Tsvika Oren is an Israeli film producer who has produced more than 30 films. He is a known lecturer, journalist and film critic. Additionally, he is a board member of the International Animation Film Society ASIFA. Tsvika Oren has participated in many courses and workshops, mainly in Europe, on all aspects of filmmaking: from story developing to distribution and marketing. He has also toured around U.S.A and Canada, to study from local studios, among others, NFBC, Warners, Chuck Jones and Hubley. He has been invited to give film lectures in different film schools around the U.S. and Canada. Tsvika Oren has published hundreds of articles and film critiques in various publication, mainly on animation, around the world. He has been in the jury of many prestigious film festivals, for exemple Annecy, Stuttgart and Ottawa film festivals. Currently, he is giving Animation history & theory lectures in Minshar For Art school and cultural center in Tel Aviv.
Emma de Swaef is a Belgian animation director. Emma was born in 1985 in Ghent, Belgium and studied Documentary Filmmaking at the St-Lukas Academy in Brussels. She decided to put her knitting and craft skills to use in her stop motion graduation film, “Soft Plants”. The short introduces the character of chubby office-worker Willy. In 2012, she made her first professional stop motion film “Oh Willy…” with filmmaker Marc James Roels. This film went on to win 80 international awards, including the Cartoon d’Or. Marc and Emma are currently working on their next short film and developing an animated series. Emma also works as director and modelmaker on commercials and teaches stop-motion animation at the St- Lukas Academy in Brussels. Find more information about Emma on www.marcandemma.com.
Kalju Kivi is a reputed Estonian film artist, scenarist and director. He graduated from Tartu Art School’s Artistic Wood Design department and the Estonian National Art Institute’s Fashion Design department. Kalju Kivi has worked as a director in Nukufilm studio, and since 1995 he has been the Artistic Director of the Estonian Puppet Theatre. In addition, he is a member of the Association of Estonian Scenographers. He is known for his animation films „Glass Cluster Game“ (1985), „The Baker and the Chimneysweep“(1982) and „The Goat“ (1991).
Mariely González Barboza (Venezuela)
Natalia Krawczuk (Poland)
Aigar Vals (Estonia)
Ewa Drzewicka (Poland)
Jonas Taul (Estonia)
Mariely González Barboza about herself: I was born in Venezuela and now I live in Tallinn, Estonia. I’ve graduated from Media Studies with a specialty in Cinematography at the University of Los Andes in Mérida, Venezuela. I’ve been participating in the Venezuelan National Film Festival for several years in the competition of Cineátomo (Atom movie) and Animated Marathon. I won the 3rd place in 2010, and the 6th place in 2011. I’ve made around 10 short movies in total, a few of these with animation. I have also worked at the Media Fabric (a short movie film festival) in Mérida. Currently, I’m doing my Master’s degree in Animation at the Estonian Academy of Arts.
Natalia Krawczuk about herself: I graduated from the faculty of Ethnology and Athropology of Culture at the Warsaw University. After studies, I worked for a PR agency and public cultural institutions. Since 2011, I have been studying at the faculty of Animation and FX at Polish National Film School in Łódź. Currently, I’m making an exchange semester at the Animation Department of Estonian Academy of Art.
Aigar Vals about himself: I am a musician, and as a film student, interested in making (animation) films. Have been attending PÖFF since the age of 11.
Ewa Drzewicka about herself: I am a student from Poland. Since 2012, I am student of Academy of Fine Arts in Krakow in Graphics Department. In Tallinn I’m on Animation Department at the Estonian Academy of Arts.
Jonas Taul about himself: I received my bachelor’s degree in audiovisual art at the Gerrit Reitveld Academie in Amsterdam. Since I was 8 years old, I’ve lived out of Estonia, in Russia, Germany, and the Netherlands. 5 years ago I returned and have been in Tallinn since. I started off making films, yet my work has always expanded into many different art forms. Over the last two years, I have been illustrating picture books and now am expanding this venture into the realm of animation.