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Julio Pot

Santiago, Chile
Director Animator Screenwriter Animation Teacher

Julio entered the world of animation by "Villa Dulce", in which he was animator. Already in 2007 he was invited to direct the film version of the hit series “Pulentos”. In 2008 returns to his profession as a full animator and art director for TV show "Renata”. In 2011 won the "Noche de monos" festival with a 'mini'shortfilm called "Reverse Sicology". In 2013 publish our shortfilm "The Gift", winner of 21 awards and selected in more than 100 festivals arround the world. Now he works in a web serie based on "The Gift", and his new shortfilm, called "Who are you?"

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Navdeep Singh

New York, USA
Animator

While most kids in my class were busy searching for answers, their heads submerged in their books, I was busy studying how they were moving their heads. Later, I would replicate these movements so that my teacher would believe that I too was busy looking for answers. This was when I first realized that one of my skills was carefully observing others, a tiny hint that later helped me start on the path of becoming an animator. Throughout my post-graduation years at Savannah College of Art and Design, although I was fascinated by feature film animation, I was truly amazed by the diversity of animation present in the advertisement and commercial field. From stop motion to 2D animation and from life-like to cartoon-like styles, I was thrilled to imagine myself working with these various styles. After graduating from SCAD, I started as an intern at The Mill, and I have been there for the past five years, learning and sharing new ideas. Through opportunities to animate a talking box(Progressive Insurance box), an award winning extremely life-like chimpanzee(PETA 98% Human), a talking lady pizza slice (Orbit), walking plants(Bayer Durazone), talking chameleon(Valspar Paints), and facial expressions for Muhammad Ali(Porsche), my field has given me just the fun that I was looking for.

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Ana Maria Alvarado

Los Angeles, USA
Character Animator

I’ve been drawing, illustrating, filmmaking and animating to tell stories since I can remember. Some of my more recent work highlights have been Disney’s PLANES FIRE AND RESCUE, Scorsese’s HUGO, and the TV series TERRANOVA. I studied filmmaking at FAMU Prague, where I learned about the power of telling a story with images, and then went on to study at NYU where I was introduced to 3d animation. I have since worked on characters in STUART LITTLE 2, HARRY POTTER AND THE SORCEROR’S STONE, OPEN SEASON and Burton’s ALICE IN WONDERLAND. My professional focus has been mostly on character animation, but I am also passionate about innovative and inventive storytelling in film. I love to see different creative mediums used in animation (2D, 3D, VR, etc.) and creative problem solving for challenges in new media!

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Erik van Drunen

Tilburg, Netherlands
Animation & Film Curator Teacher Animation History

After a short dynamic experience in psychiatric nursing and art therapy, Erik van Drunen took a second chance and studied animation and photography. The path then has led him through a wide range of activities in the field of animation and film education. He served on selection committees and juries and works as script coach. At the Holland Animation Film Festival he was in the wonderful position to see loads of films in their final glory for eleven editions. At the Netherlands Institute for Animation Film (NIAf) he was in charge of education, workshops, master classes and the artist-in-residence programme. He works as curator for KLIK! Amsterdam Animation Festival and FANTOCHE. He lectures history and animation theory at LUCA School of Arts in Brussels. The noisy but inspirational contact with the rising troops of new animation directors prevents him to forget how it all begins and means a close contact with the future.

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Martin Klekner

Prague, Czech Republic
Game Cinematic Designer VFX Artist

After finishing my studies at Filmschool Zlin I quickly became interested in the field of visual effects. I used this skill extensively during the production of my Star Wars fanfilms, later while working for the Czech VFX company UPP and throughout my freelance career. Nowadays, I specialize in directing and creating cutscenes for Kingdom Come: Deliverance (Warhorse Studios), the ambitious Czech RPG project by Dan Vávra. Above all else I love great visuals that support great stories - a topic I like to write about at vizualniefekty.cz. For 7 years I also contributed with VFX-focused articles to the Pixel magazine.

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Irene Iborra Rizo

Barcelona, Spain
Director Screenwriter Stop Motion Animator

I'm screenwriter, director and stop motion animator. I have written and directed short films, TV series for kids, among other formats, broadcasted in national and international television. Many of my short films (Citoplasmas in acid medium, Click) have been selected and awarded in important international film festivals like Animamundi (Brazil) and Annecy (France). With Citoplasmas, stop motion animation studio that I co-own, I have directed and animated commercials/personal projects. At the same time, I'm teaching scriptwriting in the Stop Motion MA (BAU University Centre) and now I'm writing a children book series called The Seven Cave children.

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Murat Sayginer

Ankara, Turkey
Director Animator Photographer Composer

Murat Saygıner is a self-taught artist who works in the fields of art photography and computer graphics, and is also known as a digital artist, filmmaker and composer. Born in Prague in 1989, Murat Saygıner studied in Paris during his childhood and graduated from Lycee Charles De Gaulle high school in Ankara. He got involved with photography in 2007 and won several international awards. In 2008 his works were selected for ''IPA BEST OF SHOW'' exhibition in New York. In 2010 he was awarded Emerging Talent of the Year in the Worldwide Photography Gala Awards. He published several animated short films since 2013.

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