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Rolf Giesen

Born 1953 in Moers. Studied at Free University of Berlin. PhD. (Dr. phil.) in 1979. Was 20 years curator at Deutsche Kinemathek (German Cinematheque) in charge of collections "Ray Harryhausen" and "Special Effects/Animation" (Rolf Giesen Collection). Organized film exhibitions and wrote numerous articles and approximately 50 books on all topics of film and media, including titles for American publishers ("Nazi Propaganda Films", "Special Effects Artists") As a consultant, scenarist, co-writer he was involved in the production of several animated features ("Asterix and the Big Fight", "Laura’s Star", "Little Dodo", the "Laura's Star" movies, "Little Big Panda") as well as series and specials ("The Neverending Story" TV series, "Laura’s Christmas Star"). Dr. Giesen was Honorary Professor at the German Film School for digital production. In 2007 and 2009 was appointed Visiting Professor at the Animation School (CUC Anima) of Communication University of China in Beijing, in 2009 Guest Professor at Jilin Animation Institute in Changchun, China. In 2010 he was appointed President of International Animation, Comics & Games Museum "Rolf Giesen" at Jilin Animation Institute.

Ferenc Mikulas

In his younger days Mikulás took great interest in animated film, but only took his first professional steps in 1970 in the Pannóia Film Studio. Since 1971 he has managed the Kecskemét Animation Studio in Budapest, whose films have won numerous international awards. Since 1993 he has been the director of the Kecskemét Animation Film Festival and from 1997-2000 he was a member of the ASIFA Board of Directors. He has been a jury member at film festivals all over the world and has also received a number of national awards for his commitment to the Hungarian animated film culture, including the Béla Balász Award (2008), the President's Medal of Merit and the Hungarian Heritage Award (both 2011).


Sinem Sakaoglu

Sinem Sakaoglu is a filmmaker who caught the animation bug in 2000 with her first stop-motion short "Eva" (story, design, animation). In 2004, she studied traditional 2D animation at animation-school-hamburg. Her graduation film "Bo" (story, storyboards, design, animation) received amongst other international prizes first place at Hamburg Animation Award. She worked on animated feature films "The Three Robbers" and "Jasper" before her directorial feature debut in Sandman and the Lost Sand of Dreams. She is currently working on Kara (WT) a partly autobiographical animated feature that is set in Istanbul.

01. September 2014

Animated Spaces - Animation, architecture, and game art (Prof. Ulrich Wegenast)

Expanded Animation Symposium (Sept. 5, 2014) at Ars Electronica 2014 (Linz, Austria)

29. April 2014

ITFS 2014 - Trickstars for the best animated films have been awarded

On Sunday, April 27, 2014, the Stuttgart Festival of Animated Film ended with the big award...

25. April 2014

The Animated Com Award Ceremony held at the Stuttgart Festival of Animated Film

April 25, 2014 in the Mercedes-Benz Museum