Matija Šturm – Executive Director
Matija is a producer and executive producer in the field of film and animated film production. He has been involved in the realization of 9 professional stop-motion short films, 30 animated shorts made at creative workshops, a short and a feature documentary, many of them awarded at the national and international level. Beside film production, his professional experience includes theatre production, exhibitions, workshops and organization of professional gatherings. Matija Šturm is chairman of the Slovenian Animated Film Association, board member of the international initiative CEE Animation Forum and board member of The Slovenian Federation of Filmmakers’ Guilds.
Michal is an independent producer of Animation People company. He has made over 200 TV series episodes, ten short films, two feature films and more than 80 animated commercials and music videos. Michal is the founding member of the Czech Animation Film Association (ASAF), member of the board of directors of the Association of Czech Producers (APA) and until 2018, chairman of the Visegrad Animation Forum.
Aneta Ozorek – Head of Short Film Section
Aneta is artistic director of the KLIK Holland Animation Festival, film curator and education expert. She has an extensive experience in production of film events, educational workshops, exhibitions and festivals in the Polish and European market. She is also a programme advisor of the Cinema in Sneakers Film Festival in Warsaw and film section curator for the Street Art Festival in Katowice. She is Polish Ambassador of the European Animation Award and a member of the European Children Film Association or Board of Short Film Conference. She has been member of jury at Berlinale, Odense Film Festival, Anibar, Primanima, Dresden Short FF, Zlin Film Festival, Baltic Pitching Forum and others.
Karolína Davidová – Head of Series/TV Specials Section
Karolína is a newbie film producer, experienced in short animated films. Graduated from arts management and film production, spent part of her studies in London, lectured animation workshops and co-organized various film industry events. Recently, Karolína co-founded a 13ka company with Anna Vášová focusing on original projects based on a strong story.
Matthieu Darras – Head of Feature Films Section
Matthieu is the director of First Cut Lab and recently created the Pop Up Film Residency. He founded and directed the European Network NISI MASA, and similarly co-founded and was artistic director of the TorinoFilmLab. A writer for the film magazine Positif, Matthieu Darras has been working as festival director (Alba FF & IFF Bratislava) and programmer (Cannes Critics’ Week and San Sebastian).
Jožko Rutar – CEE Animation Workshop
Jožko Rutar is the founder and CEO of SPOK Film, a newly established production company dedicated to discovering new Slovenian film talents and to the development, production, promotion and distribution of high-end art-house films. After graduating from the Faculty of Economics in Ljubljana, Jožko worked as producer of cultural events, dance performances and films with the EN-KNAP contemporary dance group for five years. From 2004 to 2011, he managed the Staragara production company and produced several features, shorts and documentaries that were presented in Cannes, Venice, Locarno, Rotterdam, etc. From 2011 to 2016, he was Managing Director of the Slovenian Film Centre. He is an EAVE graduate and its Slovenian national representative. He is a lecturer at the School of Arts – University of Nova Gorica. He offers consulting services in film development and financing and works as a decision-maker on various film funding bodies.
Juraj Krasnohorsky – CEE Animation Workshop
Juraj Krasnohorsky is a producer based in Bratislava. He and his colleague Henrieta produce both fiction and animated films through his company Artichoke. Juraj co-produced the short film Superbia (2016), which premiered at the Semaine de la Critique in Cannes. He is currently co-producing an animated feature film for adults called White Plastic Sky with Salto Film (HU) and a stopmotion feature film for children Of Unwanted Things and People with MAUR film (CZ), ZVIIKS (Sl) and WJT (POL). Juraj is an EAVE graduate, a member of the Slovak Association of Animated Film Producers, a board member of VAF and an initiator/co-organizer of the CEE Animation Workshop. He occasionally lectures at the Bratislava film school VŠMU and the Animation Sans Frontière workshop and contributes as a pitching tutor for animated film projects at international pitching platforms.
Marta Jallageas – Public Relations
Marta works as a film public relations freelancer. After spending seven years working in PR and marketing in both the non-profit and business sectors, Marta decided to return to her university field of interest and focus on film PR. She is in charge of marketing and international PR with a focus on the professional community but also manages the promotion of a film in all stages and genres. Within CEE Animation, she coordinates media collaboration with current partners and continues to look for more opportunities to establish new contacts.
Maroš Brojo – CEE Animation Talents
Maroš Brojo works as the manager of Slovak Game Developers Association and as artistic director at Game Days Trnava festival dedicated to digital games. He is a curator at Slovak Design Museum, focusing on digital games and multimedia history and is also a member of Slovak Arts Council support program for multimedia and digital games. As a project coordinator at CEE Animation he manages the Talents promotional initiative. From 2014 to 2018 he worked as the artistic director of Fest Anča International Animation Festival.
Marcela Vrátilová – Head of Production
Marcela is a freelance executive producer/production manager. She graduated from FAMU in production, mainly worked in advertising as Line producer for Stillking Films, the leading Czech service production company, then moved to London where she spent 5 years working for one of UK’s leading advertising production companies, Stink London. During this period, she made the first contact with animated film through Michal Podhradský and his company Animation people. Since 2015, she has been Head of Production at CEE Animation (formerly VAF). Currently, she works in Prague as production manager for 2 feature films co-produced by MAUR filmThe Crossing and Fritzi – A Revolutionary Tale and new feature film Rosentaal by Miroslav Krobot.
Ana Lampret – Production
Ana currently works for The Slovenian Federation of Filmmakers’ Guilds and CEE Animation. She previously worked for the Slovenian Film Centre on Script and Project Development, promotion coordination and promotion of short films. She was responsible for organization and coordination of special events. In recent years, she was head of industry events at the Festival of Slovenian Film. She is actively involved in the development and education initiative RE-ACT through which she also occasionally collaborates with TorinoFilmLab, Maia workshops and Ex Oriente.
Maja Oprešnik – Production
Maja received her Bachelor’s degree in Cultural Studies from the University of Ljubljana. Her diverse work experience spans from journalistic and editorial work at the infamous Radio Študent to technical photography in the field of archaeology, to being head of hospitality at the Festival of Slovenian Film and Animateka. The latter made a lasting impression on her, causing her to stay in the field of animation with her current work for DSAF –Slovenian Animated Film Association.
Bojan Schuch – Financial Consultant
Bojan is experienced professional with a more than 20 years’ history of work in the NGO management industry. As co-founder and CEO of ABBS, has been providing administrative support for grants and subsidies in different areas, both for donors and beneficiaries. From 1999 to 2011, he managed several human rights’ programmes in Civil Society Development Foundation and developed different partnership projects, mostly in the areas of civil and cultural dialog. From 2012 to 2018, he was Executive Director of the Institute of Documentary Film, with responsibility for administration, management and running of three very well-known documentary projects continuously supported by Creative Media: East Doc Platform, Ex Oriente Film and KineDok. With comprehensive knowledge of grants’ and subsidies’ schemes on local, regional and international level, Bojan’s consulting services are focused on end-to-end financial management.
Martin Vandas / CZECH REPUBLIC
Martin has worked as a producer at MAUR film since 2003. He was a delegate producer and head of development of the co-production of Of Unwanted Things and People, a stop-motion children’s animated film. He is a lecturer at FAMU, a financial and content expert for the Czech State Cinematography Fund and Slovak Audiovisual Fund, a member of the European Film Academy and a founding member of ASAF (and its first chairman). He is currently producing his eighth feature film, as well as many shorts and 30 episodes of an animated series for The Czech Academy of Sciences.
Györgyi Falvai / HUNGARY
Györgyi graduated in Economics and received MA in design and art management. She worked as tour manager at Budapest’s acknowledged art theater Katona József, then as PR and press consultant for the French Institute Budapest, and later as an independent media consultant for many cultural events. She was creative producer at Film Positive Productions then worked in film distribution for Szuez Film Hungary, this is how she met animation and joined Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design’s Animation Department in 2009. She organized animation festivals and coordinated EU Media program supported international training projects. She is also funder of Salto Films developing content orientated and 360 degree projects.
Bálint Gelley / HUNGARY
Bálint is a Hungarian director and producer of animated films. He graduated in 2012 as a visual communication artist and animator from MOME – Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design. He also took part in the Animation Sans Frontières workshop in 2012-13. He started his career as a director of short films, TV series and commercials, and became a producer in 2015. He is the co-founder of CUB Animation Studio, an independent animation studio based in Budapest. The studio’s main focus and indeed obsession is creating worlds with unique designs using the unlimited tools of animation and the power of young talents.
Katarina Kerekesová / SLOVAKIA
Katarína Kerekesová graduated from the Animation Film Department at the Film and TV Faculty of the Academy of Performing Arts in Bratislava. In 2009, she founded the Fool Moon production company. She has directed and produced two successful Slovak TV shows – Mimi & Lisa and The Websters. Last year, she produced the TV special Mimi & Lisa – Christmas Lights Mystery. She is Director of the Slovak Association of Animated Film Producers (APAF) and a lecturer at the Animation Film Department in Bratislava.
Zosia Horszczaruk / POLAND
Zosia Horszczaruk has several years of experience in the field of international sales of short films. In 2014 – 16, she worked as a specialist in acquisitions and sales of films at New Europe Film Sales. In 2017 – 18, she worked as a producer for Canal + Poland. She currently works with the New Horizons Association and the Polish Animation Producers Association, helping to produce and promote special industry events. She was a member of international juries at various short film festivals, such as Cork Film Festival and Encounters Film Festival. A graduate of the Locarno Industry Academy and Eave Marketing Workshop, she gives guest lectures and workshops on film sales and marketing. She recently became a national coordinator of CEE Animation.