Grand Jury

Clare Kitson

Оrganised animation programmes at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art in the early 70s and in 1978 became programme officer for the National Film Theatre and London Film Festival. In 1989 she joined Channel 4, where she commissioned many  award-winning animated shorts and series. She also launched schemes with the Arts Council and the Museum of the Moving Image, which aimed to encourage innovation and to give young animators their first professional opportunity.  In 1999 Clare was awarded the ASIFA Special Award for her contribution to British animation. She left Channel 4 in September 1999 and completed the initial stage of research into Yuri Norstein’s Tale of Tales in the context of a readership at the Animation Research Centre of the Surrey Institute of Art and Design.

Koji Yamamura

Yamamura was born in 1964 in Nagoya and studied painting at Tokyo Zokei University. Having left a career of a background artist in the animation industry, he became an independent animator  who directs, writes, edits, animates, creates the model sheets and background art for and sometimes produces his own short films. His 2002 film Mt. Head (Atama Yama) won the short film award for the Annecy International Animated Film Festival, the Grand Prize at the 2004 Zagreb World Festival of Animated Films and was nominated for the Academy Award for Animated Short Film.  Yamamura won the 2007 Ottawa  Grand Prix with his animated adaptation of Franz Kafka’s  A Country Doctor.

Marina Rosset

Born in 1984 in Lausanne. Between 2003-04 attends the Еcole Nationale Supеrieure des Arts Visuels de la Cambre in Brussels.

Between 2004-07 degree in Animation at Lucerne School of Art and Design. Since 2008, works in Switzerland as an independent animation film director and producer.

Nikolay Todorov

Born in Sofia, 1952. In 1972 he finished the National High School of Fine Arts „Ilia Petrov“ in Sofia. In 1979 he graduated in Animated Film from the Russian Federation State Institute of Cinematography (RFSIC) in Moscow under Ivan Petrovich  Ivanov-Vano, who is considered to be the father of Russian animation. From 1979 to 1987 he worked at the Animated Films Studio „Sofia“ as a director, art-director, animator and scriptwriter. Nikolay Todorov has created over 90 animated films.  He is the holder of prestigious international awards. His film „Grandomania“ was selected at the International Cinema Festival in Cannes in the best animated film category.

Francesco Martino de Carles

Was born in 1953. From 1975 to 1977 he participate in three of the most prestigious Italian film productions: „1900“ by B. Bertolucci, „Casanova“ by F. Fellini and „The Innocent“ by L.Visconti. In 1996 he participated in the production of the the first live action film, realized as co-production between Japan and Italy – „One Fine Day We’ll See“, featuring Raina Kabaivanska and Massimo Girotti. Since 1997, as a General Executive and Executive Producer he has been working with one of the most popular and independent television companies in Italy – „Immagini e cinema“ (Images and cinema). Since 2000 he has been a member of the Italian Film Academy and the David di Donatello Awards.

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