For the pre-selection process, the 18 awards have been divided in 4 main fields: student and short films, feature films, TV/Broadcast Productions and Commissioned Films and Soundtrack. For each field, a jury composed of 3 European experts voted for the final 5 nominees.
The jury was composed of:
For Student and Short Movies:
- Niki Lindroth von BahrFilmmaker (Sweden)Niki Lindroth von BahrFilmmaker (Sweden)
Niki Lindroth von Bahr is an artist and animator based in Stockholm.
Her short films The Burden, Bath House and Tord & Tord have been screened at festivals worldwide such as Cannes, Berlinale and Sundance. The Burden has since its premiere in 2017 won 65 awards, including Le Cristal for Best Short Film in Annecy and Best International Short Film in Toronto.
- Aneta OzorekAnimator - Film festival curator (Poland)Aneta OzorekAnimator - Film festival curator (Poland)
Aneta Ozorek is an experienced festival programmer and expert in a field of children and youth film.
Extremely involved into the cultural life and industry of her country, Aneta cumulates few curation roles as Head of Short Section at Visegrad Animation Forum in Trebon and Polish Animators Producers Association; the coordination of Warsaw Film Talent Camp; and being responsible for promotion of polish animations at MIFA, Cartoon Forum, MIPCOM, Cinekid. Since February 2018 she has been the new Artistic Director for KLIK!
Alongside, Aneta is an illustrator of books for children.
- Ülo PikkovFilmmaker - Author - PhDÜlo PikkovFilmmaker - Author - PhD
Ülo Pikkov is an internationally renowned filmmaker, producer and film scholar.
Pikkov studied animation at the Turku Arts Academy in Finland and since 1996 has directed several award-winning animation films (Empty Space, Tik-Tak, Body Memory). He has published articles on film and written fiction books for children and adults. Pikkov is the author of “Animasophy, Theoretical Writings on the Animated Film” (2010). In 2018 Pikkov got his doctoral degree at the Estonian Academy of Arts with thesis “Anti-Animation: Textures of Eastern European Animated Film”.
For Feature Films:
- Daniel ŠuljićFilmmaker - Film Festival curator / World festival of animated film Animafest Zagreb (Croatia)Daniel ŠuljićFilmmaker - Film Festival curator / World festival of animated film Animafest Zagreb (Croatia)
Daniel Šuljić is an animation director and the artistic director of the Animafest Zagreb.
He served as an artistic consultant for animated film at the Hrvatski audiovizualni centar (HAVC) and he is a member of the Film Council at the City Office for Education, Culture and Sports. Since 2009, he is a member of the board of ASIFA Austria.
- Martin VandasProducer (Czech Republic)Martin VandasProducer (Czech Republic)
Producer of four feature animated films, short films, several documentaries and TV review programs, Martin Vandas is a member of the European Film Academy, the Association of the Czech Audio-visual producers, the Czech association of Animation film and the National co-ordinator of Visegrad Animation Forum.
- Alberto VàzquezFilmmaker (Spain)Alberto VàzquezFilmmaker (Spain)
Alberto Vázquez is a Filmaker, illustrator and cartoonist.
His books and comics have been published in countries like Spain, France, Italy, Brazil, China and Korea.
He has written and directed short animation as Birdboy, Unicorn blood or Decoradoand he finished his first featured film Psiconautas based on his graphic novel.
His works have won three times the Goya Awards and have been exhibited in festivals worldwide.
For TV/Broadcast Productions and Commissioned Films:
- Sabine AndresoneProducer - Curator (Latvia)Sabine AndresoneProducer - Curator (Latvia)
Sabīne Andersone is managing director of animation film studio Atom Art, based in Riga, Latvia. Co-founder and member of Latvian Animation Association. Producer of prize winning artistic animation shorts, pre-school series and TV specials. She is currently in charge of production of animated feature film "Jacob, Mimmi and the Talking Dogs”.
- Ashley BoddyStory Artist - Animator (UK)Ashley BoddyStory Artist - Animator (UK)
Ashley Boddy is a story artist working in London.
He was part of the story teams for Aardman's Early Man, Shaun the Sheep and Pirates! as well as the Shaun the Sheep TV series for which he received an Emile Award in 2017. He currently works for Locksmith Animation as a story artist on their first feature film.
- Pierre-Henry LaporterieHead of animation department at ECV school - Designer (France)Pierre-Henry LaporterieHead of animation department at ECV school - Designer (France)
Designer for features films, Pierre-Henry Laporterie has collaborated with Dreamworks, Universal Studios, Illumination Macguff, Ubisoft, Folivari, Onanimation and closely with Sylvain Chomet for The Illusionist (French Cesar and Oscar nominated 2011).In part time, he likes to share his knowledge as an instructor at Emile Cohl and sometimes for the Gobelins.
He is also the head of animation department at the ECV school in Lille.
For Soundtrack & Sound Design:
- Alexandru BălănescuComposer (Romania)Alexandru BălănescuComposer (Romania)
Alexandru Bălănescu was born in Bucharest, and at the age of seven went to the Special School for Music there.
In 1979, Bălănescu became the leader of the Michael Nyman Band and toured with this group around the world for 15 years. During the same period he was also a member of the Gavin Bryars Ensemble. Collaborations as composer/performer include, in dance, with Meryl Tankard, Pina Bausch, Rosemary Lee, Suzy Blok, Jochen Ulrich, Phillipe Saire and Virgilio Sieni, and in theatre productions at Theatre de la Place, Liege, Belgrade State Theatre, Cabaret Dromesko, Rennes, and Watford Palace Theatre. Bălănescu's credits as a composer of film and TV music include the feature films Angels & Insects (dir. Philip Haas), Le Poulpe (dir. Guillaume Nicloux), Il Partigiano Johnny (dir. Guido Chiesa), Eisenstein (dir. Renny Bartlett) and The Way I Spent the End of the World (dir. Cătălin Mitulescu) and over 20 animated films, the majority with his longstanding collaborator the director Phil Mulloy. In 2008 he wrote the music for the Hungarian film Tablo (dir. Gábor Dettre), performed by the Balanescu Quartet. 2009 saw a renewal of his collaboration with the director Philip Haas for the film installations Skeletons Warming themselves by the Fire and The Death of Pentheus commissioned by the Kimbell Art Museum, Fort Worth, Texas. The Death of Pentheus was also screened at the Venice Film Festival.
- Mikolaj TrzaskaJazz musician - Composer (Poland)Mikolaj TrzaskaJazz musician - Composer (Poland)
Mikolaj Trzaska, born in Gdansk (Poland), is an acknowledged jazz musician, saxophonist, bass clarinetist and award-winning film and documentary music composer, member of European Film Academy.
A favorite composer of Poland’s most acclaimed director Wojciech Smarzowski; the scores to his Dark House, Rose, The Mighty Angel, Volhynia and very famous Clergy has received many significant awards and nominations. His recent feature works include: Ar Putam uz Lupam by Janis Nords and Pitty by Babis Makridis.
Trzaska is a co-owner of an independent record label Kilogram Records publishing international projects of improvised music. The leader of international trio VOLUME and IRCHA CLARINET QUARTET, he plays radical contemporary free jazz and travels around the globe cooperating with the biggest personalities of the world of improvisation, including: Peter Brötzmann, Joe McPhee, Ken Vandermak, Evan Parker, Mark Sanders, Peter Friis Nielsen, Peter Ole Jorgensen, Michael Zerang, Jay Rosen, Dominik Duval and Johannes Bauer. He has recorded over 80 musical albums us bandleader and member.
- Dani ZacaríasSound Designer (Spain)Dani ZacaríasSound Designer (Spain)Dani Zacarías has been working in the film industry for 20 years as a sound designer&re-recording mixer and he has worked in some of the best multinationals in the sound industry like Avid and Dolby. He also teaches sound postproduction at the Catalan Film University.Best Sound AwardAcademy of Arts and Cinematographic Sciences of GaliciaSound design & Mix of the film "Salaó"GoyaAcademy of Arts and Cinematographic Sciences of SpainSound design & Mix of the best documentary "Bicycle, Spoon, Apple"Best Sound AwardAtlantic Film FestivalSound design & Mix of the film "Fake Orgasm"GoyaSound design & Mix of the best documentary "Bucarest"