Jelena Milunović was born in Belgrade, Serbia, in 1990. In 2015 she obtained her BA and MA from the Faculty of Applied Arts in Belgrade, the Animation department. Since 2016 Jelena is a member of the Association of Film Artists of Serbia. She works as independent animator, director and illustrator since 2014, on both commissioned and personal projects.
Marko Meštrović was born in Stuttgart in 1972 and graduated in Painting from the Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb. He has been making animated films since 2000. His films were screened at some of the most important film festivals (Locarno, Annecy, Clermont-Ferrand, Ottawa, Edinburgh, Sarajevo) and received many awards. He works as a Professional Associate at the Art Academy Split, Film and Video Department, and plays drums in the world-music band Cinkuši.
Piotr Kardas was born in 1984 and is the initiator and director of O!PLA – Festival of Polish Animation (2013-) and Animation Across Borders (2012-). He acted as curator and jury member (Belarus, Germany, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia, Spain), as well as initiator and coordinator of various cultural and artistic projects. He studied Film Theory and New Media (University of Lodz, PL). From 2010 to 2012 he worked for Se-ma-for Film Production as a distributor and Se-ma-for Film Foundation as the initiator and coordinator of special events (i.a. Se-Ma-For European/Asian Express 2011: Beijing/Madrid/Tokio/Paris) and program director of the two first editions of Se-Ma-For Film Festival (2010/2011). Initiator and coordinator of Animation Section & Competition at Ars Independent International Film Festival in Katowice (2012) and evolving program Scary Puppets & Sexy Dolls (2010) and Palimation (2012), among others. From 2008 to 2010 he was program director in one of the most famous arthouse cinemas in Poland, the Charlie Cinema. He continuously cooperates with several festivals in Poland and abroad.
ANIMATED MUSIC VIDEOS / ANIMATED COMMERCIALS
Wojciech Leszczynski graduated in Film and Television Production Organisation at the National Film School in Łódź, and IT at the Łodź University of Technology. His professional experience includes working as a manager of storyline and documentary production, and later as a producer, mainly on animated films. Co-founder and board member of the Polish Animation Producers Association (SPPA), and board member of the Polish Audiovisual Producers Chamber of Commerce (KIPA). Co-owner and producer in WJTeam and Likaon production teams that mainly focus on animated films.
Miron Milić was born in 1980 in Vinkovci, Croatia. He graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb in 2006 (graphic arts, class of prof. Miroslav Šutej). He currently does drawings, illustrations and street art murals, which he painted in Heillbron, Ljubljana, Moscow, Zagreb and Marseille. He is a member of HZSU, Croatian freelance artists association, and of the Medika collective from Zagreb.
Nino Šolić was born in 1971 in Senj, Croatia, and lives in Bilice near Šibenik. He is a photographer. Since 1995 he has been a member of ULUPUH (Croatian applied arts artists’ association) and HZSU, the Croatian association of freelance artists. At the end of the 80s he began to photograph rock concerts, and in the 1990s he began collaborating with musicians by taking photographs of bands and album covers photos (the bands include: Majke, Hladno Pivo, Anesthesia, Laufer, Jinx, Pips, chips & videoclips, Urban). He has also worked as a theater photographer (at ZeKaEm, Teatar &TD and Gavella), newspaper and magazine photographer (Metro, Feral Tribune, Globus, Klik, Elle, Gloss), and commercial photographer (Peugeot, Heineken, T-com, Holsten). He exhibited at group and solo exhibitions. He was awarded the Grand Prix at the 28th Zagreb Salon’s International Photo Exhibition.
SHORT ANIMATED FILMS FOR CHILDRENS
Sanda Letonja – Marjanović, after a couple of decades of flirting music, painting and journalism, finally found her true calling in the cinematic art. She made several short films, most notably “How Tina Imagines My Wedding”, which received special mention at the 43rd Review of Croatian Filmmaking. She has been a member of the Pula Film Factory Association since 2011, facilitating its workshops as the “shadow woman”.