21 February - 01 March 2020

Guests

PIERRE BAILLY – BE

Pierre Bailly was born in Algiers. He now lives in Liège where he creates a varied range of comic books. In 2006, his partner Céline Fraipont imagined the iconic character Petit Poilu, and after 22 books published with Dupuis, Pierre co-directed 78 episodes of the animated series Petit Poilu. He has recently published a popular science book, Homo Sapiens, with the paleoanthropologist Antoine Balzeau.

Present on February 27.

NICOLAS BLIES – FR

Stéphane Hueber-Bliesand Nicolas Blies are two brothers who write and direct their films together. Their films, as Zero Impunity, are considered as creating a social impact due to their activist nature. They are currently working on their second animated feature, Ghostdance, as well as their first VR film, Shock the Monkey.

 

Present on February 25.

MATHIEU BURNIAT – FR

Mathieu Burniat has developed his passion for graphics and storytelling from childhood, and started working in comic books after two years as a designer. His work includes La Passion de Dodin-Bouffant and co-author of the best-seller Le Mystère du monde quantique. In 2019, he published the silent, funny and fierce comic book TRAP

 

Present on February 27.

CHARLOTTE CAMBON DE LAVALETTE – FR

Charlotte Cambon de Lavalette graduated from Gobelins in 2012, and La Poudrière in 2014. The following year, she made the short Dans un petit bateau for the En sortant de l'école collection and she was head decorator on the series Ariol and Les Cahiers d'Esther. Working with Mai Nguyen, she co-directed the series Culottées, adapted from the comic book by Pénélope Bagieu.

 

Present from February 27 to 29.

MICKAEL COEDEL – FR

After graduating in fine arts and graphic design in France, Mickael Coedel moved to San Francisco in 1999, where he still lives. He worked as a graphic designer and 3D modeller at Phil Tippett's studio, before becoming senior/lead animator at Industrial Light and Magic. His filmography includes Avengers, Transformers, Rango and Star Wars 7 and 8.

 

Present from February 23 to March 1.

ANCA DAMIAN – RO

Anca Damian has a PhDin film, and started out as a cinematographer before making documentaries and live action and animation films. Her feature Crulic - the Path to Beyond won the Cristal at Annecy 2012, and she directed and produced the feature The Magic Mountain in 2015, which was also rewarded in Annecy and Karlovy Vary. Marona's Fantastic Tale is her 6th feature.

 

Present from February 21 to 24.

TANGUY DE KERMEL – FR

After working on music videos, films for theme parks and commercials, Tanguy de Kermel directed the series SamSam, prizewinner at the TV Export Awards and the BBC series What's The Big Idea?, nominated at the Writers Guild Awards, the BAFTAs and the Annecy Festival. SamSam is his first feature.

 

Present from February 21 to 23.

JULIAN DORADO – AR

Julian Dorado is a graphic designer and taught typography at Buenos Aires University. He then joined the 3dar Animation Studio where he worked on the animation, 3D modelling, development and VR, for companies including Adidas, Cartoon Network, Sony, Play-Doh and Hershey. Recently he has been working as line producer on Gloomy Eyes.

 

Present from February 25 to March 1.

JOHAN EDSTRÖM – SE

Johan has worked in the film and animation business for a considerable number of years and in many different places. He has worked with almost every animation technique available such as Stop-Motion, 2D animation and high end CGI/3D. Johan also has a solid experience in live action production in the fields of commercials, fiction and documentaries.

 

Present from February 24 to 27.

BRECHT EVENS – BE

Brecht Evens is a Belgian cartoonist and illustrator. His comic The Wrong Place (2019), which won the Haarlem Comic Festival's Willy Vandersteen Award, started out as a graduation project. He followed with the comics The Making Of (2011), The Panther (2016) and The City of Belgium (2018), which won Jury’s Choice at the Angoulême International Comics Festival.

 

Present from February 21 to 22.

BRIGITTE FINDAKLY – FR

Brigitte Findakly was born in 1959, in Mossoul, Iraq, where she lived till 1973. She has been a comic strip colourist since 1982, working with publications like Pif Gadget, Le Journal de Mickey, Circus, Vécu and Le Journal de Spirou... She has also coloured a number of comic books including Lapinot, The Rabbi's Cat, Le Retour à la Terre and Ralph Azham.

 

Present from February 26 to 29.

GOUM – BE

Gour started his career with Le Journal de Spirou before creating Passages secrets (Casterman) with scriptwriter David Boriau, followed by the comic book Harlem sur la route du Diable (Physalis). He has worked on the graphics for several animation projects, including Abracadabra with Vivi Film and Oscar-winning short in 2014, Mr Hublot.

 

Present on February 27.

STÉPHANE HUEBER-BLIES – FR

Stéphane Hueber-Blies and Nicolas Blies are two brothers who write and direct their films together. Their films, as Zero Impunity, are considered as creating a social impact due to their activist nature. They are currently working on their second animated feature, Ghostdance, as well as their first VR film, Shock the Monkey.

 

Present on February 25.

HISKO HULSING – NL

A graduate in painting and animation from the Academy of Fine Arts in Rotterdam, Hisko Hulsing made a few short films of which two were the Dutch entries for the Oscars. He is not only a talented painter, filmmaker and illustrator, but also composes the music for his films. He just finished directing the animated series Undone for Amazon Prime.

 

Present from February 23 to 25.

GUILLAUME IVERNEL – FR

Guillaume Ivernel has worked for Warner, Gaumont and Disney, as well as on different productions for TV and the cinema, including for Moebius, Jean- Pierre Jeunet and Cédric Klapisch. He co-directed Dragon Hunters with Arthur Qwak, before being artistic director on Ballerina. Since 2016 he has been the director of Spycies with Lux Populi VFX.

 

Present from February 26 to 28.

EDMUNDS JANSONS – LV

Edmunds Jansons is an animator, filmmaker and illustrator who founded the Atom Art studio. He has been teaching at the Academy of Arts in Latvia since 2013. His films include an animated documentary, animated shorts, a pre-school series and a TV special. Jacob, Mimmi et les chiens qui parlent is his first feature.

 

Present from February 24 to 25.

XAVIER KAWA-TOPOR – FR

Xavier Kawa-Topor trained to be a medievalist and is director of the Royal Abbey of Fontevraud. His passion for animation led him to create such events as the Carrefour de l’animation at the Forum des Images in Paris and the Nouvelles images biennial in Japan (1999-2003). He also founded the writing residence for animation at Fontevraud Abbey and created NEF Animation, a national research and creation association for animation, in 2015.

 

Present on February 28.

DENIS LAMBERT – BE

Denis Lambert trained as an illustrator and has been working as a colourist, layout artist and storyboarder since 1995. In recent years he has alternated the role of layout and storyboard supervisor on films like Ari Folman's The Congress and The Breadwinner by Nora Twomey. Zero Impunity is his first outing as a director.

 

Present on February 25.

JULIEN LOUIS – BE

After studies in digital marketing and public relations at the Catholic University in Louvain, Julien Louis went to New Zealand to work on the launch of the luxury tourism agency Black label Experience. On his return, he was hired by Dupuis publications as project manager for the Webtoon Factory, where he is now editor.

 

Present on February 27.

LÉO MARCHAND – FR

Léo Marchand has written and directed eight short and medium-length films including La Saint-Festin, La Vie sans truc, Fatigués d'être beaux, Y a pas que des histoires de Cucu and Rue des ravissantes. He is currently working on his first animated feature: Les voisins de mes voisins sont mes voisins.

 

Present on February 29.

ELLEN MEIRESSONNE – BE

After studying romance philology and directing at INSAS, since 2000, Ellen Meiressonne has been working as an assistant director with several production companies and has specialized in screenwriting. She belongs to the collective of audiovisual artists Polymorfilms, works as a volunteer at the Nova cinema and is a member of the Art- Cinema Offoff in Ghent.

 

Present on February 28.

MAI NGUYEN PHUONG – FR

After graduating from Gobelins in 2009 and La Poudrière in 2011, Phuong Mai Nguyen directed the animated short Chez moi (Oscar® nominated in 2016), and worked on the graphics for the César 2017 short film winner Celui qui a deux âmes. She also co-directed the series Culottées with Charlotte Cambon, which was adapted from the internationally popular comic book by Pénélope Bagieu. 

 

Present on February 27.

JONAS ODELL – SE

Videographer and founding director of FilmTecknarna, Jonas Odell specializes in the hybridization of animation and live action. His short Never Like the First Time! won the Golden Bear for best short film in Berlin in 2006 and his film Lies was awarded at the Sundance Festival in 2009. He is currently working with Chapel Films.

 

Present from February 25 to 27.

MARC PIERARD – BE

Although he has not given up hope of one day becoming a Jedi and after thirteen years working in entertainment merchandising as an illustrator and developer, Marc Pierard has finally come back to his first love of animation, as a 2D animator, character designer and storyboarder. He is also a trainer.

 

Present on February 25.

DELPHINE RENARD – BE

Delphine Renard founded the Zorobabel workshop with William Henne in 1994, where she now looks after the production, the writing residence and evening classes, with Delphine Cousin. She has run 86 workshops, each producing an animated film at the end of it. She has also made three personal short films with Delphine Cousin: Les Grenouilles, Tango Nero and Aral.

 

Present on February 28.

STÉPHAN ROELANTS – BE

Stéphan Roelants created Studio 352 and Mélusine Productions, specializing in animation and documentary, in Luxembourg, 20 year ago. His editorial line focuses on the quality of the script, the originality of the graphics and an educational and cultural commitment. He has produced and co-produced some twenty features, and is also a novelist, author and performer.

 

Present from February 25 to 26.

JEAN-LUC SLOCK – BE

After graduating in visual arts and communication, from ESA, Saint-Luc, Jean-Luc Slock has worked as producer and director at the production workshop Camera-etc, which he founded in Liège in 1979.

 

Present on February 28.

GEERTJAN TILLMANS – BE

After studying animation at the KASK in Ghent, Geertjan Tillmans started out as an animator and illustrator concentrating on 2D animation. He has worked on short films, animated series and online and TV campaigns and after 23 years in the business, he now has a very good idea of the animation industry in Flanders.

 

Present on February 25.

LEWIS TRONDHEIM – FR

Outstanding cartoonist, scriptwriter, editor and dialogist, Lewis Trondheim is the author of an incredible number of comic books, which explore numerous subjects with boundless enthusiasm and great originality. In 2008, he started collaborating with Le Journal de Spirou, where he created the Ralph Azham saga, along with many more since.

 

Present from February 26 to 29.

THEODORE USHEV – CA

Theodore Ushev was born in Kyoustendil, Bulgaria, and first became known as a poster designer there before moving to Montreal in 1999. His films have since been rewarded with over 150 prizes and distinctions as well as frequently presented in retrospective programmes.

 

Present from February 22 to 26.

GINTS ZILBALODIS – LV

Latvian filmmaker and animator, Gints Zilbalodis, made his first feature, Away, on his own. He became fascinated with animation from an early age, watching the classics and making short films and commercials. He has already made seven shorts, using a combination of techniques like drawing, 3D and under the camera animation.

 

Present from February 23 to 25.

ASSILE BLAIBEL – LB

Assile Blaibel est une animatrice libanaise, qui vit et travaille à Paris. Après un an à l'Atelier de Sèvres, elle poursuit ses études à l'EMCA, se spécialisant en Animation 3D.

AUGUST NICLASEN – DN

August “Poul” Niclasen is a director, editor, character animator and artist from Copenhagen, Denmark. He recently graduated The Animation Workshop, with his main focuses during his education being on directing, animating, story development, and cocktail mixing. Despite having made and directed several films Deepness of the Fry will be his first official release.

BEN MITCHELL – UK

Ben Mitchell is a Bristol-based animation/post-production freelancer, independent director, composer and writer. As a freelancer he has produced animation work for CBeebies, Channel 4, Shy Guys, Plymptoons, Animortal, Wonky Films, A Productions, Slurpy Studios and Rumpus to name a few. As an independent director he has produced five multi-award-winning short animated films - "House Guest", "Ground Running", "The Naughty List", "Klementhro" and "Sunscapades".

BETHANY LEVY – AU

Bethany Levy is an Australian animator and motion graphics artist currently residing in London. For the last 5 years she has worked with many studios including Kapwa, Mister, Mighty Nice, Nexus, Studio Hackett and Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Her style is a mix of hand drawn animation, vector puppet rigs and compositing.

CAROL FREEMAN – IE

Carol is Director and co-founder at Paper Panther Productions, a stopmotion studio based in the heart of Dublin City, Ireland. Her debut short The Bird & the Whale has won thirty awards at festivals so far and screened at many prestigious festivals around the world.

CAROLINA ATTIA – FR

Diplômée de l’École Nationale des Arts Décoratifs de Paris en 2004, Caroline Attia navigue entre l'illustration et l’animation. Son travail s'étend du coût-métrage d’animation au livre et à la presse jeunesse. Elle a collaboré avec des studios comme auteur graphique et réalisatrice tels que Sacrebleu productions, Senso Films, FrogBox, Teleimage kids, Technicolor, Cartoon Saloon, Folimage.

DARIA KASHCHEEVA – CZ

Daria Kashcheeva was born in 1986 in Dushanbe, Tajikistan. Daria studies animated film at FAMU in Prague. Her student films featured at many international festivals. Daria’s original To Accept won the Nespresso Talents 2017 film competition in Cannes. Her Bachelor’s puppet animation Daughter has a premiere at Annecy Animation Film Festival and got Cristal for the best Student film. Daughter has won the Student Academy Award in the category Animation.

FLORIAN GROLIG – DE

Florian Grolig is an independent animation filmmaker, producer and game designer. He graduated from the School of Arts and Design in Kassel, realized award winning short films and computer games as well as commissioned animation and co-founded the Black Pants Game Studio.

GIL ALKABETZ – IL

Born in 1957 in Kibutz “Mashabei Sade”, Israel.
1979 - 1983 studied Graphic Design at the “Bezalel“ Academy of Art and Design in Jerusalem.
Since 1984 has been working as an animation filmmaker and illustrator, first in Israel and since 1994 in Germany.
Since 2003 has been teaching as an animation professor at the Film University “Konrad Wolf” in Potsdam Babelsberg.

HANS OP DE BEECK – BE

Visual artist Hans Op de Beeck lives and works in Brussels, where he has developed his career through international exhibitions over the past twenty years. His work consists of sculptures, installations, video work, photography, animated films, drawings, paintings and writing (short stories).

JACK WEDGE – US

Jack Wedge is a 22 year old filmmaker from New York. He studied Film and T.V at NYU Tisch School of the Arts (2019). Jack has recently worked with Adult Swim on a mini series entitled “Domo Dreams”. He has also worked on several music videos and a hand drawn video game. His work focuses on surreal and environmental storytelling.

JOSEPH BALACLAV – IL

Born in Jerusalem in 1990 to soviet immigrant painters, influenced by art and music from an early age. During high school, he made his first short film “A day in the life of a bum” realizing his passion for the screen-based arts he continued his studies in the Animation department in “Bezalel Academy for Arts”. 

KASPAR JANCIS – EE

Born on May 8, 1975 in Tallinn.
His first moving pictures came into being in the corners of his school notebooks.
He went to the Turku Arts and Media School in Finland in 1997 to study animation under the guidance of Priit Pärn. After graduating he started to make films. Films has been shown all over the world and have got multiple awards.

KRISTJAN HOLM – EE

Born in 1976 in Tallinn, Estonia. Graduated Estonian Academy of Arts in 1999 as an interior designer. In time the understanding, that room is limited to four walls, started to trouble him though. An unexpected discovery that also film frame has four walls, gave him the final impulse to change the subject and dedicate his life to investigating the ties between frames and walls.

PAUL CABON – FR

Paul Cabon est diplômé de l'école La Poudrière (Valence) en 2009 et son film de fin d'étude - Sauvage - a reçu le Prix spécial du jury de films d'étudiants au Festival d'Annecy en 2010. Entre 2014 et 2015, Tempête sur Anorak, son premier film professionnel, reçoit plus d'une dizaine de prix dont le prix du meilleur court métrage d'animation à Sundance. En 2018, Le Futur sera chauve est nommé au César du meilleur court métrage d'animation.

SONJA ROHLEDER – DE

Sonja Rohleder was in 1982 and studied at the Film University Babelsberg from 2003 through 2009. She later returned to teach there from 2012 through 2017. With fellow students she formed the Talking Animals, a collective for animators in Berlin. Her work has been featured in museum installations, video games, music videos and live stage productions, in addition to the short films she has written, produced, and directed.

SOPHIE KOKO GATE – UK

Sophie Koko Gate studied animation at the Royal College of Art in London, where she graduated with her film ‘Half Wet.’ (2014). Half Wet screened in festivals worldwide including Sundance, SXSW, BFI, AFI and the Tate Modern. She has made short films for Adult Swim, MTV, Harvard University and most recently the BBC and BFI with her new award winning film ‘Slug Life.

TOBY AUBERG – UK

Toberg is me, Toby Auberg, a London based 3D visual artist and animator person. I'm really into sensory overload, abstract characters and virtual worlds, sometimes dabbling in political themes. Originally I started out working in film in Los Angeles, I moved to Sweden to study Motion Graphics at Hyper Island, and studied Experimental Animation at the Royal College of Art in London.

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