Fabrice Ziolkowski

Fabrice Ziolkowski
Born January 28, 1954
Charleville-Mézières, France
Occupation French-American screenwriter, director, producer, and voice director
Years active 1980-present
Known for The Secret of Kells
Website fabriceziolkowski.com

Fabrice Ziolkowski (born January 28, 1954) is a French-American screenwriter, director, producer, and voice director, best known for scripting the Oscar-nominated[1] feature animation film The Secret of Kells, writing the animated television series Gawayn, and directing and producing the avant-garde documentary film L.A.X..


Fabrice Ziolkowski was born on January 28, 1954, in Charleville-Mézières, France]. His family emigrated, first to Montreal, Canada, then to the United States. He studied at the Brooks Institute of Photography, received a BA and MA in film and literature from the University of California at Santa Barbara, and did doctoral work at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).


Ziolkowski started his career as a member of the Lumina film group which included experimental filmmaker MM Serra.[2] He is foremost a screenwriter (and book writer), but has also directed and produced films. Since the 2000s, he has emerged as a voice director. He is currently owner of Mozaic Productions and Vox Dub.[3][4] He was development executive of TF1 subsidiary Protecrea from 1999 to 2002.


Ziolkowski resides in France with his partner Luli Barzman (daughter of Ben Barzman and Norma Barzman). He met Barzman at UCLA; the two have collaborated on various projects for years, from screenwriting to producing and directing documentaries.

He has a daughter, Marina Ziolkowski, now a third-generation filmmaker in the family.


Ziolkowski is best known for his screenplay of the internationally acclaimed feature animation film The Secret of Kells. The Hollywood Reporter described it as a "stirring tale" of "universal themes of the transcendent power of imagination and following one's dreams" in an "Irish-legend-and-lore-laced script "[5] The New York Times noted that "A gentle spirit of syncretism suffuses The Secret of Kells."[6] Variety called it a:

Gorgeous hand-drawn 2D animation, which is so retro that it looks like a direct descendent of the medieval illuminated manuscript tradition, perfectly complements its tale... A tour-de-force.[7]

His documentary L.A.X. continues to receive notice: film scholar David James has called it "a disabused, skeptical rendering of the city’s grittier underside" which reveals "the noir realities behind the sunshine."[2] It has been described as "an essay" on Los Angeles, an "experimental documentary, and "a fictional structure... a journey through the city."[8]


Ziolkowski has directed, written, produced, and/or voice-directed feature films, television films and series in live-action and animation.[9][10]

Director and Producer



Ziolkowski has written, co-written, or edited scores of films, television series and episodies, particularly animation.


Ziolkowski has served as voice director, actor or dialogue coach on the following:

Books and articles

Ziolkowski has written non-fiction and fiction books and articles, which include:

See also


  1. "The 82nd Academy Awards 2010". Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Retrieved 29 September 2015.
  2. 1 2 James, David E. (2005). "fabrice+ziolkowski"&source=bl&ots=NY3CUf54iX&sig=k0SirL51XbuPmha-BII0qB6tw9Y&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0CCsQ6AEwAzhGahUKEwiy0MrJ5ZXIAhVIbT4KHb58AY4#v=onepage&q=%22fabrice%20ziolkowski%22&f=false The Most Typical Avant-Garde. University of California Press. pp. 419, 492. Retrieved 26 September 2015.
  3. "Fabrice Ziolkowski". Mozaic Productions. Retrieved 26 September 2015.
  4. "Fabrice Ziolkowski". Vox Dub. Retrieved 26 September 2015.
  5. Rechtshaffen, Michael (14 October 2010). "The Secret of Kells". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 26 September 2015.
  6. Scott, A.O. (5 March 2010). "Outside the Abbey's Fortified Walls, a World of Fairy Girls and Beasts". New York Times. Retrieved 26 September 2015.
  7. Blair, Iain (5 February 2010). "'Secret' of Oscar animation noms". Variety. Retrieved 26 September 2015.
  8. "L.A.X.". Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF). 2015. Retrieved 26 September 2015.
  9. "Fabrice Ziolkowski". IMDB.com. Retrieved 26 September 2015.
  10. "Fabrice Ziolkowski". New York Times. Retrieved 26 September 2015.
  11. 1 2 3 4 5 6 "Fabrice Ziolkowski". British Film Institute. Retrieved 26 September 2015.
  12. "Film Series / Events". Harvard Film Archive. Retrieved 26 September 2015.
  13. "L.A.: Erasure and the Modern City". Los Angeles Film Forum. 2013. Retrieved 26 September 2015.
  14. Woodward, Richard B. (10 December 2014). "A Tale of Three Cities". Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 26 September 2015.
  15. 1 2 "Fabrice Ziolkowski". TV Guide. Retrieved 26 September 2015.
  16. Ebert, Roger (10 March 2010). "The Secret of Kells". RogerEbert.com. Retrieved 26 September 2015.
  17. 1 2 3 "Fabrice Ziolkowski". The Movie Channel. Retrieved 26 September 2015.
  18. Ziolkowski, Fabrice (2010). "fabrice+ziolkowski"&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0CCUQ6AEwAWoVChMI8pKK_e6VyAIVSTo-Ch3d4Qkt Ashes 2 Ashes. CreateSpace. Retrieved 26 September 2015.
  19. Ziolkowski, Fabrice; Luli Barzman (1999). "fabrice+ziolkowski"&source=bl&ots=NY3CUf54iX&sig=k0SirL51XbuPmha-BII0qB6tw9Y&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0CCsQ6AEwAzhGahUKEwiy0MrJ5ZXIAhVIbT4KHb58AY4#v=onepage&q=%22fabrice%20ziolkowski%22&f=false Introduction au scenario. Dixit. Retrieved 26 September 2015.
  20. Ziolkowski, Fabrice; Luli Barzman (2006). "Ecrire une histoire pour le cinéma et la télévision". Dixit. Retrieved 29 September 2015.
  21. Ziolkowski, Fabrice (2013). "Comedies and Proverbs: An Interview with Eric Rohmer". "fabrice+ziolkowski"&source=bl&ots=LLUkAWn9We&sig=lvWor_2ysVTi5cymFMaJRYS7GOU&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0CC0Q6AEwBDgyahUKEwjR5aq45ZXIAhXIVj4KHZhyDnU#v=onepage&q=%22fabrice%20ziolkowski%22&f=false Eric Rohmer: Interviews. Jackson, Mississippi: University Press of Mississippi. | accessdate = 26 September 2015

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