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I am a Motion Designer and 3D generalist, currently based in Mexico City. I am passionate about creating ideas and translate them visually. Since I was 23 years old, I have been involved in the world of design and animation, my professional development has allowed me to get involved in advertising and film projects using different tools and techniques, 10:35 is the first short film I have directed in spaceboy and leaves me with a great experience and desire to continue learning.
Award Winner: Audience Choice & Best Screenplay for film "10:35"
Director Park and his Stop Motion Puppets. Lady Fairy, Woodcutter and Monster's Story. These days, in the digital age, analog is gone. Handmade animation is gradually decreasing. Of course, it is an efficient and natural result. Nevertheless, there is still someone somewhere Who produces analog animations. And This is their story.
Award Winner: Best Stop Motion for film "Puppet Story"
Michael Cusack was born in Manchester in the UK and moved to Adelaide South Australia when he was 11 years old. His first major award was an Australian Film Institute Award in 1985 for the short film Waltzing Matilda. In collaboration with his Producer, Richard Chataway, he was responsible for setting up the animation department at the South Australian Film Corporation. Since then Michael has forged a flourishing career as director of both high end television commercials and a growing number of award winning short films.
Award Winner: Best Animated Short and Best Director for film "The Better Angels"
Lu Qi is a director of Changchun Film Studio and a National First-Class Artist. He was one of the ten best directors of Chinese TV dramas selected by China Film Producers’ Association in 2014.
Award Winner: Best Animated Feature film "Warrior King"
Thomas Smoor Isaksen is a filmmaker from Aalesund, Norway. He attended film school in Bergen and finished his Bachelor of Creative Arts at Deakin University in Melbourne. He is currently working as a freelancer on movie- and tv-productions and is trying to establish himself as a writer and director. The short film “A Dream of Hawaii” is presented now as his directorial debut, a cautionary tale about the overuse of plastic. Thomas´s primary career goal is to evolve the short film idea and create a feature set in the same universe for children.
Award Winner: Best Director for film "A Dream of Hawaii"
A native of France with over 15 years in the creative industry and 10+ years at Magnetic Dreams, Joël Gibbs has a dual Masters in Art and Production Creation from Université de Haute Bretagne Rennes 2. Upon graduation, Gibbs was hired at Magnetic Dreams and has been producing some of the company’s best content since. Not just a director but also an expert compositor, Gibbs’ creative vision can be seen across a multitude of projects for Dell, Marvel, Samsung, Nickelodeon, Chick-fil-A, and more. While at Magnetic, Gibbs directed both the Thor and Loki and Iron Man Extremis motion comics, a total of 130 minutes for Marvel. These long form narratives remain enormously popular as streaming content on various platforms. Gibbs is known for his versatility across various artistic styles, knowledge of multiple software packages, and innate creativity.
Award Winner: Best Music & Song for film "The Moon Followed Me To Falmouth" Hawaii"
Starting animation creation since 2000, is distinctive for his narrative rhythm within lens and blocking, especially specialized in layout and composition sensation. Fond of raining days which brings inspiration and sense of full life.
Award Winner: Best 3D Animation for film "REALIGN"
Bruno Simões is a Barcelona based animator and filmmaker. He has directed several independent short films such as Sugar Girl or The Doctor's Wife, as well as commissioned animated films for clients such as the United Nations, Ad Council, Polaroid, Lego, Nutella, Ted Ed or Southeastern Guide Dogs, which have been screened and awarded at prestigious animated festivals around the world.
Award Winner: Best Screenplay & Story for "Kafka's Doll"
Sean is an animator and storyboard artist with over twenty years of industry experience. He has worked on numerous television and feature film productions in Europe and North America, including roles at Oscar nominated Irish studio Cartoon Saloon and Oscar winning Norwegian studio Mikrofilm. His career has included roles at every stage of the animation pipeline.
Award Winner: Best 2D Animation for film "Corvine"
Mexican. Graduated from ITESM. He has worked as film editor in the film LITTLE ROOSTER'S EGG-CELLENT ADVENTURE, this movie was placed in one of the films with more views in 2015, and also is one of the top ten Mexican movies in box office of all the times. He has work as film editor in two award winning short films at the ECOFILM Festival. He was part of Berlinale Talents Guadalajara in 2016, and has worked as Editor and Digital compositor in four animated feature films.
Award Winner: Poetry in Motion Award for film "Terra Somnus: Dreamland"