Animator and filmmaker, Joel Benjamin spends his time moving objects pixel by pixel. He founded Electricbeard Productions in 2007, and has been motion designer on various company films and other commercial and creative projects. He is also a teacher at the SAIC and teaches 2D and 3D animation at DePaul University in Chicago.
Brecht Capiau studied Journalism in Ghent and the Science of Communication in Leuven (KUL). He is film critic for the magazine Filmmagie and freelances for the Auschwitz Foundation, where he writes regularly for the review Witnesses. He was a member of the press jury at the international short film festival in Louvain in 2015.
After studies in visual arts, Olivier Cossu started out compositing and directing for commercials, music videos and series. In 2014, he made the documentary La Face cachée du pop-up, which contained many animation sequences. Today, he is lending his talents to the animated adaptation of the committed comic strip Un homme est mort.
Graduated from the Lodz Academy of Fine Art, Piotr Dominiak did whatever jobs offered to him if they involved painting, including painting shop signs, large scale freizes, and theatre sets. When there weren’t painting jobs Piotr worked at casual jobs including being a grill chef.
One of his painting jobs involved painting the backdrops for the short Peter and the Wolf. Following this he was appointed head of painting on The Little Postman, and then became one of the ‘gang of four’ painters involved in the R&D, concept trailer and the Painting Animation Work Station for Loving Vincent.
Fabrice du Welz started out making super 8 films before his short Quand on est amoureux, c’est merveilleux in 1999. He made his name in his native Belgium in 2004 with Calvaire, followed by Vinyan (2008) and the commission Colt 45. He returned to Belgium to make Alleluia (2014), the 2nd part of an Ardennes trilogy started with Calvaire.
Dudok de Wit illustreert ook kinderboeken en doceert animatie aan kunsthogescholen in Engeland en daarbuiten.
Born in 1953 in the Netherlands, Michael Dudok de Wit lives in London where he has directed TV commercials and independent short animated films, which have won numerous international awards, including an Oscar and a BAFTA for Father and Daughter in 2001.
His feature The Red Turtle is a Wild Bunch - Studio Ghibli co-production, and was made in France and Belgium.
He also illustrates children’s books and teaches animation at art colleges in England and abroad.
Passionate about and active in everything related to the world of graphics and visual arts (live action and animated films, TV series, comic strips, manga), and after working as a journalist and editorial director at Dupuis and Soleil, Laurent Duvault is currently Audiovisual and International Director at Media Participations. He is also a translator (Calvin & Hobbes) and audiovisual author (Kid Paddle).
For the past fifteen years, Jean-Baptiste Garnero has been collecting and presenting collections entrusted or belonging to the CNC in France, and has overseen several projects designed to promote the production and history of animation in France and abroad.
He is currently helping to renovate and put back into production the last pinscreen made by Alexandre Alexeïeff and Claire Parker.
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.
Graphic artist Mariono Guarnieri experimented in different types of communication before discovering that animation was his real passion. He worked on commercials, music videos and TV series, supervised the animation on documentaries (Gli Occhi più Azzurri) and features, before working with MAD Entertainment, as assistant director and 2D animation supervisor on The Art of Happiness. His first feature as director was Cinderella the Cat.
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.
After graduating from Columbia University, journalist Richard Harris started out at Pacific Radio, in New York, where he was producer, programme director or operations manager, before joining CBS-TV Network, in Los Angeles, as screenwriter/producer in the creative department for films and mini-series. He is currently critic for The Bulletin, the Brussels review devoted to English speaking expats.
Marc Jousset is the founder of the production company Je Suis Bien Content, along with Franck Ekinci. Producer of the upcoming feature Panique Organique, he has a long experience in the production of adaptations of comic books into animation with Tardi's April and the Extraordinary World, (César nominated in 2016 and Feature Cristal winner at the Annecy Festival) or Marjan Satrapi's Persepolis (Jury Award at Cannes 2007).
Antoon Krings was born in 1962 and devoured classics from Anglo-Saxon litterature during his childhood. After studies in graphics at Ecole Pennighen, he worked in fashion before starting to write and illustrate and create the character Norbert for the Ecole des Loisirs. In 1993, he created Fennec le futé for Gallimard Jeunesse Picpocket, adapted into a series by Ellipsanime.
His collection Drôles De Petites Bêtes, has become a best seller of children's literature.
Born in 1972, Leue mastered in philosophy and anthropology . He started his career as a culture and media advisor for international agency’s and multinationals. In 2012 he started his creative production agency SANCTA. From 2010, Leue operates as a creative producer who develops and finances independent media projects . His projects won various international awards, such as Silver Hugo in Chicago, Inter-media Globe at the Hamburg Wold Media Festival.
In 2016 Leue produces his first animation feature project: ZOOks – release in 2018.
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Peter Lord is Creative Director of Aardman Animations, which he co-founded with David Sproxton and developed the technique of stop motion animation, usually with clay puppets.
He has had three Oscar® nominations for Adam in 1992, Wat’s Pig in 1996 and for his first solo feature The Pirates! Band of Misfits in 2013.
He co-produced Richard Starzak's Shaun the Sheep The Movie, and the studio will release its next feature Early Man in 2018.
After studies at the ENSAV la Cambre, Pauline Marlière started out as an animation film director and game artist. She is currently working on Panoptic, a multi-player VR game awarded Best VR Game, Best Game Feels and the Main Prize at IGJam 2016 in Cologne, and Best Creative Game and Audience’s choice at the Indie Games Play 7 (Paris).
Kamal Messaoudi is a journalist who shares his passion for the cinema on such shows as Musiq’3 and BX1. He also co-created a web show about geek culture, as well as supporting development and creation of digital transmedia content for the R/O Institute, among others. Thanks to his structured and global vision, he is now a member of the Union of Belgian film press.
Marion Montaigne is an illustrator and comic book author known for her amusing science blog Tu mourras moins bête created in 2008, and then turned into a popular TV series. In 2010 and 2011, she worked on the online series Les Autres Gens, written by Thomas Cadène. She has an impressive number of comic books to her name and the Angoulême festival devoted an exhibition to her in 2018.
Alexandre Noyer is a computer science and electronics technician as well as a self-taught animation short filmmmaker. He has created two pinscreens inspired by the technique made famous by Alexandre Alexeïeff and Claire Parker, in order to try using this process and share it with others during workshops and demonstrations. His company now even offers these pinscreens for rent or sale.
The general public discovered Michel Ocelot in 1998, thanks to the tremendous success of Kirikou and the Sorceress. This feature was closely followed by the tale of the Princes and Princesses told in silhouettes, Kirikou and the Wild Beasts, co-directed with Bénédicte Galup, Azur and Asmar in 2007 and Kirikou and the Men and Women in 2012.
He is currently working on a new feature project, with a story that takes place in Paris during the Belle Epoque.
Estonia’s star of animation started out during the Soviet era, where his already offbeat and surrealistic films triggered a storm with the bureaucracy. He first worked at the Tallin studio as artistic director and film director in 1976 and then went to Eesti Joonisfilm in 1994. This cartoonist, illustrator and graphic artist has had more than 40 exhibitions. He teaches at the Estonian Academy of Arts.
Born in Minsk in 1976, she finished graphic studies (specialization in etching) at Belorussian Academy of Arts in 2000.
From 1996 till 2003 she worked at Belarusfilm studio Animation Department as artistic director and animator. Then, she studied in « La Poudrière » in France.
She works in Estonia since 2006. Together with her husband Priit Pärn, she co-directed 5 multi-awarded animation films at studio Eesti Joonisfilm.
She is now teaching at Animation Department of Estonian Academy of Arts.
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.
From 1960 Picha started working as a press cartoonist and illustrator for publications including La Libre Belgique, Hara-Kiri, Harpes and The New York Times. He published collections of his drawings and made commercials and animated series for television, Zoolympics, Les Jules... Chienne de vie... He also made a number of satirical animated features that have remained famous, like Tarzoon, the Shame of the Jungle.
After studies in painting in Iran, Reza Riahi came to France to study comic strip and animation directing at La Poudrière. He then worked as a Character Designer and Art Director on various animation projects before moving to Ireland to work as an Artistic Director at Cartoon Saloon. He is currently living in Lyon and developing his new short films.
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.
Stephan Roelants started his career working in Belgium production companies on feature and short films and documentaries. In 1996, he created Studio 352 in Luxembourg, and two years later founded Mélusine Productions, specialised in animation and documentary making. Today, he is producer and co-producer of such films as A Town Called Panic, Ernest & Celestine, Aunt Hilda, Song of the Sea, Ethel & Ernest and now The Breadwinner.
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Philippe Sonrier co-founded the Mac Guff Ligne studio in 1986 and was director there, with Rodolphe Chabrier, from 2011. He has supervised the effects on numerous commercials (Evian Babies), documentaries (The Odyssey of Life, Life Animated...) and fiction films. He then took on the role of director at the newly created Mac Guff Belgium in 2013 and has been working with Michel Ocelot on his new feature project Dililli in Paris since 2016.
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.
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.
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After Film studies in Berlin, Carlo Vogele graduated with a Master's in Performing Arts in Paris, then followed studies in filmmaking at Gobelins. He made his short For Sock's Sake, at CalArts, which opened the doors to Pixar. He has also made short films using stop motion such as Una Furtiva Lagrima, and is at the moment working on his first feature Icarus.
After Animation studies at Gobelins, Pierre Volto was first assistant director on Serge Elissalde and Grégoire Solotareff's feature U (2004).
Chez Normaal, He directed season 2 of the series Mandarine & Cow in 2009 at Normaal, and followed on at the studio with A.R.T. Investigation before making the series Copy Cut.
He is currently working on the feature Panique organique with Marion Montaigne, produced by Je suis bien content.
Maya Yonesho was born in Japan. After working as a junior high Fine Arts teacher, she went back to college to study Art and Animation. Since 1997, she has been making abstract animation films based on a concept of non verbal language using images from daily life created during her stays in foreign countries (21 so far).
She has been teaching at Kyoto Seika University since 2000.
HR Consultant for Mediarte, François-Xavier Kernkamp is a specialist in HR focusing particularly in the Arts. He works with issues to do with social legislation in the audiovisual, film and digital fields and is in constant contact with employers and higher education institutions.