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  • Špela Čadež (Slovenia)

    Špela Čadež (1977) has been working as an independent animation director and producer since 2008. Her films have been screened worldwide. Boles (2013), a short puppet animation, has received 50 awards, distinctions and nominations including a Grand Prix at DOK Leipzig and Best Debut Award at Hiroshima Festival and was screened in competition at 150 festivals. Her latest film Nighthawk (2016) has received 23 awards and distinctions up to date with Grand Prixs at HAFF Festival Holland and Animafest Zagreb, and has been screened in selections at festivals such as Sundance, Clermont Ferrand and Annecy. Špela graduated in Graphic Design in Ljubljana in 2002 and continued her studies at the Academy of Media Arts Cologne, Germany. Lives and works in Ljubljana.

  • Vessela Dantcheva (Bulgaria)

    Vessela Dantcheva (1975) is animation professional since her BFA graduation with honor Cum Laude at the Rotterdam Art Academy “Willem de Kooning” in 2002. After living and working in the Netherlands for 10 years, she moves back to her home town Sofia, Bulgaria.
    The last 11 years she works not only as an animation director but also as animation producer from her production company Compote Collective, co-founded with her partner Ivan Bogdanov. The Collective produced several multi award-winning films, which were screened at festivals worldwide and highly valued in the animation industry on international level.
    Her filmography includes Travelling Country (2016), Mark and Verse (2015), Re-cycled (2015), Father (2012), Anna Blume (2009), Sometimes (2008), Easy (2004), Wish (2004), Snowman (2002), Wake up (2002), Pull Over (2001).
    Since couple of years she teaches animation in New Bulgarian University and in National Academy of Fine Arts in Sofia, Bulgaria.

  • Nikita Diakur (Russia - Germany)

    Nikita Diakur is a Russian-born filmmaker based in Germany. His most distinguished project Ugly (2018) has won numerous awards at international film festivals and was followed by Fest (2018) that started its festival circuit in Oberhausen, Zagreb and Annecy.
    The signature technique used in his films is dynamic computer simulation, which embraces spontaneity, randomness and mistakes. Diakur is regularly invited to give talks and workshops at Festivals and Universities and has been artist in residence at Q21 in Vienna.

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