Jury of Anifilm 2015

International Competition of Feature Films


Nancy Denney-Phelps     Nancy Denney-Phelps | USA 

Animation lecturer and curator Nancy Denney-Phelps is also a journalist writing about European animation and festivals, her writings have appeared in such publications as Cartoon and Animation, as well as on her regular blog for AWN (Animation World Network). She is also a producer of music for animation. Along with her composer/musician husband Nik Phelps, she co-founded the Sprocket Ensemble dedicated to presenting live performances of original music with screenings of contemporary animation. She is also a regular correspondent for ASIFA/San Francisco and a member of the ASIFA International Board of Directors. Nancy has served on numerous International Animation Festival juries and taught time management for animators at the Lucerne University.


Andrea Martignoni     Andrea Martignoni | IT

Performer, composer, sound designer, historian and distributor in the field of animation. Andrea Martignoni has created soundtracks for short animations by Blu, Pierre Hébert, Roberto Catani among others. He taught history of animation in Fine Arts Academy in Palermo and currently is a lecturer at IULM University in Milan. He cooperates with international festivals leading master classes, workshops, lectures on topics related to animation and soundtrack. Martignoni won the Golden Reiter for the best soundtrack from the 23th International Short Film Festival FilmFest in Dresden and the ASIFA Award in Italy in 2010. He has performed at international film and music festivals in Europe (e.g. with Theodore Ushev). He also is active in promoting the Italian animated film internationally.


Bastien Dubois     Bastien Dubois | FR

Director, writer, animator and keen traveller, Bastien Dubois received his diploma in CGI directing from Supinfocom, in Valenciennes. Bastien Dubois is known for his Oscar Nominee Madagascar, a Journey Diary (2009), his first independent film, which earned him international recognition throughout the animation community at the age of 26. In 2013 he directed his second short Cargo Cult (2013) set in Papua New Guinea and also Faces from Places (2013), a TV series of travelogue films from various countries of the world. He’s currently working on his first feature film script.





Michele Cournoyer     Michele Cournoyer | CAN

Award-winning animator and experimental director Michèle Cournoyer studied graphic arts, photography and animation in Quebec, England and Italy. During the 1970s she worked as a set designer, art director, costume designer and screenwriter for several Quebec-based film companies.

Cournoyer won the NFB French Animation and Youth Studio's 9th Cinéaste recherché competition in 1989. The prize money from the award allowed her to make the animated short A Feather Tale (La bassecour, 1992).Confrontational relationships between women and men are a common theme in her work, which also tend towards the surrealistic. While she has experimented with computerization in such works as An Artist (1994), Cournoyer usually uses traditional animation methods.


Niki Lindroth von Bahr     Niki Lindroth von Bahr | SW


Visual artist, sculptor and director who lives and works in Stockholm, Sweden. Niki Lindroth von Bahr graduated in set design and prop making from Nordiska Scenografiskolan in 2006 and received her Bachelor degree in fine art at the Royal Institute of Art in Stockholm 2014. She has also freelanced for several years as a prop maker for film, music videos and commercials, and directed two animated short films Tord and Tord (2010) and Bath House (2014), both successfully presented at international festivals in Annecy, Sundance or Fredrikstad. Bath House recently won the Grand Prix at Anima, Brussels. As a sculptor, Niki regularly participates in group exhibitions in Swedish galleries.


Lukáš Skalník     Lukáš Skalník | CZ

Lukas Skalnik is one of the founding members of Eallin Motion Art, one of the leading animation studios in the region. The majority of his work over the past 16 years has been as a producer of animated TV Commercials, Music Videos and Short Films.He consistently works with award winning talent from all around the world, managing an international roster of both well-established directors as well as top young up-coming talent.

His company Eallin's international repertoire spans top clientele such as Coca Cola, Ikea, Subaru, Hyundai and is on the forefront of cutting edge technology and storytelling.

In 2011 he received worldwide recognition and acclaim for the official international campaign film for the 50th Anniversary of Amnesty International, which he produced alongside director Carlos Lascano, with music composed by world renown Hans Zimmer.


International Competition of Musicvideos and non-narrative, experimental and boundary forms of animation


Lou Sanitráková     Lou Sanitráková | CZ

Graphic artist, animator and illustrator Lou Sanitráková studied applied graphics at the Faculty of Art and Design at the university in Ústínad Labem. Her interest in conceptual and multimedia arts led her to the Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design in Prague where she graduated infilm and TV graphics with her praised graduation film Noggins (Kebule, 2007). Since her school days, she has focused on films for children and their aesthetics. She directed the animated film Jules and Wavelet (Julka a Vlnka, 2007), the film for deaf children The Path of the Horse (Cestakoně, 2009) and the music video JagWar (2010). Her long-term projects include for example Lesokraj, an interactive video game and digital book aiming to help children learn how to read. She also worked as the programme coordinator of the AniFest festival.


Anna Ida Orosz     Anna Ida Orosz | HU

Lecturer, curator, historian and theoretician Anna Ida Oroszstudied film theory and cinema history at the Budapest EötvösLóránd University (ELTE). Currently she is a PhD student at ELTE’s Institute of Art Theory and Media Studies. She teaches animation history at Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design Budapest, and has been working as an animation specialist at the Hungarian Film Archive since 2012. She has been in the organizing committee of the Kecskemét Animation Film Festival (KAFF) since 2009. With TamásPatrovits, she is the co-founder and curator of Primanima World Festival of First Animations first organized in 2012 in Budaörs, Hungary.


Maroš Brojo     Maroš Brojo | SK

Maroš Brojo is the artistic director of Fest Anča International Animation Festival in Žilina, Slovakia. As one of the program coordinators, he manages Bratislava’s Cinema Foajé dedicated mainly to animated, short, experimental and amateur films. At Visegrad Animation Forum, he coordinates the project Visegrad Animation Rallye focused on V4 animated films promotion. He is a member of Slovak Audiovisual Fund commissions for development and production of animated films and also regularly writes reviews, critiques, commentaries and papers for several Slovak film and culture magazines and websites. He collects Slovak animated music videos and worries about their preservation since no one else really cares.