Jayne Pilling

She spent 11 years at the British Film Institute, then worked as Director, Cardiff International Animation Festival (1993-1995). .Has since worked as an animation specialist and historian, and film curator for festivals and museums, and has served on over 35  international festival juries. Founder/director of  the British Animation Awards, 1996-2018.
Curator, publisher and distributor of  over 20 DVD collections of British and international independent animation, both. Has taught at the Royal College of Art, London, in Europe, the USA and Asia and was Animation Research Fellow at Norwich School of the Arts, East Anglia University.
Member of the Commission de Selection, for the l'Abbaye Fontrevaud Animator in Residency Programme, France, 2009 -2016.
Directed Channel 4 TV series about European animation. Books include Animating the Unconscious: Desire & Sexuality in Animation: 2D & Beyond; A Reader in Animation Studies; Cartoons & the Movies; Women & Animation: A Compendium. These books are on the syllabus as required reading on university courses around the world, and regularly cited in reference bibliographies in books by academics and PhD students. Also commissioned to write articles for publications in France, China, Italy, Taiwan, Austria, Switzerland, Spain.
Recipient of the Zagreb International Festival World Council's Award for Contribution to Animation Studies, 2019.

Lucija Mrzljak

(born in 1990 in Zagreb) Croatian animation film director and illustrator, based in Estonia. She started to draw her first animated flipbooks as a child and as a teenager joined a film laboratory where she made her first experimental films on 8 mm and 16 mm analog film. She studied animation at the Academies of Fine Arts in Zagreb, Krakow, Prague and Tallinn. After completing her MA of Animation in Estonia as a student of Priit and Olga Parn, she decided to stay in Tallinn and since then works in Joonisfilm Studio. Her student films Shuma and Kut were screened at numerous film festivals around the world. During 2016 Etiuda&Anima festival those films brought her the Great Underestimated prize granted by the artistic director of the festival. In 2018, she won the Golden Jabberwocky for the film A Demonstration of Brilliance in Four Acts, which she made with Morten Tšinakov. Besides animation, she works as a freelance illustrator for children books and international political magazines.

Izabela Plucińska

Born in Koszalin in Poland on 06.10.1974. She graduated from Lodz National Fine Arts Conservatory, National Polish Film School in Lodz and National German Film School “Konrad Wolf” Potsdam- Babelsberg. In 2004, her graduate film project "Jam Session" was selected for the short film competition at the Berlin Film festival 2005, when she has been awarded with Silver Bear. "Jam Session" has been presented on over 60 international festival and won a number of international prizes. In 2006, Izabela founded her own production company "Clay Traces" in Berlin.

Morten Tšinakov

Morten Tšinakov was born in Viljandi, Estonia. He graduated from the animation department in Estonian Academy of Arts where he made two films. One of them, a puppet film titled “Pekk” has been screened in Ottawa and Stuttgart among other festivals. After graduating he co-directed “A Demonstration of Brilliance in Four Acts” with Lucija Mrzljak. The film has been shown at many festivals, including Annecy and Zagreb and has won several awards including Golden Jabberwocky at Etiuda&Anima in 2018.  At the moment Morten and Lucija are working in Tallinn on their second film.

Igor Kovalyov

He is the internationally acclaimed filmmaker, designer, animator, and director. His short films Andrei Svislotski, Hen, His wife, Bird in the Window, Flying Nansen, Milch and Before Love have received numerous awards and accolades throughout the animation and film community. Born in Kiev, Ukraine, Igor Kovalyov was the co-founder of Moscow's legendary Pilot School of Animation. The studio also housed some of the most brilliant artists in Russia including many of the current Klasky Csupo designers and animators. In 1991, Kovalyov accepted an invitation to work at Klasky Csupo's studio in Hollywood. In his time there, Kovalyov co-directed Klasky Csupo's first feature film, The Rugrats Movie and has directed the television series, Aaahh!!! Real Monsters as well as episodes of  Duckman and Rugrats, commercials and Internet shorts.

Hieronim Neumann

Born in 1948 in Poznań, is a graduate of the National Higher School of Fine Arts in Poznań. He is an author of animated films and a pedagogue leading an animation studio at the animation department of the University of Arts in Poznań and Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw. From the beginning of his creative career he has been inspired by the media dimension of animated film, sometimes making references to the tradition of graphic arts and prehistory of cinema (Magritte, Muybridge). He is regarded as an artist having a lot in common with a seeking attitude of Zbigniew Rybczyński from his most fruitful period of artistic creativity. Neumann’s films are included into the experimental trend in Polish animation and defined as combined films. They have been awarded at numerous festivals in Poland and abroad (among others, in Kraków, Poznań, Huesca, Oberhausen, Lausanne). In his career, apart from author films, he has also made films on commission (for classical music) as well as animations for children. Hieronim Neumann has been our festival’s guest a great number of times. In 2009 he presented his ”Self-portrait”, in 2011 he served as the chairman of ANIMA international competition jury, and last year, during the opening ceremony of the 24th IFF Etiuda&Anima 2017 he showed his latest combined film “Lift” (“Winda”) in which he is again trespassing the boundaries of animation.

Andrzej Pągowski

Born in 1953 in Warsaw, is a graduate of the National Higher School of Fine Arts in Poznań (with a diploma from prof. Waldemar Świerzy’s studio). He works in the field of functional graphics and is widely known for his film, theatre and festival posters, as well as his socially and politically engaged graphic works. He has been succesful both in Poland and abroad and as a representative of yet another generation of the Polish poster school, he has received a number of awards, among others in competitions for the best poster announced by ”The Hollywood Reporter” in Los Angeles (the so-called Oscar posters). Having already had a considerable artistic output from the period before Poland’s political transformation, he knew how to adapt to the new economic reality and the world of commercial advertising and make use of the possibilities created by new technologies. We are very pleased to inform that Andrzej Pągowski is the author of the next year’s 26th edition of International Film Festival Etiuda&Anima 2019.

Łukasz Ronduda

Łukasz Ronduda - born 1976, art historian, lecturer, curator, writer, screenwriter, director. Curator of the Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw, initiator of the Filmoteka Muzeum project. Academic teacher with a PhD degree, giving lectures and seminars on art history, aesthetics, as well as theory and history of film at universities both in Poland and abroad (notably at Princeton University and Columbia University in New York). Adjunct professor at the SWPS University of Social Science and Humanities, in the department of psychology. Researcher and expert in the field of experimental cinema. Graduate of a direction and screenwriting training programme at the Wajda School. Originator of the award for visual artists, presented by the Polish Film Institute and the Museum of Modern Art in the form of a grant for a feature film production. Director and screenwriter of a feature film The Performer (along with Maciej Sobieszczański), which received a Think: Film Award at Berlinale 2015. He also directed A Heart of Love (2017), a film depicting the relationship between artists Wojciech Bąkowski and Zuzanna Bartoszek.
He authored books: “Subversive Strategies in the Media Arts: Józef Robakowski’s Found Footage and Video Scratch” and “Polish Art of the 70s”, as well as co-authored (with Barbara Piwowarska) “Polish New Wave: The History of a Phenomenon that Never Existed”. He also wrote a novel “Half Empty”, along with Łukasz Gorczyca. Ronduda is also an editor of numerous collective publications, as well as over 200 articles about art and film, printed in academic journals and popular magazines.  He curated numerous exhibitions, i.a. “Niezwykle rzadkie zdarzenia” (Extremely rare events) at the Centre for Contemporary Art in Warsaw in 2009, the 2006 “Analogue: Polish video art from the 70s and 80s” at Tate Modern in London, “1,2,3… Avant-garde” in 2008 also at Tate, as well as “Operators exercises: Open Form Film and Architecture” at Columbia University in New York in 2010.