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Ivan Bogdanov

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Ivan Bogdanov graduated from the Academy of Arts ‘Willem de Kooning’ in 2001, the Netherlands, and in the year of 2006 returned to live in Bulgaria. He is the founder of Compote Collective, along with Vessela Dantcheva, and together they work on short animated films that have been both presented and have received awards on numerous international festivals. In recent years, he took interest in the art of photography, and through it he experiments with both forms of art: photography and animation. Since 2016 he teaches at New Bulgarian University in Sofia, Bulgaria in the programme of ‘Animation Cinema’.

Fernando Galrito

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Fernando Galrito was born in Samora Correia (Portugal). He took Cinema, Animation, Video and Theatre Director courses and graduated in Anthropology, as well as having an MA in Culture, Communication and New Technologies. Currently, he is working on his PhD |Animation, From the screen to the stage to the Gallery. In 2000 he founded and is the artistic director of the MONSTRA | Lisbon Animated Film Festival.

Galrito teaches Animation and Artistic Interdisciplinary Project at the Superior School of Design and Art | ESAD.CR (Portugal) since 2000. He also presents lectures on the subject of Moving Images; The Pedagogy of Animation and the relation between Animation, New Technologies and Other Arts in different national and international Universities and Arts Schools, and is a guest teacher and conduct animation workshops in different universities in Europe, America, Asia and Africa. Fernando Galrito has directed animated films, documentaries and videos shown and primed at national and international festivals and televisions. Direct also transdisciplinary projects relating animation, theatre, dance and fine arts.

He had also coordinated the Moving Image Centre of the Gulbenkian Foundation from 1986 until 2005. And has been a jury member of various international festivals, collaborating with various magazines, radio and TV programs related to cinema and pedagogy. He is a member of national and international organisations for Animation Arts.

Teddy Grouya

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Teddy Grouya is an award-winning filmmaker, Theodore “Teddy” Grouya is currently the Director of the American Documentary And Animation Film Festival and Film Fund (AmDocs), perhaps the largest Docs-only festival in the U.S. After graduating from UCLA while studying motion picture/television and history, Teddy worked on several Hollywood films as well as directing live television. Later, Teddy received an M.A. from the Australian National University in International Relations and then worked in international programs for the State Department. Today, Teddy is directing several film and television programs including a travel gastronomic series, a feature film, and a surf adventure project benefitting developing nation communities. Additionally, Teddy continues to work as an editorial and production consultant on films in development as well as in the rough cut stages.

AmDocs’ year-round mission is to enhance and encourage education outreach through film as well as international conference and filmmaker exchanges.

Pavel Horáček

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Pavel Horáček was born in České Budějovice, Czech Republic. He graduated in Film History and Audiovisual Culture from Masaryk University in Brno, devoting his thesis to means of expression and specific animation techniques, namely in Czech animated films. For three years, he worked as programme director at the AniFest International Festival of Animated Films in Teplice. Since 2013 Pavel has been working as IFAF AniFilm programme director in Třeboň. He is an initiator and dramaturge of the internet portal aniont.com, presenting authorial works of animation. He has curated three DVD anthologies of Czech animation, released by the former Institute of Czech Animation. He was also the catalogue editor for Jiří Trnka’s Studio exhibition. He prepares special programmes of animated films for institutions in the Czech Republic and abroad. Pavel writes about film and animation, and served as a jury member of various international festivals.

Olga Pärn

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Olga Pärn graduated from Belorussian Art Academy in 2000 (graphic department, with specializing on etching) Diploma of Excellence. From 1996 till 2003 Olga Marchenko(maiden-name) worked at studio Belarusfilm as art-director and animator mostly with sand animation technique with her parents – Elena Petkevich and Vladimir Petkevich. From year 2003 till 2005 she studied in „La Poudriere” – school for animation directors (France, Valence). 2004-2006 worked in Paris for different animation studios as storyboard artist.

From 2006 Olga is living in Estonia and working at JOONISFILM studio. From 2008 her family name is Pärn. In collaboration with Priit Pärn she made 5 awardwinning films (90min all together) as co-director and co-artist. Among 36 prizes received 11 are Grand Prix from the prestigious festivals. 2014 Olga and Priit as well received Estonian State Cultural Prize for the best Estonian film of the Year for the film ’’Pilots on the way home’’. Specially for this film Olga and Priit developed unique type of sand animation technique. Olga have been done a number of demonstrations and workshops of sand animation and painting on glass (for wide-public and for animation students) in France, Finland, Turkey, Bulgaria, Croatia, Japan, China. She is teaching in Animation department at Estonian Academy of Arts from 2007, and as assosiated professor from 2014. She is activly working as illiustrator mainly for children books and magazines.