Short Film Competition
Alice Eça Guimarães has worked both in advertising and animated films for over a decade.
She co-directed two animated short films, “Amélia & Duarte” and “Entre Sombras” with Mónica Santos. Both films together won more than 50 awards including the Sophia Prize by the Portuguese Cinema Academy.
She is currently working on the development of a stop-motion TV special “Roupa Velha” and the pre-production of a short-film “Porque hoje é Sábado”.
Chris Robinson is a Canadian writer and author. He is also the Artistic Director of the Ottawa International Animation Festival (OIAF) and a well-known figure in the world of animation cinema, awarded the “Outstanding Contribution to Animation Studies” Award, 2020, by the World Festival of Animation Film – Animafest Zagreb. More recently, he was awarded the Rene Jodoin Award for his contribution to Canadian animation.
Chris Robinson has been referred to as “one of the most stylistically original and provocative experts in the history of animation”. He created his own name with a unique and eclectic column he named Animation Pimp, published in a magazine and which would later lead to a book of the same name (the column was later renamed to Cheer and Loathing in Animation ).
In addition to writing about animation, Chris also wrote the award-winning animated short film Lipsett Diaries (2010), directed by Theodore Ushev. Chris is currently writing a book on the history of collage animation and is working with German director Andreas Hykade on My Balls Are Killing Me, a graphic novel about his experience with cancer. He is also collaborating with Theodore Ushev on a live-action feature film, Drivin”.
Emma de Swaef
Emma De Swaef specializes in stop-motion and doll-making, her preferred working materials include wool, felt & textile. Together with Marc James Roels she made the short film ‘Oh Willy…’ in 2012, a stop-motion short that won 80 international awards including the Cartoon d’Or and a Cézar nomination. Marc & Emma went on to make mid-length film ‘Ce Magnifique Gâteau !’ which premièred at the director’s Fortnight in Cannes, Tiff and Telluride and had a cinematic release in Belgium, the Netherlands and the USA. In 2022 they directed the first chapter of the critically acclaimed anthology film ‘The House’ for Netflix. They are based in Antwerp, Belgium.
Co-founder and Creative Director of Cartoon Saloon.
Over Cartoon Saloon’s history, Tomm has worked as Director, Art Director, Storyboarder, Animator and Illustrator across a range of the studio’s projects. Tomm has directed 3 universally successful feature films. All three were nominated for Best Animated Feature at the ACADEMY AWARD® The Secret of Kells (2010) and the spiritual follow-up, Song of the Sea (2015). His latest feature film Wolfwalkers which he co-directed with Ross Stewart received several prominent critics awards including LAFCA Award and NYFCC Award as well as nominations for a Golden Globe and a Bafta and wins in several categories including Best Director and Best Independent Feature at the 2021 Annie Awards. He is currently working as a producer across several of Cartoon Saloon’s new film and series projects as well as refocusing on his personal art training.
Waltraud Grausgruber is festival directress and
co-founder of the “Tricky Women/Tricky Realities Festival” in Vienna, Austria.
– the first festival of animated film that is dedicated exclusively to
animation by women*. It takes place since 2001.
Waltraud studied theatre, film and media
studies and tourism, wrote her Master‘s Thesis about African Cinema and was
visiting researcher in France, Senegal and Burkina Faso. She conceptualized
several film festivals, curates international film programs and was jury member
at several festivals. She got the Outstanding Artists Award of the Austrian
Federal Ministry for Education, Arts and Culture and published books like “Tricky
Women_Animations Film Kunst von Frauen / Women in Animation”.
Feature Film Competition
Birgitta Hosea is Director of the Animation Research Centre and Professor of Moving Image at the University for the Creative Arts, Farnham. She is an artist, filmmaker and curator working with expanded animation and time-based drawing.
Her most recent exhibitions include ASIFAKEIL, Vienna; National Gallery X; Venice & Karachi Biennales; Oaxaca & Chengdu Museums of Contemporary Art; Hanmi Gallery, Seoul. Her work is included in the Tate Britain and Centre d’Arte Contemporain, Paris, archives. She has been awarded an Adobe Impact Award, a MAMA Award for Holographic Arts and an honorary fellowship of the Royal Society of the Arts.
Previously, she was Head of Animation at the Royal College of Art (2016-2018), Course Director of MA Character Animation (2000-2015) and Research Leader in Performance (2011-2014) at Central Saint Martins, UAL. Amongst a number of publications on drawing and experimental animation, her most recent book is Performance Drawing: New Practices Since 1945 (Bloomsbury, 2020) co-written with Maryclare Foá, Jane Grisewood and Carali McCall.
Born in Huambo, Angola, and currently living in Porto, Portugal, Paulo Patrício is an avid collector of collections and has a craze for islands. With a soft spot for storytelling, he works across different media, swapping with ease from design, to writing, drawing, film directing and live performances.
He has contributed and worked for the following publications, institutions, publishers and corporations: Accademia Nazionale di San Luca (Italy), Amnesty International – Mexico, Animais – AVPL, BPI, CIE Jacques Delors, COR Architects, International Red Cross & Red Crescent Movement, Die Wochenzeitung (Switzerland), L’Association (France), Expresso, FNAC, EDP Foundation, Pictoplasma (Germany), Público, Quaternaire, Take It Easy, TecMinho, Order of Portuguese Architects, Zona de Obras (Spain) – among many others.
Sam, born in Valencia, has dedicated the last 25 years of his life to animated films specialized in stop-motion. where he has invested more time and effort is in his own work, winning numerous awards with short films such as “Encarna”, “The Werepig” or “Vicenta” and the feature film “Pos eso”. Today Sam continues developing personal projects and collaborating with other companies and studios around the world and expanding their knowledge to new disciplines.
Filmography: Encarna, 2003 (9’); Hermetico, 2004 (5´); Semántica, 2005 (6´); El ataque de los kriters asesinos, 2007 (11´); El Werepig, 2008 (17´); Vicenta, 2010 (22´); Pos Eso, 2014 (80´); Imaginario, 2019 (3´); Rutina: La Prohibición, 2020 (8´); Carpe Diem, 2021 (3´); Paralelos, 2022 (9´).
Student Film Competition
Cheng-Hsu Chung is a Taiwanese animation artist and director currently based in Berlin, Germany. Chung’s artistic practice focuses on using surreal images and character performances in animation to articulate the changing nature of emotion, modern love relationships and the experiences queer bodies encounter in today’s queer culture. His work can be found at film festivals, on TV and in exhibition venues.
Chintis Lundgren is an Estonian-born animator currently living in Croatia. Self-taught, Lundgren’s body of work includes an assortment of quirky music videos, PSAs and short films featuring a light, absurdist tone along with distinct anthropomorphic characters.
In 2011, Lundgren created her own animation studio called Chintis Lundgreni Animatsioonistuudio and later co-founded Adriatic Animation, an animation studio based in Croatia.
Her films (including the award-winning shorts, “Manivald” (2017) and “Life with Herman H. Rott” (2015)) have screened at numerous international festivals including Sundance, Annecy, Animafest Zagreb, Hiroshima and Ottawa.
Mauro Carraro was born in the North-East of Italy. After studying engraving, photography and graphic design at the Polytechnic University of Milan he continued his academic path in France. In 2010 he graduated from the renowned Supinfocom Arles where he studied CG animation.
He now lives in Geneva, Switzerland, where he works at Nadasdy Film studio. With his individual technique already distinctive in his early works Mauro contributed to the award-winning full-length animated film “Approved for Adoption” (2012).
His first professional animated short film, “Hasta Santiago”, was awarded as the Best Debut Film at Annecy Festival in 2014 and received over two dozens of awards worldwide. His six-minute short, “Aubade”, prior to its release in 2014 won the project pitch at the Annecy Festival. It has been collecting awards and has over 150 selections at various festivals around the world.
His latest short, “59 Seconds”, won the Pardino d’Argento at Locarno Festival in 2017 and was selected in more than 50 international film festivals. Mauro has been jury member at a number of film festivals including Krok International Film Festival, the Warsaw Film Festival and was part of the international jury at the Seoul Best of the Best Animation Festival.
Since 2014 his masterclass “Sensible 3D” and his workshop “How to open your 3D eyes” were held at more than 30 different schools and festivals such as Konrad Wolf University in Berlin, IED Istituto Europeo di Design in Milan and Vilnius Academy of Arts in Vilnius.
Carlos de Carvalho
Carlos studied illustration and graphism in Saint Luc institute (Tournai, Belgium), and then learnt 3D-animation and digital direction in Supinfocom (Valenciennes, France). He is picture-bulimic and “devours” all visual styles to create as many universes as he “swallowed”. He first worked on animated advertisings, broadcast designs and animated series for French television channels (TF1, France Television, M6, …). But then he wanted to create his own animations again and started to create and found the distribution and animation collective “Je Regarde” (Lille, France). With this collective, Carlos create the Video clip “Do I have power” for Timber Timbre, the advertising “Be coool” and the shorts movies “Juste de l’eau” and “Premier automne”. After theses experiences, Carlos start is first teaching experience as Art direction teacher for the Supinfocom Rubika school (Valenciennes, France) and work at the same time in Art direction, production designer and look development for two feature films “Pachamama” for Folivari (Paris, France) and “Icare” for Iris group (Luxembourg). Carlos now works as Art Director and Head of animation studies at Pole3d school (Roubaix, France).
Cátia Peres has a background in visual design (2000), a post-graduation in illustration and comics (2001), a master of Arts awarded by Gulbenkian Foundation from Royal College of Arts – NFTS (UK) in Animation direction (2006) and a Ph.D. with a focus on animation research on Japanese Animation (2019). She has been awarded with 10 animation prizes for her first film Synchronoff (2006) and had multiple nominations and presence around 80 film international film festivals with other early films. She is now a full-time animation professor at UAlg – University of Algarve and an animation researcher at UNIDCOM, IADE. Her research is centered in storytelling, storyboard, animation film direction, animation studies and animation research. She has a specific interest in advanced research methodologies in animation and loves animation history and animation studies.
Paulo Bérnard Guedes
Paulo Lopes Bénard Guedes, 48 years old, works at Dremia as the Hollywood Channel’s Director for 12 years, launched the channel BLAST (cinema channel), on the Angolan operator ZAP, which he has been its director since launch.
Throughout his professional career, he launched and headed the movie and series channel MOV, the lifestyle channel Casa e Cozinha and the various Lusomundo Channels in Portugal (now TVCines).
During his Degree in Communication in 1997 he worked at an advertising and media agency called Ideiateca, in 2000 he joined SIC as broadcast coordinator where he stayed for 3 years, it was there that his passion for television was disappointed. In 2003 he was invited to join PT Multimedia to launch the channels Lusomundo in Portugal.
His passion for cinema is a constant in life, he started in the 80s when he saw the animated film Bambi at cinema São Jorge. His father worked as an engineer in a company next to São Jorge and many of his afternoons were spent marvelling at the films that were shown there.
He collaborates with the ICA as a jury since the beginning of the competitions.