After obtaining an Engineering degree in 1991, Max Belmessieri was hired by an electronics firm. During his tenure there he developed the “export” range of terrestrial television transmitters, allowing himself time to travel abroad, particularly in Africa.
In 1995, he launched his career in cinema, assumed the mantle of assistant director, and collaborated in particular on films by Francis Girod. During this time he frequently participated in scouting natural settings for films. From 2008, he became a location scout and honed his critical process toward the film set. To date he has collaborated on more than eighty productions for feature films and television series.
At the same time, he has written several screenplays, including “La Peau de l’Autre” (The Other’s Skin), his first feature-length screenplay and based on the murder of Rwandan President Juvénal Habyarimana which led to the genocide of the Tutsis.
Since 2016, he has been teaching location scouting in a high-level film school. With his students, he developed an innovative concept: the “five dramatic springs” of movie sets.
From 2018, he has been working with screenwriter Nicolas Barbey on the rewrite of a feature film entitled “Rewind”, which tells the story of a young woman who discovers a silvery ghost in her wedding video.
Between 2016 and 2020, every summer, he shoots in Super-8 with his wife Charlotte Denis. The major experimentation with these films is that they have no story at the time of filming, their eventual script being dictated by the footage at the time of editing. We could define this unique genre as “self-found footage”. The first film in a trilogy of this type is entitled “Un Castillo en España” (A Castle in Spain), and was completed in April of 2021. The following two films, “El Viaje” (The Trip) and “Una Nube” (A Cloud) are in post-production.
In 2021, he completed the last version of “Personne Ici” (Nobody Here), a short 35mm film and his very first solo production.
Max Belmessieri lives and works in Paris, France.
nominated for Best Experimental & Best Editor
A Castle in Spain
Close:Up
San Francisco
2022
Honorable Mention
A Castle in Spain
Short Film Factory
Targu Mures
2022
Award: Best Thriller
Nobody Here
Hybrid Genre Awards
2021
Official Selection
Nobody Here
REDMOON
San Luis
2021
Award: Best Script
Nobody Here
Fantastic Film Festival 4th edition
Barcelona
2021
Awards: BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY - BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN
Nobody Here
KZ Film Festival
Rio de Janeiro
2021
Official Selection
A Castle in Spain
FESCILMAR- Session for the first time Poland
Katowice
2021
Official selection
A Castle in Spain
Barcelona Fantastic Film Festival
Barcelona
2021
Award: Best Editing
A Castle in Spain
BSSF - 10th Bangalore Shorts Film Festival-21
Bangalore
2021
Official Selection
A Castle in Spain
REDMOON
San Luis
2021
Best Experimental
A Castle in Spain
FESCILMAR- Session for the first time Spain
Barcelona
2021
Official Selection
A Castle in Spain
Incorto Film Festival - 6th Edition
Mexico
2021
HONORABLE MENTION / BEST DIARY FILM
A Castle in Spain
TimeLess Awards
Wrocław
2021
Best experimental Short
A Castle in Spain
Vancouver Independant Film Festival
Vancouver
2021
Best Experimental Short
A Castle in Spain
SHORT to the point
Bucharest
2021
Official Selection
A Castle in Spain
VINDHYA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL MADHYA PRADESH
Sidhi
2021
Official Selection & Best Director nominee
Nobody Here
BARCIFF Barcelona Indie Film Festival
Barcelona
Finalist
A Castle in Spain
Creative Film Awards - Los Angeles
Los Angeles
Birth Date
October 9, 1968
Birth City
Chambery
Hometown
Paris
Gender
Male