Speakers

08/09  /  20:00  /  The Last Play: Presentation by Dr. Doros Polydorou

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Dr Doros Polydorou is an Assistant Professor at Cyprus University of Technology. He is a creative coder and digital artist with a keen interest in immersive technologies and technological embodiment. Doros has a background in multimedia design and computer animation and he is currently teaching the 3d animation modules at the department of Multimedia and Graphic Arts. Doros has worked internationally in universities in Singapore and the UK in both artistic and commercial projects. He is the co-founder of the Media Arts and Design (MAD) lab, and his current research interests explores narratives, artefacts and immersive technologies in site specific performances, installations and exhibitions.

09/09  /  19:30  /  Animated Film Production: Presentation by Olivier Catherin

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Olivier Catherin has been trained as an ethnologist. In 2002 he joins the French Animated Films Association (AFCA) to create the International Animation Day celebration in France, then on international level as the French representative on the ASIFA board. In April 2008, he left the AFCA to create the animated film production company “Les Trois Ours” and won a César award with the short ‘Kiki of Montparnasse” in 2014. In 2017, he joins Pictanovo, in charge of the development of the animated film sector for the Hauts-de-France region. He’s also teaching animation production at the INA (National Audiovisual Institute) and Sciences-po (Political sciences) and he’s one of the founder of the Emile Awards ceremony. In 2019 he becomes creative producer specialized in international co-productions, producing several short and feature length films with different French production companies and animation consultant or expert for the development of the animation or the accompaniment of projects for CITIA-Annecy, CEE animation, Georgian National Film Center and others.

09/09  /  21:00  /  Nik and Nancy's Toons & Tunes: Presentation by Nancy Denney-Phelps and Nik Phelps

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Nancy Denney-Phelps is a journalist writing about European animation and festivals as well as a producer of music for animation. Along with her composer/musician husband Nik Phelps, she co-founded the Sprocket Ensemble dedicated to presenting live performances of original music with screenings of contemporary animation from around the world. Nancy's writings have appeared in such publications as CARTOON and ANIMATOON as well as on her regular blog for AWN (Animation World Network). She is also a regular correspondent for ASIFA/San Francisco and a member of the ASIFA International Board of Directors as well as an Ambassador At Large for the Emile Awards. Nancy has served on numerous International Animation Festival juries and taught time management for animators at the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts, School of Art and Design. She is the pitching coach at ANIMARKT in Lodz, Poland as well as a member of their Brain Trust Advisory Board. Her strong interest in the history of animation has led her to present programs on the history of animation traced through music at many animation festivals and conferences worldwide. She also works as advisor to several animation festivals and in 2019 was the recipient of a Life Time Achievement Award from ANIMA KON Animation Festival in Bilbao, Spain.

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Born in Texas, Belgium-based composer Nik Phelps has played with musical artists as diverse as Eric Johnson and Lou Rawls, Frank Sinatra and They Might Be Giants, and Frank Zappa and Mary Martin, He recorded with Tom Waits, playing on three films and five CDs. He has been scoring film since 1988, starting with the seminal San Francisco soundtrack group The Club Foot Orchestra, and has been working in the animation field since 1995. In 1996 he founded the live film music project The Sprocket Ensemble. Nik creates music for animators such as Nina Paley, Bill Plympton, Lei Lei and Ivan Maximov, and gives workshops dealing with the creative process.