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Claude Barras (born 1973) is a Swiss director.

Barras was born in Sierre, Switzerland. He studied illustration and computer graphics at École Emile Cohl in Lyon. He received a degree in anthropology and digital images from Lyon, studied computer graphics at ECAL (École Cantonale d'Art de Lausanne) and worked as a freelance illustrator in Geneva.

Throughout his career, Barras directed several short films, including The Genie in a Ravioli Can (2006). Barras' first full-length animated feature, My Life as a Courgette (2016), was presented at the Director's Fortnight of the Cannes Film Festival and received numerous awards at film festivals around the world. The film was selected as Switzerland's official entry for the Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language Film. It was nominated.


Feature filmsEdit

Year Title Technique Producer Length Notes
2016 My Life as a Courgette stop-motion Rita Productions / Blue Spirit Productions / Gebeka Films / KNM 66m

Short filmsEdit

Year Title Technique Producer Length Notes
2012 Chambre 69 stop-motion Helium Films / RTS 3m
2010 Zucchini stop-motion Helium Films / Rita Productions / RTS 3m Pilot for My Life as a Courgette
2008 Au Pays Des Tetes stop-motion Helium Films / TSR / ONF / Animateka Lubjiana 5m Co-directed with Cédric Louis
2010 Audience Award – Slovenia, Australian International Film Festival 2009
2007 Sainte Barbe stop-motion Helium Films / TSR / ONF 8m Co-directed with Cédric Louis
2006 The Genie in a Ravioli Can stop-motion Helium Films / TSR 7m
2005 Ice Floe 2D animation Helium Films / TSR 6m35s Co-directed with Cédric Louis
2002 Stigmates 2D animation Atelier Zérodeux 3m30s
1999 Casting Queen 3D animation Ecal / Barrabas 2m45s
1998 Mélanie 2D animation Ecal / Barrabas 4m22s


My Life as a Courgette (2016)
  • Cannes Film Festival, Directors' Fortnight (Quinzaine des réalisateurs) – May 2016
  • International Animation Film Festival, Annecy, Official competition – June 2016 / PUBLIC PRIZE AND CRISTAL FOR BEST FEATURE FILM
  • MIFF – Melbourne International Film Festival, (1st international screening) – July 2016 /AUDIENCE AWARD
  • FFA – Festival du film francophone d'Angoulême, Compétition – August 2016 / GRAND PRIX (Valois de Diamant)
  • TIFF – Toronto Internanational Film Festival – September 2016
The Genie in a Ravioli Can (2006)
  • Anvers, European Youth Film Festival of Flanders, Best Short Film 2007
  • Bristol, Encounters Short Film and Animation Festival, New Talent Award 2006
  • Genève, Animatou Festival international du film d'animation – Genève, Prix du public Kodak, Meilleur court métrage 2006
  • Genève 11, FROG – Festival du Film Romand à Genève, Mention spéciale 2006
  • Melbourne, Australian International Film Festival, The Golden Spotlight Award – Best Short Film 2006
  • Santiago de Compostela, Santiago de Compostela – Festival Int. de Curta CURTOCIRCUITO, «Kodak 35 mm» Award for the Best Short Film shot on 35 mm 2006
  • Solothurn, Solothurner Filmtage, Prix du Public SSA/Suissimage 2006

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