MARKO MEŠTROVIĆ – 1972, Stuttgart. 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.
JELENA MILUNOVIĆ – 1990, Belgrade, Serbia. 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.
PIOTR KARDAS – 1984, 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 distribtuer 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.
MIRON MILIĆ – 1980, 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 – 1971, Senj, Croatia. 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 ‘90s 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 (Zekaem, Teatar &td and Gavella), newspaper and magazine photographer (Metro, Feral Tribune, Globus, Klik, Elle, Gloss), and commercial photographer. He exhibited at group and solo exhibitions. He was awarded the grand prix at the 28th Zagreb Salon’s international photo exhibition.
WOJCIECH LESZCZYNSKI – Graduated in film and television production organization at the National film school in Lódź, and it at the Lodź 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.
SANDA LETONJA — MARJANOVIĆ – After a couple of decades of flirting music, painting and journalism, finally found her true cCalling 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”.
HEDGHEHOG’S HOME / Eva Cvijanović / 10:00 / Canada, Croatia
This film has taken us all back to our childhoods and showed what the true power of classic stop-animation is.
NIGHTHAWK / Špela Čadež / 8:50 / Slovenija, Croatia
This film showed the power of the multiperspective of the great masters. It is a great example of the infinite possibilities of the animation medium.
SORE EYES FOR INFINITY / Elli Vuorinen / 11:32 / Finland
This film has taken us on a visual journey full of colors and deformations, as well as reminded us that each of us sees the world in a different way.
THE LAST QUEST – Božidar Trkulja / 15:53 / Croatia
We are giving the Special Mention award to this raw, funny, honest, twisted mythological story which had our undivided attention for the entire duration of the film.
WICKED GIRL / Ayce Kartal / 8:00 / France
We are giving this film the special Special Mention award for its multidimensional portrayal of the sensitive issue of child abuse, shown from the victim’s perspective, using subtle animated drawings and unexpected narration.
SEA CHILD / Minha Kim / 7:00 / United Kingdom
The jury said it used strong metaphores and techniques to take us on a journey to the unknown and sometimes frightening experience of growing up.
AM/FM / Thomas Hicks / 5:10 / United Kingdom
A mature visual attraction that manages to transcend time with is slow editing pace.
MERLOT / Giulia Martinelli, Marta Gennari / 5:40 / Italy
The jury awarded Special Mention to Giulia Martinelli and Marta Gennari for their film Merlot, which reminded the jury that sometimes the best results can be achieved with playfulness and simplicity.
WHATEVER THE WEATHER / emo Scherrer / 11:20 / Switzerland
The testimony of a shocking story told through an personal and honest narration, with an unintrustive minimalistic visual style that provides the viewers the space to contemplate the human sideways.
CHARLES X : CAN YOU DO IT? / Quentin Baillieux / 2:54
The video is an ideal marriage of a music video and animation that was gripping until the very end, which is the main reason we felt it deserved the Grand Prix. The animation is very skillful, the production values exquisite, the camera attractive and it manages to capture the spirit of the street and the music.
RADIOHEAD : BURN THE WITCH / Chris Hopewell / 3:59
The video was so good we felt it needed to get a Special Mention. It merges traditional techniques and contemporary music in a brilliant, cinematographic way, reminiscent of classic movies such at The Wicker Man.
ETIQUETTE : GO TRANSIT / Fluorescent Hill / 1:28 / Canada
The ad has a great sense of humour, good narration and tempo, which is the perfect recipe for using the animation medium for commercial purposes. It combines vintage iconography in a way that speaks to today’s audiences.
NEKFEU : J’AI FAIT LA FNAC / Hugo Ramirez / 0:30 / France
The ad demonstrates how to use artistic skills in order to bring forth important issues such as education, knowledge, equality, art and music, quashing stereotypes along the way.
THREE LITTLE NINJAS DELIVERY SERVICE: DAMSEL IN DISTRESS / Claeys Kim, Rhellam Karim / 11:38 / Belgium
The Grand Prix goes to the film Three Little Ninjas by Kim Claeys and Karim Rhellam for its interesting characters, fast editing and very entertaining and funny story. The kids in the jury also found both the male and the female characters amazing!
THE UNICORN / Durin Rémi / 13:00 / France, Belgium
The Special Mention goes to the film Unicorn by Remi Durin, for its gentle animated strokes and clear and educational message.