Speakers
Speakers

Will Anderson
Director, wanderson.co.uk
Meet the Filmmakers: Short Film Competition 3
Saturday, September 28, 9:30 am - 11:00 am, Arts Court - Club SAW

Will Anderson is a BAFTA winning Writer/Director/Animator from the Scottish Highlands. Will’s first short film ‘The Making of Longbird’ has numerous awards internationally at film festivals, including the Short Grand Prix at Warsaw Film Festival, Best Graduation Film at Annecy International Animated film festival, Best British Short film/Mclaren Award at this years Edinburgh International Film Festival, Best Scottish Short Film Award at Glasgow Film Festival 2012, and the national Royal Television Society Student Award for Undergraduate Animation. Will works as a freelance Director and Animator working on film and television productions.
Will Anderson
 
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
 
Eric Bauza
Voice Actor, Warner Bros Animation
Looney Tunes Cartoons: Behind the Scenes
Saturday, September 28, 3:30 pm - 4:40 pm, NAC - Canada Room
 
Michael Bohnenstingl
Studio Soi
Meet the Filmmakers: Short Film Competition 1
Thursday, September 26, 9:30 am - 11:00 am, Arts Court - Club SAW

Michael Bohnenstingl is 23. He makes music with his friends, studies film in
Ludwigsburg and has a short biography.
Michael Bohnenstingl
 
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
 
Kelsey Boncato
VR Filmmaker Talk - Forest
Saturday, September 28, 10:40 am - 11:00 am, NAC - Theatre

Kelsey Boncato is an artist based in Los Angeles who works in drawing, printmaking, animation, and video. Her interests are rooted to perception, time, nature, music, and the body in space.
Kelsey Boncato
 
Pete Browngardt
Director, Looney Tunes Cartoons, Warner Bros Animation
Looney Tunes Cartoons: Behind the Scenes
Saturday, September 28, 3:30 pm - 4:40 pm, NAC - Canada Room

Pete Browngardt serves as executive producer on the upcoming Looney Tunes Cartoons. Browngardt was the creator and executive producer of the Emmy® Award winning series Uncle Grandpa as well as creator of the Annecy & Emmy® Award winning series Secret Mountain Fort Awesome. Previous credits also include work on a number of Cartoon Network shows including Chowder, The Marvelous Midadventures of Flapjack and Adventure Time. Browngardt studied character animation at CalArts and began working professionally on Futurama at age 19, followed by Industrial Light & Magic and MTV Animation.
Pete Browngardt
 
Sean Buckelew
Meet the Filmmakers: Short Film Competition 1
Thursday, September 26, 9:30 am - 11:00 am, Arts Court - Club SAW

Sean Buckelew is an award-winning animator and director based in Los Angeles. He received his MFA from the California Institute of the Arts in Experimental Animation and a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and in 2019 was the recipient of the Guggenheim Fellowship. His personal works have been featured at many prestigious festivals including Slamdance Film Festival, Ottawa International Animation Festival, Palm Springs International ShortFest, and Raindance Film Festival. Sean has worked professionally with clients including MTV, The Queen’s Commonwealth Trust, Adult Swim and the Disney Channel. He also worked on the Emmy and Annie award-winning animated sequences in the Davis Guggenheim documentary "He Named Me Malala", the Derek Doneen documentary “Kailash”, which recently won the top documentary award at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival and Chris Sullivan’s award-winning animated feature “Consuming Spirits.” In addition, Sean has given numerous talks and workshops and is a member of the international animation collective Late Night Work Club. He is president of the board of directors and head programmer at the GLAS Animation Festival, held annually in Berkeley, CA.
Sean Buckelew
 
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
 
Matthew A. Cherry
Director, Hair Love
The Making of Hair Love
Saturday, September 28, 5:00 pm - 6:10 pm, NAC - Canada Room

Chicago native Matthew A. Cherry is a former NFL wide receiver turned filmmaker who played for the Jacksonville Jaguars, Cincinnati Bengals, Carolina Panthers and the Baltimore Ravens.

In 2007 he retired and moved to LA to pursue a career in entertainment landing work as a production assistant on over 40 commercials and as a director for over 20 music videos. Matthew received his first credit in 2008 when directed a music video for R&B artist Terry Dexter.

Since then he has gone on to direct music videos for Michelle Williams featuring Beyonce & Kelly Rowland, Tweet, Jazmine Sullivan, Lalah Hathaway, Kindred The Family Soul, Snoop Dogg, The Foreign Exchange, Bilal, N'Dambi, Maysa Leak, Dwele, Najee, K’Jon and Chloe X Halle.

In addition to directing music videos Matthew directed the short film entitled This Time starring Reagan Gomez-Preston & Terri J. Vaughn and recently released a new short film entitled Forward which premiered on Ebony.com. Matthew also writes & directs web series like the award winning series "Almost 30" and "Almost Home".

Matthew is also a feature filmmaker and first feature film The Last Fall starred Lance Gross, Nicole Beharie, Vanessa Bell Calloway Keith David, Harry Lennix and Darrin Dewitt Henson. The Last Fall made its world premiere at SXSW Film Festival and received awards at the African American Film Festival (ABFF) for Best Screenplay and Martha’s Vineyard African American Film Festival (MVAFF) for the HBO Best Feature Film Award. After a limited theatrical release The Last Fall was acquired by Image Entertainment in Fall 2012 and made its television premiere on BET in December 2012 and is currently streaming on Netflix Hulu.

Matthew's latest feature film 9 Rides premiered at SXSW 2016 in the Narrative Spotlight category and stars Dorian Missick, Omar Dorsey, Robinne Lee, Xosha Roquemore, Amin Joseph, Skye P. Marshall, Thomas Q. Jones & Tracie Thoms and is about a Uber driver who gets life changing news on New Years Eve. It was shot on the iPhone 6s.

Most recently Matthew directed upcoming episodes of the TBS series ‘The Last OG’ with Tracy Morgan and Tiffany Haddish, the CBS drama event series ‘The Red Line’ executive produced by Ava Duvernay & Greg Berlanti and the hit new ABC action comedy series ‘Whiskey’ Cavalier which stars Scott Foley & Laura Cohan. Matthew was also an executive producer on the Academy Award nominated film BlackKklansman from Spike Lee and is a Co-Producer on the TBS series The Last OG.

His current project is titled "Hair Love" and it is an animated short film about an African American father trying to do his daughters hair for the first time and he recently partnered with Sony Pictures Animation on the project.

Matthew works at Jordan Peele's production Company Monkeypaw (Us, Get Out, Twilight Zone) as a film and television executive.

Matthew is represented in all areas at ICM Partners as a writer/director.
Matthew A. Cherry
 
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’s most recent work, Shannon Amen (produced by the National Film Board of Canada) is premiering at OIAF. This loving elegy to his late friend Shannon Jamieson combines 2d animation with icemation - stop motion animation using large scale ice sculptures. In 2006, Chris co-founded Dainty Productions, Inc., a 2d animation studio for film, TV, mobile, console and interactive experiences.
Chris Dainty
 
Mary Ellis
Creative Director, Masterpiece VR
Two Sight Studio Demos
Saturday, September 28, 11:40 am - 12:00 pm, NAC - Salon
Saturday, September 28, 1:40 pm - 2:00 pm, NAC - Salon
Saturday, September 28, 3:10 pm - 3:30 pm, NAC - Salon

Mary is Creative Director at MasterpieceVR & a professor of Concept Art Foundations at Algonquin College.
Mary Ellis
 
Jeanette Fantone
Animator
Meet the Filmmakers: Short Film Competition 3
Saturday, September 28, 9:30 am - 11:00 am, Arts Court - Club SAW

Jeanette Fantone is a budding filmmaker, whose work has largely developed from an interest in storytelling through abstract sonic visualization. Originally from the serene, beachy location of Santa Barbara County, they’ve now settled into Santa Clarita to pursue an Experimental Animation BFA at CalArts. Jeanette endeavors to create work that embraces personal vulnerability in its most immediate, raw, and honest forms. Accompanied by a modest love for music production, they also generate film scores and soundtracks by their own intuition, in turn allowing for an exciting exploration of audiovisual artmaking and aesthetics.
Jeanette Fantone
 
Michael Frei
Michael Frei, Animation
Meet the Filmmakers: Short Film Competition 1
Thursday, September 26, 9:30 am - 11:00 am, Arts Court - Club SAW

Born in 1987 in Appenzell, Switzerland. 2002-06 Apprenticeship as draftsman. 2008-12 attends HSLU (Hochschule Luzern, Design & Kunst), animation department. 2010-11 Exchange year at the Estonian Academy of Art in Tallinn. Now working on secret stuff.
Michael Frei
 
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
 
Sophie Gate
Animation Director
Meet the Filmmakers: Short Film Competition 1
Thursday, September 26, 9:30 am - 11:00 am, Arts Court - Club SAW

Sophie Koko Gate is from Somerset in England, she has watched many animals give birth and also get killed. She has neither killed nor given birth herself. She studied animation at the Royal College of Art in London, where she graduated with her film ‘Half Wet.’ (2014). Half Wet screened in festivals worldwide including SXSW, BFI, AFI and the Tate Modern. She then worked commercially for 4 years keeping afloat in London and Berlin. She received a grant of £7000 from the BFI in 2018 which allowed her to realise her film ‘Slug Life’. This film is now going round festivals and has won a prize at SXSW and GLAS. She is continuing her vision with the making of more films, funded by her commercial work which rips her soul apart from time to time. She loves animation.
Sophie Gate
 
Mathieu Georis
Meet the Filmmakers: Short Film Competition 1
Thursday, September 26, 9:30 am - 11:00 am, Arts Court - Club SAW

Mathieu Georis joins La Cambre in 2015.
In 2017 he made an animated adaptation of "Die Bremer Stadtmusikanten", a Grimm Brothers Grimm tale.
In 2018 he directed "Alfred Fauchet".
Mathieu Georis
 
Hiram Gifford
Compositing Supervisor, Guru Studio
From Installation Pop Art to the Screen:
Saturday, September 28, 12:30 pm - 1:40 pm, NAC - Canada Room

I’m a Canadian born animator who primarily specializes in motion graphics and compositing. I’ve had a deep passion for all things animation since I was very young. This inspired me to pursue a career in animation and I've been constantly looking to improve my skills and expand my knowledge ever since. I have no problem with tight deadlines and tough projects in fact I look forward to them but most of all I’m in this business to have fun and create with like minded individuals who love their job as much as I do.
 
Eléa Gobbé-Mévellec
Meet the Filmmakers: Short Film Competition 1
Thursday, September 26, 9:30 am - 11:00 am, Arts Court - Club SAW

After graduating in Applied Arts, Eléa Gobbé-Mévellec joined the Ecole des Gobelins in 2003. Her
first two short films, MADAME (made during her studies in 2006 ) and ESCALE (2010) were selected
at the Annecy.

In addition to her work as a graphic designer on television sets and advertising for luxury brands, she
also worked as an animator on short films like BANG BANG! by Julien Bisaro, nominated at the 2015
César Awards for the best animated film, and SMART MONKEY by Vincent Paronnaud (Winshluss)
and Nicolas Pawlowski. Eléa Gobbé-Mévellec continued her career as a character animator for
feature films such as ERNEST AND CÉLESTINE, THE RABBI’S CAT, THE DAY OF THE CROWS
and APRIL AND THE EXTRAORDINARY WORLD. In 2016, she collaborated as a cartoonist on the
animated series ‘Lastman’, an adaptation of the comic strip created by Bastien Vivès, Balak and
Michaël Sanlaville. THE SWALLOWS OF KABUL is her first feature film as Director.
Eléa Gobbé-Mévellec
 
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
 
Ainslie Henderson
Ains, none
Meet the Filmmakers: Short Film Competition 3
Saturday, September 28, 9:30 am - 11:00 am, Arts Court - Club SAW

Ainslie Henderson is a BAFTA winning Writer/Director, and picked up the BAFTA New Talent Award in 2012 for his short film 'It's About Spending Time Together'. His film “I Am Tom Moody” is currently touring international film festivals and has won Best British short at Encounters film festival in Bristol, Best student film at Krok in Russia, Disney best student film at Ottawa International Animation Festival, the Special Jury Award at Annecy 2013 and the Animation category of the Adobe Design Achievement Awards. He has also picked up grand prizes at New York International Children’s Film Festival, Slamdance, and received a Cartoon D’or nomination in 2013.
Ainslie Henderson
 
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
 
kenji iwaisawa
Meet the Filmmakers: Short Film Competition 2
Friday, September 27, 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm, Arts Court - Club SAW

Born in 1981 in Tokyo. After graduation from high school studied with director Teruo Ishii starting from feature film production then moving on to animation. First animated work “Fukuraicho man in the tunnel maze” was completed in 2008. Continued working on focus on short animation films and an independent animation feature film “ON-GAKU Our Sound” since 2012.
kenji iwaisawa
 
Amir B Jahanbin
Meet the Filmmakers: Short Film Competition 4
Saturday, September 28, 11:00 am - 12:30 pm, Arts Court - Club SAW

Hello! My name is Amir. I’m an artist and technologist currently living in Brooklyn NY. I use 3D animation, interactive, robotic, and musical tools. My practice revolves around desktopisms – work made originally through a rigid industrial scale, now usable in an informal setting for a loose and playful feel.

born: United Kingdom 1992
education: Carnegie Mellon University 2015
location: Brooklyn, NY
Amir B Jahanbin
 
Moïa Jobin-Paré
Director, animator, editor
Meet the Filmmakers: Short Film Competition 3
Saturday, September 28, 9:30 am - 11:00 am, Arts Court - Club SAW

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
 
Joe Johnston
Co-Executive Producer, Steven Universe, Cartoon Network
Steven Universe the Movie: Discussion with Rebecca Sugar
Saturday, September 28, 2:00 pm - 3:10 pm, NAC - Canada Room
 
Michelle Junkin
Art Director, Guru Studio
From Installation Pop Art to the Screen:
Saturday, September 28, 12:30 pm - 1:40 pm, NAC - Canada Room
 
Christy Karacas
Creator, [Adult Swim]/BALLMASTRZ:9009
Getting and Keeping the Perfect Gig
Saturday, September 28, 9:30 am - 10:40 am, NAC - Canada Room

Christy Karacas is an American filmmaker and musician well-known as the force behind the animated television show SUPERJAIL! His work feels torn from the pages of underground comics, low-budget Hollywood movies, 20th century video games, and halloween punk with an outrageous thrift-store sensibility rarely gracing the airwaves these days. Having emerged from the influential art scene around Providence, RI in the early aughts, Karacas became known for his tightly drawn hand-drawn animations, SPACE WAR and BARFIGHT, charting a path to a series of equally wild commercial projects. His newest work BALLMASTRZ:9009, a sports-themed anime exploding from a post-apocalypse future on roller-skates has been picked up for it’s second season on Adult Swim, adding more sparkle to his motley crew of cultural touchstone.
Christy Karacas
 
Brooke Keesling
Director, Community & Culture , Animation Guild
Getting and Keeping the Perfect Gig
Saturday, September 28, 9:30 am - 10:40 am, NAC - Canada Room

Brooke Keesling is the Director of Community and Culture at The Animation Guild. A native of Los Angeles, she has worked in animation and VFX for decades as an artist, in education, and in Talent Development. Prior to joining The Animation Guild, Brooke was Director of Animation Talent Development at Disney Television Animation, and before that she was the Manager of Animation Talent Development at Cartoon Network Studios. Brooke earned her MFA in animation at CalArts where she produced several films including "Meatclown" and the student Academy Award winning animated short, "Boobie Girl." Brooke currently teaches at CalArts, is on the board of the GLAS Animation Festival, and she is also the VP of ASIFA-Hollywood.
Brooke Keesling
 
Julie Kinman
Manager of Recruitment, Nickelodeon
Getting and Keeping the Perfect Gig
Saturday, September 28, 9:30 am - 10:40 am, NAC - Canada Room
 
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
 
Ivan Li
Teacher's nightmare
Meet the Filmmakers: Short Film Competition 5
Sunday, September 29, 9:30 am - 11:00 am, Arts Court - Club SAW

Ivan Li is a teacher's nightmare
Ivan Li
 
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
 
Piotr Milczarek
Meet the Filmmakers: Short Film Competition 1
Thursday, September 26, 9:30 am - 11:00 am, Arts Court - Club SAW

Piotr Milczarek (41) was born and lives in Lodz. He studied animation and special effects at the Film School in Lodz, where he is currently working as an assistant. He has directed short films such as ‘The Comic Book,’ ‘The War of the Worlds,’ ‘Mr Mister’ and The Cockroach.” He has also cowritten the script for ‘Moonshine’ by MichaB Poniedzielski, cooperated on the award-winning ‘Switez’ by Kamil Pola (storyboard, artwork), as well as worked as an animator of Balbina Bruszewska’s ‘The City is Flowing’ and Magdalena OsiDska’s ‘Little Joys.’ Otherwise, he creates storyboards for commercials.
Piotr Milczarek
 
Kat Morris
Co-Executive Producer, Steven Universe, Cartoon Network
Steven Universe the Movie: Discussion with Rebecca Sugar
Saturday, September 28, 2:00 pm - 3:10 pm, NAC - Canada Room
 
Richard O'Connor
Ace & Son Moving Picture Co., LLC
Meet the Filmmakers: Short Film Competition 2
Friday, September 27, 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm, Arts Court - Club SAW

I am writing this biography in the third person. I am writing it on the lower floor of my studio duplex while digitally painting my, roughly, 50th production with StoryCorps in the past two years. Upstairs, a tiny blue lobster scurries the bottom of the fish tank with gouramis, killiafish, and other bubbly friends swimming around her. I bought the tank as a larger home for Dirk the Turtle but she died during a cleaning. She decided she had enough and turned off. Much respect to Dirk, she was a beautiful animal.
Richard O'Connor
 
Daniel Oldham
VR Filmmaker Talk - Forest
Saturday, September 28, 10:40 am - 11:00 am, NAC - Theatre

Daniel Oldham, aka danyo, is a multi-instrumentalist, composer and producer based in Los Angeles who draws inspiration from sounds around the world.
Daniel Oldham
 
Guillaume Pelletier-Auger
Meet the Filmmakers: Short Film Competition 2
Friday, September 27, 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm, Arts Court - Club SAW

Guillaume is an artist and animation filmmaker living in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. He studied animation film at the Cegep du Vieux Montreal, illustration at the International Summer Academy of Fine Arts in Salzburg, Austria, and graphic arts at the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw, Poland. He has produced and directed several short animation films, and has also written and drawn Melasse, a comic book published by l'Oie de Cravan.

Guillaume est un artiste et un cineaste d'animation vivant a Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Il a etudie le cinema d'animation au Cegep du Vieux Montreal, l'illustration a l'Academie internationale d'ete des Beaux-Arts de Salzbourg, en Autriche, et les arts graphiques a l'Academie des Beaux-Arts de Varsovie, en Pologne. Il a produit et realise plusieurs courts metrages d'animation, et a egalement ecrit et dessine Melasse, une bande dessinee publiee par l'Oie de Cravan.
Guillaume Pelletier-Auger
 
Tomek Popakul
Meet the Filmmakers: Short Film Competition 3
Saturday, September 28, 9:30 am - 11:00 am, Arts Court - Club SAW

Tomek Popakul - born in 1986. He graduated in animation from the Aódz Film School. Paralelly he studied scriptwriting for a year. He made a couple of short films – among them his graduation, multi-awarded film “Ziegenort” that screened at dozens of festivals around the world. He participated in Animation Artist in Residence Tokyo 2014 residency programme organised by Japan Image Council (JAPIC) where he's made a film “Black”.
Tomek Popakul
 
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
 
Matt Roberts
Artistic Recruiter, Walt Disney Animation Studios
Career Tidbits
Saturday, September 28, 9:30 am - 6:00 pm, NAC - Canada Room

Matt Roberts, Artistic Recruiter, represents the animation, character td, crowds, layout, modeling, set extension, story, and visual development teams at Walt Disney Animation Studios. Matt enjoys meeting fellow artists and sharing insights into great storytelling. Matt has supported the talent needs of Walt Disney Animation since 2007, first starting on "Bolt" going all the way through the upcoming "Frozen 2."
Matt Roberts
 
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
 
Brandon James Scott
Creative Director of Design, Guru Studio
From Installation Pop Art to the Screen:
Saturday, September 28, 12:30 pm - 1:40 pm, NAC - Canada Room
 
Nadine Simard
Senior Manager, Talent Development & Acquisition, Jam Filled Entertainment
Getting and Keeping the Perfect Gig
Saturday, September 28, 9:30 am - 10:40 am, NAC - Canada Room

Nadine is across recruiting for Jam Filled’s multiple Studios (Toronto, Ottawa & Halifax), focusing on attracting external artists and ensuring internal artists continue to develop necessary skills to fill future opportunities.
 
Bruce W. Smith
Director, Hair Love
The Making of Hair Love
Saturday, September 28, 5:00 pm - 6:10 pm, NAC - Canada Room

Bruce Wayne Smith is an American character animator, film director, and television producer. He is best known as the creator of Disney Channel's The Proud Family, as well as the supervising animator of Kerchak in Tarzan, Pacha in The Emperor's New Groove, Dr. Facilier in The Princess and the Frog, and Piglet, Kanga, and Roo in Winnie the Pooh.

Smith studied animation in the Character Animation program at the California Institute of the Arts. He joined the Walt Disney Studios an animator on Who Framed Roger Rabbit and various other Roger Rabbit shorts that the studio produced. Soon after, Smith was handpicked by producer/director Reginald Hudlin (House Party, Boomerang) to direct the Paramount Pictures animated film Bébé's Kids.

Smith also served as co-director on the Warner Bros. live action/animated film Space Jam before returning to Disney as supervising animator on such films as Tarzan (Kerchak and Baboons) and Emperors New Groove (Pacha).

While working animation on the feature film side, Smith started feeding into his love of television animation and created The Proud Family for the Disney Channel. He co-founded Jambalaya Studio for the production of the series and crafted over 50 episodes of the hit series along with The Proud Family TV movie. Smith then rejoined the Walt Disney Studios and Duncan Studio Production to supervise animation on The Princess and the Frog (Dr. Facilier) and the Winnie the Pooh Movie (Piglet, Kanga and Roo) and as the lead animator on the short Tangled Ever After. Smith's knack for unique character design led him into the visual development of other projects at the studio such as Wreck-it-Ralph and Frozen.
Bruce W. Smith
 
Rebecca Sugar
Creator, Steven Universe / Cartoon Network
Steven Universe the Movie: Discussion with Rebecca Sugar
Saturday, September 28, 2:00 pm - 3:10 pm, NAC - Canada Room
 
Luca Tóth
Meet the Filmmakers: Short Film Competition 2
Friday, September 27, 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm, Arts Court - Club SAW

Luca Tóth is a Hungarian animation director, born in 1989, Budapest. She studied animation at Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design in Budapest. After receiving her BA diploma she went on studying at Royal College of Art for her Masters degree. Her graduation film ‘The Age of Curious’ won the Jury Distinction Prize at Annecy International Animated Film Festival. After studying and working in the UK, Luca moved back to Budapest where she made her first independent short film `Superbia` which premiered at Critics’ Week in Cannes in 2016 and got selected into more that 80 international festivals. Her latest film ‘Mr. Mare’ debuted at Berlinale in 2019.
Luca Tóth
 
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
 
Simon Wilches Castro
Creative Director, Titmouse INC
Getting and Keeping the Perfect Gig
Saturday, September 28, 9:30 am - 10:40 am, NAC - Canada Room

Alien of extraordinary abilities. Born in Colombia and based in Los Angeles, CA. Award-Winning animation director and Fulbright Scholar. Twice an Annie Award Nominee and Student Academy Award Semifinalist. TedX Speaker 2010.
Simon Wilches Castro
 
Kazuki Yuhara
Tokyo University of Arts
VR Filmmaker Talk - MOWB
Saturday, September 28, 12:10 pm - 12:30 pm, NAC - Theatre

Born in Japan, Kazuki Yuhara began his animation study by himself at Tama Art University. Learn animation seriously from the age of 20, and studying with professor Naruaki Sasaki, the video artist. He Studied at Tama Art University Department of Information Design Department of Media Arts Course. He is an expanded Animation artist and Illustrator. Make animation with the theme of "Mother as a symbol of charity". Major works include "Remove unwanted hair" (2017) “Watashi no inaihoshi” (2018) etc.
Kazuki Yuhara
 
Gints Zilbalodis
Meet the Filmmakers: Short Film Competition 5
Sunday, September 29, 9:30 am - 11:00 am, Arts Court - Club SAW

Gints Zilbalodis(1994) is a Latvian filmmaker and animator. His fascination for filmmaking began at an early age watching classic films and making shorts and commercials. He has made 7 short films in various mediums including hand-drawn animation, 3D animation and live-action and often mixing their characteristic aesthetics.
Gints Zilbalodis