International competition

Granjon Pierre-Luc (F)

After studies in Applied Arts in Lyon, Pierre-Luc Granjon started at the Folimage Studio in 1998 as a modeler and made his first puppet film "Petite Escapade" (2001), followed by "Le Château des autres" (2003), "The Child with No Mouth" (2004) and "The White Wolf" (2006), along with the series "Leon in Wintertime", (4x26'), written and directed with Antoine Lanciaux. In 2013, he made the short "La Grosse Bête" and is currently working on a feature project with Foliascope.

Perlman Janet (CA)

This Canadian independent animator has honed her absurd sense of humor across a number of short films including one nominated for an Oscar. She has directed segments for "Sesame Street" and developed short films and series for the NFB.

Her films have been rewarded with an Emmy Award and several prizes at animation festivals.

She has also taught at Harvard, the Rhode Island School of Design and Concordia University.

She writes and illustrates books for children.

Ribeiro José Miguel (PT)

Born in Portugal in 1966, filmmaker, illustrator and teacher, José Miguel Ribeiro won the Cartoon d'Or for his 25-minute film "The Suspect" in 2000. He founded the production company Praça Filmes in 2012 with Ana Carina, and has recently directed the stop-motion series Home Things” and the short “Sunday Drive”. He is currently working on a feature, “Nayola”, written by Virgílio Almeida, which is a co-production between Portugal, Belgium, Luxembourg and Angola.

National competition

Ullens Chris (BE)

Chris Ullens is a Belgian filmmaker, living and working in London.

After graduating from the ERG in Brussels in 2004, he continued his studies at Central St-Martins in London and then started out as a stop-motion animator at production companies like Partizan and HSI.

He has directed commercials for KFC, Red Bull, Nickelodeon, Kellogg’s, Sony Ericsson and Kirin Beer and also won numerous international prizes for his music videos.

Hall Jen (GB)

Jen Hall is the producer and one of the founders of Manchester Animation Festival. Before setting up the festival she curated a touring programme of short animated films with director Q&As with Skwigly Online Animation Magazine and was a short film programmer at Bradford Animation Festival where she worked for 7 years. Outside of the festival she is Film Programme Producer for HOME, Manchester’s centre for international contemporary art, theatre, film.

Tuttelberg Anu-Laura (EE)

Anu-Laura Tuttelberg graduated MA degree in animation at Estonian Academy of Arts in 2013. Her graduation film « Fly Mill » (2012) has screened in more than hundred festivals around the world and won numerous prizes. Her short animated film « On The Other Side of The Woods » won three First Prizes and a Best Debut Prize at festivals.

She has made set designs for several stop-motion shorts and the new feature film of Kaspar Jancis.