Jury

CATEGORY SHORT FILMS IN DEVELOPMENT

Lee Hoonjae
Hoonjae LEE, founder of Anitoart Inc., has taken part in many projects as a producer, since 2000. He has accumulated extensive experience, working in high-quality animation productions, in partnership with renowned companies such as Marvel Animation Studio, Sip Animation, Marathon, etc. In 2004, he founded the Studio B Corp. creative animation studio, and has been producing TV series animations, such as “Aesop’s Theater” (2008), “Koriyo (2014), “Little Train Choo Choo” (2012–15), and many short animated films. He founded Anitoart Inc and is currently producing a 3D animated feature film Make the Princess Laugh. He has received Excellence Award at Korea Animation Grand Prix 2008, and Special Award at Korea Contents Award 2009.

Sari Volanen
She is a commissioning editor at YLE Finnish Broadcasting Company. She is in charge of the strand called New Cinema on YLE/Teema which shows quirky and cinematic films regardless of length and genre. She is also a board member of the Tampere film festival.

Ron Dyens
In 1999, Ron Dyens became the manager of the cinema l’Archipel Paris Ciné. Meanwhile he founded Sacrebleu Productions which received prestigious honours such as: Palme d’Or in Cannes for Barking Island, the Cesar for the best short animated film Sunday Lunch, the Procirep Awards of the best short films producer in Clermont Ferrand and of the best Animation TV producer, a nomination to the Academy Awards for Madagascar, A Journey Diary, two Annecy crystal awards for Tram & Man on the Chair. Sacrebleu completed the production of the series Faces from places in 2013, a collection of 20 animated journey diaries coproduced with Arte.

Abigail Addison
She is a producer, and a co-founder and director of Animate Projects. Recently, she has produced the Silent Signal project, bringing together animators and scientists to produce six animations to be shown at UK galleries and international festival screenings. The project has received several awards including the Lumen Prize Moving Image Award 2016 for boredomresearch’s AfterGlow, and the Visual Science Award at Imagine Science Film Festival Abu Dhabi 2017 for Samantha Moore’s Loop. She also recently co-produced Chris Shepherd’s Johnno’s Dead, which was awarded Best British Film at the London International Animation Festival 2016. Abigail is on the Boards of Underwire Festival and film and photography charity, Four Corners.

Sébastien Sperer
He joined the Annecy International Animated Film Festival in 1999 when he was in his early 20s. He is now one of 3 programmers at Annecy. Since Annecy abolished its Preliminary Selection Committee in 2012, Sébastien has been in charge of selecting films to compete in the main categories. He is also a programmer for Le Forum Blanc – the annual international appointment for exploring the development of multiplatform projects through case studies, workshops and debates – which is hosted by CITIA, a parent organization of Annecy’s Organizing Committee.

Tim Leborgne
He worked at Cartoon (the European Association for Animation Film) for four years, during which he participated in the creation and management of the European Training Network for Animation (ETNA) and the organisation of numerous Cartoon Masters, Cartoon Movies and Cartoon Forums. Furthermore, he co-organised 3 editions of the annual European Video Perspectives conference (PEVE) in collaboration with Screen Digest. In 2003, Tim has joined The Animation Workshop in Viborg as the director of its international Professional Training and Open Workshop (artist residency) departments. Besides he has organised The Animation Workshop’s vocational animation/CG/VFX courses and master classes for European professionals.

Gábor Osváth
He is a Hungarian producer born in 1985. After several live-action short films and documentaries, he recently started producing animation. His first project was Réka Bucsi’s LOVE, which screened at Berlinale and Sundance, and is now nominated for the European Film Awards. He was also the executive producer of Luca Tóth’s Superbia which debuted at Cannes Semaine de la Critique in 2016. He is currently in production with Balázs Turai’s The Fall of Rome, a Hungarian-Croatian co-production, as well as the TV-series “Castaways”, directed by Péter Szeiler.

 

CATEGORY TV SERIES / TV SPECIALS IN DEVELOPMENT

Michaela Sobolčáková
She works in Radio and Television of Slovakia, Acquisitions Department, as a Programme Editor and Buyer of programmes for children and scripted television series. Previously, she has been working for an international distribution company as an editor and all rights buyer of theatrical feature films and animated movies, or for the Slovak Television as Organisation Manager of the Prix Danube International Television Festival of Programmes for Children and Young People.

Ferenc Varsányi
Hungarian film director, screenwriter, producer, lecturer, curator. Throughout his 30-year career, he has won multiple awards including an Emmy for Rugrats (Klasky/Csupo Inc. USA). He has worked all over the world from Hollywood to Asia to Europe. Altogether, he has directed hundreds of live action and animation projects. At present, he is the President of the Animation Committee / MTVA (Media Support and Asset Management Fund)

Anna Mroczek
Producer of animated films such as Three Kings by Anna Błaszczyk, The Advisers of King Hydrops by Natalia Brożyńska, Locus by Anita Kwiatkowska Naqvi, The Wizard of U.S by Balbina Bruszewska, Last stop is the Moon by Brute Sodeikaite. Currently developing her latest project Bridge by Izumi Yoshida. Co-owner of two Poland-based production companies: WJTeam and Likaon. Member of the board of the Polish Filmmakers Association Lodz division and member of the Supervisory Board of Polis Animation Producers Association.

Martina Peštaj
She is the Head of Children’s and Youth Programme at RTV Slovenija, where she has worked for a number of years as a creator, editor, and scriptwriter. She is a selector for foreign animation and life-action series for children. As a Media Psychologist, she manages the Research Laboratory for analysing children’s programmes in different target groups. She collaborates with Logout – Center for Digital Addiction Help and Treatment, Slon educational programme as part of Animateka International Animated Film Festival in Ljubljana, and Animafest Zagreb as a selector for the children’s programme. Her role of a TV expert allows her to regularly collaborate with the Slovenian Ministry of Culture on various cultural and art programmes in the field of media education.

Zsuzsanna Kreif 
She is a freelance animation director and illustrator based in Budapest, graduated from MOME in 2014. Her first film, Limbo-Limbo Travel, co-directed with Bori Zétényi was pitched on VAF, won best short film prize, and also the opportunity to work in coproduction with the French company Lardux Films. The film was finished in 2014, and was selected and awarded on several international film festivals. At the moment she‘s directing the twelve episodes
TV-series Candide for the Hungarian Television, which will be finished in the summer of 2017.

Frederic Puech
He is the founder of Planet Nemo Animation, where he acts as an Executive Producer & Creative Director. He is also the creator of several of the studio’s key series, and Producer at Ankama where he oversees the French gaming co. animation TV & Feature productions and distribution. Recognized by his peers, Frédéric was nominated for Young Producer of the Year 2006, Animation Producer of the Year (2010 and 2011) by the French Producers’ Guild PROCIREP, and for European Animation Producer of the Year (2011) by Cartoon professional association.

Nathalie Jacobs
She studied film editing and continuity supervision (IAD, 1996-1999) and obtained a Master’s in Production Management (IAD, 2010-2011). She worked freelance on several film and TV productions, both fiction and documentary. In 2006, she worked closely with journalist Philippe Dutilleul on the controversial program “By Bye Belgium”. Since 2015, she has been responsible for the co-productions within OUFtivi, the 360° youth department of RTBF (Belgian Public TV).