Geert Van Goethem is producer and director, specialized in animation films. He teaches Production, Production Management and Project Development at the Brussels based Royal Institute for Theatre, Cinema and Sound (RITCS), and Film Analysis at LUCA School of Arts Campus C-Mine in Genk (B). In 1987 he was co-founder of the Brussels based multidisciplinary production center for the arts S.O.I.L. (Sight Of an Ignored Landscape), where he still is artistic director. Over the years this organization became a leading independent production center for the arts in Belgium. Many of its productions were internationally awarded. In 2005 Geert was nominated for the prestigious Flanders Culture Award. He was member of the General Assembly of the Flanders Audiovisual Fund (VAF), and the General Assembly of the Institute for Visual and Audiovisual Arts (BAM) in Brussels. He also was member of the jury at several international film festivals.
Toon Loenders is an acclaimed animation film artist, well-known for his stop motions in television programs. His company, KLADARADATSCH!, made feature films in coproduction with different countries. Oscar winning film ‘Karakter’ was one. Awards and nominations were given for his commissioned films ‘Rechargeable Nick’ (at the Académie International des Images de Synthese Brussel), ‘A fond’ (1st prize at Festival Européen de L’Image) and ‘Biodiversity’ (European Excellence Award). Toon currently makes his own independent films and television series with a new company SLAMMER! Productions. ‘Exitus’, combining animation and urban exploring, was on screen on several television channels across Europe. In 2017 he co-directs ‘THE ORIGIN OF SOUND’, a short film with famous animation filmer Paul Driesen, and is finishing in 2019 ‘Prospero’ a shortfilm in pixilation and stopmotion- techniques. Toon teaches Stop Motion, (Animation) Film Styling, and Art-Based Research at LUCA School of Arts. www.toonloenders.com
Steven Malliet is a researcher and artist in digital media, music and game design. He teaches Art Based Research, Web Design, Game Design and (Digital) Media Theory. He has a strong international teaching experience, as a guest lecturer at among others the University of North Dakota, Erasmus University of Rotterdam, Tampere University and Aalto University, and as speaker at several international festivals and conferences, including South-By-Southwest. He is the co-editor of two international books on media culture: Moral Issues in Digital Game Play (ACCO, 2012) and The Borders of Subculture (Routledge, 2015). He was, among others, supervisor of the Seeing Sound project, which is still ongoing as a course module at LUCA School of Arts (www.seeingsound.be). His art, which mainly relates to music (videos) can be found at www.slowbear.be.
After having produced films for several animation studios, in 2000 Karin started working as coordinator and programmer at the ANIMA international film festival (http://www.animafestival.be/). Karin is a member of many selection committees of film festivals and funding organizations, including the Flemish Audiovisual Fund (VAF –https://www.vaf.be/flanders-audiovisual-fund). At LUCA, Karin applies her extensive knowledge of animation film culture and its production context, in her courses on Animation Film History and Animation Film Management.
Dirk Henrotay has worked as lead 3D animator on several international co-productions, including the full-features ‘Fox and Hare’ (2018), ‘Ploey’ (2018) and ‘Richard the Stork’ (2017). He was also involved in several award-winning short films: ‘Voltaire’ (Jan Snoekx, 2015), ‘Nuru’ (Michael Palmaers, 2011) and ‘Dji Vou Veu Volti’ (Benoît Féroumont, 2008). Specialising in 3D character animation, Dirk currently combines his teaching job at LUCA School of Arts with production work for high-renowned studios Fabrique Fantastique, Cyborn and Walking The Dog. He teaches 3D animation, Creation in Context, Animation Film Direction and Motion Graphics / Compositing.
Professor of Practice Anne Lakanen is one of the most seasoned film editors in Finland, furthermore, she has been active in the Finnish animation field since 1980s. At the moment her CV includes participation in more than 160 films from features to series and animated shorts, from fictions to documentaries and experimental films. Many of them have got awarded around the world.
Executive in Residence Tuula Leinonen is animation director, teacher and researcher, who also has a long career in managing animation networking and developing projects with organisations from both private and public sector in Finland. She currently works as an executive in residence, who is responsible for teaching, research and curriculum of the Master’s programme in Animation at the Aalto University. In addition, she has directed several short films since 1990 and is the author of the comprehensive book 100 vuotta suomalaista animaatiota (100 years of Finnish Animation). She has been curating several animation screenings and organized international Animatricks Animation Film Festival as a board member for many years.
Tanja Bastamow is digital artist who has been working as a freelancer in virtual set design, 3D animation and post production for virtual & augmented reality, film, television and experimental games since 2000. In addition to this, she has a long career in teaching digital design methods as a full-time lecturer as well as a part-time teacher. Her key areas of interest are immersive virtual environments, finding new visual styles in digital expression, how new technology affects visual storytelling, and integrating digital tools with analogue working methods. She is currently studying for PhD, doing research on the performative and aesthetic possibilities of real-time virtual scenography.
PAULO VIVEIROS holds a PhD in Film Studies and a MA in Video Art both by Universidade Nova de Lisboa. He is an Associate Professor and the Head of the MA in Animation Arts and the Graduation Course in Digital Animation both at Universidade Lusófona. He is a member of the R&D research unit CICANT – Centre for Research in Applied Communication, Culture and New Technologies. He is also jury in Portuguese Film Institute (ICA) for animation public competitions for financial support.
José Miguel Ribeiro stidied Fine Arts at the School of Belas-Artes from Lisboa and started working as a draftsman in 1990.
Start making a short animation in 1994 among the highlights O Banquet dóna Rainha and O Ovo. In 1999 done A Suspeita, short with which he was awarded 26 international awards, highlighting the Cartoon d’Or in 2000. In 2004, he made a cartoon series of 1.40 minutes Home Things that consists of 26 episodes, where the protagonists are the things that are in a house: the mop, the toothbrush, the glasses, the vacuum cleaner etc. The series was honored with several international awards.