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Guests

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Short and Student Film Competition Jury

Agnès Bizzaro / Germany

Agnès Bizzaro works as a television and film consultant for European broadcasters and producers. She started her career with TV production companies in Paris (Cinétévé, CSM) where she developed animation and edutainment series for children. She then moved to public broadcaster France 2 where she was responsible for the coproduction of animation series Mot and Tintin (Ellipsanime), Les Contes du Chat Perché (France Animation), and Ma Petite Planète Chérie (Folimage) among others. She then worked for the broadcaster M6 (RTL Group) in the fiction department and collaborated with the producers Hamster, Gaumont, and 13 Productions on series, sitcoms, and movies. She has been collaborating for many years with CARTOON – European Association of Animation Film, and for four years as content coordinator for Cartoon Springboard – the cartoon pitching event for young European animation talents. She has also been a tutor at the Visegrad Animation Forum for the last three years.

Peter Millard / United Kingdom

British Peter Millard draws and paints short animated films, which are largely self-funded with various part-time jobs. His films are chain reactions, with everyday life transformed into a child’s drawing – joyful, unnerving and funny. He has had several retrospectives of his work, and his films have been awarded and represented at festivals and galleries around the world. He’s also created several sound and sculpture pieces and is currently making a book and more short films in South London.

Michał Bobrowski / Poland

Michał Bobrowski was born in 1981. In 2010 he got his PhD in Film Studies, and in 2012 published the book Akira Kurosawa: The Artist of the Borderlands. He currently teaches at the Faculty of Philosophy at Jagiellonian University in Krakow. He is the Programme Director of the StopTrik International Film Festival – an event focused on stop motion animation – which is held in Slovenia and Poland. He is a curator, cultural activist and author of numerous articles about classic Japanese and American cinema as well as animation. In 2016 he co-edited the monograph Obsession. Perversion. Rebellion. Twisted Dreams of Central European Animation.

Music Video Competition Jury

Michaela Kučová / Slovakia

Michaela lives in Bratislava, she studied art at Masaryk University in Brno. She has worked at the Open Society Foundation with responsibility for projects such as Question of Will and Prechádzka (Walk). She has been published in Denník N, SME, Pravda, Vlna, and Artalk, and regularly contributes to the Hudba.sk portal. She was a professional Radio_Head Awards jury member in 2009 and 2016. With Soňa Hrúziková she created the Kurník newsletter magazine, and also leads the PechaKucha Night Bratislava team. She does PR in culture, and was part of the organization team of the Oskár Čepan Award, White Night, and the BRaK book festival.

Milan Grajetzki / Denmark

Milan’s background is music composition, media arts, game design, and VR development. When not inventing VR tools, he works with animation filmmakers and game developers – as a consultant, designer and developer – translating their visions into VR. Milan is the creative director and CEO of NVRMIND.

Jordi Baldó / Spain

Jordi Baldó a.k.a. VesperOn (www.vesperon.net), a sound artist based in Lleida and Barcelona, focuses on low resolution analog sound synthesis – using videogame system sound chips, especially Nintendo GameBoy (DMG-01). He’s working on and exploring two diverse lines: firstly a more musical (with techno and electro influences) collaboration with Barcelona’s netlabel Lowtoy (www.lowtoy.com); and secondly the sound of audiovisual performance Hattlerizer 2.0 – a live-set based on the projection and real-time creation of a purely synthetic, geometric and abstract animation piece by Max Hattler (www.maxhattler.com).

Anča Slovak Award Jury

Theodore Ushev / Canada

Theodore Ushev graduated in graphic design from the National Academy of Fine Arts in Sofia, Bulgaria. In 1999 he settled in Montreal, where he acquired a reputation as a prolific and talented animator thanks to The Man Who Waited and Tzaritza. In 2006, he began working on the acclaimed trilogy about the relationship between art and power: Tower Bawher, Drux Flux and Gloria Victoria. His commended shorts include Lipsett Diaries – his best-known film and a 16-time award winner (including the Special Jury Award at Annecy IAFF and the Audience Award at Melbourne IFF), Nightingales in December, Apart and Gloria Victoria that won at Annecy and Curtas Vila do Conde. His latest project Blind Vaysha has, among other awards, won an award at Annecy and been Oscar-nominated for Best Animated Short. Theodore Ushev has been a voting member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences since June 2017.

David Bunting / United Kingdom

With over 15-year experience in animation, David started his career as a drawn effects animator on The Tigger Movie. Training in feature film storyboarding at Aardman Animation, he brings his animation background into his work as a story artist. David has storyboarded on iconic children’s television series including Shaun the Sheep, Bob the Builder and Dennis & Gnasher Unleashed!. He is currently storyboarding children’s TV series, Robozuna for ITV Studios and Netflix, due to premier later in 2018.

Marián Villaris / Slovakia

Marián Villaris is a versatile animator, director and creative producer renowned as a passionate 3D animation pioneer and populariser. He studied animation and composition editing. When not travelling, he experiments with new technologies in his studio. He has been part of many Slovak and international creative projects, leading teams in Budapest, Warsaw, and Bangkok. He has been teaching at the Film Faculty at the Academy of Performing Arts (Bratislava) since 2011, and alongside his research activities also teaches future film-makers visual effects and animation.

Special Guests

Koji Yamamura / Japan

Koji Yamamura was born in Japan on June 4, 1964. He studied painting at Tokyo Zokei University and was then influenced by short animated films from Canada, Russia, and Europe. After graduation, he became an animation background artist and ultimately started freelancing. Yamamura has created many short animation films using various techniques. Mt. Head was nominated for an Oscar in 2003, and awarded six prizes including those in Annecy, Zagreb and Hiroshima. ASIFA selected Mt. Head as one of the 100 best animated films of a century of animation, and one of the 50 best animated films in the last 50 years (1960–2010). Franz Kafka’s A Country Doctor (2007) won in Ottawa and Stuttgart. The director has won five major international animation festivals and the Kawakita Prize. He has juried and lectured at many international festivals, and is a vice-chairman of the Japan Animation Association and a board member at the International Animated Film Association in Japan. He has been a visiting professor of Hijiyama University and other universities.

Game Days Pitching Session Jury

Bartołomiej Gajewski / Poland

Full time game development professional since 2015 when he founded Jutsu Games. He takes care not just the company, but also publishing deals and also supporting other developers by investing in new amazing projects. In 2017 with his team Jutsu Games he released a game 911 Operator that has been one the most successful indie games of 2017. Besides that, he is martial arts instructor, dancer and lightsaber master.

 

Callum Underwood / United Kingdom

Callum manages Europe for Caffeine.tv, is the scout for Raw Fury Games, and is head of special projects at SUPERHOT. Previously he worked at Oculus and Intel. His job is to work with wonderful developers and help them find success. He’s a GI.biz top 100, MCV 30 under 30, and advises multiple companies. His heart bleeds indie.

Jakub Dvorský / Czech Republic

Jakub is the founder, lead game designer, and creative director at Amanita Design, the Czech-based award-winning independent studio best known for the multi-platform adventure games Machinarium and Botanicula, as well as the Samorost series. The studio comprises several distinct teams that are working on four upcoming games.

Peter Nagy / Slovakia

Peter Nagy is one of the most experiences game developers in Slovakia. He had many different roles, but was mainly a producer for dozens of products and cooperated with many companies in the game industry all over the world, including companies such as Activision, Ubisoft, Valve, GOG, Dreamcatcher, Kalypso Media, bitComposer and others. Peter Nagy gives lectures about his activities, current and finished projects at events such as Fest Anča, GameExpo and Anime Show, Game Development Session, Central European Conference and at institutions such as the Faculty of Management Science and Informatics at the University of Žilina, Faculty of Science at the Pavol Jozef Šafárik University in Košice and others. He is a committee member at the Slovak Arts Council in a sub-programme aiming to support game development in 2017 and 2018. He is the organiser of the pilot subject Game development at the Ostrovský vocational school, which successfully took place in 2016/2017. He is also a member of the School of Applied Arts’ supervisory board in Košice, where he represents the interests of employers primarily from the gaming sector.

Fest Anča Game Jam Jury

Marián Ferko / Slovakia

Marián Ferko has started in 1993 as a graphic artist and animator of many TV jingles, adverts and music videos. He was awarded the prize for the best music video for his video to Peter Lipa’s Four horse ballad. In 1996, he co-founded the oldest Slovak studio – Cauldron, which specialises in computer game development. He realised more than 20 extensive titles on many game platforms. In 2007, he co-founded the Top3Line studio, which focuses on smaller game titles. In 2015, he also co-founded the Slovak Game Developers Association. Since 2015 he has been cooperating in the Bohemia Interactive company and developing DayZ. Since 2017 he lectures at the Film and TV Faculty of the Academy of Performing Arts specialising in effects in virtual reality.

Matúš Štrba / Slovakia

Matúš graduated mass media communication at the Faculty of Mass Media Communication at the University of Ss. Cyril and Methodius in Trnava, where he was mostly focused on film, but since 2007 he has been a SECTOR.sk based reporter, where he plays the worst games, just so you don’t have to. In 10 years’ work he has conducted more than 600 reviews, interviews with game industry world figures and participated in many world gaming conventions and conferences. His first contact with Slovak game production was the cult classic Spellcross and since then he has been actively searching for titles developed around here.

Peter Nagy / Slovakia

Peter Nagy is one of the most experiences game developers in Slovakia. He had many different roles, but was mainly a producer for dozens of products and cooperated with many companies in the game industry all over the world, including companies such as Activision, Ubisoft, Valve, GOG, Dreamcatcher, Kalypso Media, bitComposer and others. Peter Nagy gives lectures about his activities, current and finished projects at events such as Fest Anča, GameExpo and Anime Show, Game Development Session, Central European Conference and at institutions such as the Faculty of Management Science and Informatics at the University of Žilina, Faculty of Science at the Pavol Jozef Šafárik University in Košice and others. He is a committee member at the Slovak Arts Council in a sub-programme aiming to support game development in 2017 and 2018. He is the organiser of the pilot subject Game development at the Ostrovský vocational school, which successfully took place in 2016/2017. He is also a member of the School of Applied Arts’ supervisory board in Košice, where he represents the interests of employers primarily from the gaming sector.

Game Days Speakers

Milan Grajetzki / Denmark

Milan Grajetzki – the co-creator of AnimVR – introduces the current landscape of VR animation software & tools: workflows, contemporary work produced in VR, and discusses the future of how immersive technology can empower animation artists. The talk will feature some VR live on stage, with questions and open discussion welcome throughout.

Dario Seyb / Germany

Dario Seyb – the co-creator of AnimVR – introduces the current landscape of VR animation software & tools: workflows, contemporary work produced in VR, and discusses the future of how immersive technology can empower animation artists. The talk will feature some VR live on stage, with questions and open discussion welcome throughout.

Bartłomiej Gajewski / Poland

Bartłomiej Gajewski has been a full-time game development professional since founding Jutsu Games in 2015. He runs the company and oversees publishing deals, while supporting other developers by investing in new amazing projects. In 2017, Jutsu Games released 911 Operator – one of the most successful indie games of the year. Bartłomiej is also a martial arts instructor, dancer and lightsaber master.

Clemens Scott / Austria

Clemens Scott is one of the five co-founders of Vienna-based game studio Broken Rules. He’s the studio’s visual lead, and worked on their latest project Old Man’s Journey as creative director and lead artist. Even though Clemens comes from the visual side of game making, he’s become a true generalist over the years with hardly a development field he hasn’t worked in.

Jakub Gemrot / Czech Republic

Jakub Gemrot is a senior lecturer that specialises in Computer Game Development at the Faculty of Mathematics and Physics at Charles University, PhD. in Theoretical Informatics, and lead programmer of Attentat 1942.

Lukáš Kolek / Czech Republic

Lukáš Kolek is a PhD. student at Charles University with a focus on computer games and their effects on players. He specializes in the research and development of games with strong social or educational aspects.

Łukasz Juszczyk / Poland

Łukasz Juszczyk is the senior lead artist at 11 bit studios, where he maintains the artistic direction of Frostpunk, the studio’s newest title, and coordinates the art teams. Initially, he was responsible for the interior design and lighting. Łukasz Juszczyk began his journey with street art graphics, from which he has a fondness for interesting forms, typography and cartoon characters.

Gregorios Kythreotis / United Kingdom

Gregorios Kythreotis is a co-founder of Shedworks, an independent London-based game studio. Having studied at UCL’s Bartlett School of Architecture, he has a keen interest in the intersection of architecture and video games.

Daniel Fineberg / United Kingdom

Daniel Fineberg is technical director at Shedworks. He co-founded the company after graduating in 2014, so has never had a real job.

Callum Underwood / United Kingdom

Callum manages Europe for Caffeine.tv, is the scout for Raw Fury Games, and is head of special projects at SUPERHOT. Previously he worked at Oculus and Intel. His job is to work with wonderful developers and help them find success. He’s a GI.biz top 100, MCV 30 under 30, and advises multiple companies. His heart bleeds indie.

Robin Baumgarten / United Kingdom

Robin Baumgarten is a German London-based indie game developer. He’s a serial game jammer who works on mobile games and strange experimental hardware controllers, and also dabbles in artificial intelligence, photography and travelling. After starting out with mobile games, he now focuses on making and exhibiting custom hardware games such as Line Wobbler and Wobble Garden.

Jakub Dvorský / Czech Republic

Jakub is the founder, lead game designer, and creative director at Amanita Design, the Czech-based award-winning independent studio best known for the multi-platform adventure games Machinarium and Botanicula, as well as the Samorost series. The studio comprises several distinct teams that are working on four upcoming games.

Pierre Corbinais / France

For eight years, Pierre Corbinais (Pierrec) has been covering experimental/innovative/alternative/weird video games on his websites oujevipo.fr and ShakeThatButton.com. He’s also a video game writer and has worked on/created several narrative games such as ‘Til Cows Tear us Apart and Bury Me My Love.

Jindřich Skeldal / Czech Republic

Jindřich has been developing games for over 20 years. His extensive portfolio includes RPG titles (7 Mages), shooter games (Dreamkiller), point-and-click adventures (Fifth Disciple), and endless runners (Fish Odyssey) for personal computers, mobiles and consoles.

Guests

Marek Piaček / Slovakia

Composer.

Olga Bobrowska / Poland

Stoptrik festival organiser, animation scholar.

Katarína Kerekesová / Slovakia

Slovak Association of Animated Film Producers, animator, director.

Katarína Gatialová / Slovakia

Composer, Czech National Film Archive.

Borys Nieśpielak / Poland

Director.

Maciej Miąsik / Poland

Videogame developer.

Szilárd Matusik / Hungary

Director.

Adrienn Óré / Hungary

Film producer.

Thomas Renoldner / Austria

Animator, ASIFA Austria.

Vassilis Kroustallis / Greece

Animation scholar, journalist.

Dario Seyb / Germany

AnimVR software developer.

Barbara Slade / USA

Screenwriter, lecturer, producer.

Max Hattler / Germany

Animator, animation scholar.

Ivo Kössler / Czech Republic

Festival organiser, Anifilm.

Nikola Štefková / Czech Republic

Festival organiser, Anifilm.

Marián Hausner / Slovakia

Digitalisation department, the Slovak Film Institute.

Peter Csordás / Slovakia

Digitalisation department, the Slovak Film Institute.

Jaro Piatka / Slovakia

Composer.

Akbar Torabpour / Iran

Made several short films.

Mizan

Alexandra Santos / Philippines

Artist, animator.

Maria Makiling – The Hunt

Alina Stognieva / Russia

Design student, illustrator, music and short film director.

The Sound of Light

Denisa Jánská / Czech Republic

Animator.

Legend of the Polar Bear

Ivana Šebestová / Slovakia

Animator, illustrator.

Yellow

Kojiro Inoue / Japan

Graduate of design and animation.

Who’s There

Mykyta Lyskov / Ukraine

Ukranian animator.

Energy Off

Mel Wong / United Kingdom

Visual effect producer, stop-motion animator.

Leave With Me

Sanni Lahtinen / Finland

Freelance animator.

w / o

Jana Hirnerová / Slovakia

Teacher, freelancer.

In The Sky

Michaela Mihalyi / Slovakia

Student of animation at FAMU in Prague, freelance animator and illustrator.

Here and here

Rocío Álvarez / Spain

Animator, director.

Simbiosis Carnal

Marek Jasaň / Slovakia

Freelance animator.

Journey

Diana Cam Van Nguyen / Czech Republic

Freelance illustrator, animation workshop hostess, artist.

The Little One

Darko Vukić / Serbia

Visual artist, lecturer.

Hymn to Merde

Paolo Russo / Italy

2D animator, paint on glass animation, freelance animator.

The Pangolin and the Hedgehog

Martina Malovaníková Mikušová / Slovakia

Workshop lecturer, animator.

Chilli

Marián Vredík / Slovakia

Animator, painter, freelancer.

In The Sky

Konstantin Kostic / Serbia

Retired university professor, making music and animation films.

Labrador Harley

Juliette Perrey / France

Student.

The Box

Kristína Minčíková / Slovakia

Painter, animator.

Breathe

Christian Wright / United Kingdom

Video artist, digital media based work.

Holy Spirit

Sarah Cheok / Singapore

Animation student.

Tiger Baby

Jennifer Chua / Singapore

Animator.

The Road Taken

Kateřina Čupová / Czech Republic

Graphic designer, animation student.

Kovlad

Vojtěch Domlátil / Czech Republic

Animation studio assistant, illustrator, animator.

Waves

Zuzana Čupová / Czech Republic

Animation student, comics illustrator.

Wedding Day

Lukáš Figeľ / Slovakia

Animator.

selFish

Carole Favier / France

Student.

The Box

Eliott Belrose / France

Student.

The Box

Alica Kucharovič / Slovakia

T N R F exhibition in the New Synagogue.

Britt Raes / Belgium

Animator, illustrator.

Jef

Mery Gobec / Slovenia

Short fiction, experimental and animation film author, film student.

Catican

Lu Tingting / China

University teacher.

Lisa

Adrienn Oré / Hungary

Film creator.

Aneta Ozorek / Poland

Artistic director.

Matija Sturm / Slovenia

Slovenian producer.

Michal Podhradský / Czech Republic

Czech producer.

Dorota Chmielewska / Poland

Polish producer.

Juraj Krasnohorský / Slovakia

Slovak producer, Slovak Association of Animated Film Producers.