Bruno Aveillan (born in Toulouse, February 24, 1968) is a French director, photographer and multimedia artist.
Graduate of the École Supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Toulouse, Bruno Aveillan has notably produced numerous advertising films for brands such as Guerlain, Cartier, Orange, Perrier, Audi, Nike, Louis Vuitton and many others.
His work, and in particular his personal approach to photography and light, is regularly cited as a reference by famous names in cinema.
Director in 2001 of the film for the launch of Lanvin’s Oxygen perfume, he made Gisele Bündchen work for the first time on screen. Many other celebrities have also found themselves behind his lens, including: Monica Bellucci, Claudia Schiffer, Natalia Vodianova, Sharon Stone, Milla Jovovich, Rachel Weisz, etc.
In 2008, Louis Vuitton called on him to direct the first advertising film in its history, entitled Where will life take you. In a 90-second format and translated into 14 languages, this film has won numerous awards including a Gold Clio Award, a Gold Award at the London International Awards, and an Epica Award.
In 2012, Bruno Aveillan directed the film L’Odyssée for Cartier. Lasting an exceptional three and a half minutes, this film illustrates the great moments in the history of the brand by staging the surreal journey of a panther, animal symbol of Cartier. Previewed at MOMA in New York and at the Grand Palais in Paris, this film was then seen in the space of three months by more than 160 million viewers worldwide.
In April 2019, he produced Eternals for Puy du Fou, seven minutes of breathtaking images shot in the authentic Puy du Fou settings with more than 200 actors, 600 costumes, 30 horses and 2 tons of fireworks. Worthy of a blockbuster film and endowed with captivating music, this film required more than two and a half years of preparation and was widely acclaimed by critics.
But if Bruno Aveillan is one of the best directors of French advertising, he is nonetheless a talented visual artist. Bruno Aveillan has developed a dense and syncretic research work, in the form of experimental films and photographs. The recurring themes of memory and the human body played major roles in his work.
In 2017 he produced for the centenary of Auguste Rodin a magnificent documentary Divino Inferno on the matrix work of the famous sculptor “La Porte de l’enfer”. In this documentary of rare visual intensity, Bruno Aveillan unveils the unsuspected story of Rodin’s masterpiece, inspired by Dante’s The Divine Comedy, which combines visual arts, dance, poetry and literature
His work, awarded at numerous festivals, has been the subject of several exhibitions, and several of his works are part of prestigious public and private collections.
Bruno Aveillan also supports the action of NGOs such as Reporters sans frontières, la Banque Alimentaire and the Paralympic Games for which he has made several films. He is also an ambassador for the Heart Fund.