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)
Prior to joining Warner Bros. Feature Animation as Recruiting Manager, Tom Knott was the Director/Deputy Director of the Ottawa International Animation Festival from 1988 to 1994. He also coordinated the Los Angeles International Animation Celebration from 1987 to 1991. In addition Tom has acted: as Research Consultant for the Voyager Company on the World's Greatest Animation Laser Disc; as Acquisitions Coordinator for the third season of MTV's Liquid Television; as Associate Producer for The 24th International Tournee of Animation; and as a consultant to the National Film Board of Canada, MTV, and the World Animation Celebration. He also has programmed retrospectives for: The Images Festival of Independent Film and Video, Toronto; Expo 88, Brisbane ; The John Spotton Cinema, Toronto; Canadian Film Institute, Ottawa; The Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto; and the Varna International Animation Festival, Bulgaria. From 1989 to 1992 Tom taught animation history at Algonquin College. His writing has appeared in Animation Magazine and Animation World Magazine.

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)
Janno Poldma was born in 1950. He has been working in animation since 1973, initially as a cameraman. He made his first film as a director in 1991. Poldma's films include: BROTHERS AND SISTERS, OTTO'S LIFE, BIRTHDAY, the award-winning 1895 (with Priit Parn), and the animation series TOM & FLUFFY. Poldma has also written one screenplay for a feature film (with live actors), 4 plays, one children's book and many short stories for children.

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)
Mike Smith's work has been described as eclectic and innovative. During his time in his native England, he has combined techniques such as puppetry, live-action, cut-outs, traditional and computer animation to create styles that are both theatrical and believable. After years of honing his animation talents through his company Felix Films, the first animation studio in London to represent individual directors with their own show reels, Mike moved on to Colossal Pictures where his first commercial, Nike "Charles Barkley" won a Silver Hugo at the Chicago Film Festival. Most recently, Mike has done animation sequences for feature films like Oliver Stone's Natural Born Killers, Henry Selick's James and The Giant Peach, and Francis Ford Coppola's Pinnochio. At the end of 1997, Mike directed, designed and co-produced 1001 Nights, a 23 minute film for the Los Angeles Philharmonic, intended as an art event performed live with original music by David Newman.
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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