Moustapha Alassane, Tahoua

Moustapha Alassane was born in N’Dounga, a  Nigerian village in 1942. He first worked as a mechanic, before studying techniques of cinematography with French director, Jean Rouch. Later he moved to Canada, where he met Norman McLaren, the famous animated filmmaker, who taught him the techniques of animation. In 1962, he completed his first short film, "Aouré" (Wedding) about the wedding traditions of a Nigerian village. Three years later he made the first animated film called "la mort de Gandji" (5 min – the Death of Gandji) and his first feature film, "FVVA": Femme, Voiture, Villa, argent", followed in 1972. The pioneer of African animated film, who headed the department of cinema at the university of Niamey for 15 years, attempts to illustrate the culture and the problems of his country with the help of socio-critical films.

Marc Bertrand, Montreal

Marc Bertrand graduated in theatre from the Conservatoire d‘art dramatique de Québec in 1982. He acted in some 30 plays across the country, before joining the NFB. He became a producer in the Animation and Youth Studio in 1998 and has produced over 100 films, including such notable successes as the award winning series "Science please!" (2001) and "Noël Noël" (2003) by Nicola Lemay. He also produced "24 idées/seconde" (2006), a television series about animated film and its creators. His interest in new technology has led him to become involved in working on stereoscopic films. In 2008, he co-produced "Facing Champlain, a Work in 3 Dimensions" by Jean-François Pouliot and he’s also one of the producers of "Norman McLaren – the master‘s edition” (2006), an award-winning DVD box set featuring digitally restored masterpieces by McLaren.

Isabelle Favez, Zurich

Born in 1974 in Bern, Isabelle Favez has been living in Zurich for 17 years. She studied direction at the Zurich university of the arts and made her first animated short films before and during her studies. Her graduation film "Replay", a 4 minute cartoon animation, has been shown at numerous international festivals. Her 2D computer animation "Tarte aux Pommes" (Apple Pie) from 2006 won several awards, including the 2006 Zurich Film Award, the Special Prize at the International Animation Festival in Hiroshima and the Silver Prize at the International Animation Festival in Teheran. Favez is regarded as one of the most talented animators in Switzerland because of her amusing stories and impressive animation.

Bärbel Neubauer, Munich

Bärbel Neubauer was born in Austria in 1959. She studied stage design and film at the Hochschule für angewandte Kunst in Vienna and grauated in 1983. In 1987 she moved to Munich. Bärbel Neubauer has made more than 40 animation films and experimental films since 1980. Her animation films of the 90s are mostly abstract direct-on-film works that she painted, stamped and scratched on 35 mm film stock. Since 2000 she has been working on digital "Motion Painting in Image and Sound", creating among others "Flockenspiel I - IV" in different techniques. In 2005 she received the "Women’s Cultural Award for Film and TV” (Carinthia/Austria) for these films. Her films ran at numerous film festivals and received international recognition. Neubauer teaches workshops and courses at colleges and universities and works as a jury member and member of selection committees for several festivals.

Thomas Stellmach, Kassel

Thomas Stellmach, born 1965 in Straubing, is a director of animated film, a producer, and animator. Hhe has been awarded many international prizes for his independent productions (Unkraut, Small Talk, Old Super Lady, Chicken Kiev) including an Oscar from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in 1997 for his stopmotion film "Quest". After graduating from the Kunsthochschule Kassel (School of Art) he founded his own animation studio, Lichthof – Film & Animation, in Kassel and began producing advertising spots. In 2009 he sold his shares in the company and returned to artistic animated film. Since 2010 he has been directing the experimental film "Virtuos Visuell" together with art illustrator, Maja Oschmann. the film is a stereoscopic visualisation of the overture "The alchemist" by Louis Spohr using Japanese brushes and black indian ink.

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