Fanny Jean-Noël



Portrait Fanny Jean-Noël par Ulysse del Drago

Nomadic independant filmmaker


Fanny Jean-Noël was born and raised in the South of France, in Montpellier. She died there in September 2017.

After graduating in Cinema at the University of Art and Letters she moves to Los Angeles with her Green Card in hand, won at the lottery. She first works on sets for independent movies and studio films. To make a steady living, she also models for all the big animation studios such as Walt Disney Studios Dreamworks (she is the model for slim Fiona in Shrek) and for famous painters and photographers (Lucien Clergues, Peter Falk).

She directs and self-produces her first short film in 35mm, the executive producers being John Malkovich and Eduardo Ponti.

In Paris, she directs four more produced and successful shorts films. Her fourth short film "Julie et ses Jules", co-produced by French TV Channel France 2 and the CNC (National Center of Cinema), wins many prizes and is selected in more than 50 festivals all around the world. It gets broadcast on French and international Televisions and on several theatres in France, as well as on the biggest French cinema website Allociné. She also directs some music videos, short documentaries and other experimental videos.

Feature film

Her first feature film called "MOVE ! Dance your life" is about dance and humanity. She shot it all around the world as a one woman-crew for over 2 years .

You can follow her incredible adventure and watch the teaser here.

She's now developing new projects (features, documentaries).


Besides cinema, her passions are photography, music, art, dance and traveling. She also loves yoga and surf. She's a veggie, never smokes nor drinks but she's addicted to dance ! She can't survive without nature around, water and sunshine. She has a unique life style which is one of a modern nomad. Constant movement is her philosophy. Her motto : "The road is my home !"

Like Albert Einstein, she believes that "if we want our species to survive, if we are to find meaning in life, if we want to save the world and every sentient being that inhabits it, love is the one and only answer."


The filmmakers who inspired her : Jane Campion, Coline Serreau, Sophie Calle, Nana Djordjadze, Frederico Fellini, Emir Kusturika, Terrence Malick, Jim Jarmush, Wim Wenders, Werner Herzog, Robert Altman, Spike Lee, Aki Kaurismaki, Tony Gatlif, Theo Angelopoulos and Kim Ki-Duk.

Favorite quotes

"Go where ever you want to, die whenever you have to." Unknnown

"We should consider every day lost on which we have not danced at least once." Friedrich Nietzsche

"Love is the answer" Albert Einstein