Born in 1983 in Lille (France), Bastien Dubois earned his diploma in CGI Directing from Supinfocom Valenciennes in 2006. He is a keen traveller, it was after he hitchhiked from the north of France to Istanbul that he had the idea of making an animated travel log. His first independent film Madagascar, a Journey Diary was based on a one year trip to the big red island. This film was very well received and screened in more than 200 international film festivals including Sundance. The film ultimately garnered an Oscar nomination in 2011. In 2012 he directed a TV programme based on Madagascar, a Journey Diary called Faces From Places, a series of 20 animated 3-minute travelogue films featuring various countries around the world. In 2012 Bastien released Cargo Cult, an animated short film which is set in Papua New Guinea during World War II.