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Short and Student Film Competition Jury

Vera Neubauer / United Kingdom

Czech-born Vera Neubauer is one of the most prolific animators in the UK. She has written numerous scripts, had photo exhibitions, and curated festival screenings. Her films have been widely shown internationally in cinemas, galleries and on television. They have been awarded two BAFTAs, as well as major prizes at international film festivals. Her retrospectives have been screened in Bristol, Liverpool, Baden, Rome, Lleida, Tampere, Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo, Mumbai, Berlin, Volda, Siena, Vienna and Sderot.

Neubauer taught art and filmmaking at Central St. Martin’s School of Art, the Royal College of Art, and Goldsmiths University. She works as an independent artist and filmmaker in London, and holds occasional workshops throughout the world. Fest Anča brings you the unique opportunity to visit her film profile and masterclass.

Candy Guard / United Kingdom

Candy Guard established her reputation for comic observation and witty dialogue with 13 award-winning animated shorts for Channel 4, the BBC and MTV. They are always about funny, complex female characters. She then created the Channel 4 animated situation comedy, Pond Life. It surprised and delighted audiences around the world with the juxtaposition of deceptively simple drawing and sophisticated scripts. It’s grumpy, charming star, Dolly Pond, became a feminist hero! Candy has also created advertising campaigns and is a published novelist, cartoonist, children’s book author and script-writer. She teaches script writing to animation students at colleges around the UK and abroad. At Fest Anča we will screen a selection of her films and you will have the opportunity to find out more about her work at her masterclass.

Tim Webb / United Kingdom

Having abandoned a career in dental technology to study animation, Tim Webb worked for several years as a freelance animator, before being commissioned by Channel 4 to devise and direct his first multi award-winning film, A is for Autism (1992). This film is considered seminal in the history of animated documentary and continues to be discussed in books, PhD theses and international screenings. Since then, he has directed numerous successful films, including 15th February, Six of One,Mr Price or Happy Returns and won many international awards. Tim has taught at various universities and colleges over the last fifteen years including the Royal College of Art, the National Film and Television School, and the Tainan National University of the Arts (Taiwan), and has also devised and run a number of international animation workshops. He is frequently asked to join international animation juries for festivals. Tim is currently developing film projects and graphic novels. 12th Fest Anča brings you the opportunity to find out more about his work at his masterclass and to see his retrospective.

Music Video Competition Jury

Sanja Borčić / Croatia

Split-born Sanja Borčić has been working at Zagreb Film since 2010 with responsibility for international collaboration and special projects. She graduated in Art History and Archaeology from the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences in Zagreb, and holds an MBA in International Art Management from the University of Salzburg. Since 1996 she has been working in production teams for cultural events and festivals (Animafest 96, 98, 02; ZagrebDox 06-13, HFAF, Animation Workshop 2010). A former employee of Zagreb Concert Management and Factum.

Ivana Šebestová / Slovakia

Ivana Šebestová is a director, animator and illustrator. She studied animation at the Academy of Performing Arts in Bratislava, where she continued her PhD studies and subsequently worked as an assistant professor. Her auteur animated films Four (Štyri, 2007), Snow (Sneh, 2013) and Yellow (Žltá, 2017) were awarded at numerous international festivals. As an animator she has collaborated on several Slovak films. Most recently, she co-directed the Mimi and Lisa TV Special – Christmas Light Mystery with Katarína Kerekesová in 2018.

Fero Király / Slovensko

Musician Fero Király explores digital technologies and their influence on music. He enjoys working on projects that overlap with performance art, sound art and installations. He encourages the crossing of borders and experimenting with new forms, creates his own software, and prefers working with artists that share his sense of humour. He is best known under the disguise of a serious keyboard instrument player, interpreting contemporary composers such as Philip Glass and Steve Reich, both as a solo player and a member of Cluster Ensemble. At Fest Anča, he will perform his TidalCycles set.

Anča Slovak Award Jury

Ivana Šebestová / Slovakia

Ivana Šebestová is a director, animator and illustrator. She studied animation at the Academy of Performing Arts in Bratislava, where she continued her PhD studies and subsequently worked as an assistant professor. Her auteur animated films Four (Štyri, 2007), Snow (Sneh, 2013) and Yellow (Žltá, 2017) were awarded at numerous international festivals. As an animator she has collaborated on several Slovak films. Most recently, she co-directed the Mimi and Lisa TV Special – Christmas Light Mystery with Katarína Kerekesová in 2018.

Sanja Borčić / Croatia

Split-born Sanja Borčić has been working at Zagreb Film since 2010 with responsibility for international collaboration and special projects. She graduated in Art History and Archaeology from the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences in Zagreb, and holds an MBA in International Art Management from the University of Salzburg. Since 1996 she has been working in production teams for cultural events and festivals (Animafest 96, 98, 02; ZagrebDox 06-13, HFAF, Animation Workshop 2010). A former employee of Zagreb Concert Management and Factum.

Eliška Děcká / Czech Republic

Eliška Děcká is an assistant professor at the Animation Department at the Film and TV School of Academy of Performing Arts in Prague (FAMU), where she teaches the history and theory of animation. As a member of the Society for Animation Studies, she regularly presents her research at its annual conferences (Singapore, Montreal, Canterbury). She’s been collaborating with various animation festivals (Fantoche, Tricky Women, PAF Olomouc) as a curator, and in 2015 co-founded AniScreen. This non-profit organization aims to promote artistic independent animation by producing various curated site-specific screenings (in venues such as cafés, hair salons, war bunkers, boats, museums, bike workshops, etc.) of animated shorts.