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29.6. - 3.7.2016
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Guests

Short and Student Film Competition Jury

Barbara Janišová Feglová / Slovakia

Barbara graduated with a Master’s degree in Film Theory and Criticism from the Academy of Performing Arts, Bratislava. In subsequent years she focused on film journalism and screenwriting. In 2006 she went on to work as an editor at the Broadcast Journalism Unit for Markíza, the first Slovak commercial TV channel, later transferring to the public service broadcaster Slovak Television as editor-in-chief in the Entertainment Unit. Over 2001 – 2005 she pursued PR and publishing activities. From 2006 she was a producer of HITCHHIKER Films making TV documentary projects. In her later cooperation with the Slovak Film and Television Academy she became an executive producer, managing three years of Sun in the Net – the national film award ceremony. Barbara is a co-founder of CHARACTER – Film Development Association which organizes international film industry training projects. In 2012 she formed HITCHHIKER Cinema, her own company where she currently develops and produces creative documentaries and feature films.

Thomas Renoldner / Austria

Thomas Renoldner has been working in music, painting, film, installation and performance since sixteen years of age. Thomas studied psychology and educational theory at Innsbruck and Salzburg universities, and painting and animated film at the Academy of Applied Arts in Vienna. In 1994 he made Rhythm 94 – his diploma film. Since 2007 he has led the Animation Studio at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna. His most recent animated film Sunny Afternoon was awarded, among others, an Honorary Mention at the 19th IFF Etiuda&Anima 2012. Thomas has produced several research projects about the history of Austrian animation since 1998. His most recent publication – Die Kunst des Einzelbilds – Animation in Österreich 1832 bis heute, prepared with Sabine Groschup, Mara Mattuschka and Christian Dewald – was published by Film Archive Austria in 2010. He has been the curator of Animation Avantgarde programs at the Vienna Independent Shorts Film Festival since 2009, and director of the One Day Animation Festival in Vienna since 2005. In 2010, Thomas Renoldner was one of the 25 experts who composed the list of 50 best animated films of the International Animated Film Association’s last half century as part of the ASIFA 50×50 poll.

Vassilis Kroustallis / Greece

Animation journalist, professional and scholar. His classical studies in Greece and the UK were supplemented by a Postgraduate Certificate in Film Journalism from the University of Glasgow, UK. His research activities include articles about film and animation in scholarly film journals. Since 2011, he has been the head editor of Zippy Frames, an animation website which focuses on European and independent animation, with  comprehensive coverage of animation festivals. He is the co-founder and artistic director of the international Be there! Corfu Animation Festival, which celebrated its 5th edition last October. He is currently writing his PhD thesis on contemporary European feature animation (Ionian University, Greece), and is producing the animated short The Sea-Tranced Isle (directed by Effie Pappa).

Music Video Competition Jury

Olga Bobrowska / Poland

Olga Bobrowska was born in 1987. She is a PhD student of Film Studies at Jagiellonian University, Kraków, specializing in classic Chinese animated film, and the author of academic articles on Polish and Chinese animation. She is the festival director of the StopTrik International Film Festival (Bielsko-Biała, Poland; Maribor, Slovenia), a festival dedicated to stop motion animation, the curator of animation programmes presented at festivals in Poland, Slovenia and Croatia, and a collaborator of the Animateka (Ljubljana) and Etiuda&Anima (Kraków) festivals. In 2016 she co-edited the monograph Obsession Perversion Rebellion. Twisted Dreams of Central European Animation.

Steven Woloshen / Canada

Steven Woloshen (1960) was born in Laval, Canada. He has received both a Bachelor’s degree and Master’s degree in Fine Arts from Concordia University. For more than 30 years he has passionately created more than 50 award-winning, abstract films and time-based installations for galleries and museums. He has been nominated twice for Canada’s Governor General’s Award, has been awarded numerous research and creation grants, and was the recent recipient of the 2015 Wiesbaden Lifetime Achievement Award. Woloshen has also been a teacher, festival juror, film conservationist, animator, craftsman and recently, the author of Recipes for Reconstruction (2010), the filmmaker’s manual for decay, renewal and other handmade, analogue film techniques, and Scratch, Crackle & Pop! A whole grains approach to making films without a camera (2015). Under his self-proclaimed banner of Scratchatopia, Woloshen has hosted solo retrospectives of his works and has taught his film techniques at workshops and masterclasses in Argentina, Romania, Morocco, USA, Slovenia, Australia, France, Great Britain, Portugal, Spain, Poland, and across his native Canada.

Martin Buřil / Czech Republic

Graduated from the Faculty of Fine Arts in Brno, Czech Republic and then studied at the Film and TV School in Prague (FAMU), Department of Animation.  In addition to making short animated films, he also creates installations and multimedia projects. Among other projects he has cooperated on a theatre-multimedia project on the alternative scene in Prague, Brno, Bratislava, Berlin (Cakes and Puppets, Handa Gote, Nanohach, Anymade). Currently, he cooperates with Czech and Slovak visual artists and filmmakers (Michaela Pavlátová, Lucie Sunková, Anna Daučíková, Aleš Čermák, Barbora Kleinhamplová). He also organises lectures on contemporary animation and animated films.

Slovak Film Competition Jury

Vanja Andrijević / Croatia

Vanja Andrijević (1968) is the producer and general manager at Bonobostudio, a company she founded in 2008 that focuses on the production, distribution and promotion of animated and experimental films. She has produced over 20 short films, and has also organized and coordinated various film-related events such as promotional activities, screenings and workshops. She has participated at a number of seminars, workshops and co-production forums. She has been a member of selection committees and a jury member at several international film festivals.

Katarína Moláková / Slovakia

Katarína Moláková graduated in screenwriting and dramaturgy from the Film and Television Faculty (FTF) of the Academy of Performing Arts in Bratislava (VŠMU). She has had screenwriting and dramaturgical credits in much television work of various genres and formats. She also works on animated film screenwriting. Together with Ivana Šebestová she wrote a screenplay to her film Sneh (Snow), and had a dramaturgical contribution in the film Kamene (Stones) directed by Katarína Kerekesová. She co-wrote a screenplay to a 13-part animated series for children also directed by Katarína Kerekesová – Mimi a Líza (Mimi & Lisa). She teaches courses focused on film and television dramaturgy and film and television genres at the Screenwriting Department of FTF VŠMU.

Alexander Stein / Germany

Alexander Stein was born in Koblenz. He moved to Berlin in 1990, during the summer of the German-German monetary union. He spent many years living in the creative “Dunckerland” squat, which was where he made his first animation film, Revolting Appetite after studying animation film at Kaskeline Filmakademie Berlin. Alex also studied film, theatre, ethnology and journalism at Freie Universität and Humboldt Universität in Berlin. He joined the interfilm Festival team in 1998. In 2000 Alex co-founded the limited company interfilm Berlin and celebrated the inauguration of new offices. From then on Alex became producer of festival coordination, and alongside artistic director Heinz Hermanns became managing director of interfilm in 2003. In 2008 he co-founded KUKI & Teen Screen, the International Short Film Festival for Children & Youth, that he still works on each year, and from 2008 till 2012 he was a German Short Film Association board member.

Special Guests

Stephen and Timothy Quay / United Kingdom

Brothers Stephen and Timothy Quay were born in 1947 in Norristown, Pennsylvania. After studying illustration and graphic design at Philadelphia College of Art, they obtained a scholarship at the Royal College of Art in London. Film history will always recognize them as the authors of surrealistic animation in the strictest sense. All aspects of their artistic work – ranging from puppets and props to camera operations and direction – bear their unmistakable fingerprint. Even though animation movies constitute an essential part of the brothers´ Quay filmography, their work overlaps with art forms ranging from theatre to opera and dance. This they achieve without losing their notably distinctive authorship and the clear reminiscence of key twentieth century visual and literary icons such as inspirational Czech director Jan Švankmajer, the writer Franz Kafka, and the painter Max Ernst. The brothers` Quay work abounds in powerful visual experience and offers a unique vision of what we call “reality”.

Guests

Piotr Kardas / Poľsko

Piotr Kardas (1984) študoval filmovú vedu a nové médiá na Univerzite v Lodži v Poľsku. V rokoch 2008 – 2010 bol programovým riaditeľom jedného z najznámejších filmových klubov v Poľsku (Charlie Cinema, Łódź). Pre Se-ma-for pracoval ako hlavný distribútor, programový riaditeľ filmového festivalu a programový riaditeľ Se-Ma-For European/Asian Express a Se-Ma-For FF On Tour. Popri tom sa venuje organizácii mnohých podujatí, ktoré propagujú a distribuujú animovaný film v Poľsku a vo svete. Momentálne pôsobí ako riaditeľ festivalu poľskej animácie O!PLA.

Zuzana Uhalová / Slovakia

Zuzana Uhalová studies at the Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Bratislava at the Department of Visual Communication. She animated the part of the music video Prázdniny (Holiday), in which a woman gets into a drawer and disappears into another dimension. She is mainly interested in stop motion and digital animation.  She is engaged in visual identity and book design within the scope of her studies.

Michal Tallo / Slovakia

Michal Tallo comes from Bratislava where he graduated in film dramaturgy and screenwriting. He took part in organizing several film festivals and the literary project „Medziriadky“. He works as an editor for Vlna – magazine about contemporary art and culture and he is also the chief programme dramaturge of the KLAP cinema. He regularly publishes his poems, film reviews and articles in journals like Vlna, Glosolália, .týždeň, Vertigo, RAK, Kino-Ikon, etc. and on the radio. Moreover, he organizes and moderates author readings or discussions with writers and filmmakers. He is planning to make his printed book debut this year with the collection of poems Antimita. When he procrastinates the above mentioned activities, he creates his own animated short films under fictitious identities of foreign male and female directors. Two of them have been selected for screening at Fest Anča. It remains a matter of speculations, which films this namely regards.

Martin Lorenz / Austria

Martin Lorenz Works at LWZ, a design and animation studio based in Vienna that experiments with unconventional approaches. He graduated in 2009 from Multimediaart studies in Salzburg. He worked as Animation freelancer, live Vj and club promoter in Vienna. In 2014 he co-founded the LWZ Studio with Stefan Salcher, Tobias Schererbauer and Markus Wagner.

Victor Collado Remacha / Španielsko

Ako čerstvý absolvent Polytechnickej univerzity vo Valencii získal štipendium na štúdium v Kalifornii (California College of the Arts), kde sa špecializoval na animáciu a získaval pracovné skúsenosti. Po návrate do Španielska niekoľko mesiacov pracoval ako ilustrátor a dizajnér na voľnej nohe a neskôr sa rozhodol vytvoriť si vlastné  kreatívne štúdio animácie s názvom MicuMico. Jeho krátky film bol v roku 2015  nominovaný a ocenený na festivale animovaných filmov v Stuttgarte (ITFS) na „Crazy Horse Session,“ kde mali účastníci za úlohu vytvoriť krátky animovaný film v priebehu 48 hodín, a v roku 2016 bol v tejto sekcii členom poroty.  V súčasnosti  študuje 3D animáciu na univerzite Barreira vo Valencii.

Eve Deroeck / Belgium

Eve graduated from ENSAV la Cambre. She is living in Brussels and Works as a freelancer in animation, illustration and comic book artist.

Lucy Dyson / Germany

Lucy Dyson is a Berlin-based Australian artist, animator and award-winning music-video director. Her work has been exhibited and screened in major galleries, museums and film festivals worldwide.

David Buob / Germany

David Buob was born in 1972 in Calw, Germany. Between 1992 and 1994 he studied architecture in Kassel. From 1994 to 1997 he attended Vocational training as stonemason in Kassel. From 1998 to 2003 he attended Study of Sculpture at Hochschule für Bildende Künste Dresden. From 2001 to 2002 he studied at Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna under Prof. Renée Green. From 2003 to 2005 he was a master student at Hochschule für Bildende Künste Dresden under Prof. Lutz Dammbeck. In 2011 David completed his film Das Haus – a hand drawn animation combined with 3D computer animation, for which he was awarded at numerous festivals in Europe and USA. David Buob lives and works in Dresden and Berlin.

Michał Staniszewski / Poľsko

Michał Staniszewski je kreatívny riaditeľ Plastic, malej spoločnosti, ktorá má korene v  demoscéne. Spoločnosť Plastic bola založená v roku 1997. Zozačiatku vydávala demoverzie na staršie počítače a počítače typu Amiga. Od roku 2007 spolupracuje Plastic so štúdiom Sony Santa Monica, ktorá stojí za vznikom série God Of War a unikátnymi hrami ako Journey, Flower, Unfinished Swan a Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture. V súčasnosti Michał pracuje na hre Bound, ktorej cieľom je spojiť klasické herné techniky s nehernými.

Yonathan Zur / Israel

Yonathan Zur is a film director, producer and editor, and was teaching cinema and animation in the School for Visual Theater in Jerusalem. He is the director of Magia Russica (2004) and Amos Oz – The Nature of Dreams” (2009).

Masha Zur / Israel

Masha Zur studied animation at the Bezalel Art Academy and is now editor, a writer and a literature critic in “Ha’aretz” newspaper. She is the director of Magia Russica (2004) and Amos Oz – The Nature of Dreams” (2009).

Martin Jaššo / Slovakia

Martin is Head of the VR Department at Pixel Federation. He studied Computer Science at the Slovak University of Technology, aspiring to be a game developer. Following the example of innovators such as Steve Jobs, he soon left college to pursue his vision and started to work as a game programmer/designer in a small local studio. In 2013 he joined Pixel Federation as a game designer for the online strategy game Emporea. After the emergence of advanced development kits for virtual reality in 2015, he established a VR research department. This is currently working on CoLab – an escape room puzzle game to be released in summer 2016 as a single-player story-driven game.

Laura Skocek / Austria

Laura Skocek has been working as a professional visual artist since she finished her diploma at the University of Applied Arts Vienna in 2009 (department: Digital Arts), and has participated in exhibitions in Austria and abroad. Her focus is on video arts, animation, sculpture and installation, incorporating handcrafted materials in her objects.

Juraj Krasnohorský / Slovakia

Juraj Krasnohorský was born in Bratislava and lived for 14 years in Geneva, Bilbao and Paris. He studied Science (physics and mathematics), and Film. In 2010 he founded Artichoke and released his debut feature film as director Tigers in the City (2012). As a creative producer he worked on several animated shorts, feature length and documentary films. His last co-produced short film Superbia (2016) competed at Semaine de la Critique in Cannes. He is a Maia Worskhops alumni and a pitching/packaging consultant for film projects.

Ines Christine Geißer & Kirsten Carina Geißer / Germany

Ines Christine Geißer and Kirsten Carina Geißer are sisters, born and raised in the franconian forest and since 2009 they have been working together on comics, zines and animation. Their animation shorts have been screened internationally and they won the Jury Award for a graduation film at the Annecy International Animation Film Festival in 2014. Ines Christine studied comic and animation at the School of Art and Design Kassel and graduated in animation in 2013. She then became a master student of Prof. Martina Bramkamp. Kirsten Carina studied fine arts at Burg Giebichenstein University of Art and Design in Halle and got her diploma in 2015.

Ivan Zorkić / Serbia

After his Master’s Degree in Architecture, Ivan redirected his pen from designing buildings to designing games. As an original member of Mad Head Games, he was lead artist when the studio had only five members. Almost a decade later, with Mad Head having more than a hundred artisans and craftsmen, Ivan is involved in design, production, management and art direction as executive producer and executive artist.

Mitja Manček / Slovenia

Mitja Manček was born in 1987 in Postojna in Slovenia. He received Specialist Diploma in the field of animation at Film school Zlín in Czech republic in 2009. Since March 2010 he works as a self-employed artist in Slovenia. He has made 16 animated films in 16 years.

Anthony Farquhar-Smith / United Kingdom

Anthony Farquhar-Smith has been animating and directing for twenty years. He has worked on feature films for Tim Burton, Wes Anderson and Michel Gondry. He is currently represented as a director at Th1ng, London and is developing his next short film, Drawer.

Nikola Stepkovic / Serbia

Nikola Stepkovic was born in Kragujevac, Serbia in 1985. He finished his B.A and M.A. studies of architecture at Faculty of Architecture, University of Belgrade and works predominantly in the area of digital art, animation and architecture. His exhibitions in co-authorship have been housed in various cultural institutions in Serbia. He was art director, character designer and animator of animated short 5 Minutes Each, which won 30 international awards for best animation, direction and original score. His digital sketchbook is always close at his hand.

Milen Alempijević / Serbia

Milen Alempijević is a writer, author of ten published books. Main works: The Art of Exaggeration: Notes of a Viewer (book of essays on animated film), Jazz and Film Narration (film study), Jazz, thematic issue of the Serbian most significant culture magazine Gradac (editor).  He had presented his multimedia lecture Jazz and Animated Film at several of European international festivals of animated film. Milen works for the Cultural Centre in Čačak, Serbia as the editor of the Film and Video Programme and as the Artistic Director of the international festival of animated film ANIMANIMA.

Michael Frei / Switzerland

Michael Frei studied animation at the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts and at the Estonian Academy of Art in Tallinn. His Films Not About Us and Plug & Play received numerous awards all over the world. He was invited “Animation Artist in Residence Tokyo” in 2014.

Martina Mikušová / Slovakia

Martina Mikušová is a MA student of animation at the Film and Television Faculty of the Academy of Performing Arts in Bratislava. During her BA studies she created the films Essence (Esencia) and Occupation (Okupácia). Currently, she is working on her MA film Chilli.

Andrej Kolenčík / Slovakia

Andrej Kolenčík is a film director and visual artist. He is a co-founder of International Animation Festival Fest Anča. He works under his company Admiral Films.

Bartosz Moskała / Poland

Bartosz Moskała: co-owner of IMGN.PRO, producer of KHOLAT. Previously responsible for business development and project management in the gaming industry.

Łukasz Kubiak / Poland

Łukasz Kubiak: co-owner of IMGN.PRO, writer and producer of KHOLAT. Previously responsible for marketing and sales in the gaming industry. Six years ago with Bartosz Moskala he created IMGN.PRO – a gaming publishing house and business development agency for the industry.

Kristjan Holm / Estonia

Born in 1976 in Tallinn, Estonia. In 1999 he graduated from the Estonian Academy of Arts as an interior designer. At that time the fact that a room is limited by four walls started to trouble him. An unexpected discovery that film frames also have four walls gave him the final impulse to change the field of his work and dedicate his life to investigating the ties between frames and walls.

Sander Joon / Estonia

Sander Joon is an animator and VJ artist who lives, studies and works in Tallinn. He’s got BA degree in animation at Estonian Academy of Arts. He concentrates on coherent design and uses animation to create surrealistic world spiced with humour.

Zuzana Žiaková / Slovakia

Zuzana Žiaková is a young animator and animated film director. She studied at the Academy of Performing Arts in Bratislava. Having made her BA film Shadows (Tiene) in 3D digital animation, she decided to return to traditional puppet animation in her latest film Brother Deer (Braček jelenček).

Mario von Rickenbach / Švajčiarsko

Mario von Rickenbach is a swiss game designer and developer. He studied game design at the Zurich University of the Arts, where he received a bachelors degree in 2010. His award-winning works include the games Mirage, Krautscape, Drei and Rakete.

Róbert Schochmann / Slovakia

Róbert Schochmann graduated at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology at the Slovak University of Technology in robotics. During his studies he entered many business contests which he won. His biggest achievements include winning the JCI Student Business Award 2013 and representing the Slovak Republic in Washington at the Global Student Entrepreneur Awards.  With over eight years’ experience in robotics and management, he now heads Anima Technika, s.r.o., which is conquering the world market with the unique Drone n Base project.

Magdaléna Kvasničková / Czech Republic

Magdaléna is currently studying at the Academy of Arts Architecture and Design in Prague. She has gone through several interdisciplinary internships and currently, she dedicates to autonomous graphic and decorative art, which she tries to merge with animation.

Tanja Kristan / Rakúsko

Tanja Kristan je rakúska stop-motion animátorka, ktorá rada kreslí. Pracuje ako školiteľka v oblasti audio-video, študuje časovo založené médiá na Univerzite umenia a dizajnu v Linzi. Počas svojho pobytu v rámci programu Erasmus sa zúčastnila magisterského kurzu animácie na Univerzite v západnom Anglicku v Bristole (UWE), hneď vedľa známeho štúdia animovaného filmu Aardman Animations. Jej práca zvyčajne nesie skrytý význam, a tak ako Tanja samotná, neustále kladie otázky či vyslovuje pochybnosti o tomto svete.

Jonathan Hance / USA

Jonathan Hance is a painter and filmmaker. He splits his time between rural Texas and Zagreb. He makes his own ice-cream.

Patrik Pašš / Slovakia

Born in 1974 in Bratislava, he graduated in Animation and Multimedia from the Academy of Performing Arts FAMU in Prague. He then did his PhD in Animation at the Academy of Performing Arts VŠMU in Bratislava, where he currently teaches. He is a film director, screenwriter, script editor, animator and illustrator. Patrik directed the films Anatomy Lesson (Hodina anatomie), Anton Heretik – GEN and Where the Sun Reigns (Tam, kde vládne slnko), and wrote the first Slovak graphic novel Three. Not Four, Not Five (Tri. Nie štyri, nie päť). He has also made videos for renowned Slovak musicians like Para, Jana Kirschner and Richard Müller, and cooperated on a number of internationally acclaimed animated films (tWINS, The Last Bus / Posledný autobus, Hurray to the Castle! / Hurá na hrad!).

Ante Vrdelja / Croatia

After working most of his life in some of the most successful regional video gaming and IT publications, Ante decided to try a more hands-on approach. Now he is a producer at Croteam and CAO at CGDA, working towards the promotion, support and recognition of local game development studios.

Veronika Kocourková / Slovakia

Veronika Kocourková is an animated film director and a co-owner of the Superfilm Company.

Javier Araujo / Spain

Javier Araujo was born in 1993 in Madrid. He is an animator and storyboarder. Always looking for new stories to tell, he is currently working on his second animation shortfilm and makes his living as freelance animator.

Eva Pa / Slovakia

She was drawn to the film industry by the magazine KINEČKO, where she has worked as a producer and editor. In the course of time, she has arrived at her life decision to produce and distribute animated and experimental films, and she has been carrying out these tasks since 2014 in companies BFILM and FILMTOPIA.  She loves film stock.

Adam Kelly / Czech republic

Adam Kelly is a classically trained animator currently based in Prague but originally from Dublin, Ireland. He’s been animating professionally since 2003 on projects ranging from E-learning web games to Emmy award-winning shows such as Fosters Home for Imaginary Friends and The Amazing World of Gumball. The most recent show he’s worked on is Disney’s Randy Cunningham, 9th Grade Ninja. In 2013 he opted for a career move from broadcast animation to the mobile games industry in Prague as animation lead.

Aneta Ozorek / Poland

Aneta Ozorek is film festival programmer, producer and film education expert. She has 12 years’ industry experience in production of film events, educational workshops, exhibitions and festivals on Polish and European market. Programmer of Ars Independent Film Festival (Katowice), Cinema in Sneakers Children Film Festival (Warsaw), AKINO film education project for New Horizons Association (Warsaw). Coordinator of short section at Visegrad Animation Forum in Trebon. Illustrator of six books for children. Member of jury at Odense Film Festival (Denmark), Barnefilmfestiwalen (Norway), Primanima (Hungary).

Jan Kavan / Czech Republic

Jan Kavan studied chello at Teplice conservatoire in and musical composition at the Janáček Academy of Music and Performing Arts in Brno. Ever since he was thirteen he had dreamt of creating a game but was hindered from doing so because of his extensive concert workload. However, he fulfilled his dream in 2006 when he set up a two-man studio called CBE software. Through that he released Ghost in the Sheet, J.U.L.I.A., Vampires: Guide them to Safety, Boredom of Agustín Cordes, J.U.L.I.A.: Among the Stars and J.U.L.I.A. Untold. CBE is presently working on Someday You’ll Return. Apart from the CBE games, he was also involved in the development of Tale of a Hero, Darkfall 2, Barrow Hill, Black Circle, The Colour of Murder, Blue Madonna, Beyond the Threshold, Sunrise and Serena. He continues to be an active musician in international music ensembles.

Laurent de Groonaf / Netherlands

Laurent graduated from the ArtEZ University of the arts Zwolle in 2012 with a Bachelor of Animation, and soon after he began his career as a freelance 2D Animator and director of short funny videos. Over the last three years he has worked with FinFilm studio in Rotterdam, Raspberry Animation in Groningen and currently, he works full-time with Studio EPS Design in the Hague.

Alan Jennings / USA

Alan received his BFA in animation from Massachusetts College of Art in 2007. His films have been screened internationally at: The Ottawa International Animation Festival, The Stuttgart International Festival of Animated Films and The Melbourne International Animation Festival, among many others. He is currently studying for his MFA in experimental animation at California Institute of the Arts.

Václav Blín / Czech Republic

Václav Blín is an artist and animator. He studied at the animation studio under the supervision of Jiří Barta at the Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design in Prague. Since 2005 he has collaborated with Jakub Dvorský as a permanent member of Amanita Design, where he works mainly on animation. He has worked on Samorost 2, Questionaut, Machinarium and Samorost 3.

Adolf Lachman / Czech Republic

Adolf Lachman is an artist. He studied at the atelier of classical painting techniques of Prof. Zd. Beran at the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague. He makes graphics of computer games, computer-edited drawn illustrations, and he 3D objects. He has been a member of Amanita Design since 2008 and has participated in the development of Machinarium and Samorost 3. He lives in Pardubice.

Ana Čigon / Slovenia

Ana Čigon (1982) graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Ljubljana with a BA in painting, and MFA in video. She also obtained an MA in Interface Cultures at the Kunstuniversität Linz in Austria. She works mainly in context of contemporary visual arts.

Ignatz Johnson Higham / United Kingdom

Ignatz Johnson Higham (1985, London) was previously a graphic designer and has recently turned his hand to animation. He graduated from the Royal College of Art in London in 2014. He has produced a number of short animations and has collaborated with classical musicians and composers to create dynamic projections for live performances.

Krzysztof Dębski / Poľsko

Začínal ako vizuálny umelec samouk a skončil ako spokojný CG-umelec. „Predstavte si, že vojdete do prázdnej kocky a vytvoríte si v nej vlastný svet. Vlastné pravidlá, vlastný koncept. To pre mňa znamená tvorba v 3D. Prekonávanie vlastných hraníc. Takto fungujem posledných 5 rokov, hoci predtým som vášnivo študoval architektúru a bez nej by som si svoj svet nevedel predstaviť. Najdôležitejšie v živote je ostať v pohybe. Mozog sa musí neustále hýbať.“ Krysztof s tímom pracovali na vytvorení trailerov k videohrám For Honor a Total War: Warhammer, intra k najnovšej hre CDPRed The Witcher 3: The Trail a animovaného cinematiku k Super City od Platige.

Kaoru Furuko / Japan

Kaoru Furuko is a Japanese artist based in Košice and Stockholm. Her focus is mainly on stop-motion animation and illustration, in which she visualizes oral tradition, mythology, folk tales, social and cultural phenomena using collected objects from nature and cultural environment. Currently, she lives and works in Košice, Slovakia for her next animated film project.

Adam Sporka / Czech Republic

Adam Sporka is an adaptive music designer and engineer at Warhorse Studios, working on Kingdom Come: Deliverance, and a human–computer interaction researcher at the Department of Computer Graphics and Interaction, Czech Technical University in Prague, focusing on interactive audio and interactive music.

Vojin Vasovic / Serbia

Vojin Vasovic is a film and theatre director. He holds a Master of Arts from the Graduate Centre for Study of Drama at the University of Toronto. He finished his film-directing undergraduate program in The Academy of Arts, Belgrade, Serbia, and has been working in film and experimental theatre since 2002. He is the recipient of many awards for scene movement, lighting design and direction in theatre (Visit of an Old Lady, Me,Myself and I, Shadow about me, etc). His films (Breathtaking, Back Portrait, 5 Minutes Each) were enrolled in many international film festivals for which he won thirty-four awards.

Igor Prassel / Slovenia

Igor was born in 1971 in the Slovenian coast town Koper. He is currently finishing his Masters degree in Media Studies at the Ljubljana Faculty for Graduate Social Sciences Studies. He was a long time co-editor of the only Slovene comics magazine, Stripburger, where he was writing articles and reviews, lecturing on comics history, translating, planning and setting up exhibitions… He is a member of the international editorial board of The International Journal of Animation. He is trying to make a living as a freelance animation film programmer and board member for many different film and contemporary arts festivals in Slovenia. From 2010 he is lecturing on the history and theory of animation film at the University in Nova Gorica. In 2004, he founded the International Animation Film Festival Animateka, where he is the artistic director and organisational co-producer.