Aurel Klimt

Born in 1972 in Żilina in Slovakia. He graduated from the animation department of FAMU in Prague in 1999 and since then he has been working there as an animation lecturer. Starting from 2000 he has been living in Malešov where he founded Zvon Studio. He makes his own film, working as a director, scriptwriter, animator, editor and producer. As a student he participated in the 3rd IFF Etiuda (1996) with his film “Maskin Kills Koskin” and in the 5th IFF Etiuda (1998) during which he was distinguished with a honorary mention for his “Bloody Hugo” which was recognized as the best animation in the festival competition. Klimt is an author of short and feature animated films which have been numerously awarded at various festivals – his “Filmfarum” (2002) and “Filmfarum II” (2006) received, among others, the award of the Czech Film Academy – the Czech Lions. His latest feature animation “Laika” (2017), which we present at this year’s Anima& Etiuda Festival out of competition, was also awarded with the Czech Lion. Aurel Klimt is also the author of theatre plays and producer of commercials.

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.

Marino Guarnieri

DIRECTOR, ANIMATOR, ILLUSTRATOR After working as a graphic designer, experimenting with all forms of expression and communication for the past 20 years, he has finally discovered his true passion: animation. He creates, designs and participates in the realization of commercials and video clips, TV theme songs and educational products, documentaries, specials and feature films. He supervised the animation for the documentary Gli Occhi più Azzurri, in the educational series Docucartoon, and the episode Giga & Stick for INAF, before embarking on the collaboration with MAD Entertainment. His works include: the music video for Foja’s Donna Maria, the promo for the movie A Skeleton Story and the theme song for the Festival Crossmediale Cartoons on the Bay. Assistant director, 2D supervisor and animation editor for the feature film L’Arte della Felicità. Winner of the 2014 European Film Awards for Best European Animated Film. He teaches Digital Animation at the Italian school of Comix, for which he directed the promotional commercial Chi Sogna Disegna and the short film Mezzanotte di Segni. He is also member of the board of ASIFA Italia (Associazione Internazionale Film di Animazione). Gatta Cenerentola is his first feature film as director.

Ülo Pikkov

Ülo PikkovÜlo Pikkov – born in 1976 in Tallin, Estonian filmmaker, producer, film expert and university lecturer. He studied animation at the Arts Academy in Turku, Finland. Since 1996 he has made several award-winning animated films, such as: “Cappuccino” (1996), “Bermuda” (1998), “Frank and Wendy” (2003-2005) and “Body Memory” (2011). He has authored numerous articles about film, as well as a publication “Animasophy. Theoretical Writings on the Animated Film” (2010). He has also written books for both children and adults.
In 2005 Ülo Pikkov graduated from the Institute of Law at the Tartu University, where he focused on the media and copyright law. For 10 years he was a teacher at the Faculty of Animation of the Estonian Academy of Arts, where he supported new talents at the Estonian animation scene. He defended his PhD dissertation entitled “Anti-Animation: Textures of Eastern European Animated Film” in 2018. He works as a manager and producer for documentaries and animated films at the Silmviburlane film studio.

Steven Woloshen

Steven WoloshenSteven Woloshen - born in 1960 in Montreal, Canadian film animator, pioneer of drawn-on-film animation. Woloshen first attended Vanier College, where he worked with Super-8 film and video, then specialized in 16 mm independent film techniques at Concordia University in Montreal. He has worked in camera-less animation since 1982. In 1999 he started working exclusively with a 35mm tape. During his 30 years of career as an animator Woloshen has made over 50 films, which have been awarded at festivals worldwide. He is also an author of several art installations for museums and galleries.
Twice nominated to the Canadian Governor General’s Award, he has received numerous creation and research grants. He has also been presented with a René Jodoin lifetime achievement award (2016) as well as a 2015 Wiesbaden Lifetime Award. He is also a teacher, conservation technician at the National Film Board of Canada and author of two books: “Recipes for Reconstruction: “The Cookbook for the Frugal Filmmaker” (2010) and “Scratch, Crackle & Pop! A Whole Grains Approach to Making Films without a Camera” (2015). Under his own banner, Scratchatopia, Woloshen has hosted solo retrospectives and taught handmade filmmaking techniques at workshops and master classes in Argentina, Morocco, USA, Slovenia, Australia, France, Great Britain, Greece, Portugal, Spain, Slovakia, Poland, Mexico, Hungary as well as across Canada.