Speakers
Speakers

Špela Čadež
Director
Meet the Filmmakers: Short Film Competition 3
Saturday, September 24, 9:30 am - 10:30 am, Arts Court - Theatre

After graduating in Visual Communication Design (2002) in Ljubljana, she continued her studies at the Academy of Media Arts Cologne continued in the subject design. In Cologne she made the films "Zasukanec" and "Lovesick"; have been shown to which over one hundred festivals all over the world and has been awarded over 30 awards. Since 2008 Špela adež working in Slovenia as an animation film director and -produzentin.
Špela Čadež
 
Liza Astretsova
Meet the Filmmakers: Short Film Competition 4
Saturday, September 24, 11:00 am - 12:00 pm, Arts Court - Theatre

Liza Astretsova was born on 5.12.1989 in Moscow. Because of this date is birthday of Walt Disney, she decided to go to animation and no other way. Graduated Humanist Institute for Television and Radio Broadcasting, the Directing television and multimedia department. In 2013 entered the School-Studio of animation cinema “SHAR”, the animation film direction department.
Liza Astretsova
 
Katinka Baehr
Meet the Filmmakers: Short Film Competition 5
Sunday, September 25, 9:30 am - 10:30 am, Arts Court - Theatre
 
Alan Barillaro
Pixar Animation Studios
Take a Trip to the Beach with Pixar's Short “Piper”
Saturday, September 24, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm, Saint Brigid's Centre for the Arts

Alan Barillaro joined Pixar Animation Studios in January 1997. Barillaro has worked on almost every Pixar film as an animator, including “A Bug’s Life,” “Toy Story 2,” “Monsters, Inc.,” and the Academy Award®-winning features “Finding Nemo,” “The Incredibles,” “WALL•E” and “Brave.” On those last three features, Barillaro was given the role of supervising animator and was therefore responsible for overseeing the team of animators who worked to bring the characters in the films to life.

Following his work on “Brave,” Barillaro went to work with Pixar’s software development team to help craft an animation tool that would help provide additional creative flexibility to the studio’s filmmaking process. As a proof of concept, Barillaro created a short animation test about a small bird – a sandpiper – on a beach. This animation test soon grew into a full-fledged short film, named “Piper,” directed by Barillaro and to be released theatrically with “Finding Dory” in 2016.

Growing up outside of Toronto, Canada, Barillaro’s interest in animation began at a young age. He worked his way up through the ranks at various commercial houses during high school and continued his studies at Sheridan College for Animation.

Barillaro currently resides in Oakland, California with his family.
Alan Barillaro
 
Giannalberto Bendazzi
One on One with Giannalberto Bendazzi
Sunday, September 25, 11:00 am - 12:00 pm, Saint Brigid's Centre for the Arts
 
Michael Bohnenstingl
Studio Soi
Meet the Filmmakers: Short Film Competition 5
Sunday, September 25, 9:30 am - 10:30 am, Arts Court - Theatre

Michael Bohnenstingl is 23. He makes music with his friends, studies film in
Ludwigsburg and has a short biography.
Michael Bohnenstingl
 
Jeanette Bonds
GLAS Animation
Meet the Filmmakers: Short Film Competition 1
Thursday, September 22, 9:30 am - 10:30 am, Saint Brigid's Centre for the Arts

Jeanette Bonds is an animator residing in Los Angeles. She received her BFA and MFA from CalArts in Experimental Animation. In 2012, Jeanette co-curated Platform International Animation Festival at REDCAT and in 2013 was a lead programmer for Slamdance. Her films have been featured at Encounters Short Film and Animation Festival, London, Seoul, Holland, and Melbourne International Animation Festival, and in 2014 was nominated for an Annie Award. Her animated installations have been featured at galleries and museums across the globe. She continues to create short films from across the spectrum, including narrative, abstract, and installations.
Jeanette Bonds
 
Nicolas Brault
Director, Nicolas Brault Films
Meet the Filmmakers: Short Film Competition 4
Saturday, September 24, 11:00 am - 12:00 pm, Arts Court - Theatre

Nicolas Brault won the National Film Board of Canada’s Cinéaste recherché(e) contest in 2000. Since then, his films, exploring many forms and varied subjects, have earned him numerous awards in festivals. The Circus (2011) had him vying for the Best Animated Film at the 37th Cesar Awards ceremony. Since 2012, he has developed a series of non-narrative short films and immersive projections around the human body.
Nicolas Brault
 
Doreen Buksner
Senior Manager, Immigration Services, BDO Immigration Services
Leveraging International Talent to Fill Canadian Labour Shortages in Digital Media Occupations
Wednesday, September 21, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm, Château Laurier - Burgundy Room

As a global firm with offices in more than 150 countries, BDO’s immigration services are specialized, customized, and key to a solid corporate relocation program. We provide the experience and resources of an international firm, with the personal level of service and support of a boutique practice.
Doreen Buksner
 
Alvaro Ceppi
Creative Director, Zumbastico Studios
Meet the Filmmakers: Short Film Competition 5
Sunday, September 25, 9:30 am - 10:30 am, Arts Court - Theatre

Creative director, producer and partner of Zumbastico Studios (www.zumbastico.com). Among his work are the shows “Block!”, “Achu”, “Horacio & The Plasticines”, “Zumbastico Fantastico” (premiered by Cartoon Network Latin America) and "Paper Port" (co-produced with Gloob, Senal Colombia, Pakapaka and TVN, and distributed by Millimages). He has also directed and produced several short films, documentaries, music videos and commercials.
Alvaro Ceppi
 
Lillian Chan
Filmmaker
How to Make an Animated Feature (in Canada) in 3000 Easy Steps
Thursday, September 22, 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm, Saint Brigid's Centre for the Arts
 
Marissa Collyer
Head of Studio, 9 Story Media Group
Gettin' the Perfect Gig
Saturday, September 24, 10:00 am - 11:00 am, Saint Brigid's Centre for the Arts
 
Dave Cooper
Co-creator, Nickelodeon's PIG GOAT BANANA CRICKET
Meet the Filmmakers: Short Film Competition 1
Thursday, September 22, 9:30 am - 10:30 am, Saint Brigid's Centre for the Arts

Dave Cooper is the co-creator and co-executive producer of Nickelodeon’s forthcoming animated series, Pig Goat Banana Cricket, which features a series of absurd interwoven stories about four friends and roommates, Pig (the fool), Goat (the artist), Banana (the wise-guy) and Cricket (the brain).

Cooper was born in 1967 in a small fishing village in Nova Scotia, Canada. He is a self-taught artist, inspired by artistic mentors in his youth. He enjoyed a successful career in the American underground comic scene of the late 1990’s as the author/illustrator of various award-winning graphic novels and as a designer, producer, and creator in the field of animation.

In 2003, Cooper decided to focus his energies on oil painting. In the years since, his paintings have been exhibited at galleries in New York, Los Angeles and Paris. He released several books featuring his oil painting, some with introductions written by Hollywood celebrity collectors including actor David Cross, as well as filmmakers David Cronenberg, and the Oscar-nominated writer/director Guillermo del Toro (Pan’s Labyrinth).

The father of two lives in Ottawa, Canada.
Dave Cooper
 
Felipe Di Poi
Meet the Filmmakers: Short Film Competition 4
Saturday, September 24, 11:00 am - 12:00 pm, Arts Court - Theatre

Felipe Di Poi was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, but has lived in the United States since 2002. He currently attends the Rhode Island School of Design and Brown University, where he studies literature and animation, and pursues interests in film making, comedy, performance, and writing. His work is concerned with humor, identity, and literature.
Felipe Di Poi
 
Eoin Duffy
Eoin Duffy Animation
Meet the Filmmakers: Short Film Competition 3
Saturday, September 24, 9:30 am - 10:30 am, Arts Court - Theatre

Eoin Duffy is an Irish filmmaker living and working in Vancouver Canada. Eoin has created a body of independent work that has gone on to secure multiple accolades including a dozen major festival wins, 3 Oscar accredited festival wins, a nomination for the European Film Awards, an IFTA nomination and a shortlisting for the 86th Academy Awards. Eoin is currently working on a short film with the NFB.
Eoin Duffy
 
Ann Marie Fleming
amf productions/sleepy dog films
How to Make an Animated Feature (in Canada) in 3000 Easy Steps
Thursday, September 22, 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm, Saint Brigid's Centre for the Arts

Ann Marie Fleming is an award-winning Canadian independent filmmaker, writer and artist, born in Okinawa, of Chinese and Australian parentage. Her film work incorporates various techniques: animation, documentary, experimental, dramatic, and primarily deals with themes of family, history and memory, in a continuing media critique.

In 2010, Ann Marie did her first adaptation of someone else's work: an animated short based on the illustrated memoir by Bernice Eisenstein, "I Was A Child of Holocaust Survivors", with the Toronto and Montreal offices of the NFB. It was on the TIFF "Top Ten" list of films for 2010 and won best animated film at the Reel2Real Youth Film Festival and best short from the Women's International Film & Television Showcase.
Ann Marie Fleming
 
Michael Fukushima
Executive Producer-Animation Studio, National Film Board of Canada
How to Make an Animated Feature (in Canada) in 3000 Easy Steps
Thursday, September 22, 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm, Saint Brigid's Centre for the Arts

Michael Fukushima is executive producer of the National Film Board of Canada's world-renowned Animation Studio.
Michael Fukushima
 
Anna Ginsburg
Director + Animator, NA
Meet the Filmmakers: Short Film Competition 2
Friday, September 23, 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm, Saint Brigid's Centre for the Arts

Anna Ginsburg is a London-based director with a wide range of talents.
She graduated from Edinburgh College of Art with a 1st class BA (HONS) in
animation.There is a visceral hand-crafted quality which defines all her work
from stop-motion to traditional 2D and live action.

Anna's promo for Bombay Bicycle Club's 'How Can You Swallow So Much
Sleep?' won a Bafta for BEST NEW WORK at the 2012 AWARDS and has been
screened at an impressive list of festivals worldwide including Los Angeles,
Edinburgh, New York and Hong Kong. Her 2D hand-drawn short 'Living with
Depression' won the Depict! Award at Encounters 2012. She has since been
nominated for an MVA, a Knight of Illumination award and a royal television
society award.

Anna has worked with an impressive list of clients including John Lewis, Island
Records, Columbia Records, The Science Museum, Terry Gilliam, Christian
Aid, The Wellcome Trust, Reebok, The BFI, Domino Records, Burberry, Galaxy,
Sony, The NSPCC and recently completed an animated short film for Channel 4.
Anna Ginsburg
 
Ariel Goldberg
Recruiter, Nickelodeon
Gettin' the Perfect Gig
Saturday, September 24, 10:00 am - 11:00 am, Saint Brigid's Centre for the Arts

Ariel Goldberg oversees recruitment at the Nickelodeon Animation Studio, where he helps staff designers, storyboard artists, directors, production assistants, and script coordinators, among other positions. Through his recruiting efforts, Goldberg has helped Nickelodeon reach out to both fresh and seasoned entertainment professionals, and invite them into the studio to help create the funniest and most exciting content for kids.

Goldberg received his Master of Fine Arts in animation from UCLA’s School of Theater, Film, and Television. He began his recruitment path with Disney Interactive and has also worked as an independent animation director and freelance illustrator. Additionally, he has worked as a concept artist at Zynga, designing characters and costumes for the popular social games FarmVille and CastleVille.
Ariel Goldberg
 
Shoko Hara
Meet the Filmmakers: Short Film Competition 5
Sunday, September 25, 9:30 am - 10:30 am, Arts Court - Theatre

Shoko Hara was Born on June 28, 1988, in Okayama / Japan. She moved with her family to Germany at Lake of Constance when she was 10 years old. Directly after the graduation from high school she completed two internships in Photo-Design and Advertising Media. Then she obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Media Design at the Baden-Wuerttemberg Cooperative State University Ravensburg. With her graduation film „Abita“ she received nominations and awards. (e.g. Mr.I Development of Rising Artists Award, Okayama, Japan, Grand Prize.)

Additionally she is teaching Motion Graphics at the at the Baden-Wuerttemberg Cooperative State University Ravensburg and works as Motion Design and Animation Freelancer since 2015.
With her emphasis on analogue and experimental works, Shoko Hara studied Motion Design at the Filmakademie Baden-Wuerttemberg from 2012-2016.
Shoko Hara
 
Elizabeth Hobbs
Meet the Filmmakers: Short Film Competition 2
Friday, September 23, 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm, Saint Brigid's Centre for the Arts

Elizabeth Hobbs is an animator based in London, England and working under the name of Spellbound Animation. She trained as an illustrator at Edinburgh College of Art, and on graduating in 1991, began publishing small editions of her own artist’s books and prints. She began making films in 1998 while undertaking a postgraduate degree at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art in Dundee. Her short films have been screened internationally and won many awards. They include The Emperor (2001), The Witches (2002), The True Story of Sawney Beane (2005) and The Old, Old, Very Old Man (2007). Elizabeth also runs animation workshops in museums and galleries and lectures at Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge.
Elizabeth Hobbs
 
Moïa Jobin-Paré
Meet the Filmmakers: Short Film Competition 3
Saturday, September 24, 9:30 am - 10:30 am, Arts Court - Theatre

After studying film and music at Cégep de Saint-Laurent in Montreal, Moïa continues training in percussion and experimental audiovisual techniques. Co-founder and artistic director of the drum ensemble Kumpa’nia from 2002 to 2006, she performed as conductor and musician. Relocating to Quebec City in 2009, Moïa intensifies her work in painting and creates her first video projects. In 2013, she was a finalist at the ‘Art Works Contest’ in Quebec City and held her first public screening at Divan Orange (Montreal). Moïa has developed and honed techniques of scratching silver processed photographs, which she now exhibits and uses to create original short films.
Moïa Jobin-Paré
 
Sander Joon
Director, Estonian Academy of Arts
Meet the Filmmakers: Short Film Competition 5
Sunday, September 25, 9:30 am - 10:30 am, Arts Court - Theatre

Sander Joon is an animator and VJ artist who lives, studies and works in Tallinn. He’s got BA degree in animation at Estonian Academy of Arts. He concentrates on coherent design and uses animation to create surrealistic world spiced with humour.
Sander Joon
 
Gina Kamentsky
Meet the Filmmakers: Short Film Competition 4
Saturday, September 24, 11:00 am - 12:00 pm, Arts Court - Theatre
Meet the Filmmakers: Short Film Competition 5
Sunday, September 25, 9:30 am - 10:30 am, Arts Court - Theatre

Gina Kamentsky creates kinetic sculptures which exist in the somewhat chaotic and
messy real world and animated films for the screen where gravity is a bit less of a
concern. Her current artistic concern involves invoking the sweet spot where
representation and surface push and pull each other like a two-headed lama. She is
pursuing this by drawing and painting images directly on film stock, a technique, known
as Direct Animation.
Gina Kamentsky
 
Christy Karacas
Creator, Superjail! on Adult Swim
Chris & Christy Talk Nerdland, Not Chris Christie
Saturday, September 24, 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm, Saint Brigid's Centre for the Arts

Christy Karacas studied film/animation/video at the Rhode Island School of Design. His work has been featured in festivals and screenings around the world including the Annecy International Animated Film Festival, Ottawa International Animation Festival, P.S. 1 Contemporary Art Center, Deitch Projects, Galleri Loyal, Tribeca Film Festival, MTV’s ‘Cartoon Sushi’, Cartoon Network, Playboy and Vice Magazine. He co-created and directs ‘Superjail!’ on Adult Swim.
Christy Karacas
 
Brooke Keesling
Director, Animation Talent Development, Disney Television Animation
Gettin' the Perfect Gig
Saturday, September 24, 10:00 am - 11:00 am, Saint Brigid's Centre for the Arts

Brooke Keesling is the Director of Animation Talent Development at Disney Television Animation in Burbank, California. 
She works closely with the production of current series such as “Gravity Falls,” “Star and the Forces of Evil,” the “Mickey Mouse cartoon shorts,” “Wander Over Yonder,” “Sofia the First,” “Lion Guard,” “Tangled” and many others. Brooke also supports the development of original content.
Brooke Keesling
 
Katie Krentz
Senior Director, Comedy Animation, Cartoon Network
In Conversation with Julia Pott
Saturday, September 24, 11:30 am - 12:30 pm, Saint Brigid's Centre for the Arts

Katie Krentz is senior director of comedy animation for Cartoon Network. In this role, Krentz is responsible for developing and producing animated comedies for Cartoon Network. Her most recent projects include Steven Universe, Uncle Grandpa, Clarence, Over the Garden Wall, We Bare Bears and Long Live the
Royals, each developed from Cartoon Network Studios vibrant and prolific shorts program. She also takes pitches on animated projects for green light consideration.

Prior to joining Cartoon Network, Krentz was a development and production executive at Twentieth Century Fox Television where she oversaw the Inkubation Shorts Program. She also helped with the day to day on shows such as The Simpsons, Family Guy, Bob¹s Burgers, American Dad, King of the Hill, The Cleveland Show, Allen Gregory, and Napoleon Dynamite. Previously, Krentz worked in production on Family Guy.
Katie Krentz
 
Phil Lafrance
Director and Creative Partner, Jam Filled Entertainment
Gettin' the Perfect Gig
Saturday, September 24, 10:00 am - 11:00 am, Saint Brigid's Centre for the Arts

Phil Lafrance a director and co-founder of Jam Filled Entertainment Inc. Phil received his formal animation training at Algonquin College and has over 23 years of experience in the animation industry.
Phil Co-Directed “Camp Lakebottom” season 1 (currently airing on Teletoon and Disney XD.)
Phil also Co-created “Numb Chucks,” (currently airing on YTV and the Cartoon Network) and “Crash Canyon” which aired on Teletoon.
Phil Lafrance
 
Caroline Leaf
One on One with Caroline Leaf
Thursday, September 22, 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm, Saint Brigid's Centre for the Arts

Caroline Leaf has always been a pioneering filmmaker, whose oeuvre includes classics The Street, The Metamorphosis of Mr. Samsa and Two Sisters. Her films are renowned for their emotional content and graphic style, evolving from the innovative handcrafted animation techniques she invented: beach sand and painting on glass, and scratching in the emulsion of film stock.
Caroline Leaf
 
Gary Leib
Twinkle
Meet the Filmmakers: Short Film Competition 4
Saturday, September 24, 11:00 am - 12:00 pm, Arts Court - Theatre

Gary Leib is an animator and cartoonist working in New York. Gary has created comics and illustrations for The New Yorker, New York Observer, and Fantagraphics books. Marrying technology with artistry, he founded Twinkle animation studio in 1993 and has produced animation and titles for film, TV series, music videos, and websites. Twinkles’ clients include MTV, HBO, PBS, VH1, and many others. In 2003, Twinkle designed animation and graphics for the award-winning film American Splendor. Gary is a graduate of RISD and has taught in the graduate computer animation department at the School of Visual Arts. He is currently working on an original animated series, Concrete Jumble, for the New York Times Online. Leib’s Unnatural History of Wallstreet piece for that series won an ASIFA East award in 2009 for excellence in design. He lives in Manhattan with his wife, the painter Judy Glantzman, and their daughter Lila.
Gary Leib
 
Andy London
Meet the Filmmakers: Short Film Competition 5
Sunday, September 25, 9:30 am - 10:30 am, Arts Court - Theatre

Carolyn and Andy London are writers, directors, animators and co-founders of London Squared Productions. Since 1999, they’ve been creating films, music videos and animated content.

Award-winning films include “Subway Salvation” “The Backbrace” and “A Letter to Colleen” and have screened in hundreds of festivals including the Tribeca Film Festival, Annecy and the Ottawa International Animation Festival. In 2011, The London’s film, “The Lost Tribes of New York City” was featured in the MoMA show “Talk to Me”; an exhibition on the communication between people, technology and objects.

Their latest project is “Strong Island”, an animated web series based on material from Andy’s graphic novel, “Eager To Please”. The Londons reside in Long Island City, New York.
Andy London
 
Carolyn London
London Squared Productions
Chris & Christy Talk Nerdland, Not Chris Christie
Saturday, September 24, 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm, Saint Brigid's Centre for the Arts
Meet the Filmmakers: Short Film Competition 5
Sunday, September 25, 9:30 am - 10:30 am, Arts Court - Theatre

Carolyn and Andy London are writers, directors, animators and co-founders of London Squared Productions. Since 1999, they’ve been creating films, music videos and animated content.

Award-winning films include “Subway Salvation” “The Backbrace” and “A Letter to Colleen” and have screened in hundreds of festivals including the Tribeca Film Festival, Annecy and the Ottawa International Animation Festival. In 2011, The London’s film, “The Lost Tribes of New York City” was featured in the MoMA show “Talk to Me”; an exhibition on the communication between people, technology and objects.

Their latest project is “Strong Island”, an animated web series based on material from Andy’s graphic novel, “Eager To Please”. The Londons reside in Long Island City, New York.
Carolyn London
 
Sean Lurie
Vice President of Development, Walt Disney Animation Studios
Walt Disney Animation Studios Presents: The Making of "Inner Workings"
Friday, September 23, 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm, ByTowne Cinema
Saturday, September 24, 5:15 pm - 6:00 pm, Saint Brigid's Centre for the Arts

Sean Lurie joined Disney ten years ago as a producer at Disneytoon Studios. He produced “Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure” before being promoted to vice president of production in 2010, where he oversaw production of films in both the “Planes” and “Tinker Bell” franchises. Lurie transferred to Walt Disney Animation Studios in 2014 as vice president of development. He served in studio leadership for 2014’s Oscar-winning feature “Big Hero 6,” as well as this year’s hit “Zootopia” and the upcoming “Moana.” Prior to coming to Disney, Lurie served as producer/line producer for Klasky Csupo, an animation production company that made movies for Nickelodeon Movies and Paramount Pictures. His introduction to the animation industry was as a background painter on a series called “Attack of the Killer Tomatoes” in 1990.
Sean Lurie
 
Marta Magnuska
Lodz Film School
Meet the Filmmakers: Short Film Competition 4
Saturday, September 24, 11:00 am - 12:00 pm, Arts Court - Theatre

Lives and studies in Aódz. Animator, director, illustrator. Graduated from the Faculty of Graphics and Painting at the Academy of Fine Arts in Aódz, the diploma in editorial design and illustration. Participated in the student exchange programs with Universidade de Belas-Artes in Lisbon and Animationinstitut Filmakademie Baden-Wurttemberg in Ludwigsburg.
Marta Magnuska
 
Leo Matsuda
Story Artist, Walt Disney Animation Studios
Walt Disney Animation Studios Presents: The Making of "Inner Workings"
Friday, September 23, 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm, ByTowne Cinema
Saturday, September 24, 5:15 pm - 6:00 pm, Saint Brigid's Centre for the Arts

Leo Matsuda joined Walt Disney Animation Studios in 2008 as an apprentice in the story department. He worked as a story artist on WDAS’ most recent feature film, “Zootopia,” as well as 2014’s Oscar-winning film “Big Hero 6.” Matsuda was nominated for an Annie Award for Outstanding Achievement, Storyboarding in an Animated Feature Production for his work on 2012’s Oscar-nominated “Wreck-It Ralph.” Prior to joining WDAS, Matsuda worked in the character layout department on “The Simpson’s Movie” at 20th Century Fox. He was a junior story artist for “Rio” at BlueSky Studios, and was a story intern at Pixar Animation Studios. He attended CalArts, majoring in character animation.
Leo Matsuda
 
Donald McWilliams
Film Director, Scrap Film
One on One with Caroline Leaf
Thursday, September 22, 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm, Saint Brigid's Centre for the Arts

English-born Donald McWilliams began film and video making in 1971 in Ontario and by 1981, he was asked by world-renowned animator and filmmaker Norman McLaren to assist him on "Narcissus." Among numerous awards over the years, McWilliams was nominated for an Oscar® in 1999 as producer and editor of "Sunrise over Tiananmen Square." Currently, McWilliams is working on his most personal film yet, "The Sacred Fig Tree," while teaching at the university college in Volda, Norway.
Donald McWilliams
 
Agata Mianowska
Meet the Filmmakers: Short Film Competition 2
Friday, September 23, 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm, Saint Brigid's Centre for the Arts

Agata Mianowska was born in 1992 in Warsaw, graduated High School of Fine Arts in Warsaw in 2012, now attending to Lodz Film School.
Agata Mianowska
 
Jonathan Ng
Director, Animator. Designer
From Pencils to Power Moves and Turntables to Tablets
Saturday, September 24, 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm, Saint Brigid's Centre for the Arts

Jonathan Ng, a.k.a. JonJon is an award winning, multi-disciplinary animation filmmaker whose unique set of hand-made styles focus on merging themes of action, experience and fantasy. His last film Requiem for Romance, a water ink slice of life, has toured festivals around the world, winning Best Art Direction at Anima Mundi in Brazil before being badged by Vimeo Staff Picks and being presented to the major studios in California as part of the Animation Show of Shows. Having worked in the animation industry since 2004, his feature animation credits include The Little Prince, April and the Extraordinary World, and The Day of the Crows. Jonathan is best known for one of his earliest films, Asthma Tech, produced at the National Film Board of Canada, a semi-autobiographical tale which was rendered in his original style of youthful flare. His work continued to evolve into Floor Kids which started out as a series of short animated b-boy battles in co-creation with Kid Koala. Floor Kids is now being produced as a touch screen tablet game under MERJ. As VP Creative of the company, JonJon drives the art, visual design, storytelling, animation, choreographic graphics, and guiding the art pipeline.
Jonathan Ng
 
Diane Obomsawin
Meet the Filmmakers: Short Film Competition 1
Thursday, September 22, 9:30 am - 10:30 am, Saint Brigid's Centre for the Arts

Originally Abenaki , Diane Obomsawin was born in Montreal in 1959. She spent twenty years in France, where she began a career as a graphic designer . Back in Quebec in 1983, she turned to the illustration , the cartoon and painting , and studied animation at the Concordia University .
Diane Obomsawin
 
Ryo Orikasa
Meet the Filmmakers: Short Film Competition 1
Thursday, September 22, 9:30 am - 10:30 am, Saint Brigid's Centre for the Arts

Animator Ryo Orikasa was born in Ibaraki, Japan, 1986. Lives and works in Montreal. Graduated from Ibaraki University, College of Education, in 2009. Graduated from Tokyo University of the Arts, Graduate school of Film and New Media, Department of Animation, in 2011. Awarded the Fellowship of Overseas Study Program for Artists by the Agency for Cultural Affairs, Japanese Government, 2015.
Ryo Orikasa
 
Marta Pajek
Meet the Filmmakers: Short Film Competition 5
Sunday, September 25, 9:30 am - 10:30 am, Arts Court - Theatre

Marta Pajek was born in 1982 in Kielce/Poland. She graduated from Academy of Fine Arts in Krakow, where she specialized in animated film in the class of Jerzy Kucia. As part of an exchange programme she studied in Turku Arts Academy in the class of Priit Pärn. Author of the animated shorts – After Apples, Nextdoor and Sleepincord. She lives and works in Krakow.
Marta Pajek
 
Janet Perlman
Animation Director/Author, Hulascope Studio
How to Make an Animated Feature (in Canada) in 3000 Easy Steps
Thursday, September 22, 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm, Saint Brigid's Centre for the Arts
Meet the Filmmakers: Short Film Competition 3
Saturday, September 24, 9:30 am - 10:30 am, Arts Court - Theatre

Janet Perlman is an animation writer and director based in Montréal. She has worked for the National Film Board of Canada, her own production company, Hulascope Studio, and with commercial studios including Acme Filmworks. Her work has received dozens of international awards, including an Oscar® nomination, an Emmy®, a Pulcinella for best TV film at Cartoons on the Bay, and some festival grand prizes. Her latest film is "Monsieur Pug", which was made in the French Animation Studio of the National Film Board of Canada. She is the creator of this year's signal film for the Ottawa Animation Festival.

Perlman has given numerous workshops in animation, and has taught animation at Harvard, the Rhode Island School of Design, and Concordia.

She is also an author and illustrator of four children's books, including Cinderella Penguin, and The Delicious Bug, which were based on her films.
Janet Perlman
 
Veljko Popovic
Meet the Filmmakers: Short Film Competition 5
Sunday, September 25, 9:30 am - 10:30 am, Arts Court - Theatre
 
Julia Pott
Animation Director
In Conversation with Julia Pott
Saturday, September 24, 11:30 am - 12:30 pm, Saint Brigid's Centre for the Arts

Julia Pott graduated from an MA in Animation from the Royal College of Art in 2011. Her animations have screened at festivals worldwide including Sundance, SXSW and Annecy. She was named one of the 25 New Faces of Film by Filmmaker Magazine and an Indie Film Breakout by Indiewire. She is currently a staff writer for Adventure Time and is heavily into Gilmore Girls.
Julia Pott
 
Jean-François Pouliot
Meet the Filmmakers: Short Film Competition 2
Friday, September 23, 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm, Saint Brigid's Centre for the Arts

He was born in Montreal and studied at Concordia University. He worked as an assistant cameraman, while also writing and directing short animated films for the National Film Board. In 1982, Pouliot joined the advertising firm Cossette Communication Marketing, where he twice won the Grand prix du Mondial de publicité francophone, a French language advertising award. In 1988, he began directing television ads. Pouliot directed a number of episodes of the CBC television series Emily of New Moon. His films have included Seducing Dr. Lewis, Guide de la petite vengeance, Glimpses/Impressions,[1] Dr. Cabbie and Snowtime! (La Guerre des tuques 3D).
 
Chris Prynoski
President, Titmouse Inc
Chris & Christy Talk Nerdland, Not Chris Christie
Saturday, September 24, 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm, Saint Brigid's Centre for the Arts

Prynoski has had a long and distinguished career in animation. He began on shows such as Beavis and Butthead, The Head and Daria for MTV in the early 90s, then expanded into features, directing the hallucination sequence in Beavis and Butthead Do America. MTV Downtown earned him an Emmy nomination for his role as Creative Producer. In 2004, Prynoski founded an animation studio of his own, Titmouse, Inc, where he has continued his string of hits with projects like Metalocalypse, G.I. Joe, Freaknik: The Musical, China, IL, Black Dynamite, Superjail!, The Venture Bros., and Randy Cunningham: 9th Grade Ninja. Most recently, he created Motorcity.
Chris Prynoski
 
Anselm Pyta
Meet the Filmmakers: Short Film Competition 3
Saturday, September 24, 9:30 am - 10:30 am, Arts Court - Theatre

Anselm Pyta fell out of a body screaming in 1990.
Anselm Pyta
 
Pedro Rivero
Meet the Filmmakers: Short Film Competition 4
Saturday, September 24, 11:00 am - 12:00 pm, Arts Court - Theatre
 
Chris Robinson
Artistic Director, Ottawa International Animation Festival
One on One with Giannalberto Bendazzi
Sunday, September 25, 11:00 am - 12:00 pm, Saint Brigid's Centre for the Arts

Artistic director and curator of the Ottawa International Animation Festival (Canada), he is also a writer and a historian, and received in 2004 an award given by ASIFA - East Animation Festival for his contribution to promote the independent animation cinema. Screenwriter of the acclaimed animation documentary “Lipsett Diaries” (Director: Theodore Ushev, 2010), Robinson started working with animation films in the beginning of the 1990’s, when he was still a student at Carleton University. Currently, he is working on the graphic novel “My Balls are Killing Me”. Between 2003 and 2011, Robinson published thirteen books that talk about diverse subjects, from seventh art and sports to personal experiences. It is worth highlighting his publications about characters of the history of the animation cinema from Estonia, Canada and Japan.

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Chris Robinson is a writer, editor and artistic director of the Ottawa International Animation Festival (OIAF). Chris also serves as contributing editor to Animation World Network and editor-in-chief of the ASIFA Magazine. He also wrote the screenplay for the award-winning animated documentary Lipsett Diaries, directed by Theodore Ushev.

As an author, program planner and historian, his contribution to the promotion of independent animated film earned him the 2004 President's Award given by ASIFA-east, the New York chapter of the International Animated Film Association. His style is lively and direct. He is quick to speak out vigorously on various platforms and is famous for his outbursts and aversion to empty rhetoric. Robinson authors a column entitled The Animation Pimp and hosts The Animation Pimpcast, a monthly interview podcast.

Robinson has also written on music, film, literature and sports for various international publications including Sight and Sound, Salon.com, Stop Smiling, Ottawa Magazine, and the Ottawa Citizen.

Robinson has also written thirteen books including: the acclaimed Stole This From a Hockey Card (2005), Ballad of a Thin Man: In Search of Ryan Larkin (2008), Unsung Heroes of Animation, Animators Unearthed, Estonian Animation: Beyond Genius and Utter Illiteracy and Japanese Animation: Time Out of Mind (2010). He is currently working on My Balls are Killing Me, a graphic novel about his experiences with cancer.
Chris Robinson
 
Philippe Rostaing
Game Designer, Ludophil.com
From Pencils to Power Moves and Turntables to Tablets
Saturday, September 24, 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm, Saint Brigid's Centre for the Arts

Philippe Rostaing is a multitalented game and interactive media designer based out of Montréal, Canada. Emerging from the independant short film scene in Ottawa, Philippe quickly established himself as a creative force in the industry by being able to comfortably navigate the worlds of both traditional and interactive media. His design career began with the interactive webseries Zieuter.tv, which went on to win multiple awards both locally and internationally. Following a stint as Quality Assurance team leader on AAA titles and two years as a game designer on the popular kids’ game Woozworld, Philippe joined the freelance world and contributed his unique skills to a wide variety of projects. His recent credits include the award-winning children’s tooth brushing game Toothsavers, the official game of the popular Québec tv series Yamaska, and Aquaverse an educational game used to teach the science curriculum to grade 1 and 2 children in classrooms across Ontario. Philippe’s latest projects include serving as game designer on Floor Kids, an upcoming break dance game for mobile platforms produced with animator JonJon and musician Kid Koala.
Philippe Rostaing
 
Taymaz Saba
Composer, 'Window Horses'
How to Make an Animated Feature (in Canada) in 3000 Easy Steps
Thursday, September 22, 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm, Saint Brigid's Centre for the Arts

Composer, conductor, and sound designer Taymaz Saba is inspired by the sounds of the nature and also classical composers Vivaldi, Beethoven, Bach, and film composers such as Nino Rota, Henry Mancini, Bernard Hermann and Ennio Morricone.

Taymaz was born in Tehran and raised in an artistic family. He studied composition, conducting, and classical singing in France, England and Canada.

Travel to locations such as India to explore sound and music allowed him to experience Eastern musical pronunciation and texture first hand. He also has studied and worked in African and Brazilian music traditions. While composing for film and television, he has written many choral pieces for church choirs and independent ensembles. Meanwhile he has also continued working in sound design and foley.
Taymaz Saba
 
Gerben Schermer
director, Holland Animation Film Festival
Meet the Filmmakers: Short Film Competition 4
Saturday, September 24, 11:00 am - 12:00 pm, Arts Court - Theatre
 
Sabrina Schmid
Senior Lecturer in Animation, Institute of design, Culture and the Arts (Teesside University, UK)
Meet the Filmmakers: Short Film Competition 3
Saturday, September 24, 9:30 am - 10:30 am, Arts Court - Theatre

Animation filmmaker and Senior Lecturer in Animation, practice-based researcher
Sabrina Schmid
 
Georges Schwizgebel
Director, Studio GDS, Schwizgebel
Meet the Filmmakers: Short Film Competition 1
Thursday, September 22, 9:30 am - 10:30 am, Saint Brigid's Centre for the Arts

Born in Reconvilier, Switzerland, Georges Schwizgebel is among the biggest names in contemporary animation. This well-rounded author of 14 short films has seen his work pick up prizes at Cannes, Annecy, Zagreb, Hiroshima, Stuttgart, Ottawa and Espinho. Two of his films ("78 R.P.M." and "The Ride to the Abyss") rank among the Festival d’Annecy's hundred most influential animated films. Though he first used rotoscoping, Schwizgebel later traded in this tool for a freer approach marked by the gestural application of colour and the frequent use of geometric shapes .
Georges Schwizgebel
 
Nate Sherman
Meet the Filmmakers: Short Film Competition 3
Saturday, September 24, 9:30 am - 10:30 am, Arts Court - Theatre

Nate Sherman writes and produces for film and advertising. Nick Vokey is a cartoonist and art director. Sixteen years ago they watched Mission to Mars together in theaters.
Nate Sherman
 
Azarin Sohrabkhani
Director, Industry Programming & Development, Ottawa International Animation Festival
Gettin' the Perfect Gig
Saturday, September 24, 10:00 am - 11:00 am, Saint Brigid's Centre for the Arts

Azarin first started at the Ottawa International Animation Festival (OIAF) as an intern, moving her way through various positions, including sponsorship and talent development programming. Switching her focus to The Animation Conference in 2006, Azarin now programs and manages all logistics for the industry event, as well as other non-screening programs at the OIAF, including Professional Development day. Recently, she has taken the lead on all corporate partnerships and development strategies.

Azarin sits on the Advisory Board of Algonquin College’s Animation Program and is the Managing Director of Ottawa’s underground music festival, Ottawa Explosion Weekend. She was an Associate Producer on 'The Ultimate Fighter Nations: Canada vs. Australia,' which aired on Fox Sports 1, FX Australia, TVA Sports and Sportsnet 360.
Azarin Sohrabkhani
 
Rune Spaans
c/o Toredenfilm AS
Meet the Filmmakers: Short Film Competition 1
Thursday, September 22, 9:30 am - 10:30 am, Saint Brigid's Centre for the Arts

Norwegian director and designer Rune Spaans (b. 1974) have had over 20 years of experience in design, animation and visual effects. He has contributed animation and VFX to films such as Monster Thursday (2004) and Trollhunter (2010), and directed several award winning commercials. In 2015 he directed his children’s feature film Two Buddies and a Badger (Knutsen & Ludvigsen og den fæle Rasputin). The Absence of Eddy Table is his first short film.
Rune Spaans
 
Theodore Ushev
Mtd:films
Meet the Filmmakers: Short Film Competition 3
Saturday, September 24, 9:30 am - 10:30 am, Arts Court - Theatre

Theodore Ushev was born in Kyustendil, Bulgaria and graduated from the National Academy of Fine Arts in Sofia. He first made a name as a poster designer in Bulgaria, before moving to Montreal in 1999. There he quickly gained a reputation as a prolific and gifted animation filmmaker, with films such as Vertical (2003), The Man Who Waited (2006), Tower Bawher (2006) and Drux Flux(2007). In 2010, from a script by Chris Robinson, he completed a short animated documentary about Arthur Lipsett, entitled Lipsett Diaries.
Theodore Ushev
 
Naomi van Niekerk
Meet the Filmmakers: Short Film Competition 4
Saturday, September 24, 11:00 am - 12:00 pm, Arts Court - Theatre

Naomi van Niekerk is a multi-media artist and works in puppeteering,
illustration, animation and performance. She studied Dramatic Arts in
Johannesburg and then completed a 3 year diploma in puppeteering in
France at the École Nationale Supérieure des Arts de la Marionnette. She
now applies her training as a performer/puppeteer in her multi-media
performances as well as in her stopmotion animation films created with
sand on a light box. She is currently living and working in Johannesburg,
South Africa.
Naomi van Niekerk
 
Alberto Vázquez
Meet the Filmmakers: Short Film Competition 4
Saturday, September 24, 11:00 am - 12:00 pm, Arts Court - Theatre
 
Stefanie Visjager
Independent Producer, Radiomakers Desmet
Meet the Filmmakers: Short Film Competition 5
Sunday, September 25, 9:30 am - 10:30 am, Arts Court - Theatre

Stefanie Visjager (1968) works as an independent radio producer. In 2003 she was one of the founders of Radiomakers Desmet, a production house for radio in the Netherlands. Recently she initiated and produced 1Minutes Nature, a series of animated documentaries. Her work was internationally awarded with the Prix Europa, and with several Dutch prizes.
Stefanie Visjager
 
Simon Wilches-Castro
Master in Animation , Titmouse INC
Meet the Filmmakers: Short Film Competition 5
Sunday, September 25, 9:30 am - 10:30 am, Arts Court - Theatre

Colombian animator born in the town of Popayan. He Studied Visual Arts in Bogota and Animation in Cuba.
Simon Has been creating experimental animation and political satire for almost 10 years. He’s the creator of projects in Colombia like Parodiario.tv and cocreator of “The Little Tyrant” webseries. His film Semaforo has screened in festivals around the world.
He was awarded the FULBRIGHT Fellowship for artists on 2010 and is currently pursuing an MFA at the John C. Hench Division of Animation and Digital Arts at USC, where he is also Teaching assistant.
Simon Wilches-Castro
 
Masashi Yamamoto
Rhode Island School of Design
Meet the Filmmakers: Short Film Competition 1
Thursday, September 22, 9:30 am - 10:30 am, Saint Brigid's Centre for the Arts

MASASHI creates films that portray his innate and alternate personalities. His work stretches between craziness, eccentricity and seriousness. Thematically, his films explore the feeling of LOVE. He wants to reveal his heart eagerly through his films. His favorite animation is Disney’s Tarzan.
Masashi Yamamoto