Maison des auteurs, Angoulême, France

Maison des auteurs, Angoulême, France

La maison des auteurs opened its doors in July 2002 in order to provide positive support to comics authors and animators working in Angoulême or who wish to spend time here as creators in residence.

In order to support image creators and promote exchanges, la maison des auteurs provides ideal working conditions to French and foreign authors whose project in residence has been accepted by a committee of professional graphic authors and scenarists. For the support provided by la Cité internationale de la bande dessinée et de l’image, it will be asked to each resident a contribution of 150 € per year.

During his residence or at the end, the author may have to make a public presentation of the project for which he received the support of La Maison des auteurs of la Cité internationale de la bande dessinée et de l’image. The content and the format will be arrested before and in consultation with the Director of La Maison des auteurs.

Provided by La Maison des auteurs:

  • each author has an individual or collective studio.
  • apartments, individual (studio or T2) or collective (T3, for two residents), can be put at the disposal of the residents, under certain conditions for a period between two months and up to a year. In this case, expenses of water, gas and electricity are due by the resident unless otherwise stated. Pets are not accepted in the studio nor in the apartment.
  • Access to facilities, equipments and a technical and documentary resource center for a period of between two months and up to two years.

With a view to providing further financial support, the National Book Center (Centre national du livre) may give grants to accepted residents (freelance designers and scriptwriters). To apply for this grant, you must have work already published in French (for further information get in touch with us at the maison des auteurs before applying).

How to apply

Please provide them with the following details:

  • the information form (to download). 
  • a curriculum vitae (or resume) with representative examples of your work to give the committee a fuller picture of your professional achievement,
  •  a cover letter with an explanation of what you intend to do, and why you would like to do it here at the Maison des Auteurs. Please also tell us why you would like to stay for the period of time you’re requesting in your application, 
  • a precise description of your project (8.000 characters maximum) and a summary of about ten lines, with graphic documents including, for comics projects, at least three finalized successive pages. For animation, the application must include a synopsis, a letter of intent, one or two sequences with scripts,and visual documentation of the film’s world and the characters.

Preferably the project proposal should be written in French (the project itself may be completed in any language). Projects proposals in the English and Spanish languages are also accepted. However, proposals written in English or Spanish are due at least ten days before the deadline so that they can be translated for the committee.

The entire file must be sent in digital form to [email protected]
Deadlines for applications: 10th February, 10th June, 10th October.
Deadlines for applications in English or Spanish languages: 1st February, 1st June, 1st October.