Where the Winds Die
Pejman Alipour is a director, animator, illustrator and cartoonist from Iran. He holds an MA in directing Animation from Tehran Art University. He currently lives Mahabad, Iran.
Short animated films:
Cold war (2000), Small heart (2005), I don't know the way my house (2006), Where the winds die (2021)
TV series animation:
INJORIYEH1(2009-2010), ASAL ABAD (2010), INJORIYEH2(2011), ADI and BODI (2011-2012)(only producer and writer), HAMIN HALA, HAMIN FARDA1 (2017-2018), HAMIN HALA, HAMIN FARDA2 (2018-2019), INJORIYEH3(2020)
When I am sad
Lilit Altunyan had local and international exhibitions as a visual artist. As an author-illustrator she published THE BLUE FOX, THE MUSICIAN MONSTER picture books. In 2019 she became a laureate of Children’s Writers and Illustrators’ Competition Armenia receiving two prizes. In 2020 she was included in IBBY Honour list.
A debut project WHEN I AM SAD by Lilit Altunyan was the winner of ANIMATION DU MONDE in Reanimania IAFF 2018 and won Folimage Co-production Award in MIFA Pitches, Annecy IAFF 2019. It became the
first Armenia/France co-production in animation. The film was selected to have the World Premiere in the Official Competition at Anim’est Bucharest International Animation Festival (Romania) in October 2021. It is already officially selected by many festivals including CLERMONT - FERRAND and OBERHOUSEN ISFF-s, BUCHEON IAFF and ANIMAFEST ZAGREB.
Lauren Ambry, Ella McShortall and Olivia Tang
Creatures of the Night
Lauren Ambry, Ella McShortall and Olivia Tang are students in the Bachelor of Design (Animation) course at RMIT University in Melbourne Australia
From Doubters to Believers
His name is Marios Andreou and he is a 20 year old student who studies at the Cyprus University of Technology (CUT). He is originally from Nicosia, Cyprus but now he lives in Limassol where he studies. He is a graphic designer student but also loves animating. His love for animation shows in this film. He spent so much time directing and animating it. His work has been recognized by several graphic arts professors in an exhibition that was held in 2017 in Nicosia.
Bjarne is an Animation Director and Senior Animator at Animaskin. Bjarne graduated from Volda University College in 2008 with a B.A. in animation. He Has has since then worked on a multitude of highly acclaimed projects for various studios. He is a traditional animator who excels in character animation. Since 2014 Bjarne has been working as a Director and Animator at Animaskin.
Jacob Arenber was born in Moscow in 1986 and immigrated to Israel when he was 5 with his family. Today he lives in Jerusalem, married, and the father of a two-month-old baby. He is a graduate of the Sam Spiegel Film School, with a master's degree in educational psychology. He works as an educational psychologist and a middle school teacher, and is currently a student in the International Documentary Film Program at Tel Aviv University. Hypo-gravitation is the first animated movie he directs.
Carlos Azcuaga Hernandez and
Lucas Ricoy is an illustrator, rigger and animator living in Mexico City since 2013. He studied Fine Arts at University of Vigo and has a Masters in Animation from Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona. His work includes short films, TV series and advertising projects, and he has specialized in illustration and CG animation for educational content to be presented in museums through Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality applications.
Carlos Azcuaga Hernández is an animator, professor and audiovisual producer living in Mexico City. He studied Communications at Ibero and has a Masters in Animation from Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona. In 2012 he co-directed the acclaimed children's TV series "Migropolis". Since 2013 he runs the independent studio MICUFILM. His work include "Fuimos Colores" for Canal 22, the TV series "El Show del Dr. Gecko", the documentary "Nosotros" on the 2017 earthquake and "El Desfile de los Ausentes", an internationally awarded short film for IMCINE.
Cat and Moth
India Barnardo grew up in a small English countryside town with her two cats. She studied Digital Chatacter Animation and graduated from Teesside University, UK in 2009 and has since worked at a vast array of companies within the animation industry including Studio AKA, Framestore, L’Atelier Animation, MPC, Bron Animation and Sony Pictures Imageworks. During these 10+ years she has animated on international TV Commercials, Short Films and CG Feature films ( The Sea Beast, Ballerina, The Willoughby’s). She has always had a passion for writing and directing and with that brings us Cat and Moth as her directorial debut. With India’s past experience it has given her the knowledge and skills to build an extraordinary 90+ crew from around the world to bring Cat and Moth to life! In her spare time she loves to hike around the mountains of British Columbia with her Fiancé Martyn, hang out with their cat Walter, and paint as much as possible!
Remote Desktop Animations
Born in Amqui (Quebec, Canada), Jean-Guillaume Bastien completed his studies in Film Production at Concordia University in Montreal. His live-action short films were shown in many international film festivals: “Sundays” (TIFF, IndieLisboa'12, Internationales Kurzfilm Festival Hamburg), “Deja-vu” (L.A. Film Festival, Edinburgh International Film Festival), “I am not a great actor” (Milano Film Festival, Maryland Film Festival) and “Ruby full of shit” (Short Films People's Choice Award - Focus QC/Canada at Festival du nouveau cinéma, DC Shorts Film Festival). He is currently working on the script of his first feature film.
Christophe and his team created this film as their senior capstone project at the DigiPen Institute of Technology in Redmond, WA.
Alex Cattabriga and Matteo Ferrari
Hanged Man's Revenge
Always fascinated by the seventh art, after high school we decide to move to Rome to study cinema at Rufa (Rome University of Fine Arts), an art academy in the capital. There we took part in various projects, some of them in the role of directors and writers. We have experimented with various techniques, from “live action” to animation, finally specializing in the stop motion technique.
Sign your X on the Line
Alexandra Charalambous is a student in the Department of Multimedia and Graphic Arts of the Cyprus University of Technology. She graduated form a high school focused on foreign languages; she speaks four languages and is specialized in English literature. She is interested in writing and directing films.
Suicidal Thoughts 3
Georgiana Chiripuci was born in Romania but moved to Cyprus with her family at the age of 7, where she still lives. She graduated with the second-best score from technical high school (St. Lazarus Technical School Larnaca, Cyprus, as a graphic designer. In these three years of high school, she took place in UCLan’s yearly convention called «ΙΔΕΟΔΡΟΜΙΟ». She continued her studies of graphic design at the Cyprus University of Technology Limassol, Cyprus where she still is to this day.
In his Mercy
Born in 1986 in Frankfurt (Oder), Germany, Christoph Büttner didn’t have a clue of his artistic career for a very long time. In 2015 his educational path led him to Film University Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF. There he delved into side streams of film making. Six years and two kids later he came up for air, holding the B.F.A. Animation in his hands. Demonstrating his focus on adult animation his graduation film is also exemplary for his special interest: achieving analog styles with digital means.
Love Letter to Glasgow
I am an experimental animator, fine artist and researcher. As a Fine Art graduate of the Bauhaus, I had extensive artistic education and this interdisciplinary preference is clear in my practice. My work is often a practice-led investigation into social change, creative communication avenues among people in conflict, and it also has a strong participatory art character. Moreover, I enjoy creating pieces with autobiographical elements that explore our relation to place and nature.
I was lucky to have the opportunity to work and study in different countries and to gain a practice-led PhD in the creative arts, animation and peace-building from the Glasgow School of Art. I am currently employed as an Assistant Professor at Xi'an Jiaotong-Liverpool University.
In the Beginning
Born in Beverley, United Kingdom. Independent filmmaker Shaun Clark has worked as a director and animator since 2005. His work has been BAFTA nominated and won prizes at Clermont Ferrand Film Festival, London short film festival, Imagine Film Festival and the British Animation Awards. Shaun has held retrospective screenings of his films both in Greece and South Korea and has created films for the BBC, Discovery Times USA and Arts Council England. He currently resides in London where he works as a director at www.flickermill.com
Batman the Handyman
A 4th year interactive media and animation student at the University of Nicosia, mainly interested in 3D modeling and animation.
In the Zone
Martha Constantinou was born in Pafos, Cyprus in 2001 and
is currently studying Multimedia and Graphic Design at the Cyprus University of Technology. This is her second touch with animation but her first with stop motion.
Ambrozy Danko was born in Warsaw in 1988. He is a graduate of Literature at the University of Warsaw and Graphics Design at the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw. In addition to animation, he is involved in graphic design and gardening.
Débora Mendes, Elmano Diogo
Rising in a Spiral
Débora Mendes had her initial training in the healthcare field. She studied Animation Cinema at the Universidade Lusófona de Lisboa. Director of “Cellfie” (2019) and “Sea Shepherd” (2019), her films mix different animation techniques and have been screened in more than 80 festivals around the world. After finishing her studies, she worked on the feature film “My Grandfather's Demons” and on the short film “The Monkey” by the animation film producer Sardinha em Lata. She worked in several music videos such as Lote B (Assistant Director, Animator) and Rising in a Spiral (Director, Art Director, Animator). She is currently studying in Re:Anima – International Master Degree in Animation.
Elmano Diogo was born in Funchal, in the island of Madeira. He lived in Machico, studied in the computing area, and completed the bachelor’s degree in Interactive Media Design, in the University of Madeira. In 2017, he moved to Lisbon and completed the master's degree in Animation Arts, in Universidade Lusófona de Humanidades e Tecnologias de Lisboa. He's currently enrolled in Re:Anima - European Joint Master in Animation.
He was part of the directors in 4 animation short films (Past-It, Duality, Dandedog, and Rising in a Spiral), did compositing on the animation short film Cellfie, and is currently part of the animation feature film Nayola, contributing with animation, inbetweens and clean-up.
2D and 3D animation are his favourite animation styles and he’s also used to work in clean-up and compositing.
He is currently studying in Re:Anima – International Master Degree in Animation.
Nelson Fernandes aka Zina Caramelo was born in Marvão (Portugal), 23 January 1979. He is a Portuguese multi-awarded artist.
Since 2000, he has been developing his work in a series of fields such as video, cinema of animation, photography, painting and illustration.
Kalia Finikaridou was born in 2001 and currently lives in Nicosia, Cyprus. She graduated in the field of Graphic Arts from the Technical School of Makarios III and she is currently a university student at the Cyprus University of Technology where she studies Multimedia and Graphic arts.
She engaged in, for the first time with 2D animation, on the first semester of the second year of University in the class of animation.
The Black ReCat
Born in 1981, he is a director, screenwriter and animator. For years he has been engaged in experimentation with animation techniques such as stop motion, cut out animation and computer graphics. Reveries of a Solitary Stroller marks his debut in the feature film with which he wins 14 international awards. In 2018 he received the Nastro d'Argento as best animated short film for LOONEY FOODZ! He actively collaborates with the Rainbow Academy and with the Academy of Fine Arts of Rome to train new professionals in the sector. In 2019 he directed the Il Giro dell'Horror format, a docu-series dedicated to made in Italy horror, produced by InGenereCinema.com.
Mohamed Ghazala, Animation director, and Educator is an associate professor of animation and the chair of the Cinematic Arts School of Effat University/ Saudi Arabia. Besides being the Vice President of the International Animated Film Association, ASIFA, and the founder of its first chapter in Africa and the Arab world.
He served on several international Film & Animations festivals juries, including Stuttgart (Germany), Castelli Animati(Italy), SICAF (Korea), Animanima(Serbia), AnimaAfrik(Ghana), ReAnimania (Armenia), Animae Caribe (Trinidad & Tobago), AnimaBasauri (Spain), CICDAF (China) Chilemonos (Chile), Zanzibar Film Festival.
He has also been working as a visiting lecturer at several fine arts & film institutes such as Jilin animation institute (China), Cologne's Academy of Media Arts (KHM- Germany), NAFTI (Ghana), Durban Art & Animation center (South Africa), Antioquia University (Colombia).
Ghazala directed and co-directed many awarded films, such as "Carnival" (2001), "Crazy Works" (2002), "HM HM" (2005), "Sayari Yetu" (2006), including first Yemen's animated film "Salma" in 2006. "Honyan's Shoe" (2009), which won the Animation Prize at The African Movie Academy Awards (The African Oscar AMAA) in Lagos/Nigeria 2010.
He gave several workshops on animation in different countries and acted as a film consultant for several international festivals. In 2011, he published his first book "Animation in the Arab World" (Lambert AP. Germany). His second book, with the title "Animation in Africa," which published in Egypt in 2013.
Ghazala mainly concentrates on making independent experimental animated films on his own or in workshops (e.g., Greece, Tunisia, Capo Verde) or art residencies (e.g., UNESCO-ASCHBERG's to Colombia, UNESCO's Africa Animated to Kenya).
Don't Die on Me!
Ori Goldberg is a Jerusalem based animator, Co-founder of the Tohu animation collective.
Just a Guy
Shoko Hara is born on June 28, 1988, in Okayama / Japan. At the age of ten, her family moves to Lake Constance in Germany. In 2012, she obtains her Bachelor of Arts in Media Design at the DHBW Ravensburg. Her graduation film „Abita” receives much critical acclaim and is screened at festivals around the world. With her emphasis on analogue and experimental works in graphic design and art, Shoko Hara moves on to study Motion Design at the Filmakademie Baden-Wuerttemberg between 2012 and 2016. Her diploma project, the animated short film „What they believe“ was awarded as the best student film in Animafest Zagreb 2016. Shoko Hara is currently teaching Motion Graphics at the at the DHBW Ravensburg and works as Freelance Motion Designer and Animation Director for commercials spots and music videos.
Emma Holzapfel and Kevin Koch
Blessing in Disguise
Born 1985, studied media science at Bayreuth before continuing his studies at Ludwigsburg. Since 2020 he stidies directing at the Filmakademie Baden-Wuerttemberg.
Born 2000, studies since 2018 editing at the Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg.
Maria Katerina Ieridou is a Greek-Cypriot artist working in Nicosia. She graduated with a BA in Art and English Literature from the University of Reading in 2021, and currently works as part of Phaneromenis70, a Cypriot artist collective.
Eyes and Horns
Chaerin Im (born 1994 in Seoul) is an experimental filmmaker from South Korea who explores gender issues and sexual imagery with the use of craftsmanship and distinctive materials. She graduated from Seoul National University's Visual Communication Design BFA program (2017) and earned an MFA degree from the CalArts Experimental Animation MFA program (2020). Her films have been accepted to various festivals such as Annecy, DOK Leipzig, Hiroshima, and Slamdance.
Lyza Jarvis Cristo Madissoo, Maria Rakitina and Kaimar Lomp
Hit the Nail on the Head
Cristo Madissoo studied animation in Estonian Art Academy. Before that he had no previous experience in the field. For his bachelors he made two films - “Pan sexual” and “Hit the nail on its head”.
Lyza Jarvis is an Estonian-American mixed media artist and animator currently based in Tallinn Estonia and studying at the Estonian Academy of Arts. She has also worked as a photographer for STARworks creative enterprise.
Kaimar Lomp is an Estonian self taught artist, who grew up watching Estonia's golden age drawn and puppet animation produced mainly in Estonia and former Soviet Union countries. Hit the Nail on the Head is his first film produced with Estonian Academy of Arts where he starts his master studies in autumn 2021.
Maria Rakitina was born in Moscow. She has been studying in art school No1 (Moscow, Russia), The VGIK College of Cinema, Television and Multimedia (Moscow, Russia) and School studio Shar (Moscow, Russia). At the moment she is studying animation at Estonian Academy of Arts (Tallinn, Estonia).
The House of Loss
1987, Born in Seoul, South Korea.
2008-2015, studied animation at the “Korea National University of Arts”.
2015-2017, worked a 2D animator at "Studio Shelter".
2019, worked a 2D animator at "Workroom Yaha".
2018-2022, studied animation at the “Tokyo National University of Arts”.
Modo da Vida - A Goan Sketchbook
Rohit Karandadi is an animation film-maker / illustrator from India. He resides in a quiet sea-side village in Goa, conducive to his love of writing, reading and expressing his love of life through films and comics.
Soyeon has been producing independent films since 1993, as well as working on projects in advertising and film production as a director, art director, designer, and animator. Her independent films and commissioned works have been showcased in film festivals worldwide, aired on broadcast television, displayed in the museums and galleries, and have won prestigious awards.
Soyeon focuses on visual explorations in both narrative and non-narrative films, to create a world that is specifically designed for each project. Currently she teaches filmmaking at the California State University Long Beach, while working on various projects in her studio, ‘Yellowshed’.
Sergio Ko is a Greek multi award winning designer/director using “please insert coin” as his production alias.
In 2021 Sergio is attached to direct “Future postcards” (Presented at Cartoon Forum as FUTURE POSTMAN), a family animated TV series that raises environmental issue awareness, for ADDart in Thessaloniki Greece.
Since the summer of 2018 Sergio is part of the Virtual reality (VR) and Expanded Reality (XR) pioneers MAL-VI www.mal-vi.com , an award-winning, interdisciplinary design and communication agency based in London, UK and Thessaloniki, Greece.
From 2014 to 2019 he co-found and was part of the holistic design and film bureau, WITHIN and was one of the Creative Directors of SYNERGASTIRION an award winning Art & Design collective in Athens Greece.
Sergio has vast production experience on set and in post production starting as a 3d animator and continues as a director and a set designer for various TV shows and television commercials for the major production companies in Greece.
Born in 1978, Jonathan Laskar studied visual arts at the University of Aix-en-Provence (France), classical double bass at
the Conservatory of Aix-en-Provence and architecture at the Bauhaus-University of Weimar (Germany). After working
three years as architect in Basel, Jonathan Laskar graduated the master «Animage» at the Lucerne University with the
animated short film «De terre et d’encre», produced by Claude Barras. Since 2013, he works in Geneva with Georges
Schwizgebel and Claude Luyet, as well as an independent animation filmmaker.
Timon upgraded his academic knowledge at La Poudrière, animation direction school in France. His student animated short titled Work (co-directed with Urban Breznik) was screened at more than 30 festivals around the world and his debut 2D short film Weasel is still touring the world now. During his studies, he created nine animated shorts (two of them professional) and animated many others, wrote a degree on children’s comprehension of film language, and participated in the creation of the first manual on animation for schools and kindergartens.
BA in Animation from Communication University of China.
MA in Illustration and Animation from Kingston University, UK.
Working as an animation teacher at Beijing Information Technology College. Dedicated to animation history, theory, and experimental animated film.
Elena Madrid was born in Uzwil (SG) Switzerland. she was trained as a graphic designer. She studied Fine Arts at University of Art and Design, Lucerne Switzerland and received an Art and studio grant in Krakow, Poland, as well as a studio grant in Barcelona, Spain. She works as a freelance animation filmmaker and illustrator at the studio fragola design, Zürich Switzerland.
Ofer Winter and
Ofer Winter and Shimon Engel are a duo of animators from Goozma Animation, the motion division of the award-winning Dov Abramson Studio in Jerusalem.
Working together since 2016, they have worked on dozens of animated explainer videos, music videos and short animated films.
Both graduates of the Visual Communication Dept. at Bezalel Academy (Ofer 2013, Shimon 2015) they symbiotically divide the work on animations projects between them: Shimon often designs characters and illustrates the visual style of the project, while Ofer leads the motion and animation aspects; but many times they’ll switch things up - just to keep things fresh :)
Among the team’s notable projects: “Lost and Found” (Animation Short, 2019); “Jerusalem” (Animated Music Video, 2019); “People of the Book” (Animated Web Series, 2018).
Anastasia is a stop motion model maker and animator based in the UK and Greece. She has recently completed her first personal work “Elevator Alone”, which has received 14 awards and has been selected in 90 festivals. It’s a graduation short stop motion film which she wrote, directed, animated and constructed the sets and puppets.
The last two years she has worked on several projects as a stop motion prop maker/set dresser and puppet maker alongside animation director Effie Pappa, Irida Zhonga and Yamination Studios.
Evgeniya Papina, Hurshida Sherkulova and
Directors of Moments
Our children's animation studio "DRF" focuses on documentary animation.
We cannot see in children - "only children". For us, they are first of all - independent persons .And we prefer to talk to children on any topic, therefore films of our studio are filled with childish wisdom and personal innermost secrets.
Sunny Side Up
Paschalis Paschalis is an Associate Professor at the Department of Design and Multimedia, University of Nicosia. He studied at Indiana State University, USA, graphic design, fine arts and multimedia, and holds a five-year bachelor’s degree (intergraded masters) in fine arts (BFA), a two-year postgraduate degree in multimedia design (MA) and a professional diploma from the British Interactive Media Association (BIMA) in interactive media project management. His education was funded by a scholarship from the office of Indiana State University publications, where he was employed as a graphic designer throughout his studies.
His research interests include user interface design, interactive media project management, stop motion animation and visual communication. He has been presenting his research and animation short independent films at international conferences and animation festivals and has more than 25 years of professional experience in the fields of graphic and web design, multimedia and project management.
He worked on funded research projects, served in academic, reviewing and design and animation curatorial committees, and has been appointed by the Hellenic Authority for Higher Education (HAHE) as member and chair of several teams for the external evaluation and accreditation of academic programs in Greek public Universities.
He has been teaching in tertiary education since 1998 and he is the founder and coordinator of the BA program in Interactive Media and Animation at the University of Nicosia. He is currently a member of the University of Nicosia Internal Quality Assurance Committee (UNIQAC) representing the School of Humanities and Social Sciences and holds the position of head of the Department of Design & Multimedia.
Clémence Pica Rogge
Director of Pore
After a bachelor’s degree in illustration at ESA Saint-Luc Liège, where I attended an introduction to stop motion, I became more and more interested in creating sets and props.
I continued my studies with a Master’s Degree in Animation Cinema at La Cambre where I created my first short film, PORE.
Despo was born in Cyprus. At the age of 18 she went to Athens, Greece where she studied Graphic Design (BA Hons Degree) and seven years later moved to Madrid, Spain to study Motion Design where she stayed for four years. Over the years she has gained experience in various sections of what we call Visual Design. Art & Creative Direction, Graphic design, Motion Design, Video Creation, Creative Videography and her personal passion for Photography. Currently working at the family’s framing house in Paphos, Cyprus.
Stella Raith was born in Münster in 1995 and is now living in the Stuttgart area.
Since her early childhood she loves to combine dance and illustration and found her way to express it in the form of animation. From 2014 to 2020 she studied animation at the Filmakademie Baden-
Avant Card is her graduation project.
Carol Ratajczak and
Carol Leander Ratajczak, born 1986 in Frankfurt/Main.
Designer (BA). 3D generalist, specialized in shading, lighting and look development, experienced with short narrative forms and commercial content. Studied Animation at the Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg in Ludwigsburg from 2013 to 2019.
Tobias Trebeljahr: Born 1987 in Darmstadt, attended high school in Ober-Ramstadt Hessen, before moving first to Bavaria, then to Hamburg and finally to Ludwigsburg, where he studied at the Filmakademie Baden Württemberg until 2019. He has been working in Animation, Games and Film since 2005 in various positions.
Figures in Red
Alexia is the Artistic Co-Director of the International Short Film Festival of Cyprus and the Head of Creative at Zedem Media, Cyprus’ largest and longest running animation studio. She holds a BA in Film from the University of Arts, London and has been working in the film industry since 1998, directing films, commercials and documentaries. She served as the president of the Cyprus Directors Guild (2014-2016) and is a member of the European Film Academy.
Volver a enloquecer
Ale has worked as video maker, art director and graphic designer.
Recently he discovered his love for illustration and animation, and started some animation projects.
Anya Ru and
Papa is Big, I am Small
Animation director, graphic designer and handmade artist. Directed her first short film in 2010 and in 2013 she started professional graphic design career. Since 2015 she works with film festivals as designer and film distributor. Since then she also worked closely in the animation industry, which led to the first animation student film in 2021. Her works successfully unite animation with graphics and craft materials.
Illustrator and animator. In her work, she uses both hand-drawn puppets
and digital cut-out as well as frame-by-frame animation. She uses storytelling as a tool to create empathetic communication aiming through animation to show the viewer the inner world of the characters. Being a multi-style artist allows her to choose the best way to communicate the idea.
Yulia Ruditskaya is a Brooklyn-based award-winning director, animator, and illustrator. As a multidisciplinary artist, Yulia’s twenty years of working in animation, design, and film include credits, in short, feature films and documentaries, and television series. Yulia also directed and animated numerous commercials, music videos, and broadcast design pieces. Originally from Minsk, Belarus, Yulia moved to New York, continuing as a
visual storyteller and filmmaker. Yulia has directed several award-winning animated short films. One of her previous films And The Moon Stands Still, screened at over 400 film festivals worldwide and won over a dozen awards. One of her latest projects, Animators For Belarus, united over 50 animators from 19 countries worldwide, creating the chronicles of the dramatic events of 2020 Belarus to support Belarusians in their fight against the regime.
Yulia fulfills her creative passion working with various styles and genres, ranging from tv shows for kids to visualizing complex subject matter, using digital, mixed-media, and hand-crafted techniques. Yulia is also teaching at PRATT Institute in Brooklyn, New York. A member of Belarusian Designers Union, Women in Animation, and ASIFA East.
In the Woods
Ilgin Sacan is a filmmaker, writer, and animator based in Istanbul. The themes in her work include satire and hyperrealism. Through her narrative and design, she blends stylized realism with the intention of breaking disbelief.
Christina Sachpazidou is a freelancer digital artist and a senior student at the Cyprus University of Technology. She has been doing art for as long as she can remember and love anything
related to comics, character design and space. She has worked in animation in parallel to her work, mostly for trailers for her stories and her YouTube channel. "Cycle" is her directorial debut.
Ahmad Saleh is a Palestinian/German writer and director. His first film, HOUSE, 2012 won a second place in the German Short Film Award and his second film, AYNY, 2016 won an Academy Award. Recently he finished his third short film, NIGHT and is developing his first feature.
Bianca Scali, born in France in 1998, studies animation since 2017 in Filmakademie Baden-Wurtemeberg.
Mona A. Shahi
Mona A. Shahi was born in Iran in 1983. She graduated from Sharif University of Technology with a BS in Physics and earned her MA in Directing Animation from Tehran University of Art.
She’s been working professionally in the fields of scriptwriting, directing, animating; and has been teaching animation aesthetics, directing and scriptwriting in various academic levels.
Her animations had the chance of being selected or presented in many well-known festivals like, Atlanta, Hiroshima, Stuttgart, Animamundi, Zinebi and etc.
I was born and raised in Greece. I studied film direction in Athens and later animation in London. I have been making short films, art videos and adverts for the past 12 years. My main focus is 3d animation but I like to experiment with different styles and techniques.
My films have been screened in more than 50 festivals around the world, including the BFI London Film Festival, International Film Festival Rotterdam, Palm Springs ShortFest, Fantoche, Aesthetica and Hot Docs among others and I managed to grab a couple of awards along the way. I have been shortlisted for a British Animation Award twice.
I am very passionate about storytelling and the moving image in every form and I believe that what you say is equally important to the way you say it. With every video I make, I put all my energy and creativity towards expanding film form and evoke strong emotions to the viewer.
I am currently working as a freelancer and I am open to work on any project that has to do with animation, filmmaking or editing.
2007 -2013 Studies of Animation in University of Film and Television "Konrad Wolf" Potsdam-Babelsberg, Germany
2005 – 2006 Studies of Filmscenario and Dramaturgy in filmschool "Filmarche" Berlin
2018 Flut (Flood)
2013 Blauer Traum (Blue Dream)
Natali Touloupou was born in 2001 in Nicosia, Cyprus. She is a student of graphic arts in the Department of Multimedia and Graphic Arts of the Cyprus University of Technology while working as a freelancer in Cyprus and England. She is a member of the Scouts Association of Cyprus, where she has the position of leader in Limassol and Nicosia. She recently received the Award of the Republic, decerned by the president of the Republic of Cyprus for her engagement in the Scouts. She worked as a volunteer in the International Team of Service, as a part of the team for creative expression in the 24th World Jamboree in West Virginia of the United States She has also workef as a co-head of the space Inlinehorses
Julian Nazario Vargas (b. 1983) graduated from Volda University College in 2007 with a bachelor in animation. Since then he has gained a lot of experience from working with animation, graphics and VFX for TV series, drama series, films and documentaries. His work has been screened at festivals both in Norway and abroad, and he has received several awards. Today he works as the creative director at Animaskin, the company he established in 2013. He directs both live-action and animation.
Zhiheng Wang, born in Wenzhou, Zhejiang Province, China in 1999. Graduated from China Academy of art with a bachelor's degree in 2021. A fan of experimental animation film
Into the Cutezone
Niklas Wolff was born in Erfurt (Germany). He created his first 3D animated short films at the age of 14. After an internship at a visual effects company he started studying animation at the Filmakademie
Baden-Württemberg in 2018.
Dan (Demi) Wu
Eternal While it Lasts
Dan (Demi) Wu is an animated filmmaker from China. Her BA graduated from animation and worked in this industry for four years. Her BA graduate animation film was awarded ‘The Gold Prize for the Eighth China Academy Awards’. She used to work at Shanghai TV station and Shanghai Crystal CG. She is passionate about expressing emotions and atmospheres, visualizing words and abstract feelings. Good at using animation to convey content and emotions to achieve emotional resonance with the audience.
The Reincarnated Giant
Born in 1992, in Nanjing, China, Han finished his B.A in animation at Communication University of China in 2016, and then completed an M.A degree in animation in Les Gobelins, France 2018. He is currently working towards a PhD in Art and Science at Communication University of China, and The Reincarnated Giant is his 4th animation short film.
Miranda! El arte de recuperarte
Dante Zaballa is a self-taught animator and director from Argentina, who likes generating a colorful and psychedelic universe by experimenting with diverse techniques. His work is particularly dynamic, combining seemingly messy hand-drawn lines, raw shapes and flickering textures.
Born in Uzbekistan in 2005 (16 years old)
Currently studying at an specialized art-school named of Benkov in Tashkent. She likes to draw, but will enter an engineering degree in Germany to become an aviator.In his free time, he likes to walk long distances around the city. walking is her hobby.This short is the first independent work in the framework of training at DRF Children Animation Studio