Jury 2023

Alice Saey, France

Alice Saey is a graphic artist and animation director. She draws with Indian ink, often in Paris, but mostly in Rotterdam. Her work focusses on poetic and graphic forms of narration, in the fields of design and film. Since she graduated from a graphic design Masters in HEAR (Strasbourg, FR), she animated naked ladies, dancing geese and singing volcanos in music videos- ‘She’s Young’ (Shaking Godspeed), ‘Happy’ (Mark Lotterman) and ‘Careful’ (Jo Goes Hunting), amongst other original work for various clients including Arte, Centre Pompidou, Socialter. Currently, she is finishing my next short film Flatastic, written by Léa Perret and produced by Miyu and Keplerfilms. She will also be drawing murals for the new metro station La Courneuve – Six Routes, as a part of the Grand Paris Express project.

Robert Sowa, Poland

Animated film director, graphics artist. He graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Krakow, Graphics Department, specializing in animated film. Obtained his diploma in the Animated Film Studio in 1999. Currently he works as an instructor and associate of professor Jerzy Kucia at the Studio of Animated Films, Academy of Fine Arts, Krakow. The common problem he touches in his films is showing a loneliness, focused on emotions, suspended between the material and the imaginary world. Robert Sowa is of the film directors understanding the need for a constant feedback between all the artists participating in a project during the entire production process. He makes animated films with techniques such as stop motion, mixed media, painting and photography. In his work he is looking for visual experiment and the contexts to modern music.

Prof Lyudmil Hristov, Bulgaria

Prof. Lyudmil Hristov is the Director of the Radio-Television Center of New Bulgarian University. He graduated as a Master in “Film and Television Cinematography” at NATFA “Krastyo Sarafov” in 1984. He worked at the Film Studio “Boyana” from 1973 to 1990. Docent of Film and Television Cinematography since 1999 and professor of film and television cinematography since 2007. Works as a freelance film and television operator. He is a cameraman on documentaries, commercials, popular science and feature films, as well as television series and shows. Prof. Lyudmil Hristov has been teaching at the New Bulgarian University since 1991, he has been a member of the Academic Council of the NBU since its creation until 2020. In 1993, he founded the “Cinema, Video” department, which in 1994 was renamed “Cinema , advertising and show business’. In the period 1994–2000 and from 2006 to 2020, he was the head of the “Cinema, advertising and show business” department. He is the author of the one-year program “Advertising agent and commercial traveler” at NBU (1994) and of the program “Cinema and Television” (1993).

He is the head of the author’s collective, which created in 2007 the unified program “Visual Arts”. In the period 2000-2007, he was the director of the master’s program “Film and Television Art” and the director of the University Film Center at NBU.
From 2009 to 2013/14, the ” Cinema, advertising and show business” department headed by Prof. Lyudmil Hristov ranked first in the ranking of the departments of New Bulgarian University according to the evaluation criteria. He has repeatedly been included in the jury and selection committees of film and television festivals. His films have won Bulgarian and international awards. From 1997 to 2002, he was on the Board of Directors of “Sofia Film” EAD. He is the chairman of the Standing Committee on Humanities and Arts at NAOA in the period 2015-2018. He was the Chairman of the Board of Directors of “Filmautor” in the period 2014-2016. Prof. Hristov’s scientific interests are in the fields of higher education, cinema and television, photography, art. He is a member of the Union of Bulgarian Filmmakers and the Union of Bulgarian Journalists.

Noel Palazzo, Spain

Screenwriter, designer and researcher. She occasionally delves into making experimental videos and animations, and lectures and writes essays as a film critic. A couple of her short films have been awarded internationally. Since 2004 she collaborates with MAD (Barcelona) in the development of projects involving art, science and technology, co-founding Punto y Raya Festival in 2007. She’s also been a member of the iotaCenter’s Advisory Council in Los Angeles, California. She acts as a jury member for various international film & animation festivals, and curates special programmes of avantgarde animation.

Raimund Krumme, Germany

He is an independent director of animated films and mainly works with ink and brush animation drawn on paper. His interests include activities with experimental animation. His works – “Rope Dancers”, “Spectators”, “Crossroads”, “Prohod” and “The Message” won many international awards, in Annecy (France), Bonn (Germany), Krakow (Poland), Montreal (Canada). He taught at the University of Minas Gerais, Brazil, was a full-time lecturer in California Institute of Art and since 2006 has been a teacher at the Academy of media arts in Cologne. He also worked in the research department of the National Audiovisual Institute in Paris, France. He uses few graphic means and precise choreography in the animation to define spaces, to shape characters and develop scenes in his films.