ALEXIS HUNOT. For Alexis Hunot, first there was Cinema. A real passion. But then when he discovered that during all his studies people have been hiding from him this incredible part of cinema called animation, he knew he had to talk about it. So first he became a journalist (news, but also reviews and interviews with animation greats), then he created his own website (Zewebanim) and then began to host a monthly radio show, Bulles de rêves, on Radio Libertaire (an anarchist radio in France). Like a ronin, his goal was to speak of animation wherever he could. He also began to work in animation schools, speak at conferences around the world (Japan, Egypt, Moldavia …), cooperate with festivals (Ficam in Morocco, Animafest, Annecy…) and serve as an expert associate at several French institutions (CNC, the César awards etc.). For the past few years he has served as the artistic director of PIAFF, an animation festival in Paris.
ŽARKO IVANOV (1976) is a languages and literature graduate from the Faculty of Philology in Skopje. In 2006 he enrolled in the Film Art College in Sofia, Bulgaria, after which he obtained an MA in Cultural Studies from the University of Skopje and an MA in Animated Film Directing from the University of Audiovisual Arts, European Film Academy, ESRA Paris – Skopje. He is currently doing his Ph.D. in literature and film. He is the founder of the production company Flip Book with which he has produced more than 20 short animated, documentary and live action films. The films he made as a director have been shown at more than 100 festivals around the world and won more than 15 awards.
LUCIJA BUŽANČIĆ (born in Split, 1989) is an animator, illustrator and art historian. In 2014 she graduated in Art History from the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences in Zagreb, and in 2017 from the Zagreb Academy of Fine Arts’ Department of Animated film and New Media with the short animated film The Process, which took her to several international festivals and led to her inclusion in VAF New Talents (today CEE animation talents) in 2018. She is also the author of the animated shorts Iris (2020). She lives and works in Zagreb.
VALENTIN GREGOIRE, from Belgium, is the founding partner and creative producer at Squarefish. Since 2014 he has been a speaker and panelist at many conferences and forums about production and motion design. Squarefish, founded in 2011, is a dynamic, forward-thinking production company and animation studio based in Brussels and Paris, with a roster of clients including communication agencies, institutions and production companies both in Belgium and abroad. They specialize in audiovisual production and motion design in 2d and 3d for cinema, television, and social media, but also work in production (shorts, feature films or TV series), and as co-production partners or service providers.
MILIVOJ POPOVIĆ (MA in Sculpting) is a director and producer at Prime Render Studios situated in Split, Croatia. He has worked on short animated films which have received over 70 international awards, including the Oscar-qualifying Animated Eye Award at Aspen Shortfest in Colorado, USA, and the Jury Award at Annecy International Animation Film Festival, France. He has co-directed and co-produced the first Croatian VR short film, Dislocation, that is currently doing the festival circuit – which included being in the official selections of this year’s Animafest and Annecy – and has won Best VR at Ottawa International Animation Festival.
VLADIMIR SOKAČIĆ was born in 1976 in Zagreb and lives in Betina on the island of Murter. He graduated in audio production and sound design at the SAE Institute in Ljubljana. For the last fifteen years he has been working on various projects, from sound at concerts (bands like Hladno pivo and sometimes Cinkuši and Picksiebneri) to composing music and sound design for animated films (A Story from the Beginning of Time and The Last Challenge by Božidar Trkulja, Zagreb Film). He also works in production and mastering (Evo vam Džinovski Live DVD and CD by Hladno pivo, Menart; Ljudi od slame by Renato Metessi i Zvijezde, Dallas Records). After moving to Betina, he opened Arty Farty production, an agency for the production of commissioned films and animation. In his spare time, he makes sandwiches and loves the Bologna sausage.
ANTONIJA VELJAČIĆ is an independent animator based in Croatia. She studied Animation and new media at the Academy of fine arts in Zagreb. Since 2014 she worked on various animation projects, mostly 2D and puppet animation. She also runs the „Little school of animation for children and adults“ at Zagreb film and does animation workshops all around Croatia.
KREŠIMIR ZIMONIĆ (1956), has published illustrations and comics in more than 50 newspapers and magazines continuously since the mid-1970s. Since 1979 he has been working professionally on animated film and since 1981 he has been a freelance artist. He is the author or producer of numerous animated films. In addition to eight of his own comic books, he has illustrated about twenty books, authored numerous posters, catalogs and texts on comics and animation, exhibited in group and solo exhibitions, was the editor-in-chief of the comic book magazine Patak and longtime artistic director of the Comic Book Salon in Vinkovci. He worked as an artistic producer of Zagreb Film, graphic editor and artistic director of Modra lasta, as a lecturer at the Department of Animation and New Media at the Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb, and from 2007 to 2011 he was artistic director of the World Festival of Animated Film in Zagreb. For his work he has received several awards in the country and abroad, including the Vladimir Nazor Award and the Order of the Croatian Danica with the figure of Marko Marulić for special merits in culture.
IGOR HOFBAUER, born in 1974, is a Zagreb-based artist. He started his career in the mid-1990s, creating posters for the local music scene, which led him to a collaboration with the then-popular underground club Mocvara. Establishing Mocvara’s visual identity for almost 15 years gave him the chance to work with a network of regional and ex-Yu clubs and bands. In the meantime, he became an illustrator and comic artist which he is still to this day. He has published several comic books, including Mr Morgen (L’association, 2016).
JURICA STAREŠINČIĆ is a comic author, film critic, and award-winning animator. He published comics in Komikaze, Q strip, and local publications; co-founded and edited the web comic magazine MojStrip.com for five years; published essays in a wide range of local magazines and radio shows; served as an editor for the Croatian Film Journal, a leading regional film studies journal, etc. He also helped found and served as an educator on an international art workshop for children at the European school in Brussels.