Board Members

  • Marie Bro (Vice-President)
    Marie Bro (Vice-President)

    Marie Bro has worked in film animation as a producer and production manager since 1985. The majority of her credits are feature films, including such prominent titles as “War of the Birds” (1990), “Hans Christian Andersen and the Long Shadow” (1998), several of the popular “Circleen” films, “The Boy Who Wanted to Be a Bear” (2002) and, most recently, “Mini and the Mozzies” (2014). In addition to features, Bro has also produced numerous short series and TV specials. Bro has been very active as a producer and has worked in cooperation with other respected production companies, such as Zentropa, Les Armateurs and National Film Board of Canada. She has functioned independently as producer at Dansk Tegnefilm since 1996 and at Ladybird Films since 2013.

  • Didier Brunner (Vice-President)
    Didier Brunner (Vice-President)

    His passion for Art, painting and cinema lead Didier Brunner to obtain a doctorate in Art History and a master's degree in Theatrical Studies. He first dedicates his life to directing then turns exclusively to production.
    From 1987 to 2013, he introduces and produces a number of major cartoon features such as "Kirikou", " The Triplets of Belleville " and " Ernest and Célestine ", while developing animated series for television.
    In 2014, Didier Brunner sells his former company LES ARMATEURS and creates the family company FOLIVARI.
    Didier Brunner is a four times Oscar nominee, for four different films : The Old Lady and the Pigeons, The Triplets of Belleville, The Secret of Kells, and Ernest and Celestine. He received a César for Ernest and Celestine and, on several occasions, won the prestigious award for best European producer at Annecy Festival. He also received the prestigious Winsor McCay award at the American Annie Awards,  for lifetime achievement.

  • Olivier Catherin
    Olivier Catherin

    Olivier Catherin was born in 1965 in Paris and he trained as an ethnologist. After fulfilling a managerial position in a service company, he retrained in 1997, attending a master class in the management of cultural enterprises. Then he worked for a film distributor (Arkéion Films), founded Les Films des Quatre Rives Association and was employed by a federation of film societies. A member of the board of the French Animated Film Association (AFCA) (2000-2002 and again since March 2012), he is fully employed by the same 2 years later. From 2003 to the beginning of 2008, he was the French representative on the ASIFA board, and was in charge of the coordination of the International Animation Day (taking place every year on October 28th). In April 2008 he left the AFCA to create the animated film production company “Les Trois Ours” (The Three Bears), with Serge Elissalde and Jack Wang. He’s also teaching animation production at the INA (National Audiovisual Institute).

    He’s also moderating roundtables or master classes, also animation curator for Rencontres Audiovisuelles, founder and chairman of the artists' collective Barybal. In 2012 he becomes again member of the board of the French Animation Film Association.  He’s now in charge of the development of the animation field for the Hauts-de-France (North of France) inside of Pictanovo, structure in charge of cinema, audiovisual and video games in the name of the region.

  • Doris Cleven
    Doris Cleven

    After a master in translation, Doris Cleven starts to work in a young and innovative animation studio called Graphoui in Brussels. She discovers the world of animation and never left it since then. In the studio, she works notably for the Festival Anima, formerly named The Week of Cartoons. In 1998, the studio collapses and she is founding with Philippe Moins, Folioscope, a non-profit association, to pursue the organisation of the festival, that she is now heading alone. Anima has become a major festival of animation, now attracting about 40.000 people each year and is qualifying for the Oscar and the Cartoon d'Or. Beside the festival, Folioscope promotes animation cinema by publishing DVD's, editing programs, writing specialized articles on animation, designing exhibition. Folioscope is also proposing an archive center on animation. Doris is teaching history of animation in several colleges in Belgium.

  • Jean-Paul Commin (General Secretary)
    Jean-Paul Commin (General Secretary)
    General Secretary

    Journalist (1970 – 1976), he became managing director of the record company Phonogram (1976 – 1987) and then joined Warner Music (1987 – 1990). Managing director of the video publisher NMV in 1990, he handled various positions in the video industry, including director of the French Association SEV and the International Federation. In 2000, he was elected President of IVF (International Video Federation), and reelected for 10 consecutive years. At the same time, he joined FTD, commercial arm of the French tv broadcaster France Télévisions, spending 9 years developing the company until becoming deputy managing director. President for 3 years of the Advisory Board of the European Audiovisual Observatory, he became treasurer of the French film export association (ADEF) and treasurer and founding member of Europa International (European association of sales agents). Special adviser for Les Armateurs (French animation production company) between 2008 – 2013, he is now involved in various associations, official bodies and festivals as expert and consultant.

  • Juan Carlos Concha
    Juan Carlos Concha

    Draughtsman and filmmaker. It is working since 1992 on films. He has attended workshops with Patricio Guzman, Jose L. Guerin and Bigas Luna, among others. He has participated in European films Mia et Le Migou of Folimage, L'Illusioniste S. Chomet, Chico and Rita Trueba-Mariscal. He created APEMANSTUDIO to produce own projects like the short film A La Derive. He is Director of NONSTOP BARCELONA ANIMATION, International Animation Film Festival. He recently directed TV series: Four and a Half Friends, co-produced by ZDF-Germany, EDEBE and TV3 de Catalunya, produced by B-WaterStudios.

  • Ton Crone (Treasurer)
    Ton Crone (Treasurer)

    As Director of the Vereniging Nederlandse Animatie Producenten ( Animation Producers Netherlands APN) Ton Crone promotes the broadening of production opportunities for animation films and series in the Netherlands. In addition to founding the association, Ton was director of the Netherlands Institute for Animation film (NIAf) for more than twenty years where young talent was given the opportunity of experimenting and making short films and where he promoted research into animation film in the Netherlands, international distribution, and many educational projects relating to animation film . Ton also produced over 30 short animation films and supervised several projects. The transition from analogue to digital processes was a major move for a change in support and research in the animation sector.
    From 1997 to 2001, as treasurer of the Association International du Film d’Animation (ASIFA), Ton focused on the modernisation of the association and, from 1999 to 2006, he was President of the Society for Animation Studies (SAS), where he concentrated particularly on the international expansion of the SAS with non-English-speaking members and more exchange between scientists and animation filmmakers.

  • Fabrice Fouquet
    Fabrice Fouquet

    Originally from the North of France, Fabrice discovered his interest for animation as a child watching Norman Mac Laren's films at the local cinema.
    He’s been living and working in Paris for too long now. After he has worked on many commercials and music videos collaborating with a duo of creative directors, he started to develop his own ideas and a distinctive directing style.
    He completed his debut film "Cycle Logical" in 2002, which was selected/awarded in many festivals.
    Subsequently he directed several children's TV series director, including "Zoe Kezako" - which won the "Certificate of Excellence" in Chicago 2004, the animation prize at the Paris Senate and a nomination for an i-Emmy award 2006 and was distributed in many countries around the world, and « International Hareport », « Mily Miss questions »…
    He keeps on writing new short-films in case his schedule allowed him to achieve them one day.

  • Peter Lord (President)
    Peter Lord (President)

    PETER LORD is co-owner and Creative Director of Aardman Animations, which he co-founded with his long-time collaborator David Sproxton in 1972, when they were still schoolboys.

    In 1976, their breakthrough success was with the clay character Morph, who later starred in his own series The Amazing Adventures of Morph.

    They developed the technique of stop motion animation, usually with clay puppets, which became the company’s hallmark. Their work has ranged from TV series like Shaun the Sheep and Creature Comforts to TV commercials and music videos including Peter Gabriel’s Sledgehammer and Nina Simone’s My Baby Just Cares For Me.

    In the 1980’s and 90’s Peter directed a series of independent short films, often for an adult audience, including Conversation Pieces, the Lip Sync series and Babylon. In 2000 he co-directed, with Nick Park, Aardman’s first feature film Chicken Run.

    Since then, Peter has been intimately involved as executive produce, producer or director on five more feature films: Flushed Away, The Curse of the Were-Rabbit, Arthur Christmas, The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists and Shaun the Sheep The Movie.

    Peter is also Executive Producer for Nick Park’s series of films starring Wallace and Gromit.

    In 2006 Peter and David Sproxton were awarded CBE’s in Queen’s Birthday honours list, the same year that saw them celebrate 30 years of Aardman.

    As a director, Peter has been honoured with three Academy Award® nominations for Adam in 1992, for Wat’s Pig in 1996 and for his first solo feature The Pirates! Band of Misfits in 2013.

    Peter was co-producer on Shaun the Sheep The Movie, Aardman latest feature film produced with via a new collaboration with StudioCanal. 

    In 2016, the award-winning studio will celebrate its 40th anniversary.

  • Odile Perrin
    Odile Perrin

    Odile Perrin works as teacher and coordinator in the Animation Department in Gobelins, L’Ecole de l’Image in Paris since 2010.
    She directs the Character Animation and Animated Filmmaking (CRFA) and the professional degree in audiovisual techniques & professions and audiovisual production management.
    She is also coordinator of the European training supported by MEDIA "Animation sans frontières"
    Odile Perrin has been in the field of animation for over twenty years. She has worked as a production manager on feature film TV series, commercials with a focus on CG/3D computer animations with eminent production companies such as Walt Disney Animation France, Fantôme Animation, Xilam, Ubisoft, Les Armateurs.

  • Stéphan Roelants
    Stéphan Roelants

    Stéphan Roelants was born in Mons, Belgium, on December 1965. He has a degree in law,  journalism and applied economics. In the same time he becomes a fiction and script author, and takes a lot of jobs which all point to the same connection: the audiovisual field, as an agency  photographer,  screenwriter  for  institutions,  commercial  documentaries  director,  etc.
    He  also  takes  part  as a  supervisor  of  various organization  committees  of Belgian festivals  during a few years and starts producing movies.
    Professionally active since more than 25 years in the audiovisual, Stephan began his career  in  Belgium  in  production  companies  focused  on  short  and  feature-length  movies  and  documentaries. He arrives by chance in Luxembourg the first time in 1993 as a director for  historical programs, and he settles as a line producer for documentaries. He takes advantage of a London experience in Films Ltd. to expand his knowledge with taking care of distribution
    and production management.
    Back in Luxembourg in 1996 he creates Studio 352, an animation studio with a fixed crew of 45 peoples whom the supervisors and lead artists are still on the studio job today. In 1998 he opens  his  own  production  company,  Melusine  Productions, which  is mainly dedicated  to animation and documentary.
    He  creates  a  studio  in Paris,  Seahorse Prod., from 2000  to 2003, and  a  development and production company in Los Angeles, Neptoon Productions, where he lives during four years, achieving his formation in script-writing and script-doctoring.
    Today he is a producer and a co-producer of movies such as A Town Called Panic, Ernest & Celestine, and Song of the sea or Extraordinary Tales.  Melusine was nominated two times for  the Academy Awards and for  the  French  Cesars four  times among many great festival selections. He continues to develop and produce projects with an editorial line focusing on script value and high concepts linked to original visuals. The last ones are Ethel and Ernest,
    The  breadwinner  or  the  Summit  of  the  Gods based  on  the  internationally acclaimed  novel from Jiro Taniguchi.

  • Michael Rose
    Michael Rose

    Michael Rose is a producer and co-founder of London based Magic Light Pictures. His recent productions include the half hour animated films Stick Man; the Oscar and BAFTA nominated The Gruffalo; the BAFTA nominated The Gruffalo’s Child and the Oscar nominated and BAFTA winning Room on the Broom. Other film-making includes feature films such as Oscar nominated animation Chico & Rita, comedy thriller Wild Target and natural history documentary One Life.

    Prior to forming Magic Light, Michael set up the feature film division of UK studio Aardman. He was executive producer of their animated features Chicken Run and the Oscar and BAFTA winning Wallace & Gromit: Curse of the Wererabbit, and producer of Nick Park's 1995 Oscar winning Wallace and Gromit film, A Close Shave.

  • Luc Toutounghi
    Luc Toutounghi

    In 1980 Luc graduated from Vancouver College, Canada, then joined some of the most known financial institutions to finally specialise in film finance structuring in the early 90’s.
    His career in the film Industry started in the early 90’s as a fund manager for a UK Film Fund where he acted as an adviser for live feature films production companies. In 1997 he co-founded Kreis Consulting a media and film advisor based in Scotland, where he remains one of its director until
    today, in 2004 when he started to focus and getting heavily involved in the production of animated film he set up the production company Archangel SA in Switzerland, in 2006 he was one of the Executive Producer of the 2008 Academy Award Oscar winner for best short animation" Peter and the Wolf". In
    2009 he co-produced Joyet winner of best children animation for eastern Europe and in 2010 he was one of the Producer of the short animated film "Danny boy" by Marek Skrobecki and the co-producer of “The Lost Town of Switez” by Kamil Polak.
    In December 2015 he accepted the offer made to him to restructure and turn around the Se-ma-for Studios and became their new Chairman in Lodz, Poland He is a member of the SFP (Swiss Producer Association), the PFP (Polish Film Producer Association) and the GSFA (Swiss Animation Association) where he was a Comity Board member from 2008 till 2010 . He also acts as a expert for the Swiss Federal Office of Education Research & Development (EFRI) in the Media & Film department.
    At the present is sharing his time between managing the Se-ma-for group and working with Barry Purve in writing the final draft of the feature film shooting script “Ghost Sonata”.

  • Denis Walgenwitz
    Denis Walgenwitz

    From 2000 to 2005, besides his work as director, Denis Walgenwitz started and managed a residency for animation directors in CICLIC in Château-Renault, France. While he became the president of the A.F.C.A.

    Since 1999, he has worked as Director Assistant of the animated series Hilltop Hospital, video clips such as Ma mélodie by -M- (2004), and  promotional films too. From 2005 to 2007, he was  Director Assistant of  Persépolis by Vincent Paronnaud and Marjane Satrapi.
    He then went on taking part in several animated feature films as Director Assistant and/or Assistant Production Manager.

    His blog FUTUR 2002 offers a non-exhaustive collection of his works and he is currently developping « Death, Father and Son » a new stop motion project co-directed with Vincent Paronnaud.

  • Paul Young (Vice-President)
    Paul Young (Vice-President)

    Paul is co­founder of Cartoon Saloon and is an Oscar and Bafta nominee. He Produced the animated features The Secret of Kells and Song of the Sea. He produced two seasons of Puffin Rock, an original TV series narrated by Chris O’Dowd which airs on Nick Jr, RTE jr and Netflix and has been dubbed in 16 languages. Paul is  currently in production of The Breadwinner, directed by Saloon Partner Nora Twomey’s and Executively produced by Angelina  Jolie Pitt. Song of the Sea pick up Best Film at the 2015  IFTA awards and Cartoon Saloon picked up the Producer of the year tributes at the Cartoon forum 2008 and Cartoon Movie 2009.  He is the current chair of Animation Ireland and also an award winning cartoonist and illustrator.

Honorary Members

  • Patrick Eveno
    Patrick Eveno

    Coming soon...

  • Jamie Kezlarian Bolio
    Jamie Kezlarian Bolio

    Jamie Kezlarian Bolio is the founder of 62 GEORGE STREET, a company specializing in the global representation and promotion of the independent film, filmmaker, studio and creative.


    Since 2009, Jamie has worked with the NY-based distribution company GKIDS on the promotional and award campaigns for the Oscar®-nominated feature films: THE SECRET OF KELLS, A CAT IN PARIS, CHICO & RITA, ERNEST & CELESTINE, THE TALE OF THE PRINCESS KAGUYA, SONG OF THE SEA, WHEN MARNIE WAS THERE, and BOY AND THE WORLD.

    Jamie represents the Oscar®-nominated Kilkenny-based studio Cartoon Saloon (THE SECRET OF KELLS, SONG OF THE SEA) in the U.S. for Business Development, PR & Marketing. Among other clients, Jamie represents the Dublin-based stop-motion studio, Paper Panther Productions and the National Film Board of Canada on the promotional and award campaigns for their qualifying short films.

  • Marc Vandeweyer
    Marc Vandeweyer

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  • Mickael Marin
    Mickael Marin

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  • Vrej Kassouny
    Vrej Kassouny

    Founder and director of ReAnimania Int. Animation Film & Comics Art Festival of Yerevan, he is an Armenian representative to Eurimages at Council of Europe and director and producer at KASSart production.

  • Holger Lang
    Holger Lang

    Vienna-based, Holger is an animation artist, filmmaker, producer and teacher, guest lecturer at various US universities and board member of ASIFA Austria.

    He is the founder of the annual interdisciplinary festival and conference Under-the-Radar, focussing on animation studies and experimental media art.

  • Eric Goossens
    Eric Goossens

    In 2000 Eric created Walking The Dog with fellow producer Anton Roebben, with facilities in Brussels and Genk. It won recognition at Cartoon Movie 2014 as Producer of the Year. Its animation filmography stretches from “The Triplets of Belleville” and “The Secret of Kells” through to Ari Folman’s “The Congress” and from “A Monster in Paris” to “Jack and the Cuckoo-Clock Heart”.

    In 2016 Walking The Dog finished the feature length “Richard the Stork. Walking The Dog is currently producing the feature “Another Day of Life”, about the Polish foreign correspondent Ryszard Kapuściński and his journey in 1975 across war-torn Angola. Coproductions under way include “Hieronymus”, about the youth of painter Hieronymus Bosch, “Tistou of the Green Thumbs”, “Hump” and “Charlotte”.

  • Daniel Šuljić
    Daniel Šuljić

    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.

  • Libor Nemeskal
    Czech Republic
    Libor Nemeskal

    Libor Nemeškal is a Czech film editor, producer and lecturer. Since 2003, he has produced and edited more than one hundred audiovisual projects of different styles and genres. Libor was also a head of the Department of Animation and Audiovisual Arts and a vice-dean for creative activities at Tomas Bata University in Zlín. In 2015, Libor has been selected for a Fulbright-Masaryk grant. He spent seven months as a visiting researcher at Chapman University and as an assistant editor in production companies in Los Angeles, California. Nowadays, Libor works as a lecturer and also as a film editor and creative producer in a production company Kouzelna Animation.

  • Simon Andreasen
    Simon Andreasen

    Coming soon

  • Lana Tankosa Nikolic
    Lana Tankosa Nikolic

    Lana is Educational Coordinator at The Animation Workshop, VIA University College in Viborg, Denmark since 2010. Alongside her work with the animation students she is running her own production company, Late Love Production. Lana has been invited jury at several festivals and loves good food and parties.

  • Anttu Harlin
    Anttu Harlin

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  • Mariam Kandelaki
    Mariam Kandelaki

    Mariam Kandelaki,Tbilisi, Georgia - animation director, producer, organizer of International Animation Film Festival "Nikozi" 

    Studied in Georgia and Germany, directed and produced several movies, leading educational projects, has experience of working on coproduction projects.

  • Jakob Schuh
    Jakob Schuh

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  • Annegret Richter
    Annegret Richter

    Annegret Richter is the Managing Director of AG Animationsfilm.

    AG Animationsfilm is the official German Animation Association who represents freelancer, producers, animators, artists and filmmakers from all over Germany. The association was founded in 2011 by animation people, who felt that it was time to join their forces in order to raise awareness in society and politics for the potentials of German animation.

    Annegret Richter has been working for the animation department at the International Leipzig Festival for Documentary and Animated Film (DOK Leipzig) and she curated and organised many special animation programmes and panels. Before, she held the position as Artistic and Managing Director at the International Short Film Festival in Dresden (Filmfest Dresden) and worked as researcher and lecturer at the Institute of Communication and Media Studies at the University of Leipzig. She is an expert in animated documentaries and still publishes or speaks on that subject. Since 2001 she also curates short film programmes for festivals and events worldwide.

  • Vassilis Kroustalis
    Vassilis Kroustalis

    Vassilis Kroustallis is an animation journalist, professional and scholar. His classical and philosophy studies in Greece and 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, and received (2016) the Norman McLaren-Evelyn Lambart Award for Best Scholarly Article from the Society for Animation Studies. Since 2011, he has been the head editor of Zippy Frames ( an animation website on European and independent animation, with a comprehensive coverage of animation festivals. He is the co-founder and artistic director of the international Be there! Corfu Animation Festival (2011-present, 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).

  • Brigitta Ivanyi-Bitter
    Brigitta Ivanyi-Bitter

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  • Meabh Tammemagi
    Meabh Tammemagi

    As Producer of Mooshku, a Dublin-based children's media company specialised in the 2-6 age group, Méabh leads the business aspects of the company, manages workflow, projects and IP and is the point of contact for clients and stakeholders.

    Méabh is on the board of Women in Film and Television Ireland. She is also Co-Chair of Women in Animation Ireland and the Irish Animation Awards.

  • Luca Raffaelli
    Luca Raffaelli

    Luca Raffaelli writes for the most popular italian newspaper la Repubblica. He created and directed comics magazines as Métal hurlant (Italian Edition) or L'Eternauta. He also directed and created festivals on animation and comics. Now he is artistic director of ''La Città Incantata", international Meeting of Artists Who Save the World.

  • Cristian Jezdic
    Cristian Jezdic

    Vice president of Cartoon Italia, the Italian animation producers association, Cristian Jezdic works in the VFX/CGI and production world contributing to projects and managed his own research.

  • Vullnet Sanaja
    Vullnet Sanaja

    Vullnet Sanaja, is the co-founder and director of the Anibar International Animation Festival. Anibar is a Kosovo based organization which is engaged in further developing animation in the youngest country in Europe. Vullnet started the Anibar festival in 2010 together with fellow film enthusiasts from the city of Peja. This year the festival attracted nearly 2800 entries from 91 Countries. The Festival was held at multiple open air venues in the city of Peja in Kosovo from 14-20 August. Additionally, Anibar is now undertaking a revitalization of the only cinema in Peje and developing, as part of its program, an animation studio and animation educational program.

  • Agnė Adomėnė
    Agnė Adomėnė

    A founder and producer of a production company ART SHOT, Agnė Adomėnė focuses on developing and producing artistic animated films. Since 2015 she is one of the founders and board members of The Lithuanian Animation Association, that was established to unite animation related companies, to provide network, to create and promote an attractive image of Lithuanian animation.

  • Norbert Laporte
    Norbert Laporte

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  • Yvonne Van Ulden
    Yvonne Van Ulden

    With her iconic red hair Yvonne van Ulden is a difficult to miss sight in the animation sector.

    Yvonne is an academic art scholar specialized in the visual grammar of animation and the history of animation with a passion for organizing events.  After years of teaching animation students at the Utrecht School of the Arts she joined friends who started the KLIK Amsterdam Animation Festival in 2008. In 2010 she became the director of the festival. The festival set out to enthuse the Dutch audience about the beautiful and versatile nature of animation and to bring (inter)national animation professionals together. She is also part of several advisory committees (e.g. the Flemish Audiovisual Fund and the Creative Industries Fun NL) that deal with the funding of animation productions. After many years with the festival she is now looking for new adventures in the world of animation.


  • Anders Narverud Moen
    Anders Narverud Moen

    From 2008 to 2011 Anders was the Programme Planner for Norways largest cinema company Oslo Kino (now Nordisk Film Kino)Since 2012 Anders Narverud Moen has held the position of Festival Manager for Fredrikstad Animation Festival, the largest event for animation industry in the Nordic region. Anders is Culture Manager with many years experience and was the Programme Planner for Norway's largest cinema company Nordisk Film Kino.

  • Aneta Ozorek
    Aneta Ozorek

    Aneta Ozorek, experienced festival programer 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. Alongside, Aneta is an illustrator of books for children.

  • Jorge Ribeiro
    Jorge Ribeiro

    Jorge Ribeiro, born in Porto, Portugal in 1975, works as an animator and director since 1999.

    Over the years he worked on dozens of productions for Tv Series, Short Films, commissioned films and advertising. Some of this projects include “História Trágica com final feliz” and “Kali o pequeno vampiro” directed By Regina Pessoa. He Directed Two TV series for RTP, Portugal´s public network: “Os Espadinhas” and “Visiokids”

    At the moment, Jorge is the president of “Casa da Animação” and is directing a 26 minute animated special for RTP, “Foxi e Meg”

  • Mihai Mitrica
    Mihai Mitrica

    Mihai got his MSc degree in Public Management and has been involved in film festivals for the last 14 years. He is the co-founder and the director of Anim’est International Animation Film Festival, the only animation film festival in Romania and the biggest in Bucharest, with follow-ups and special editions in various cities of Romania and the Republic of Moldova.

    He is a short film curator and selector for various international festivals, his main areas being animation, Romanian short film and horror film in general.

    For the last few years, Mihai has been a freelance producer of Romanian animation short films, working with some of the best representatives of the new generation of local animators. For the time being he has 5 short animated films in production.

    Effervescent participant in film festivals around the world, enthusiastic supporter of new projects on animation and encouraging bridges between Romanian animators or film directors and major film studios or production companies, occasional collaborating editor of Romanian cultural magazines, occasional though passionate biker in his spare time…

  • Masha Tereschenko
    Masha Tereschenko

    Journalist writing about animation for more than 10 years for leading Russian medias and art-director of Big Cartoon Festival – – the biggest international animation show, which takes place in Russia. Active member of Russian Association of Animated Films.

  • Lyubov Gaidukova
    Lyubov Gaidukova

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  • Igor Prassel
    Igor Prassel

    Igor Prassel if running a monthly series devoted to animated film at the Slovenian Cinematheque since 2002, where he is currently working as film curator. He served as jury and program selection member at important international animation and short film festivals around the world. From 2010 he is lecturing on the history and theory of animation film at the University in Nova Gorica. In 2012 the Slovenian Cinematheque published his book “The Filmography of Slovene Animated Film 1952 – 2012”. In 2004 he founded the International Animation Film Festival Animateka (, where he is since the artistic director️. 

  • Jose Luis Farias Gomez
    Jose Luis Farias Gomez

    Director and creator of Mercado Animación Videojuegos since 2009. He collaborates with different international institutions and events such as Proimagenes Colombia, Ministerio de Cultura de Chile, CARTOON or Annecy - CITIA in France. Also, he is producer through his production company Paramotion Films.

  • Damián Perea Lezcano
    Damián Perea Lezcano

    Damián Perea Lezcano is Director and Producer at Animayo International Film Festival . He is currently a member of the European Film Academy of Cinematography (EFA).

  • Maja Gehrig
    Maja Gehrig

    Having studied in various Swiss Fine Arts universities and with having accumulated experience over Europe with her animation, Maja is also the founder of Gehrigtrick & Sohn with which she has produced her latest animated short and commissioned films.

  • Petter Lindblad
    Petter Lindblad

    Petter Lindblad is founder and producer of Snowcloud Films, a Swedish production company focusing on projects for children and youths, mainly animation and adventure projects with CGI-elements.

  • Alik Shpilyuk
    Alik Shpilyuk

    Program Director of IFF “KROK”, Program Advisor of Odessa IFF, film programs curator, film expert.

    Alik Shpilyuk was born in 1958. He was one of the founders of the "Dialogue" cinema club in Kyiv in the late 1980-s. From 1990 till 1999 he worked at the directorate of Kyiv "Molodist" IFF (as a Coordinator, then Program Director). From 2000 till 2007 he was Deputy Chief Editor of KINO-KOLO magazine, line producer of two Swedish documentaries. From 2007 till 2009 he worked as Deputy Director General for International Relations of “Multiplex-Holding” – the largest Ukrainian cinema network. From 2010 till 2014 he worked as Program (Artistic) Director of the Odessa IFF. Since 2009 he is the Board Member of the National Union of Filmmakers of Ukraine, Head of the International Commission. Since 1993 he works at IFF “KROK” (Director of Screenings, Program Director). Also he is the Deputy Head of Expert Commission of the Ukrainian State Film Agency and was a curator of film programs at Goethe Institute in Kiev, British Council in Ukraine, French Institute in Ukraine. Works as Program Advisor of the Odessa IFF. Head of the Ukrainian Oscar committee. Member of selection committees and jury member of many Ukrainian and international film festivals, member of the European Film Academy, member of FIPRESCI. Independent film critic.

  • Kieran Argo
    United Kingdom
    Kieran Argo

    Kieran Argo is a co-founder of the Encounters Short Film Festival in Bristol. For fifteen years, Kieran worked at Aardman Animations where he created an Events and Exhibitions Department. In 2017, he will be working with Calling The Shots delivering a number of development courses and events.

  • Steve Henderson
    United Kingdom
    Steve Henderson

    Steve Henderson is the editor and co-owner of Skwigly Online Animation Magazine UK based animation magazine and resource. In 2015 he founded the Manchester Animation Festival for which he is the director. He is senior lecturer in animation at Manchester Metropolitan University and recently successfully defended his PhD thesis on Animation Archives and British Children's Television Animation at Loughborough University.

About the ambassadors

What does it mean to be an ambassador
for the Animation Awards ?

Ambassadors are the representatives of the European Animation Awards Association within their countries.

Ambassadors are experienced professionals and recognized experts of the animation industry, in all its diversity, in their countries. Their role relies upon maintaining solid relationships and demonstrating ability in communication in order to appear as a nationally competent spokesperson regarding any information about the Association (membership, sponsorship, selecting certain works or personalities), in connection with the permanent structure of the Association and its Board.

For the first edition of the Emile Awards, more than 30 countries are represented through our network of Ambassadors all around Europe.

Together the Ambassadors form a college of experts who provide the Association with national exposure, strengthening the Association’s presence and actions.

– Appointment to be in accordance with the statutes. The role can be combined with that of a board member.

One Ambassador per country as the ideal number, with the possibility of two depending on the size of the country, the dynamism of its audiovisual and film production, the importance of the potential new members and approval by the Board.

– A “relay” role (with the Board and the permanent structure) for any specific requests regarding the Association and its Awards. It includes contact with public authorities and professionals, such as the media, within the country, including (but not limited to): talents, technicians, studios, producers, students, broadcasters, and distributors.

– Representing the association during international festivals.

– Using information from the Board regarding the categories selected for the Awards in order to identify works and personalities considering these categories.

– Participate and monitor incoming information on different categories suitable for a Prize.

– Maintain a relationship with the Association’s office, in order to coordinate with both the Association and other Ambassadors.

Become an ambassador

If you want to become an ambassador for your country, you can send an email to

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