rennes, France) / Akbank Short Film Festival (Istanbul, Turkey) / Valencia International Film Festival Cinema Jove (Spain) / Courtivore (Rouen- France) / International Motion Festival, Cyprius / Festival International de Cortometrajes Medellin (Colombia) / Animasivo Contempory Animation Festival (Mexico)


"Libre court" France 3 (French TV) / Cinémathèque Française (Paris, France) / 

Cinéma du réel - Centre Pompidou (Paris, France) / Forum des Images (Paris- France)


2015 // MARZEVAN

3D animation - 8 min - Sacrebleu Productions

With the support of CNC, Région Alsace, Région Rhône-Alpes & France 3 


Short List CESAR 2017, best animation short movie category



Festival International Belo Horizonte (Brazil) / Riverside festival (USA) / Les Sommets de l'Animation (Montréal - Canada) / Festival National du Film d'Animation (France) / Medunarodni Festival (Serbia) / Festival International du film d'Animation de Paris (France)


available on Universcine (VOD)

"Libre court" France 3 (French TV) / Cinémathèque française (Paris - France) / 

Forum des images (Paris - France)




2D animation - 9 min - 25 Films Productions

With the support of Région Rhône-Alpes, Région Ile de France & Sacem 


Grand Prix non-narrative short (Holland Animation Film Festival 2009) 

Best visual imagery (International Festival of Animation Arts Multivision, St. Petersburg) 

Best Original Music (International Short Film Festival Clermont Ferrand 2010) 

Diploma of Merit (Tampere Film Festival 2010)

Best Soundtrack (Athens Animfest 2010)

Special Mention (Anim’est International Animation Film Festival, Bucharest 2010)

Best Short Film (International Film Festival Cine-Jeune de l’Aisne, Saint Quentin 2010)

Prize of the Press (Festival national de cinéma d'animation, Bruz 2010)

Jury diploma (Open Cinema, St. Petersburg 2009)

Emile Raynaud Prize , 2010

Quality Prize, CNC, 2010



Cannes Film Festival, ACID selection (France) / International Animated Film Festival Annecy (France) / Animafest (Zagreb - Croatia) / International Animation Festival Hiroshima (Japan) / International Festival of Francophone Film & Video in Acadie (Canada) / Imago International Youth Film Festival (Fundao - Portugal) / Un Festival c’est trop court (Nice - France) / Festival de Court Métrage d'Altkrich (France) / Open Cinema (Saint Petersburg - Russia) / Sarajevo Film Festival (Bosnia) / Festival Silhouette (Paris - France) / Troia International Film Festival (Setubal - Portugal) Cinéssonne – European Film Festival (France) / International Festival of New Cinema (Montréal - Canada) / Bolzano Short Film Festival (Italy) / Animation Film Festival (Tallin - Estonia) / Holland Animation Film Festival (Utrecht - Netherlands) / I Castelli Animati (Italy) / International Festival of Animation Arts Multivision (St. Petersburg - Russia) / 25 FPS International Experimental Film Festival (Zagreb - Croatia) / Animateka Festival (Ljubljana - Slovenia) / Rythmetic International Festival of Experimental Animation (Bègles -France) / Stuttgarter Filmwinter (Germany) / Festival Premiers Plans (Angers - France) / Les Inattendus (Lyon, France) / International Short Film Festival Clermont Ferrand (France) / Image par image (Val d’Oise - France) / Tampere Film Festival (Finland) / Athens AnimFest (Greece) / Monstra Animated Film Festival (Lisbon - Portugal) / Festival du Film Merveilleux (Paris - France) / Festival International des Scénaristes (Bourges - France) / International Film Festival Breda (Netherlands) / Mecal International Short Film Festival (Spain) / Biennale Internationale de l’Image de Nancy (France) / Animabasauri – Animabasque (Bilbao - Spain) / Mendoza Festival (Argentina) / La Lanterne magique (St Denis de la Réunion - France) / Tabor Film Festival (Zabok - Croatia) / Anima Mundi (Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo - Brazil) / Era New Horizons International Film Festival (Wroclaw - Poland) / Expresion En Corto International Film Festival (San Miguel de Allende - Mexico) / Fest Anca (Bratislava - Slovakia) / MoliseCinema Film Festival (Casacalenda - Italy) / Tel Aviv Animation Film Festival (Israel) / London International Animation Festival (UK) / Les Instants Vidéo (Marseille - France) - Vox Feminae Festival (Zagreb - Croatia) / Balkanima European Animated Film Festival (Belgrade - Serbia) / Anim’est (Bucharest - Romania) / FIA (Stockholm - Sweden) / Cine-Jeune (Saint Quentin -France) / Banja Luka International Animated Film festival (Bosnia) / Tindirindis International Animation Film Festival (Vilnius - Lithuania) / Ljubljana International Film Festival (Slovenia) / Big Cartoon Festival (Moscow - Russia) / Animation Mostra Animatic (Pamplona - Spain) / Festival on Wheels (Turkey) / Festival National du Film d’Animation (France) / Bradford International Film Festival (UK) / Anirmau (Lalin - Spain) - Mediawave Another Connection (Gyor - Hungary) / Leiden International Short Film Festival (Netherlands) / Supertoon International Animation Festival (Croatia) / AniFest ROZAFA (Shkodra - Albania) / GIRAF Animation Festival (Calgary - Canada) / Trichywomen Festival (Vienne - Austria) / Festival du Film français de Yokohoma (Japon) / Animanima Festival in Cacak (Serbia) / Festival Extension Sauvage, Braquages (France)


available on Universcine (VOD)

Sveriges TV (Sweden)

Croatian TV

RADI Rhône-Alpes (France) / first part before feature film in cinema

Label Dalbin / On sale on the application Collectorserie (Iphone & Ipad) 

vergine keaton, animation film, director, réalisateur réalisatrice, court metrage



since 2017 / Arts and Animation teaching at ENSAD school - Paris (FRA)

dec 2019 / Workshop / Beaux Arts d'Epinal (FRA)

mars 2019 / Masterclass / ESAD - Amiens (FRA)

sept 2019 / Jury for Silhouette Festival, hybrid selection - Paris (FRA)

mars 2019 / Masterclass / La Vieille Charité - Marseille (FRA)

2018 - 2017 - 2016 / CNC commission (quality price) (FRA)

dec 2018 / Artistic Talk / ENSAD school - Paris (FRA)

nov 2018 / Masterclass / Cinessone Festival (FRA)

nov 2018 / Conference during the NEF seminar / University of Amiens (FRA)

mar 2108 / Conference "animation & narration"/ Institut Lumière -Lyon (FRA)

nov 2017 / Workshop / AKI Art Academy - Enschede (NLD)

jan 2017 / Workshop / La Martinière Arts School - Lyon (FRA) 

jan 2016 / Workshop / La Martinière Arts School - Lyon (FRA) 

jan 2015 / Masterclass / University of Strasbourg (FRA)

dec 2014 / Masterclass / HEAR school - Strasbourg (FRA)

nov 2010 / Jury for HAFF Film Festival - Utrecht (NLD)



2004 / Licence of Cinema / University Lyon 2 (FRA)
2001 / Diploma of Design Graphic (BTS) / La Martinière - Lyon (FRA)