Trisha Gum

Trisha Gum is a filmmaker and fine arts artist living in Los Angeles, C.A., she has been working professionally in animation for ten years. Trisha started her film career working as an Art Director and Production Designer on various TV shows, such as, ROBOT CHICKEN, WB’s MAD, and Adult Swim’s FRANKENHOLE.  Trisha transitioned into writing and directing in 2010 […]

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Chris McKay

The LEGO Batman Movie – CHRIS McKAY (Director) most recently directed the worldwide box-office hit animated adventure “The LEGO Batman Movie,” the second feature in the LEGO film franchise.  Previously, McKay served as co-director, editor and animation director of the 2014 blockbuster “The LEGO Movie.”  His work as an editor on that film earned him […]

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Santiago Caicedo

TROPICAL VIRUS Santiago Caicedo (1976) is a Colombian artist and filmmaker. His work, difficult to label, revolves around motion graphics, animation, stereoscopy, video art and film. His short films have participated in numerous festivals around the world, including Annecy, Clermont Ferrand and SIGGRAPH, and have received many international awards. Caicedo’s work enhances graphics and fantasy […]

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Powerpaola

TROPICAL VIRUS Powerpaola is a nomadic artist, illustrator and cartoonist. She was born in Quito, Ecuador in1977 and has lived in Colombia, France, Australia and Argentina. She has participated in residencies at La Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris; Firstdraft Gallery, Sydney. She was awarded the project “En Vitrina” at Sin Lugar a Dudas, Cali. For […]

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Arthur de Pins

ZOMBILLENIUM Arthur de Pins is a renowned French illustrator known for his diverse comic book series Guilty Pleasure (Péchés mignons), The March of the Crabs and Zombillénium. He has made several animated shorts, including Géraldine, which won twenty different prizes, including Best Graduation Film at Annecy 2001, and The Crab Revolution, which garnered him with […]

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Alexis Ducord

ZOMBILLENIUM Storyboard artist, illustrator and director, Alexis Ducord graduated from Gobelins, l’école de l’image in 2000. He has directed three animated series and collaborated on over twenty, including Lili’s Island and CO2. He also worked on the feature films Go West, a Lucky Luke Adventure and April and the Extradordinary World (Cristal for a Feature […]

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Ali Soozandeh

TEHRAN TABOO Director Ali Soozandeh was born in 1970 in Shiraz Iran. He studied Art in Tehran. After emigrating to Germany, he had his diploma in Media Design at the University of Applied Sciences in Cologne. He founded his own company Cartoona- moon and was involved in many feature/documentary films and TV-series as an animation […]

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Shojiro Nishimi

MUTAFUKAZ Shojiro Nishimi is a director of animated films known for his realistic productions and spectacular action scenes. His use of original characters with distinctive proportions immediately attracts his viewers’ attention, and his unique, delicate universe is the culmination of his artistic brilliance. He worked as director of animation on Tekkonkinkreet, which was rewarded Best […]

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Guillaume Renard

MUTAFUKAZ The work Guillaume Renard, aka Run, falls within a modern approach blending stylized drawings, pulp references and strong urban culture. His first animated short Operation Blackhead (selected at Sundance, 2003) was a precursor to the Mutafukaz universe. In 2006, Ankama Editions published the first volume of Mutafukaz and in 2008 Run created Label 619, […]

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John Walker

THE INCREDIBLES Producer John Walker brings a diverse background to his role at Pixar Animation Studios; including live theater, animation, and live action production. Prior to coming to Pixar, Walker served as Associate Producer for Warner Bros. Osmosis Jones and The Iron Giant, during which he began his association with Brad Bird. Upon joining Pixar in […]

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Nora Twomey

As a co-founder and Creative Director at Cartoon Saloon, Nora Twomey oversees the development of the company’s slate of productions, such as Puf n Rock, the preschool series narrated by Chris O’Dowd and acquired by Netflix. Nora directed the multiple-award-winning short films From Darkness, and Cúilín Dualach (Backwards Boy), and was co-director of Cartoon Saloon’s […]

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Pedro Rivero

BIRDBOY: THE FORGOTTEN CHILDREN Producer, director and screenwriter. Screenwriter for several TV animated series and for the feature film Goomer, Goya Award for the Best Spanish Animated Feature Film 1999. Producer, director and screenwriter of La Crisis Carnívora (2007), the first Spanish feature film in Flash animation for theatres, and Birdboy (2010), Goya Award for […]

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Alberto Vázquez

Alberto Vázquez is an animation director, illustrator and cartoonist. His books and comics have been published in countries like Spain, France, Italy, Brazil and Korea. He has written and directed short animation such as Birdboy, Ramiro, sucia rata, Unicorn Blood and Decorado. His work has been nominated on two occasions for the Goya Awards, winning the Goya Best Animated Short Film in 2012.

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Chun Zhang

BIG FISH & BEGONIA Born in Ningbo, China in 1983, Chun Zhang is a filmmaker, animator and photographer. He studied Multimedia Art at the Academy of Arts & Design at Tsinghua University, where he co-founded the B&T Studio with his friend Xuan Liang. In May 2004, he and Liang made a short called Big Fish […]

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Xuan Liang

BIG FISH & BEGONIA Born in Liuzhou, China in 1982, Xuan Liang is an animation filmmaker and scriptwriter. In 2003, he left Tsinghua University to co-found the B&T Studio with his friend Chun Zhang, with dreams of making China’s best animation films. After that, they made a short called Big Fish & Begonia, which made […]

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Benjamin Renner

THE BIG BAD FOX AND OTHER TALES After studying Fine Arts, Benjamin Renner went on to study Animation at La Poudriere, where he directed A Mouse’s Tale. After graduating, he was hired as Artistic Director for the feature film Ernest & Celestine, which he also co-directed with Vincent Patar and Stéphane Aubier. The film was […]

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Anne Thompson

Born and raised in New York, IndieWire Editor at Large Anne Thompson has been a contributor to the New York Times, Washington Post, The Observer, and Wired. She has served as film columnist at Variety and deputy editor of Variety.com. Anne was the Deputy Film Editor at The Hollywood Reporter, the West Coast Editor of Premiere, a Senior Writer at Entertainment Weekly, and West Coast Editor for Film Comment.

Brenda Chapman

Brenda Chapman started her career as a story artist at Walt Disney Feature Animation in 1987 where she was the story supervisor on The Lion King, for which she won the Annie Award. Chapman has helped to develop and consult on films for several studios over many years which include not only Disney, DreamWorks and Pixar, but also Universal, Sony, Lucasfilm and Fox.

Carolyn Giardina

Carolyn Giardina is Tech Editor at The Hollywood Reporter and writes its Behind the Screen blog. In 2015, Carolyn was presented American Cinema Editors’ Robert Wise Award, which recognizes a journalist for contributions to film editing. She was the 2011 recipient of the International Cinematographers Guild’s Technicolor William A. Fraker Award for journalistic contributions to cinematography.

Peter Debruge

Peter Debruge is Variety’s Chief International Film Critic. He first joined the Variety team in 2005 as a features editor, compiling the magazine’s annual 10 Actors, Directors and Screenwriters to Watch lists as well as overseeing a range of special editorial sections, including those tied to the magazine’s philanthropy-driven Power of Youth and Power of Comedy events.

Mabel Tam

Mabel Tam is VP/Head Film Buyer of LANDMARK THEATRES. Landmark Theatres is the nation’s largest theatre chain dedicated to exhibiting and marketing independent film. A 16 year veteran of the entertainment industry, she is a graduate of UCLA and resides in LA with her family.

Jorge R. Gutiérrez

Jorge R. Gutiérrez is a painter, writer and director born in Mexico City and raised in Tijuana. Gutierrez has completed various films, cartoons, and paintings exploring his love of Mexican pop and folk culture.

Charles Solomon

An internationally respected critic and historian of animation, Charles Solomon has written on the subject for the New York Times, Newsweek (Japan), Rolling Stone, the Los Angeles Times, The International Herald Tribune, Variety, the Manchester Guardian, and National Public Radio.

Bonnie Arnold

A leading force in imaginative storytelling, Bonnie Arnold is a prolific film producer whose work spans myriad genres, and appeals to multiple generations. Bonnie is a Golden Globe winner, and an Academy Award® nominee.

Allison Abbate

Allison Abbate is an executive vice president at Warner Animation Group. Prior to assuming her post at WAG, Abbate was an executive producer on the global blockbuster The LEGO® Movie, and a producer on Tim Burton’s Frankenweenie and Corpse Bride, Wes Anderson’s Fantastic Mr. Fox, and Brad Bird’s Iron Giant.

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