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.

Anna Mantzaris

She is a Swedish Animation Director based in London and Stockholm. Her work is often character driven and she loves to mix humour and melancholy.

Her short films, But Milk is Important (2012) and Enough (2017) has won over 50 international awards, including European Animation Awards, Vimeo Best of the Year and Walt Disney,  Audience award at Ottawa International Animation Festival and Honourable Mention, Anima competition, IFF Etiuda&Anima 2018.

Her most recent film ‘Good Intentions’ premiered at BFI London Film Festival and was awarded at London International Animation Festival among others.

Anna is represented by Passion Animation Studios, where she directs different types of commercials and commissions, including a Christmas advert for Greenpeace.

Anna has an MA in Animation at the Royal College of Art and worked on Wes Anderson’s Isle of Dogs.

Thomas Renoldner

Born 1960 in Linz, Upper Austria. He studied psychology and educational theory at the universities in Innsbruck and Salzburg, painting and animation film at the Academy of Applied Arts / Vienna.

Since the age of sixteen work in the areas of music, painting, film, installation and performance. Numerous personal experimental and animated films and some commercials.

Thomas Renoldner, Picture: Peter Putz

He is also producer of animated films for artists like e.g. for Sabine Groschup, Heimo Wallner, Nicolas Mahler, Linda Wolfsgruber, Federica Pagnucco, Christoph Abbrederis or Heinz Wolf.

Since 1992 animation workshops and seminars with children, youngsters & adults. After a one year lectureship for animation at the Arts University in Linz (2002) an animation courses at SAE Vienna regular animation lectures / seminars as leader of animation studios at the Vienna Art School (2003-2014) and the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna (since 2004).

Also theorist and curator of film programmes, co-curator of Animation Avantgarde competition at Vienna Shorts Filmfestival and director of the 2 Days Animation Festival in Vienna. He prepared numerous Austrian programmes for international festivals (such as: Hiroshima (JP), Zagreb (HR), Cinanima, Espinho (PT), Anifest, Trebon (CZ)).

Anca Damian

Anca Damian studied at the Academy of Theatre and Film Arts where she obtained a diploma in Cinematography and a Doctor’s degree in Arts, Cinema and Media. After graduating, she worked as a director, screenwriter and producer for several documentaries on art related topics, and also as a director of photography for two long feature films, and many other documentaries and shorts.

In 2008, she made her first long feature film as a director, screenwriter and co-producer, “Crossing Dates” (2008), a layered story that made Jay Weissberg write in Variety “keep your eyes on Anca Damian”. The film was selected in international film festivals like Busan, Chicago, Goa, Cottbus, Goteborg and Rome.

In 2012, her second feature as Director, screenwriter and producer, “Crulic – The Path to Beyond”, came to the international attention with great impact. Both the autobiographic narration and the experimental form ensured the Kafkaesque movie favour of many festival selectors – Locarno, Telluride, BFI London Film Festival, Annecy, Busan, New Directors/New Films in New York among others 250 festivals. The movie got more than 35 international prizes, among which the Cristal for Best Feature Film Award in Annecy.

In 2013, her next feature, “A Very Unsettled Summer” was an English-speaking film with international cast: Kim Bodnia, Jamie Sives and Ana Ularu. An innovative look upon a Pirandellian love triangle was brought in this Romanian, Swedish, Czech and UK coproduction.

In 2015, her second animated feature “The Magic Mountain” continues to establish Anca Damian’s visual innovation style combined with strong topics. The story of a Don Quixote in Afghanistan is also the second film of a trilogy that started with Crulic. It had the world premiere in Annecy, and the international premiere in Karlovy Vary IFF international competition. It was selected in more than 60 festivals, such as San Sebastian, Leipzig, Amiens, Busan and won 11 international prizes. She was also the first to receive the Audentia Award in 2016 offered by Eurimages, which intends to celebrate women who have had the courage to make that choice of pursuing a career in film directing, by giving their work greater visibility and inspiring other women to follow in their footsteps.

In 2018, her most recent live action feature “Moon Hotel Kabul” premiered in Warsaw IFF, where it received the Best Director accolade, while her latest short animated feature “The Call” travelled the world in over 50 international festivals, among which Annecy, Toronto, Sundance, Hong Kong, and won 9 international prizes.

She was awarded the Mirada International Award in Madrid International Film Festival 2018 – New Directors Platform, for being “a total creator, a true landmark and an unchallenged inspiration for new directors.” – as stated by the organisers.

In 2019 she premiered Marona’s Fantastic Tale in Annecy, followed by long festival selection in festivals like Rotterdam IFF, Tokyo IFF and a lot of accolades like European Film Awards nomination, Grand Prize for a feature film & Audience Award – BIAF 2019, Special Jury prize in Animation is Film Los Angeles, BETV award in Anima. The film has a worldwide distribution in US, France, Sweden, China, Japan, Korea, Spain Turkey, Poland…

Andrzej Pągowski

Anima Competition Jury

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. Andrzej Pągowski was the author of the  26th Edition of International Film Festival Etiuda&Anima 2019 poster.

Dahee Jeong

Jury Anima Competition

Born in South Korea, studied Communication Design in Seoul. After working in advertising, got a Master’s in Animation at the ENSAD in Paris. Since 2013 Dahee has been working as an independent animation film director and producer. 

Her first film, Man on the Chair(2014) won the Cristal at the Annecy Int'l Animated Film Festival. The Empty(2016) won the Grand Prix at the Hiroshima Int'l Animation Festival. Her latest film, Movements(2019) was presented at the Directors' Fortnight of the Cannes Film Festival. She is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. 

Mariusz Wilczyński

A self-taught artist who has been creating animated auteur cinema for over twenty years.

Retrospectives of his films were held, among others, at MoMA in New York, National Museum of Brasília, Tokyo International Forum and The National Museum in Warsaw.

Mariusz Wilczyński Picture: Janusz Marynowski

His animations were shown at the National Gallery in London and at Berlinale.

He also realises improvised live animation performances which he co-creates with symphony orchestras from Hong Kong, Paris, Tokyo, Geneva, Lviv and Warsaw.

In 2007, the New York Times called him “one of the most important contemporary creators of artistic animation.”

For the last 14 years, he has been working on “Kill It and Leave This Town.”

He is a professor of animation at the Film School in Łódź.