- Peter LordPresidentPeter LordPresident
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.
- Didier BrunnerVice-PresidentDidier BrunnerVice-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.
- Kristine KnudsenVice-PresidentKristine KnudsenVice-President
KRISTINE M.I. KNUDSEN studied Film theory in Lillehammer (Norway) and graduated in Film production at the Filmakademie Baden-Wurttemberg (Germany) followed by training at MEGA - Master in Audiovisual Management at Media Business School in Ronda (Spain)
and EAVE - European Audiovisual Entrepreneurs.
In 2006 she co- founded Knudsen & Streuber Medienmanufaktur GmbH in Berlin and in 2010 she founded Den siste skilling AS in Bergen, both boutique production companies for film.
Her track record includes the feature films NÅDE/ MERCY (Dir: Matthias Glasner) and HEVN/ REVENGE (Dir: Kjersti G. Steinsbø, Thriller). As well as the original story animated feature RICHARD THE
STORK (Dir: Toby Genkel & Reza Memari), which was sold to 155 countries, and to date has had 3,5 Million admissions worldwide.
She was nominated for “European Animation Producer of the year
2017” at Cartoon Movie and was awarded the Bavarian Film Award for “Best German Childrens Film” 2018.
Currently she is executive producing TITINA (Dir: Kajsa Næss) as well as financing RICHARD THE STORK 2. Knudsen is a Member of the European Film Academy and German Film Academy and holds lectures and workshops at Film schools in Norway and Germany.
- Paul YoungVice-PresidentPaul YoungVice-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.
- Stéphan RoelantsTreasurerStéphan RoelantsTreasurer
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.
- Jean-Paul ComminGeneral SecretaryJean-Paul ComminGeneral 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.
- Marie BroMarie Bro
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.
- Olivier CatherinOlivier 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 ClevenDoris 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.
- Juan Carlos ConchaJuan 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.
- Lise FearnleyLise Fearnley
After 24 years in the industry, I am one of Norway’s most experienced animation producers.
My producer credits include the Oscar winning The Danish Poet (2006), and Me and My Moulton (2014), which won Best of festival at London International Animation Festival, the Audience Award at DOK Leipzig, as well as another Academy Award nomination.
This year my company Mikrofilm is responsible for the common Nordic stand at MIFA/Annecy. This is a newly formed partnership between the Nordic countries, in order to strengthen collaboration in the Nordics and and to become better and more attractive co-production partners for other countries. Since 2013 I have been on the board of Fredrikstad Animation Festival, the Nordic and Baltic animation festival. I am also a
supervisor at the PhD programme at Oslo National Academy of the Arts (KhiO).
In 2017 I became a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
This year I received a grant from the Norwegian Graphic Designers’ organisation Grafill for my contribution to the Norwegian animation community. This includes such diverse achievements as being one of the founding members of Frame by Frame (the Oslo animation event), and establishing a database of all Norwegian animation made since 1913.
- Eric GoossensEric 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”.
- Michael RoseMichael 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.
- Tünde VollenbroekTünde Vollenbroek
A key figure in Dutch animation, Amsterdam-based Tünde Vollenbroek lives and breathes animation.For the last 10 years she’s been active in the international community, as Producer at production house Studio Pupil, Chief European Correspondent at Cartoon Brew, and Lead Programmer at KLIK Amsterdam Animation Festival. Recently she was awarded the Stuttgart festival’s Business Award, for innovative business strategies. She is a frequent jury member at animation festivals and committees worldwide.
Vollenbroek headed Dutch trade missions through the U.S. and Western Europe, was involved in productions of Submarine and Il Luster a.o., and studied at the Dutch HKU and the European Animation Sans Frontières.
- Anna ZačaAnna Zača
My background is in programming, having for most part of my professional life worked alongside film critics and researchers while seeing over 20 000 short films.
But even then my heart still beats for all the animated wonders out there. And this love has grown into some official positions being taken. Since 2016 I have been the head of a newly established Latvian Animation association and the expert for animated film funding at the Latvian National Film center.
My main objective on the board would be to try and harmonize the geographical spread of the nominated film production countries, reconsider the qualifying festivals on annual basis, take care of author animation and help smaller studios be noticed.
- Richard WilliamsRichard WilliamsWinner of the 2017 Lotte Reiniger Lifetime Achievement Award
Winner of the 2017 Lotte Reiniger Lifetime Achievement Award
Triple Oscar winner Richard Williams, voted by his peers as ‘The Animators’ Animator’ in the Observer has won over 260 international awards including 3 British Academy Awards and an Emmy Award.
His films include Who Framed Roger Rabbit for which he won two Oscars, The Return of the Pink Panther, Oscar winning A Christmas Carol, The Little Island and The Charge of the Light Brigade.
With his international Masterclasses, his best-selling book ‘The Animator’s Survival Kit’, his 16 DVD box-set and an iPad app he has trained many of today’s top animators.
His unfinished film The Thief and the Cobbler was digitally reconstructed in 2013 by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and he was honoured with an exhibition of his artwork at their headquarters in LA.
His most recent short film is Prologue (2015) produced by Imogen Sutton and was nominated for an Oscar and BAFTA. He is currently animating his new film.
- Patrick EvenoPatrick Eveno
- Jamie Kezlarian BolioJamie 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 VandeweyerMarc Vandeweyer
- Mickael MarinMickael Marin
- Vrej KassounyArmeniaVrej 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 LangAustriaHolger 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.
- Annemie DegryseBelgiumAnnemie Degryse
Annemie Degryse was born in Belgium. She lived in France as a child and came back to Belgium in 1983. She studied Fine Arts in College and graduated from Film Studies – option animated film – at the KASK & CONSERVATORIUM School of Arts Gent
in1992 and started working on the film TAXANDRIA by Raoul Servais as a student and continued as studio & production assistant for Anitrick/PDG & Partners until 1994. From 1993 until 1997 she directed Waf - Fonds Raoul Servais vzwt where different short animations – graduation and professional films – were produced. From 1998 to 2000, she was responsible at CARTOON - initiative of MEDIA Program of the European Community - for the pre-production support and organizer of Cartoon Movie. Before returning to production, from 2000 until 2003, she was General Manager of Flanders Image (VAF).
Current Co-owner of the Lumière, distribution, exhibition and production.
- Mladen DjukicBosnia & HerzegovinaMladen Djukic
Mladen Đukić is an experienced animator, director and producer.
He teaches animation at the Academy of Arts in Banja Luka, owns Aeon Production, a boutique animation studio (aeonproduction.com) and likes to ride with his students on bikes while showing animation on facades (animacikl.com).
Nowadays, he works on founding the Association of animators of Bosnia and Herzegovina, and develops his animated series.
- Daniel ŠuljićCroatiaDaniel 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.
- Charalambos MargaritisCyprusCharalambos Margaritis
Charalambos Margaritis studied in the National Superior Fine Arts School of Paris (ENSBA) and his artistic work is focused on animated film, comics, drawing and painting.
In 2015 he co-founded the Kimonos Art Center in Paphos, Cyprus, where he lives and works ever since. He has participated in several exhibitions in Cyprus and abroad and his films have been selected and awarded in several animation festivals around the world.
In 2017 he founded the international animation festival The Animattikon Project which takes place in Paphos.
- Libor NemeskalCzech RepublicLibor 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.
- Lana Tankosa NikolicDenmarkLana 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.
- Mariam KandelakiGeorgiaMariam 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.
- Tania Reichert-FacilidesGermanyTania Reichert-Facilides
- Annegret RichterGermanyAnnegret 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.
- Anastasia DimitraGreeceAnastasia Dimitra
Anastasia Dimitra is an External Associate Professor in the Department of Cultural Technology and Communication at the University of the Aegean (Greece). At the same time she is the Animation and Interactive Media course leader at AKTO art & design college (validated college Middlesex University, London.), (2002-presant). She is member of the WBL Middlesex University, London. staff as an advisor/ assessor for Greece and Cyprus since 2001. She has collaborated to produce animation films with the biggest companies in Greece like ‘’Mosquito’’ (1985-1989), ‘’Artoon S.A.’’(1990-1995), etc. In 1995 establishes her personal production company and creating several productions, such as cartoons 36 episodes of 26 'on Greek television (1996-1998). Animation Artwork 2011 she created the films ‘Diadromes’ 1’01'', ( 2011) 'Emmones' 2':15''(2015) She wrote books and papers about animation art She has been member of the jury of several animation festivals, amongst them, the film Selection committee for the Hiroshima animation Festival, Japan. (2002). Research Theory of the art of animation. New techniques and technologies, how they are connected with the animation art. Animation and Virtual environments. Serious Games for special needs users.
- Brigitta Ivanyi-BitterHungaryBrigitta Ivanyi-Bitter
- Niamh HerrityIrelandNiamh Herrity
Niamh Herrity is CEO and award-winning Producer at Pink Kong Studios Dublin. Recipient of Female Entrepreneur of the year 2015, IBYE finalist 2016 and Dublin City Entrepreneur of the year 2017 - Niamh's Business background has enabled her to push the studio to new heights.
Since Niamh co-founded Pink Kong in 2014, she has produced award winning content for the Studio including a BAFTA winning Game "Virginia" (2016) and award winning short films "Meanwhile on the Train"(2015) and TV Series "Urban Tails" (2016).Niamh most recently produced IFTA nominated "Departure" (2017) funded by the Screen Ireland &
RTÉ. As well as Irelands 1st animated Virtual Reality short narrative “AURORA” (2018) which has been nominated for ‘VR Film of the Year’ at the VR Awards.Niamh also plays an active role within Ireland's animation community holding seats on both the board of both Animation Ireland and Women in Animation Ireland.
- Luca RaffaelliItalyLuca 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 JezdicItalyCristian 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 SanajaKosovoVullnet 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 AdomėnėLithuaniaAgnė 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 LaporteLuxembourgNorbert Laporte
- Yvonne Van UldenNetherlandsYvonne 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 MoenNorwayAnders 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.
- Alexandru KurilovMoldovaAlexandru Kurilov
Born in 1985, in the Soviet Union, Alexander’s first encounter with film was through an improvised cable service set up by the neighbors. Growing up in a country with no cinemas and no film industry, every film he experienced had a huge impact. Over time, a heightened interest towards storytelling had developed and Alexander started practicing his screenwriting skills. In 2008 Alexander founded his own video and animation production studio called Kurilov Group Creative Studio which has shortly become one of the best in the region.
- Aneta OzorekPolandAneta 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.
- Mihai MitricaRomaniaMihai 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 TereschenkoRussiaMasha Tereschenko
Journalist writing about animation for more than 10 years for leading Russian medias and art-director of Big Cartoon Festival – www.multfest.ru – the biggest international animation show, which takes place in Russia. Active member of Russian Association of Animated Films.
- Lyubov GaidukovaRussiaLyubov Gaidukova
- Tina SmrekarSloveniaTina Smrekar
Tina Smrekar is founder and producer of 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.
- Jose Luis Farias GomezSpainJose 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 LezcanoSpainDamián 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).
- Petter LindbladSwedenPetter 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.
- Irmgard WalthertSwitzerlandIrmgard Walthert
Irmgard is an animation director and has worked in the animation industry on animated feature films, TV-Series and short films. She is teaching in the animation class of Lucerne University (HSLU) and a member of the board of GSFA, the official Swiss Animation Association.
- Alik ShpilyukUkraineAlik 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 ArgoUnited KingdomKieran 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 HendersonUnited KingdomSteve Henderson
Steve Henderson is the editor and co-owner of Skwigly Online Animation Magazine Skwigly.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org