Speakers
Speakers

Valerie Barnhart
Director/Animator
Meet the Filmmakers: Short Film Competition 1
Thursday, September 26, 9:30 am - 11:00 am, Arts Court - Club SAW

Valerie Barnhart is an independent animator and visual artist based out of Ottawa, Canada. Her interdisciplinary practice is exploratory in nature but revolves specifically around the dynamics of silence and inaction as a form of violence.

(Valerie earned her BFA from Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design as a Visual Arts Major: with a studio specialty in Printmaking, Drawing, and an academic emphasis in Decolonization Politics and Non Western Art.

Her art practice made a massive shift into documentary and animation entirely by accident. Valerie taught herself how to animate during this production.(Valerie has exhibited in Toronto, Vancouver, and Calgary.

She lives with her husband and a motley crew of animal amongst piles of dusty books.
Valerie Barnhart
 
Amanda Bonaiuto
Filmmaker
Meet the Filmmakers: Short Film Competition 2
Friday, September 27, 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm, Arts Court - Club SAW

Amanda Bonaiuto (b. 1990) is a freelance animation director and artist currently living and working in Los Angeles and sometimes New York. She is best known for her short films and commissioned pieces which have screened at festivals worldwide. She graduated with an MFA in Experimental Animation from CalArts in 2018 and is currently a visiting professor at Pratt Institute.
Amanda Bonaiuto
 
Christopher Brannan
Meet the Filmmakers: Short Film Competition 1
Thursday, September 26, 9:30 am - 11:00 am, Arts Court - Club SAW
 
Flóra Anna Buda
Meet the Filmmakers: Short Film Competition 5
Sunday, September 29, 9:30 am - 11:00 am, Arts Court - Club SAW

Flóra Anna Buda (born in Budapest 04.03.1991) is graduated as an animation director. One of her main goal is to keep searching for new ways of creating universes and telling stories. She is deeply interested in dreams and science but she likes to twist her stories with personal content. She endeavours to find a way to create an artistic project out of her recent interest with an open mind.
Flóra Anna Buda
 
Dan Castro
Meet the Filmmakers: Short Film Competition 5
Sunday, September 29, 9:30 am - 11:00 am, Arts Court - Club SAW

Dan Castro was born. He studied Animation at Edinburgh College of Art, his short films have been screened at festivals across the world, and he was part of the BAFTA-nominated team behind Playstation 4 indie success Tearaway Unfolded. After years making adverts, short films and playstation games, he returned home to his native London and to get an MA in Animation from the Royal College of Art. Which he did. His work is colourful, honest, playful, and he is taller than you, probably.
Dan Castro
 
Chris Dainty
President/Creative Director, Dainty Productions, Inc.
Meet the Filmmakers: Short Film Competition 3
Saturday, September 28, 9:30 am - 11:00 am, Arts Court - Club SAW

Chris Dainty is a director, animator, ice carver and college professor from Ottawa, Ontario. Chris co-founded Dainty Productions, Inc. in 2006, which produces high-end 2d animation for film, TV, mobile, console and interactive experiences. Chris’s latest short film, “Shannon Amen”, produced with the National Film Board of Canada, combines 2d animation with icemation - stop motion animation done with large scale ice sculptures. Chris is a member of the Canadian Ice Carver’s Society and produces large scale ice sculptures for Ottawa’s Winterlude, one of the largest tourism events in Ottawa attracting hundreds of thousands of visitors each year. Chris also teaches in the Concept Art and Illustration program at Algonquin College.

Chris’s latest short film, “Shannon Amen”, produced with the National Film Board of Canada, combines 2d animation with icemation - stop motion animation done with large scale ice sculptures. In 2015, Chris co-directed and animated the short film “One Last Dream” which screened at the Ottawa International Film Festival and the St-Laurence International Film Festival. Chris has directed a special 2d animated episode of the Nick Jr./TVO show “Dino Dan”, and has produced animation for multiple episodes of the Emmy Award winning show “Odd Squad” (TVO/PBS), "Dino Dan" (Nick Jr./TVO) and “Dino Dana” (Amazon/TVO). Chris has created high-end animation for interactive game experiences including multiple “Sesame Street” games for Nintendo Wii as well as content for Playstation, and has produced an extensive iOS and Android app for Canada’s iconic Hinterland’s Who’s Who, showcasing 50 years worth of content.
Chris Dainty
 
Jake Fried
Artist/Educator
Meet the Filmmakers: Short Film Competition 4
Saturday, September 28, 11:00 am - 12:30 pm, Arts Court - Club SAW

Jake Fried (b.1984) began his artistic career as a painter, but as he went through the process of layering and modifying images, he realized what truly interested him was the way the images metamorphosed in the course of making a painting and he changed tracks to become an animator. His experimental films have been widely shown internationally, including at the Tate Modern and Sundance Film Festival. He has created commissioned work for clients including Adult Swim, Netflix and Harley-Davidson. Fried uses ink and white-out, sometimes adding gouache, collage and even coffee to generate hallucinatory vistas, modifying and shooting the images over and over to create mind-bending animations that evolve at a frenzied pace. He currently teaches animation at the Massachusetts College of Art & Design in Boston.
Jake Fried
 
Matisse Gonzalez
Filmakademie Baden_Württemberg
Meet the Filmmakers: Short Film Competition 2
Friday, September 27, 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm, Arts Court - Club SAW

Matisse is a Bolivian animator, illustrator and director who graduated in 2019 with a Diploma in Film and Media Studies (Animation Directing) from the Filmakademie Baden-Wurtemberg. During her studies, she worked with several studios all over the world, such as BUCK Design in Australia, CELESTE in Argentina and WOODBLOCK in Germany, working as a storyboarder, Cell and 2D animator, designer and director. Her short films have been selected in several International Animation-Festivals, like the Ottawa-International Animation Festival or the International Animation Festival in Stuttgart.
Matisse  Gonzalez
 
Winston Hacking
Director
Meet the Filmmakers: Short Film Competition 5
Sunday, September 29, 9:30 am - 11:00 am, Arts Court - Club SAW

Winston Hacking is a moving image artist originally from Peterborough, Ontario. His work often combines found footage, collage, green screen and puppeteering. Hacking's work is economical, both in terms of his use of found materials and the techniques used. Despite his thrifty approach, his works are daedal due to his ability to transform the mundane into the sublime through creative re-contextualization.

Hacking has made music videos for Flying Lotus, Andy Shauf, The Soupcans and Timber Timbre, as well as creating transitional moving collages for Flying Lotus' controversial feature length horror film Kuso (2017).His works have screened at Rochester Museum of Fine Arts (Rochester, New York), Belvedere 21 (Vienna, Austria), Ottawa International Animation Festival (Ottawa, Ontario), Pop Montreal (Montreal, Quebec), EXIS (Seoul, Korea), Pleasure Dome (Toronto, Ontario), and at many other microcinemas and festivals.
His collages are available in three limited edition risograph zines distributed by Colour Code Printing: Sky Domies Vol. 1 (2018), No Sweat! (2018) and Flayed Mainframe (2016).
Winston Hacking
 
Elizabeth Hobbs
Meet the Filmmakers: Short Film Competition 2
Friday, September 27, 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm, Arts Court - Club SAW
The Tales of Lizzy Hobbs
Thursday, September 26, 5:00 pm - 5:55 pm, ByTowne Cinema
Saturday, September 28, 1:00 pm - 1:55 pm, Arts Court - Theatre

Elizabeth Hobbs is an animated filmmaker based in East London. She has been making films for 18 years. Her films are experimental in form and often centred upon real life people or events. Her films often employ methods from her printmaking background, but always explore and stretch the material possibilities of the medium. Her films have travelled widely to international film festivals and won many awards including a BAFTA nomination for I’m OK in 2019. Elizabeth enjoys sharing her practice through workshops and collaboration with The Creative Research Collective, NIE Theatre and artist Emily Tracy. She is an associate lecturer at Anglia Ruskin University and University of The Arts, London.
Elizabeth Hobbs
 
Bea Höller
Meet the Filmmakers: Short Film Competition 4
Saturday, September 28, 11:00 am - 12:30 pm, Arts Court - Club SAW

One woman, two breasts and a very long story.
Bea Höller
 
Eugene Kolb
Freelance Filmmaker/Animator
Meet the Filmmakers: Short Film Competition 4
Saturday, September 28, 11:00 am - 12:30 pm, Arts Court - Club SAW

Eugene Kolb is a filmmaker and animator based in Brooklyn, NY. Originally from Ukraine, he learned English by watching countless subtitled American and foreign films with his family. He enjoys experimenting with different styles and methods of visual storytelling, often employing a mixed-media approach to his work. His first short film, A Subway Story, premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival and debuted online as a Vimeo Staff Pick. Fridge is his second short film.
Eugene Kolb
 
Chintis LUNDGREN
Meet the Filmmakers: Short Film Competition 1
Thursday, September 26, 9:30 am - 11:00 am, Arts Court - Club SAW

Chintis Lundgren is an Estonian-born animator currently living in Croatia. Self-taught, Lundgren’s body of work includes an assortment of quirky music videos, PSAs and short films featuring a light, absurdist tone along with distinct anthropomorphic characters. In 2011, Lundgren created her own animation studio called Chintis Lundgreni Animatsioonistuudio and later co-founded Adriatic Animation, an animation studio based in Croatia. Herfilms(includingtheaward-winningshorts, Manivald(2017)and LifewithHermanH.Rott( 2015))have screened at numerous international festivals including Sundance, Annecy, Animafest Zagreb, Hiroshima and Ottawa.
Chintis LUNDGREN
 
Diana Reichenbach
Professor of Animation / Independent Artist
Meet the Filmmakers: Short Film Competition 1
Thursday, September 26, 9:30 am - 11:00 am, Arts Court - Club SAW

Diana Reichenbach is an award-winning multimedia artist specializing in immersive and architectural media. She creates immersive experiences inspired by personal, introspective moments that have challenged her perception. Her work has notably been exhibited at the Virgin Airways clubhouse at LAX, Light City Baltimore Festival of Lights, HUBweek: A Festival for the Future, the Director’s Guild in Los Angeles, Burning Man Festival, Bonnaroo: Pageant of the Cosmos presented by Adult Swim, RiverRun Film Festival, Punta Y Raya Festival, Anima Mundi, and Animafest Zagreb.

Diana earned her BA in Anthropology and BS in Telecommunications from the University of Florida and her MFA in Animation and Digital Arts from the University of Southern California. In addition to current independent and professional projects, she is a Professor of Animation at Savannah College of Art and Design.

www.dianareichenbach.com
Diana Reichenbach
 
Thomas Renoldner
Mag.
Meet the Filmmakers: Short Film Competition 3
Saturday, September 28, 9:30 am - 11:00 am, Arts Court - Club SAW

Born in Linz in 1960, artist in the areas of drawing, painting, music, installation, performance.

First Super-8-films in the age of 16, later studied animation at the Academy of Applied Arts in Vienna (1989-1994) and is now the Leader of the Animation Lab at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna.

Also curator of film programmes, co-curator of Animation Avantgarde competition at Vienna Shorts Film Festival and director of the 2 Days Animation Festival in Vienna and jury member at many international festivals and producer of films of befriended artists.
Thomas Renoldner
 
Christoph Sarow
Meet the Filmmakers: Short Film Competition 4
Saturday, September 28, 11:00 am - 12:30 pm, Arts Court - Club SAW

Christoph Sarow was born in 1984 in Bergen, Rugen in east Germany. After obtaining his Bachelor in Applied Media Economics, he subsequently worked as an assistant editor, editor and postproduction supervisor for both German and American television stations in Berlin.

Christoph applied to the Filmakademie Baden-Wurttemberg and began studying Animation there in 2011.

He has since developed and directed his own 2D animation films in addition to working on other 2D and 3D projects as their concept artist. In his practice semester he worked as an intern at the animation and advertising company Psyop (New York).
Christoph Sarow
 
Theodore Ushev
Meet the Filmmakers: Short Film Competition 5
Sunday, September 29, 9:30 am - 11:00 am, Arts Court - Club SAW

Theodore Ushev was born in Kyustendil, Bulgaria, in 1968 and graduated from the National Academy of Fine Arts in Sofia. He first made a name for himself as a poster artist in his native country before settling in Montreal in 1999.

Ushev found fertile ground for developing his own original artistic style at the National Film Board of Canada./The Man Who Waited/and/Tzaritza/(2006) quickly earned the respect of audiences and peers, as did his acclaimed trilogy on the relationship between art and power:/Tower Bawher/(2006),/Drux Flux/(2008) and/Gloria Victoria/(2013).
With/Vertical/(2003),/Sou/(2004) and/Demoni/(2012), Ushev solidified his reputation as an inquisitive and daring artist by exploring new content-delivery platforms. His 16-time award winner/Lipsett Diaries(2010), narrated by Xavier Dolan, examined the pioneering work and tragic destiny of Canadian filmmaker Arthur Lipsett.

Ushev quickly followed with/Nightingale in December/(2011),/Joda/(2012) and/Third Page from the Sun/(2014), a scathing reflection on the future of books. In/BloodManifesto/(2014), a poetic and ferocious short which Ushev animated with his own blood, he ponders whether ideals are worth spilling blood for. His project,/Blind Vaysha/(2015), is a philosophical tale about the importance of living in the moment.
Theodore  Ushev