Experts

VANJA ANDRIJEVIĆ is the producer and general manager at Bonobostudio, a company focusing on production, distribution and promotion of animated and experimental films. Previously she worked as coordinator at Split Film Festival, as coordinator and producer at the production studio Fade In, executive producer at the Croatian Film Association and executive producer at the animation production company Kenges. She was a member of festival selection committees at 25FPS (2009–2010), Annecy (2009), Animafest Zagreb (2012) and a jury member at several film festivals and pitching forums. She also organized and coordinated other film-related events, such as promotional activities, screenings and workshops.

NUNO BERNARDO is an award-winning and Emmy-nominated writer, producer and director and a bestselling book author. As TV producer and showrunner, Nuno Bernardo created and produced Beat Generation, Flatmates, the Kidscreen Award-winner Aisling’s Diary, and the Emmy-nominated TV series Final Punishment, Beat Girl, and Collider. In North America Nuno Bernardo was the executive producer of two HBO Canada TV Shows: Living in Your Car and The Line, featuring Linda Hamilton and Ed Asner. As director, Nuno Bernardo helmed and wrote the Emmy-nominated sci-fi series Collider, the TV documentary The Standups, the Portuguese TV series Amnesia and The Players. Gabriel is his directorial debut as feature film director. The movie was selected to the Locarno Film Festival in 2018 and will hit the big screens in Europe early 2019. Nuno also keynotes, lectures, writes and runs workshops around the world about the changing landscape of the entertainment industry, audience development strategies, transmedia storytelling, digital convergence and branded entertainment.

MARC BERTRAND joined the French Animation Studio as a producer in 1998 and has since produced more than 100 films, including such notable successes as the award-winning series Science Please! (2001), and Noël Noël (2003) by Nicola Lemay. Bertrand’s interest in new technology has led him to become involved in working on 3D films. In 2008, he coproduced Facing Champlain: A Work in 3 Dimensions, directed by Jean-François Pouliot, and produced Private Eyes, a new 3D film by Nicola Lemay. Among his other productions are acclaimed films such as Imprints (2004) by Jacques Drouin, Sunday (2011) by Patrick Doyon, which earned an Oscar® nomination, and works by Theodore Ushev, including Lipsett Diaries (2010), winner of a Genie for Best Animated Short and a Special Mention at the Annecy International Animated Film Festival. In 2013, Marc became an AMPAS (Academy of Motion Picture, Arts and Sciences) member and completed the co-production Hollow Land (Michèle and Uri Kranot) and Gloria Victoria (T. Ushev), which won the FIPRESCI award in Annecy 2013. In 2014, it was another of Marc’s production, No fish where to go, that received the same honor. In 2016, his production of Théodore Ushev’s Vaysha the Blind won both the Jury Prize and the Children Jury prize in Annecy and in 2017 the film was nominated for an Oscar® in the Short Animated film category.

IRIS CADOUX is a project manager at the Council of Europe’s Eurimages fund. She is in charge of co-productions for feature-length fiction and animation films. Eurimages is the cultural support fund for film of the Council of Europe. Established in 1989, it numbers 38 of the 47 member states of the Strasbourg-based Organisation, plus Canada as Associate member. It promotes independent filmmaking by providing financial support to feature-length films, animation and documentary films. With an annual budget of 25 million euros, the Fund aims to promote international co-operation across borders.

ŠPELA ČADEŽ has been working as an independent animation director and producer since 2008. Her films have been screened worldwide. Boles (2013), a short puppet animation, has received 50 awards, distinctions and nominations including a Grand Prix at DOK Leipzig and Best Debut Award at Hiroshima Festival and was screened in competition at 150 festivals. Her latest film Nighthawk (2016) has received 23 awards and distinctions up to date with Grand Prixs at HAFF Festival Holland and Animafest Zagreb, and has been screened in selections at festivals such as Sundance, Clermont Ferrand and Annecy. Čadež graduated in Graphic Design in Ljubljana in 2002 and continued her studies at the Academy of Media Arts Cologne, Germany. Lives and works in Ljubljana.

JEAN-FRANÇOIS LE CORRE was born in 1965 at Quimper in France. He graduated in Economy and Communication from the Universities of Brest and Rennes. In 1989/90, he worked in Germany for the French Foreign Affairs Minister. Back in France, he is press officer for film festivals in Brittany and for MEDIA CARTOON 93. From 1992 to 1994, he worked as production manager on shorts films, documentaries and music videos for Lazennec Bretagne, the main producer in Brittany. In April 1998, he created the production company Vivement lundi ! focused on animation for TV and documentaries. Vivement Lundi ! has been awarded as Best French Animation Producer for TV in 2011, won the Cartoon Tribute 2015 for Best European Animation Producer and UniFrance Award 2016 for Best French exporter of short films. The company produced or co-produced animated films and series as L’Homme aux Bras Ballants by Laurent Gorgiard, Tempête sur anorak by Paul Cabon, Dimitri by Agnès Lecreux, Oh Willy… and Ce Magnifique gâteau ! by Emma de Swaef and Marc James Roels. These productions won more than 200 awards in famous events as FIFA Annecy, OIAF Ottawa, Sundance Film Festival, Animafest Zagreb… Vivement Lundi! is working with co-producers in Belgium, Denmark, Portugal and Swiss.

JÓZSEF FÜLÖP has been a lecturer at the Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design Budapest (MOME) since 2001, became the leader of the Animation program in 2005, and developed the Hungarian animation BA and MA education programs, as well as the accreditation materials. He founded the animation department and has been its leader since 2010, and has been elected as rector of MOME in 2014. He is a member of EADIM (European Academy of Digital Media); in his creative, designer work he focuses on 360° media content development. His field of research is relationship between animation and new media.

ALEXIS HOFMANN graduated in modern literature from La Fémis. After working for the French National Center of Cinema (CNC), he joined Haut et Court Distribution, and then Memento Films, working in the booking and marketing departments for each. He joined BAC FILMS in 2006 as a programmer and then became marketing project manager for the company. Alexis has been overseeing acquisitions for BAC FILMS since 2013.

 

MOE HONAN is CEO of Moetion Films Ltd., which she founded in October 2013 and where she works as a Producer and Voice Director of animated feature films and TV series. Moetion Films develops and produces content for family audiences and won Producer of the Year 2016 at Cartoon Movie in Lyon. Since 2000, in conjunction with many international partners based in Germany, Luxembourg, Finland, Denmark, France, Canada, and with broadcasters such as BBC, NDR, WDR France 2, France 3, TVO, and the, Moe has co-produced several animation projects including five award winning animated feature films which have been distributed internationally. Most recently she co-developed and produced Two By Two – Ooops! The Ark Has Gone (aka All Creatures Big and Small), a 3D animated feature film in co-production with partners in Germany, Belgium and Luxembourg. The film was very successfully received in 2015 in the UK and Ireland where it achieved large audiences over a long theatrical run, and has since been distributed world-wide. Currently Moetion Films is producing the sequel to this film entitled Ooops! Back in the Deep End and is also developing a TV series from the same IP, alongside a slate of projects. In April 2018, Moe was appointed Industry Chair of Animation Ireland, a trade association which promotes the animation sector in Ireland, Europe and internationally.

SINIŠA JURIČIĆ founded Nukleus Film Croatia in 2003, Nukleus Film Slovenia in 2012 and service production company Jaako dobra produkcija (JDP) in 2013. In 1998 together with director Vinko Brešan, produced 11’ film in 360 degrees technique, film that represented Croatia in Lisbon at EXPO 98 exhibition. Film was screened by over one million viewers. Sinisa’s focus is on producing films and helping talented filmmakers from the CEE to achieve their full international potential. Regularly receiving international film awards and funding for films, both at home and internationally. In 2012 awarded with annual Albert Kapovic award of Croatian Producers Association for contribution to the promotion of Croatian film. Won Golden Arena at national film festival in Pula in 2016. for best minority co-production Good wife by Mirjana Karanovic.

AGNIESZKA KOWALEWSKA-SKOWRON is co-founder and associate at MOMAKIN (www.momakin.pl), responsible for acquisition of films and TV content for distribution as well as programming for film projects and special events, including the ANIMARKT Stop Motion Forum, the first event focusing on puppet animation, a platform for sharing experiences and good practice between professionals. Master of Film Culture and New Media and alumna of postgraduate programme in Public Relations (Lodz University, Poland). She has volunteered for and co-organized numerous cultural events, such as the Four Cultures‘ Dialogue Festival and an Anniversary of Lodz Ghetto Liquidation. She worked as advertising consultant, production and set manager for commercials and corporate videos at TOYA and Wytwornia Club. From 2012 to 2014 she was the coordinator and Programme Director of the Se-ma-for Film Festival. In 2015 she co-created a major VOD platform for children in Poland.

URI KRANOT’s work has expanded beyond the traditional: his art straddles experimental genres and unfamiliar mediums, fusing hand-made crafted images and new technologies into contemporary experiences. He has been honored with the top industry awards, including the Lumen and Fipresci Prize, the Oscar Academy shortlist and the Danish Statens Kunstfond award for the performing arts. He also the creative director of ANIDOX with Michelle Kranot.

 

MILORAD KRSTIĆ is a Middle European artist who was born in Dornberk, Slovenia, in 1952. He took a degree in law at the University of Novi Sad, Serbia. Since 1989 he’s been living and working in Budapest, Hungary as a painter and multimedia artist. He immersed himself into different fields of visual art through painting, drawing, sculpting, documentary films, stage design, set design, photography, interactive CD-ROM, etc. For his first short animated film My Baby Left Me he was awarded with a Silver Bear in 1995 at the Berlin Film Festival, and his for interactive CD ROM, Das Anatomische Theater he won a MIFA award for The Best Interactive Project in Annecy, 1999.

FRANCOIS LE GALL crossed a_BAHN’s path in 2014, and after two exemplary co-productions (Soundhunters and Zero Impunitytransmedia documentary projects), he joined the Luxembourg trio in 2017. Within a_BAHN, he has produced virtual reality works, including the VR film by Vincent Ravalec Fan Club with Sylvie Testud, Mathieu Kassovitz and Denis Lavant or the fiction experiment 7 Lives by Jan Kounen. He has also developed a 90’ documentary project from Thessaloniki to Sheffield, via Toronto Hot Docs and produced a documentary web series for ARTE, Fashion Geek. Today he produces the next animated feature film by the Blies brothers and Kim O’Bomsawin, Ghostdance. The film project dealing with the question of gender equality and feminicide was noticed from the very beginning by the international animation film industry when it was selected for the Cartoon Movie in Bordeaux in 2019 and the Pitch Eurimages. In parallel, he is working on the development of two virtual reality real time animation projects: Shock The Monkey by the Blies brothers, on the theme of the privatization of our imagination by the capitalist system, and Amnesia by Marc Robinet (in co-production with Lucid Realities), on a father’s desperate quest to keep his daughter alive.

PÉTER BENJÁMIN LUKÁCS was born in Budapest in 1982. He has studied Film theory and also English at ELTE, Budapest between 2003 and 2008. During these years he participated in an internship scholarship (HAESF), spending one year in New York City at a sound post production facility calles Silver Sound. Since 2010 he takes part in the training of animation students at MOME University of Art and design, giving lectures and seminars on sound design. He mainly works as supervising sound editor for animation and live action films and documentaries, creating the overall audio character of a film.

KOLJA SAKSIDA received his Master’s degree in Film Studies from the ECAL University of Art and Design, Lausanne. Kolja works in the field of filmmaking as a director, producer and teacher. His animated series Koyaa – Wild Life was screened with success on the national Radio Television Slovenia throughout the 2005 season. Kolja also realized the short puppet animated films Kiddo – Slingshot, Koyaa the Extraordinary, Koyaa – Flower, Koyaa – Naughty Toy Car, Koyaa – Flying Workbook, Koyaa – Dancing Socks, Koyaa – Silly Stickers, Koyaa – Freezing Scarf, Koyaa – Wild Sunbed and the animated film Azulejo or visual illusion created in mixed technique. His films were shown at more than 250 international film festivals, televisions and other venues worldwide. As a mentor and producer, Kolja leads animation workshops for children, youth and adults. Films made at his workshops received numerous accolades at home and abroad. Kolja is an assistant professor at the School of Arts, University of Nova Gorica, and the director of the production company ZVVIKS, based in Ljubljana, Slovenia.

TINA SMREKAR is co-founder of and producer at Finta Studio, realising several short animated films by Špela Čadež, together with the author. Since 2015 Tina is board member of the Slovenian Animated Film Association that is very active in connecting animation professionals in the Central and Eastern European Region. Tina is also involved in developing young talent as Assistant Professor at the University of Nova Gorica School of Arts and since 2018 Ambassador of the Emile Animation Awards.

 

REKA TEMPLE Prior to creating the independent animation studio and production house CINEMON Entertainment in the early 2000, Reka was the Head of Productions at Loonland AG., one of the largest animation producers in Germany. She played a key role in developing their overseas coproductions, helping to establish satellite studios in Los Angeles, New York, Seoul and London. Over the past two decades she has over 20.000 minutes of animated TV series under her belt, plus 8 feature films, many earning international awards. Reka has been the Secretary General of the Association of Hungarian Producers from 2005 to 2009 and the Head of the Animation Department at the Institute of Theatre and Film between 2010 and 2014. Currently she is the President of the Hungarian Association of Animation Producers.

MARIE-PIERRE VALLE holds a Bachelor of Arts in Literature and History of Art. She first worked at TF1 where she was responsible for TV films acquisitions. Then she was creative director at StudioCanal and since 2008, head of acquisitions at Wild Bunch, working with domestic and international independent companies. Wild Bunch particularly looks for young directors and new talents. Their films have been successful all over the world and often
awarded at numerous major film festivals.

 

MANU WEISS, immersive media artist, virtual curator. After a degree in design and animation Manu Weiss worked in varied positions in the field of audiovisual media as a director, animator and compositor for animated shorts, video mapping, commercials, games and feature films. With the new era of augmented and virtual reality, multiple curated immersive media exhibitions followed. Manu Weiss is an avid advocate for new technologies, art, animation
and storytelling.

PAUL YOUNG is co-founder of Cartoon Saloon, an IFTA winner and Oscar® and Bafta nominee. He produced the animated features The Secret of Kells, Song of the Sea, and The Breadwinner. Paul also produced two seasons of Puffin Rock, an original TV series which has been dubbed into over 25 languages. Paul is Chairman of Animation Ireland, the representative body for animation studios in Ireland as well as an Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the year finalist. 2018 was the inaugural year of Kilkenny Animated, a festival of visual storytelling co-founded by Paul to showcase the talents and profiles of world-renowned illustrators, designers, animators and cartoonists.