Stéphane Aubier, graduate of the La Cambre Academy of Audiovisual Arts in Brussels, is considered one of Europe’s leading contemporary animators. He formed a creative duo with Vincent Patar and, right after his studies, achieved success with a trio of animated slapsticks known as the PicPic André Shoow. After experimenting with hand-drawn and cut-out animation in several short films and music videos, he returned to his original concept of A Town Called Panic and his puppetoon series became an immediate hit. A spinoff animated feature film of the same name was also a huge success with the audiences and was nominated for the César Award for the Best Foreign Film in 2010. Animated comedy Ernest and Celestine created by Aubier and Patar together with Benjamin Renner won the César Award for the Best Animated Film in 2013.