Composite Films is a production studio founded in 2013 by Samuel François-Steininger that specializes in the colourisation and restoration of film and archive footage, the production of animation films and the creation of new documentary content.


In the space of four years, the studio has become a major player in the archive footage colourisation business. We have developed our unique expertise by combining cutting-edge technology, artistic design and in-depth historical research.


Our latest work includes America in Color, a colorized series about American history between the 1920s and the 1960s. We have also restored and colourised footage for Raoul Peck’s I’m not your Negro, which went on to win several prizes at various Film Festivals and was nominated at the 89th Academy Awards for Best Documentary.


At the same time, Composite Films has also produced To Build a Fire. This animated short film has been screened at more than 50 festivals and has won various awards, including Grand Prize Winner Best Animated Short Film at Flickers Rhode Island 2016, which qualified the film for the Oscars. The film is still touring prestigious festivals around the world, and will soon be broadcasted on France 2 channel.


Our studio has also embarked on Score It, an ambitious social network.

Similarly, Composite Films is currently developing a documentary series on film music composers as part of a larger transmedia project called The Film Music Project.


  • Samuel François-Steininger Samuel François-Steininger CEO, Producer



Composite Films 13 rue des Petites Ecuries 75010 Paris


Composite Films / Pôle Pixel 26 rue Emile Decorps 69100 Villeurbanne