Festival Jury

Short films

Born in Wallasey, Merseyside. Studied painting at Ravensbourne College of Art, and then film at the Royal College of Art. For the next ten years he worked as a freelance writer/director of live-action films. He began making animation in 1988. His "Intolerance" trilogy won Jury Award in Annecy and in Zagreb. His latest movie "Endgame" won Grand Prix in Zagreb and Bronze Pegasus at 9. Animator Festival.

|Multi-award-winning animator, director and book illustrator who grew up in Montreal’s Côte-des-Neiges borough. Throughout his 30-year-long career working in the NFB’s animation studios, Cohen has turned several beloved children’s tales into acclaimed films. "The Sweater", his renowned 1980 adaptation of Roch Carrier’s classic short story, has won a BAFTA and more than a dozen other international awards. In 2005, the NFB released a compilation DVD entitled "From Book to Film: Animated Classics by Sheldon Cohen", as a tribute to his brilliant career.

Born in Warsaw, a journalist and music critic. Studied music composition at a Warsaw music school (previously known as PWSM, today The Fryderyk Chopin University of Music). Worked as a journalist for, among others, "Gazeta Wyborcza", published in "Ruch Muzyczny", "Tygodnik Powszechny", "Wprost", "Newsweek", "Jazz Forum" and "Midrasz". Has been connected with "Polityka" for fifteen years ; also runs a music blog "Co w duszy gra" on its webpage. Author of " The Warsaw Autumns. Polish Music 1945-2007" published by Stentor.

Feature films

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 the Media. Her second feature as director, screenwriter and producer, "Crulic – The Path to Beyond" / "Crulic drumul spre dincolo" (2011), (Romanian-Polish co-production) received the Cristal Award in Annecy, and more than 35 prizes at other festivals. Earlier, Anca worked as a director of photography for two long feature films and many documentaries and shorts.

At the age of 14, Signe Baumane began publishing short stories in Latvia. She received a BA in Philosophy from Moscow State University, then started to work at Riga's Animated Film Studio as a cel painter. In 1998, Signe received her US green card and began making films at her own studio. In 2005 she became a NYFA Fellow in Film. Signe has written, directed and animated 15 shorts and one feature film, which collectively have been accepted in over 300 film festivals around the world and received many awards.

Born on Long Island, NY, David Silverman started drawing at age four, and he’s never found a good reason to stop. Much of David’s career has revolved around The Simpsons. He has directed 23 episodes and has won 4 Emmys along the way. He also directed The Simpsons Movie, released in 2007. He worked at DreamWorks, Pixar (Monsters, Inc. - co-director), and Blue Sky (Ice Age, Robots – writing and drawing). In 2012, David directed and co-wrote the short film Maggie Simpson in: The Longest Daycare, which went on to earn him an Academy Award nomination.