Anima 2013 Guests
Journalist, author and speaker of radio and television programs. Since 2000, she is in charge of Animation Film TV- series productions. She is production manager on Pinocchio and did the voice of the fox in the Italian version of the movie.
Aike Arndt (D)
Aike Arndt, born in 1980, studied illustration at Münster University of Applied Sciences. From 2010 he has been living in Berlin and working as comic artist, filmmaker an illustrator.
Rocio Avarez (SP)
Rocio Avarez was born in 1983 in Spain, where she graduated from the School of Fine Arts in Valencia. She dedicated herself to painting and drawing for a while, then pursued her training in animated filmmaking at La Poudrière, where she directed « Crik-Crak ! » (a one-minute-film), « Pas de papier » (a commissioned film for the TV channel Canal J) and her graduation short film « Ecart de conduite », bought by Canal +.
Rémy Busson (F)
Rémy BUSSON is passionate about animation, cinema and multimedia. He built his professional experience at a very young age in TV broadcast design, videos and short films in computer animation.
He got his degree at Supinfocom Arles in 2012 and is now an independent film maker and an artistic director in digital publishing.
Jérémy Clapin (F)
Jérémy Clapin got his degree at the Arts Décoratifs de Paris. He is the screenwriter and director of several succesful animated short films : « Une histoire vertébrale » (2005) and « Skhizein » 2008, which won more than 90 festival awards (Annecy, Cannes, Clermont-Ferrand…) and got a César nomination in 2009. He also directed numerous TV ads. He joined Papy3d Production as an associate in 2011, where he directed his latest short film « Palmipedarium ».
John Craney cut his teeth in the Bristol Animation scene during the close of the eighties, starting out fabricating stop motion puppets for Aardman and Red Wing Studios with the brilliant but now defunct Lyons Model Effects Ltd.
In 1995, he left Bristol for New Zealandand worked with Weta Workshop as a sculptor, designer and art director on features such as " Lord of the Rings", "King Kong", "The Chronicles of Narnia" and the TV series "Jane and the Dragon".
He now resides in the Netherlands, focusing on crew management and puppet fabrication for features and short film in tandem with Pedri Animation, recently completing work on the Dutch "Nijnje De Film'; the Spanish stop motion feature "O Apostolo"; and Norway's "Solan and Ludwig".
Enzo D’Alò (I)
Italian film director, screenwriter and musician, Enzo D’Alò is considered to be one of the major figures in European animation, and the only person to have five successful international features to his name (How the Toys Saved Christmas, Lucky & Zorba, Momo, Opopomoz and currently Pinocchio). His films have been rewarded with many prizes in festivals all over the world. He has also directed music videos and animated series for the TV. His book, The Prince of the City of Sand, published by Mondadori is based on a subject for a future feature animation.
Anca Damian (RO)
Anca Damian was born in Romania in 1962. After graduating with a PhD in Arts, Film and Media from the Acadamy of Theatre and Film Arts, she worked as a film director, screenwriter and photo director for features and documentaries. Crulic: The Path to Beyond is her second feature. Highly acclaimed at international festivals, it was awarded the Annecy Cristal in 2012.
Paul De Blieck (B)
After studies in Animation at KASK, in Ghent, Paul de Blieck started out in 1989 as an inbetweener and assistant animator for series and commercials. He went on to work as a 2D animator on features like Laura’s Star and Mullewapp. He is also a storyboarder, layout man, character designer, animation supervisor and special effects animator. He was recently one of the main animators on Enzo D’Alò’s Pinocchio.
Gwen de Bonneval (F)
Gwen de Bonneval, aka Gwen, was born in 1973. After starting out in children’s press, he published Samedi et Dimanche with Fabien Vehlmann for Dargaud’s Poisson Pilote collection. He also illustrated Gilgamesh, La Vierge froide et autres racontars and L’Esprit perdu, two of which were selected at Angoulême. Along with Fabien Vehlmann, he has recently published Les Derniers Jours d’un immortel.
Arthur de Pins (F)
Arthur de Pins started out making shorts including Géraldine and The Crab Revolution, along with various TV series and commercials. He then tried his hand at comic strips and created three series: Péchés Mignons, Zombillénium and La Marche du Crabe. Eager to return to his first love, he is currently working on the 3 Zombillénium and its adaptation into a feature film.
Arnaud Demuynck (B)
Writer, film director, screenwriter and independent producer working in animated shorts within the Wallonie, Brussels and Nord Pas de Calais regions, Arnaud Demuynck has become an important player in animation production. His film directing work includes two trilogies: choreographic with Signes de vie (2004) À L’Ombre du voile (2006) and L’Évasion (2007) and poetic with Un Spectacle interrompu, Le Concile lunatique and La Vita Nuova, co-directed with Christophe Gautry.
Ron Diamond (USA)
In 1979, Ron Diamond cofounded Max Media, a distribution company for shorts and compilations of programmes for the TV and cinema, like The Animation Show of Shows and The Oscar Showcase. Later, in 1990, he created Acme Filmworks, a production company representing international artists in advertising, and producing shorts and features. He then followed on in 1996 by co-founding AWN.com, the first animation network. He also co-publishes DVDs shown in schools.
Franck Dion (F)
Frank Dion has worked as an actor, theatre set designer and illustrator. In 2003, he made his first short animated film, "L'Inventaire fantôme", which won the Youth Jury Award at the Annecy International Animation Film Festival, and was nominated for the Cartoon d'Or. In 2006, together with a few friends, he founded Papy3D, the company that produced his second film, Monsieur Cok (2008), selected for the Sundance Film Festival, and the winner of several awards. His third short film is Edmond Was a Donkey (2012).
After completion of studies in computer graphics to Sup.Info.Com. Alexander DUBOSC have an European Master in Art in the same domain ( M.A.I.S.C.A.). He worked in several companies in Paris special effects for film and television, which mainly “Mac Guff”. Always curious and fascinated by the image, he directed and participated in recent years many shorts author numerical technique combining 2D, 3D, Stop Motion and mixed media. Photography is also to date one of the disciplines in which there is an important personal creative process closely linked to his animated world.
Laurent Durieux (B)
Laurent Durieux is a professional illustrator and graphic design teacher. His style is influenced by illustrators from the 30s and 50s as well as “the future that never took place”! After co-directing his short Hellville in 2010, he was asked by the famous publishers of posters Mondotees and Dark Hall Mansion to create a number of posters depicting well-known characters including Snoopy, King Kong and the Iron Giant.
Peter Dyring-Olsen (DK)
Peter Dyring-Olsen has a Master’s degree in Art History and is Project Director of The Animation Workshop in Denmark, one of the most innovative animation schools in Europe. The school offers a number of degree course, professional training and artist residencies and is attempting to revitalise the Danish film industry.
Benoît Feroumont (B)
Born in 1969, Benoît Feroumont is both an animated film maker (Bzzz, Belleville Rendez-Vous, Dji vou veu volti, The Secret of Kells) and comic book author (Wondertown, Le Royaume). 2013 already looks busy for him, with the release of his 5th Royaume in May, along with the publication of an erotic-comic album. He is also directing the Belgian animation team on the next Asterix & Obelix film, while at the same time working on the development of his own future animated production.
My name’s Thomas Fourniret and I’m 30 years old.
10 years ago, I graduated in computer programming and worked in this domain before I realized that I love something else.
Then, I worked in an animation studio where I fulfilled many jobs such as animator, animation director, scriptwriter, storyboard artist. Throughout this 5 year period, I directed some acclaimed independant short films and music videos. More interested in real characters than toons, I decided to leave the studio and continue as a music video director.
Short films / Music video direction / Making-of : 2013 : Just starting ( Capsusfilms ) / Making-Of / 5 min. 2012 : Psykokondriak - Kiai / Music video / 4 min. 2012 : An Eye on Fall - Everything about communication / Music video / 4 min. 2012 : An Eye on Fall - Because of you / Music video / 4 min. 2012 : Le Peuple de l'Herbe - Parler le fracas / Music video / 4 min. 2011 : Ice Cream Road / Animation short / 5 min. 2011 : Klakomaniak - Super champion / Music video / 4 min. 2006 : Babylon District / Animation short / 26 min
Jobs : 2012 –...: Freelance / Independant Video Director 2009 – 2012 : Animation Director at Ankama Studio ( Wakfu series ) 2007 – 2009 : Animator at Ankama Studio ( Wakfu series ) 2002 – 2005 : Computer programming at Pharmagest
Eric Goossens (B)
After graduating from the KU in Leuven, Eric Goossens worked for Little Big One and Trix. He then co-founded the production company Walking the Dog with Anton Roebben, and made a string of films: Belleville Rendez Vous, The Secret of Kells, A Monster in Paris and more recently, Enzo d’Alò’s Pinocchio, along with The Congress by Ari Folman and The Boy with the Cuckoo Clock Heart by Mathias Malzieu and Stéphane Berla. He is also Vice chairman of Anim.be, a conference speaker and producer with Off World
Martin Grötzschel (D)
He was born 1986 in Chemnitz. He worked in Dresden as animator and compositer, as well as freelance photographer for several films and projects. Since 2010 he has been studying at the Film Academy Baden-Württemberg animation, post production and visual effects. He is also director at the German Institute for Animated Film (DIAF).
Anna Humphries (GB)
Anna Humphries is a London based animator with a taste for the sillier things in life. She likes to mix up the real, the bizarre, the sweet and touching and the darker side of life together in her films, which she hopes will transport audiences to magical and entertaining new places. She has just graduated from the National Film and Television School and is working as a freelance animation director.
Kaspar Jancis (EST)
Kaspar Jancis was born in Tallinn, Estonia. Graduated as animated film director from Turku Arts University, Finland. He has directed several animated shorts. Weizenberg street (2002), Marathon (2004), Crocodile (2009) and Villa Antropoff (2012). Currently working on first feature animation "Morten on the ship of fools". Also worked as composer and set designer.
Christian Janicot (F)
After studies in typography, Christian Janicot wrote l’Anthologie du cinéma invisible and created the Fabrique de littérature graphique. This film maker and artistic director has a passion for animation and special effects and has founded Le Laboratoire d’images, a vast transmedia adventure that brings together graphic artists and students from animation schools.
Edmunds Jansons works as animation film director and graphic designer. His animation films "Little Bird's Diary" (2007), Springtime in Crow Street (2009), How Shammies Bathed" (2010), "International Father's Day" (2012) and "Choir Tour" (2012) have been selected in many international film festivals all over the world, such as Ottawa International Animation Festival, Chicago international Children's Film Festival, SICAF, Anima Mundi and others. In spring 2012 Edmunds has graduated Estonian Academy of Art and now is master of Animation. Beside his initial work Edmunds is recognized and beloved children’s book illustrator.
Wolfram Kampffmeyer (D)
Animation Study at Filmakademie Baden-Wurttemberg 2005-2011
Since then Freelance digital artist in Germany
2005 "Sense der Zeit / Scythe of Time" (3D)
2006 "Das Goldene Ei / Golden Egg" (StopMotion)
2007 "Fallen" (3D, together with Sascha Geddert)
2008 "Frosch im Hals / Frog in the Throat" (3D)
2011 "Wallflower Tango" (3D, graduation Film)
Hiroki Okamura (from Kyoto City) and Takumi Kawai (from Osaka City) were born in 1968 in Japan. Both Graduated from the Kyoto City University of Arts in 1992, and received an M.A. from the Kyoto City University of Arts, Kyoto in 1994. They formed KAWAI+OKAMURA as a visual arts group in 1993. Currently, Hiroki Okamura is a lecturer and Takumi Kawai is an associate professor in the Department of Information Design at the Kyoto University of Art and Design, Kyoto.
- 2009 “First Passage”, Art Court Gallery, Osaka
- 2007 “2007 Asian Art Biennial”, National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts,Taipei
- 2006 “Toride Art Project 2006”, Kyu Togashira Shumatsu Shori-jo (a former sewage disposal plant in Toride City), Ibaraki Prefecture
- 2006 “Tokyo Ikebukuro International Art Festival 2006 - in cooperation with Echigo -Tsumari Art Triennial, Toshima Labor and Welfare Center, Tokyo
- 2005 “KIRIN ART PROJECT 2005”, TAMADA PROJECT ART SPACE, Tokyo/KPO KIRIN PLAZA OSAKA, Osaka
- 1998 “So what? - Donai Yanen - Contemporary Creation in Japan”, Ecole Nationale Superieure des Beaux-Arts, Paris
- 2011 “Kansai l'autre cinema Japonais”, Maison de culture du Japon à Paris, Paris
- 2006 “Move on Asia”, TOKYO WONDER SITE SHIBUYA, Tokyo (and eleven other theaters in six Asian countries)
- 2005 “Under 10minutes Digital Cinema Festival 2005” (Grand Prix), Tokyo
- 2005 “RESFEST 2005 Japan Tour”, Tokyo, Fukuoka and Kyoto
- 2002 “Chofu Cinema Festival - Short Film Competition vol.5” (Extra Prize),Tokyo
- 2001 “The Images Festival of Independent Film and Video”, Inis Town Hall, Toront
- 2001 “KYOTO × AMSTERDAM - New Directions”, Kyoto Art Center, Kyoto/SMART PROJECT, Amsterdam
- 2001 “From KANSAI!!! ANIMATION SELECTION”, UPLINK FACTORY, Tokyo
- 2000 TV TOKYO “Vermilion Pleasure Night” (made six short films for the TV program)
Eric Lambé (B)
Eric Lambé was born in 1966, and is a comic book author and teacher at ESA Saint-Luc in Brussels. He worked on different magazines before creating his own book Les Jours ouvrables, and is author of a number of comic books including Joue avec moi, selected at the Angouleme festival in 2011. Le Fils du roi forms the base of the short animation Deux Îles, which he codirected with students from the Albert Jacquard School.
Carina Lovgreen (DK)
Carina has a bachelor degree in character animation from the Animation Workshop in Denmark. She was lead animator on the graduation short film called Slug Invasion which was nominated at Festival De Cannes in 2012'
Jean-François Martin (F)
Born in 1967, Jean-François Martin is an illustrator working in both publishing and the press in France and abroad. He is part of the designers’ collective 2 œufs bacon p’tites patates, and was rewarded the Bologna Ragazzi Award for a fiction album in 2011 and the Illustration Grand prix from the Moulins Musée de l’Illustration Jeunesse in 2012. He also made the short film L’Inventeur.
Lorenzo Mattotti (I)
Born in 1954, Lorenzo Mattotti lives and works in Paris. After studies in Architecture, he went into comic books and is now highly acclaimed internationally for his illustrations in such books as Collodi’s Pinocchio. He also created the Anima poster in 1999. His film work includes Eros by Wong Kar-Wai, Soderbergh and Antonioni, Eugenio for the television and more recently one of the sketches for Fear(s) of the Dark and Enzo d’Alò’s feature Pinocchio.
Gottfried Mentor (DE)
Born in Strassburg in 1981, he lives in Germany. Since 2004, works as a freelance in film and TV sector. He graduated at the Filmakademie Baden-Wurttemberg in 2012, focusing on directing, animation and concept.
Francesco Mereu (I)
Francesco Mereu was raised between Italy and California, drawing and taking pictures along his travels. Following his studies at UC Berkeley in visual arts he earned a BFA with Honors at the Fine Arts Academy of Brera in Milan. His interests then shifted towards visual storytelling and went on to enroll at the National Film School of Turin, where he co-directed and animated a short film that successfully led him to many festivals abroad. Francesco then worked at Cartoon Network and a few more clients in London, where he currently resides.
Chris O'Hara (IRL)
Chris O'Hara is a director, animator and designer based in Ireland. Chris has worked in the animation industry since 2006 on numerous projects ranging from commercials to short films, and television shows for clients such as Disney and Cartoon Network. He has directed 4 short films to date including his first self-funded short film "A Different Perspective" which has had screenings at numerous festivals, including Annecy and Encounters, Bristol.
Michaela Pavlátová (CZ)
Czech director Michaela Pavlatova’s films have won many prizes in festival around the world, including an Oscar nomination for Words, Words, Words and the Golden Bear in Berlin for Repete. She has also made two live action films but maintains her passion for animation. Her latest short film Tram was rewarded the Annecy Cristal in 2012.
Olivier Pesch (L)
Olivier Pesch is from Luxembourg. He is a film director, animator, puppet maker, set director (including Patar and Aubier’s A Town Called Panic) and a film scout! His first animated short Le Gardien du nid was made in 2006 and received a Special Mention at the Cynenigma Festival in Luxembourg. His second short Emilie was released in 2012.
Børge Ring (DK)
Børge Ring was born in Denmark in 1921 and started out as a jazz guitarist and bassist. He then turned to animation and walked away with an Oscar for his short Anna & Bella in 1985. His name can be seen in the credits of an impressive number of European features, TV series, shorts and commercials as director, animator, screenwriter, set designer, actor, sound engineer or musician.
Sjaak Rood (NL)
Sjaak Rood (1962) makes drawings all his life. He can't help to invent stories, likes theatre and silly music, and has a thing for technical stuff . In animation all these things come together.
He was Artist in Residence at the NIAf in Tilburg from 2009 - 2011. In this period he made the animated shorts Fast Forward Little Red Riding Hood (2010), The Line (2011) and COFFEE (2012). At the moment he is working on his new film At first sight.(2015). Find more of his work at www.sjaakrood.nl.
Bruno Seznec (F)
Bruno Seznec is a talented sound supervisor (designer and mixer) and manager of the studio Piste Rouge. He has worked on the sound of many animated features including Zarafa, Le Tableau, Allez Raconte !, Kirikou and the Wild Beasts, Dragon Hunters, U, The Secret of Kells... and just recently the much awaited Aya of Yop City, where the soundtrack played a particularly crucial role in the film.
Ben Tesseur (B)
Artist and set designer, Ben Tesseur was born in 1975, and studied Animation at RITS. He is an active member of the Belgian avant-garde multidisciplinary movement BOA, and cofounded the studio Beast Animation, specialized in stop motion, with Steven De Beul, in 2004. He has worked on a number of commissions there for shorts, commercials, TV films and features (A Town Called Panic) as head of projects, animator, set designer or assistant director.
Serge Umé (B)
Serge Umé is a trained architect. In 1994, he and his brother created Digital Graphics, a company specialized in special effects for the cinema and developing in-house software. The company is based near Liege and has already worked on 65 films including 33 features. In particular, Serge Umé is in charge of the animation projects for the company and has made some significant contributions to features including Tomm Moore’s The Secret of Kells, and more recently Ernest & Célestine by Benjamin Renner, Stéphane Aubier and Vincent Patar.
Pierre Urbain (B)
Ex-teacher, Pierre Urbain worked as studio, production and post-production director and executive producer at Odec Kid Cartoons, Neuroplanet and LuxAnimation. He has worked on many films and series, including La Bande à Ovide, Tifou, Babar, Kirikou and Dragon Hunters, and was production director at Walking The Dog for Pinocchio, by Enzo d’Alò and The Boy with the Cuckoo Clock Heart by Mathias Malzieu and Stéphane Berla. He has recently created his own production company, Doghouse Films.
Fabien Vehlmann (F)
Fabien Vehlmann was born in 1972. While he looks after the storylines and Yoann takes care of the illustration, the two make up the official team of the cult comic book series Spirou et Fantasio. He is also enjoying success with the series Seuls, illustrated by Bruno Gazzotti and is author of L’Île aux cent mille morts. He is currently working on the new digital comic book Le Professeur Cyclope, which is up for release very soon.
Marie Vieillevie (F)
Born in 1983, Marie Vieillevie graduated from ESAG Penninghen in Paris with her short movie Welcome to White Chapel District (2006). She worked in several studios and communication agencies as graphic designer and then artistic director. She decided to return to her studies and followed a 2-year training course at la Poudrière. She directed Eau vive (one minute film), La Cour des grands (a film commissioned for Canal J Television) and Sœur et frère, graduation film (2012). She's now working in Paris as an animator and director.
Martin Živocký (CZ)
Martin Živocký was born in 1986 in Zlín, Czech Republic. He got his degree in animation at the Faculty of multimedia communication of Tomas Bata University. His short film « Pripad » (« The Case ») was selected in several festivals including Annecy, AniFest, Cinanima, Mecal, Nordic Youth Film Festival and Anifilm, where is was the winner of the Czech–Slovak student competition.