Ottawa Selection Committee & Jury
- 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.
- 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
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.
- Janno Poldma (Animator, Estonia)
- Igor Kovalyev
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)
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.
What's New- March 1998 (English)