Selection Committee 2016


Alexandra Hetmerová

FOTKA_smallAn illustrator, visual artist, animator and director from the Czech Republic. She studied animation at FAMU. In the course of her studies, she spent time at the Estonian Academy of Arts in Tallinn. She worked as the main screen writer of the Anifilm festival in Třeboň. She has directed several short animated films, Swimming Pool (2010) and Mythopolis (2013), among others, which have won a number of significant awards at both domestic and international festivals. Currently, she is illustrating children’s books and is preparing her next short animated film. Also, together with Katerina Karhanková in Bionaut Production, is working on a children’s TV series called Hungry Bear Tales.



Radostina Neykova

Radostina Neykova_small_2She graduated from NATFA Krastyo Sarafov with a major in Directing for Animation and Cinema Studies. She is an associate professor in the Institute for Art Research at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Department of Screen Arts and a visiting professor at NATFA Krastyo Sarafov. She is the screen writer, director and artist for animated films that have participated and been awarded in a number of international film festivals. She also illustrates children’s books. She has held her own exhibitions of children’s illustrations in Bulgaria, Greece, Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina. She is a mentor and manager of International Children’s Animation Workshops and Master Classes in Animation in Bulgaria, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Russia, Georgia and other countries.


David Buob

david_buob_small_2David Buob was born in 1972 in a small village in Schwarzwald, Germany. In 1993 he went to Kassel to study architecture, but two years in he began a stonemason apprenticeship that he finished in 1997. After that he worked a lot on gravestones carving roses, crosses, doves and especially the praying hands of Albrecht Dürer. In 1998 he moved to Dresden to study sculpture at the Hochschule für Bildende Künste. Almost immediately he dropped the stone sculpting and got very interested in conceptual and computer based art. Three years later and a one-year course of study in Vienna, he switched to the New Media class, getting more into performance based video art, where he got his diploma in 2003 and a Meisterschüler degree in 2005. After that he spent 6 months with an “artist-in-residence“ program in New York, in 2007 he spent 3 months in Columbus, Ohio, and in 2008 - 8 months in Helsinki, Finland. In 2009 he decided to focus on short animation and released his first short animation Das Haus (2011), which has been shown at more than a hundred festivals worldwide - including Varna in 2012. His second film Utö premiered in 2014 and has been shown on more than 50 festivals. Recently, his third film Me by You premiered at the Filmfest Dresden. He is already working on his new short animated film with the working title Tongoy, which will hopefully be finished in 2016. David Buob is basically a jack of all trades. He does the whole work on his films by himself, from scriptwriting, animating and directing, sometimes even sound and music. He now prefers the classical hand drawn water colored animation on paper, each frame on a single sheet, without compositing or computer work. He lives and works between Dresden and Berlin.

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