Ottawa Selection Committee & Jury

Selection Committee

  • Edwin Carels (Film Historian, Belgium)
    Edwin Carels, born June 10, 1964, Courtrai, Belgium. Studies: a degree in Slavic Filmology-two years of of Photography and Film-studies. Profession: Teaches film history and animation theory at St.Lukas Hogeschool voor de Kunsten, Brussels & publicist for diverse media and national radio & free lance curator of film-related art shows.

  • Tom Knott (Recruitment Manager, Warner Bros. Feature Animation)

  • Christine Panushka (Animator/Teacher, USA)
    Christine Panushka is an internationally known award winning artist, filmmaker/animator and educator. Her films have screened throughout the world and have won numerous awards including the Grand Prize at the Aspen Filmfest and a Golden Gate Award at the San Francisco International Film Festival.

    In 1996, Panushka conceptualized, directed and curated "Absolut Panushka", the second issue in a series of content based web sites sponsored by Absolut Vodka. "Absolut Panushka" is an acclaimed and groundbreaking web site which supports and promotes experimental animation.

    Before joining the faculty at USC, Panushka was the Associate Director of Experimental Animation at the California Institute of the Arts, where she taught for fourteen years.

  • Alexei Karaev (Animator, Russia)
    Alexei Karaev, born in Sverdlovsk in 1954, is a graduate of the Sverdlovsk Institute of Architecture with a degree in industrial art. Designed new forms of industrial equipment for engineering works and consumer goods. Made illustrations for text-books, had humorous cartoons published in the daily press.

    In 1981 graduated from the F. Khitruk studio of Moscow Advanced courses of script-writers and film directors, and has been working at the Sverdlovsk Film Studio since 1982 as an animation artist and director of animation films. Is a participant and prize winner of many film festivals. At present makes advertising films. Is a merited Artist of the Russian Federation and State Prize winner.


International Jury

  • Janno Poldma (Animator, Estonia)

  • Igor Kovalyev (Animator, USA/Russia)
    Igor Kovalyov is an internationally acclaimed designer, animator and director. His award winning films include ANDREI SVISLOTSKI, HEN, HIS WIFE, and BIRD IN THE WINDOW (the latter two being Grand Prize winners at the Ottawa International Animation Festival). Kovalyov was also co-founder of Moscow's legendary Pilot School of Animation. In 1991, Kovalyov accepted an invitation from Gabor Csupo to work at the award winning Klasky-Csupo studio in Hollywood. Most recently, Kovalyov has worked on the animated short series, REAL MONSTERS and is currently co-directing the RUGRATS feature, which will be released in the fall of 1998.

  • Mike Smith (Animator, USA)

  • Erica Russell (Animator, United Kingdom)
    Erica Russell was born in New Zealand, brought up in South Africa and later moving to London. She has no formal training in animation. She worked for pioneer animators, Richard Williams and Art Babbitt. During the 1980s she worked for the innovative studio of Rocky Morton and Annabel
    Jankel (MAX HEADROOM). She later set up her own studio called Eyeworks (renamed GINGCO) that made various commercials and music videos including an award winning one minute spot for London's Virigin Megastore. Her films, FEET OF SONG and TRIANGLE have garnered world wide acclaim. TRIANGLE was nominated for an Academy Award in 1995.

  • Lea Zagury (Brazil)
    Brazilian filmmaker Lea Zagury has been working with animation since 1980. In 1986 she participated in a workshop organized by the National Film Board of Canada, in co-operation with the Brazilian Film Agency. This eventually led to a fulbright Scholarship to the Experimental Animation Department at California Institute of the Arts, where in 1990 she received an MFA. Since then, she has worked in the Los Angeles area with animated digital effects for feature films at PDI, as a development artist at Turner Feature Animation and free-lancer animator for commercials. Currently, she is developing a adult TV animated series. Her independent short Karaiba has won several awards and screened at Sundance and other Festivals. Zagury is also a co-founder and co-director of ANIMA, the international animation festival in Brazil.

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