DIRECTORS OF THE OFFICIAL SELECTION FILMS
Star Bazancir is a part time independent animation filmmaker living in Stockholm, Sweden. He is a former student at Animationsakademien in Stockholm and has a background in commercial motion graphics productions.
He participates in the Animattikon Project with the film "Conversation" which he co-directed with Carl Hedsved.
Carl Hedsved is a part time independent animation filmmaker living in Stockholm, Sweden. He is a former student at Animationsakademien in Stockholm and has a background as comic book artist.
He participates in the Animattikon Project with the film "Conversation" which he co-directed with Star Bazancir.
Emily Lefebvre (b. 1993) is an up-and-coming Ghent based animation film director whose films often feature an idiosyncratic tone and tongue-in-cheek comedy. Emily's first film "Mahonie" (2015), which she is presenting in the Animattikon Project, was selected for the prestigious animation film festivals in Annecy (France) and Stuttgart (Germany). Her second short film "Diorama" (2016) is currently touring various film festivals worldwide, garnering selections for festivals such as ANIMA Brussels, Fantoche, Cartoon Club Rimini, the 10th edition of the International Animation Festival & Forum AnimaSyros in Greece and CRAFT, the International Competition of
Traditional & Stop-Motion Animation in Jogyakarta (Yava), Indonesia.
She is currently developing her first professional short film "Palm Beach Hotel" in collaboration with Ghent based production studio Cinnamon Entertainment.
Ciara Bresnahan is a 2D animator and storyboard artist who grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She has earned a B.F.A. in Animation in 2018 from the Savannah College of Art and Design. With a focus on storytelling and comedy, Ciara has been passionate about animation from a young age. She has collaborated on many projects and films with her classmates and peers, been an animation supervisor on Mind Up Inside the Brain with the Hawn Foundation, as well as being the director on her own film Hotspot. When she's not animating, she's either getting burnt at the beach, talking about her dog, or trying really hard to make people laugh.
She participates in the Animattikon Project with the film "Hotspot".
Jagriti Khirwar is an animator and illustrator with several years of work experience. She has worked professionally in film, television, social media and print. She has worked for clients such as Stoopid Buddy Stoodios, Donut Media, Plain Wood Productions, Drizzlin and Roli Books.
Originally from India, she completed her MFA in Animation from the Savannah College of Art and Design and currently lives and works in Los Angeles, California.
She participates in the Animattikon project with the film "Tesura".
Lewis Leon is a Canadian playwright, screenwriter and director from Toronto, Canada.
Upon graduating university, Lewis enrolled in the Toronto Film School where he wrote and directed two award winning short films; a short documentary profiling the world of online dating titled ‘Love.com’ and a short narrative horror film titled ‘Deipnophobia’. Lewis was the inaugural recipient of the William Marshall Award – named after the cofounder of the Toronto International Film Festival – for the student that best combines artistry and academics.
He participates in the Animattikon Project with the film ‘L’Homme et le Poisson’. This Lewis’ first animated film and was co-produced by Jonathon Corbiere from the Canadian animation studio Thought Café. ‘L’Homme et le Poisson’ has screened at various festivals around the world including the Canberra Short Film Festival, San Jose Short Film Festival, and the Toronto After Dark Film Festival. The film was recently awarded as the Best Animated Short Film from the Muskoka Film Festival in Canada.
Paschalis Paschalis is an Associate Professor at the Department of Design and Multimedia, University of Nicosia. His research interests include user interface design, project management, animation and visual communication.
He has been teaching in tertiary education since 1998 and he is the founder of the BA program in Applied Multimedia at the University of Nicosia. He currently holds the position of head of the Department of Design and Multimedia.
He participates in the Animattikon Project with the film "Duma".
Una Di Gallo is an animator, illustrator, and designer who recently graduate from Sheridan College's animation program. Her passion lies in storytelling and experimentation.
She participates in the Animattikon Project with the film "1992".
Jake Nelson was born in rural Southern Oregon, studied film in Los Angeles, worked in New York City for 10 years, and now lives in London.
He’s currently developing a feature length script written by his grandmother Dorinda Clifton, a dancer featured in numerous Hollywood classics, including Singing in the Rain (1952).
In between personal creative projects, Jake works as a visual effects artist in advertising, TV, and film. His credits include Oceans 8, The Grand Budapest Hotel, Beyoncé, and Billions.
He participates in the Animattikon project with the film "The Backward Astronomer".
Dušan Kastelic was born in a small mining town in central Slovenia. Being a sickly kid he was unable to carry on the family tradition and get a decent job as a miner. So he became a teacher. But he wasn’t smart enough to be a teacher.
So he became an animator…
He participates in the Animattikon Project with the film "The Box".
Brenda Lopez is a Mexican-Canadian multidisciplinary artist based in Montreal. She finished her thesis film at the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema in the Film Animation Program in 2018. Her interests lie in film, the visual arts and sound design. Often drawing inspiration from past experiences, she is interested in the exploration of human emotions and the creation of socially engaged content.
She participates in the Animattikon Project with the film "ABEO".
Mark Smith is a filmmaker from Portland, Oregon. He has produced the films North, Denmark and A House, A Home. As a cinematographer Mark spent many years filming winter expeditions in North America and South America. He is the co-author of two photography books, Osterlandet and The Powder Road. Mark participates in the Animattikon Project with the film "Two Balloons", his first animated film.
Xinyi Zhu is a new media artist. Her works spread out on various platforms: animation, game, procedural programming, VR, installation, and etc. She interests in the unstable realities in current society. She completed her MFA in Film, video, New media and Animation from School of Art Institute of Chicago.
She participates in the Animattikon Project with the film "Currents".
Joshua Tuthill's work has focused on existential sub-conscious narratives with an emphasis on humankind’s interaction with the world around them. His recent work has been exhibited both nationally and internationally including festivals such as the 24th Slamdance Film Festival, the 45th Athens International Film + Video Festival, the 25th Chicago Underground Film Festival, to name a few. Joshua’s newest film, Black Dog, premiered at the 29th Message to Man International Film Festival and has received the Jury’s Choice Award at the 37th Black Maria Film Festival and the Award for Artistic Contribution from the 28th Yubari International Fantastic Film Festival.
He participates in the Animattikon Project with the film "Black Dog".
Flying Head is a company headed by Arly Jones and Sami Natsheh that makes animations for films, TV, advertising and music videos. They both met in Alicante in 2009 and teamed up to work on animation projects. By that time, Sami Natsheh had already produced half a dozen short fims between animation and fiction, highlighting his nomination for the Goya
Awards for Espagueti Western as Best Animation Short Film in 2009.
Arly Jones has collaborated on numerous cartoon series as a cartoonist of concepts, backgrounds, characters and props. He participated in the process of aesthetic creation of the film Chico & Rita, Goya for Best Animated Feature (XXV edition), receiving the same award in the XXIV European Film Awards. In 2012 he was nominated for an Oscar in the same
Since having teamed together they have produced short films such as James the Bearded and the music video "Up in the Sky" (with which they participate in the Animattikon Project) for Kapland band, which combines both real shooting and traditional animation.
Their latest work is the children animated short film Colors, nominated at Goya Awards for Best Animated Short Film.
Hila Einy, Yoav Aluf and Noy Bar, graduates of Bezalel 2018, were born and raised in Israel. During their studies, Yoav specialized in Stop-motion and Hila and Noy specialized in 2d animation technique. They participate in the Animattikon Project with the film "Homesick". This is their graduation film, created as part of their animation studies at Bezalel Academy of Art and Design "
Annick (23, middle), Janina (29, Right) and Annika (26, left) are young filmmakers from Germany (Munich/Freiburg).
They recently graduated from the Faculty of Mediadesign of the DHBW Ravensburg, Germany. (09/2018)
They participate in the Animattikon Project with the film "KOMØD". It was their first animated film. The Frame-by-Frame film was made during their studies for the topic "drawer“.
Michael Bohnenstingl was born 1992. Since 2013 he is studying animation at the Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg. He is participating in the Animattikon Project with the film "See you Thursday!".
Maïté Schmitt was born in Schiltigheim, France. After her Baccalauréat, she studied for 3 years classic 2D Animation at the École Pivaut in Nantes, graduating in 2012. From 2012 to 2017 Maïté studied animation at the Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg. She participates in the Animattikon Project with the film “A Priori”, her graduation film.
Kiana Naghshineh studied animation at the Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg. There she made several short films and worked on many projects as an animator, concept artist and art director. In 2014 she participated in an exchange program at Gobelins, l’école de l’image. She participates in the Animattikon project with the film “Augenblicke – a blink of an eye”, her graduation film.
Monika Tenhündfeld, born 1983, is a director / character animator from Vogt, Germany. Apprenticeship as painter and decorator. 2006 - 2010 communication design at HTWG in Konstanz. 2010 - 2016 studies of animation at the Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg. She participates in the Animattikon Project with the film "Stumblebee".
Victor Haselmayer was born 1991 in Würzburg. 2011 – 2014 studies of digital media at Darmstadt University of Applied Sciences. After working for a postproduction firm in Stuttgart he began to work in 2016 also as an editor for various production companies. In 2016 he began his studies at the Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg (editing). He participates in the Animattikon Project with the film "Ants".
Mariia Prokopenko was born in 1994 in Cherkasy, Ukraine. BA International Media and Communications in Kiev. Internship as a Graphic Designer at Brandcom PR Agency and Creative Digital Agency - ISD Group. Since 2015 she is studying Animation at the Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg. She participates in the Animattikon Project with the film "Pooky".
Nathalie Lamb started making stop motion animations at an early age. She
worked as a trainee at production companies for commercial films. She studies Directing/Commercials at the Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg. Her short films include Madication (2016), N°1 (2016) and Him and Her (2018). She participates in the Animattikon Project with the film "Him and Her".
Stephen Featherstone is a filmmaker and animator based in the UK. He also teaches film and animation at The University for the Creative Arts. His practice merges his background in Fine Art and his experience in the animation industry to develop an approach to filmmaking that allows him to work independently, and to use moving image media as means of personal expression, while making films that retain a clear relationship to mainstream cinema. He works on commissions, in collaboration with others, and on personal projects. Recent films include a series of live action productions with Nunkie Theatre based on the ghost stories of M. R. James and a dance film, utilizing live action and animation techniques, commissioned by Stopgap Dance Company. He participates in the Animattikon Project with the film "Stopgap in Stop Motion".
Sander Joon is an animator who works in Tallinn,
Estonia. He’s got a MA degree in animation from
Estonian Academy of Arts. His films "Velodrool" (2015)
and "Moulinet" (2017) have been shown in many festivals
around the globe and have been awarded with several
awards. In his work Sander Joon focuses on consequent
design and uses animation to create surreal worlds with a
dash of humour. He participates in the Animattikon Project with the film "Sounds Good".
Alfonso Fulgencio Cabrera is a founding partner and creator with José Luis Farias of the Spanish audiovisual production company Paramotion Films, dedicated to animation cinema, event organization, digital postproduction and audiovisual training, since 2002. Alfonso is specialized in Postproduction, Digital Fx and Digital Composition for cinema and advertising. He is currently working on “Lunnis y … Accion”, a children’s craft program and in “Lunnis de Leyenda” as animation director, both for Clan TV.
He participates in the Animattikon Project with the film "Zombie Time".
Bernhard Schmitt is an assistant professor at the School of Art, Design & Media at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. Prior to joining NTU he worked as a stop motion animator and rigger for production companies among them Aardman and Disney animations. He participates in the Animattikon Project with the film "Fossiles".
Cenk Köksal was born in Istanbul in 1981. He graduated from Anadolu University Fine Art Faculty Animation Department in 2004. His first short film was "Talented Mr. Koksal" as graduation project in 2004. He worked as storyboard artist, cel animator and clean-up artist in cartoon projects. He later became 3d animator and animation director for Tv commercials. Helives and works in Istanbul since 2005. He participates in the Animattikon Project with the film "The Eye".