Marcel Jean (Canada)
As head of the National Film Board of Canada's French Animation Studio, a position he has held since 1999, Marcel Jean has produced such films as Black Soul/Âme noire (Martine Chartrand, 2001), Aria (Pjotr Sapegin, 2001), Pirouette/La Pirouette (Tali, 2002), Angeli (Lejf Marcussen, 2002), The Brainwashers/Les Ramoneurs cérébraux (Patrick Bouchard, 2002) and Nuit d'orage/Stormy Night (Michèle Lemieux, 2003). Before joining the NFB, Marcel Jean worked in the private sector as a director (Vacheries, 1990; État critique, 1992), film critic (for the French-language newspaper Le Devoir), professor (primarily at the University of Montreal) and author (Le Langage des lignes and Pierre Hébert, l'homme animé, published by Les 400 coups).
Martha Colburn (USA/The Netherlands)
As a self-taught filmmaker from Baltimore, Maryland, Martha Colburn has completed over 35 short films since 1994. She has released 6 records with her duo ÔThe Dramatics' and has toured the U.S. and Europe playing music and showing films. Her two films, Spiders in Love and There's a Pervert in Our Pool!, appeared as part of The Frontier Program at the 2000 Sundance Film Festival. Her work is largely hand colored, corrupted collage animation and features musical and spoken-word scores. She recently moved to Amsterdam to attend the Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten as an international artist-in-residence and is at work combining her films, music, murals and other work into various environments. She has taught at the San Francisco Art Institute, and has screened her films everywhere from caves in France to the MOMA in New York.
Oscar Grillo (Argentina/United Kingdom)
Oscar Grillo was born in Buenos Aires in 1943. He began his career as an animator in 1960 and worked on numerous commercials and tv series. Since then his career as an animator has broadened to that of cartoonist, illustrator and painter. In 1971 he moved to the U.K. where he has lived ever since. His credits include work on Richard Williams' A Christmas Carol (Oscar Winner, 1972), design and layout for Bob Godfrey's Great (Oscar Winner, 1976), Animation Supervisor at ILM for Men in Black (1996), and illustrations for The New Yorker. In 1980 he created Klactoveesedstene Animations with Ted Rockley and produced hundreds of award winning commercials for the UK, Europe, U.S.A., Australia and Japan. He has collaborated with Paul and the late Linda McCartney on the award-winning Seaside Woman (1980), Wide Prairie (1997) and Shadow Cycle (2001). He recently completed Monsieur Pett (2000); an animated featurette about a farting man, and is currently working on the short Parker's Mood, based on the music of Charlie Parker.
Richard O'Connor (USA)
As a child, Richard O'Connor didn't watch many cartoons. As a teen, he studied theater. In 1995, R. O. Blechman hired him at The Ink Tank. There he has produced hundreds of commercials, TV series, and short films working in every capacity from voice actor to animator to cel cleaner. His writing and criticism have appeared publications including Jane Magazine, Boards, ASIFA International. He has been adjunct faculty in animation at Parsons School of Design since 1999. His work has been exhibited in the Museum of Modern Art, The Art Director's Club of New York and on televisions across the globe.
Signe Baumane (Latvia/USA)
Born in 1964 in Auce, Latvia. After graduating from Moscow University in 1989 with a BA in Philosophy, she started work at Dauka Animation Studio in Riga as an animator and cel painter. She also designed and directed several animated commercials for local TV. In 1991 she made her debut as scriptwriter, director and artist with a 2 minute animated film, The Witch and the Cow. After making numerous award-winning short films in both Moscow and Riga, she moved to New York in 1995 and began work as a production manager, colour stylist and cel painter for Bill Plympton's animated feature length and short films. She currently teaches animation at Pratt Institute and continues to make films, most recently Five Fucking Fables and Woman.

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