The jury members will have the delicate task of choosing among the competing films and bestowing 18 official awards, including the Cristal for short films and the Cristal for feature films.
Check out the jury members for Annecy 2015.
Marge Dean is Director of Production for Mattel's Playground Productions, and responsible for assuring the best production quality on budget and on time for all animation production. She is currently supporting the productions of Monster High, Barbie, Hot Wheels, Ever After High and Max Steel.
Valérie Schermann is founder and Managing Director of the rep agency Prima Linea. She also decided that her passion for drawing should benefit animation and created Prima Linea Productions with Christophe Jankovic, to produce auteur films. In 2003, they set up a studio in Angoulême, followed by another in Paris in 2010 and are currently working on The Red Turtle by Michaël Dudok de Wit.
Guillemette Odicino has been a journalist and film critic at Télérama for the past 15 years with a particular passion for animation. She is also a radio journalist on cultural shows on France Inter, and was TV journalist at CANAL+ on the show Crash Test ciné for a number of years as well as Chief Editor for the Hors séries Télérama about Marilyn Monroe, the Lumière brothers and others.
Isabel Herguera graduated from CalArts in 1993, and has worked for several animation studios in Los Angeles. She regularly teaches at The National Institute of Design in Ahmedabad, India, and at the China Central Academy of Arts in Beijing.
Her films Blindman’s Bluff (2005), Amar (2010) and Under the Pillow (2012) have won numerous awards in festivals all over the world. She is currently working on a project inspired by an Indian feminist science fiction tale from 1905.
She is known for critically and commercially acclaimed animated hits and award-winning dramas. She produced How to Train Your Dragon 2, the Golden Globe-winning sequel to the Oscar-nominated blockbuster How to Train Your Dragon.
Bonnie Arnold was recently named Co-President of feature animation for DreamWorks.
Niki Lindroth Von Bahr graduated from the Royal Institute of Art in Stockholm. Her films Tord and Tord (2010) and Bath House (2014) have been screened in festivals all over the world. Tord and Tord won the award for best animation in Abu Dhabi, the Grand Prix at the Fredrikstad Animation Festival and was also nominated for best short film in Sweden’s biggest film award ceremony, Guldbaggegalan.
Monique Simard is a French Canadian producer, screenwriter and political figure. From 1998 to 2008, she worked at Productions Virage that produced documentaries centred on social and international issues. Co-founder of the Comité de la condition féminine of the CSN and the Lea-Roback Foundation, she is very involved in the field of international solidarity. In January 2014, she became president and Chief Executive Officer of the Société de développement des entreprises culturelles.
Constanza Arena has a degree in Aesthetics and Audiovisual Communication. She worked in film and advertising independently before entering public television (TVN) where, for seven years, she held various jobs, including the acquisition of packaged content and programmatic analysis of international trends.
She is currently the Executive Director of the CinemaChile Foundation, recognised as the main articulator for positioning Chilean cinema abroad.
Waltraud Grausgruber is director and co-founder of the Tricky Women Festival in Vienna ‒ the first and only festival that is dedicated exclusively to animation by women.
She studied theatre, film, media and tourism, and wrote her Master's thesis about African cinema. In 2010 she was rewarded with the Outstanding Artists Award by the Austrian Ministry for Education, Arts and Culture. She published Tricky Women: Animations Film Kunst von Frauen / Women in Animation (Schüren Verlag).
Stacey Steers is known for her films composed of thousands of handmade works on paper. Her recent output employs images appropriated from early cinematic sources.
Her animated short films have screened throughout the USA and abroad, including the Sundance, Telluride and Rotterdam festivals. Installations based on her films have also been placed in the Corcoran Gallery (Washington), among many other venues.
Marina Kožul works in Zagreb for the audiovisual research association 25 FPS. She has curated programmes for several festivals and art cinemas in Croatia, as well as promoting Croatian innovative film, video and animation within Europe. Since 2012 she has been working with the International Film Festival Rotterdam as a consultant for short films.
Co-founder of Zorobabel, whose mission is animation education as well as producing auteur shorts, Delphine Renard has led several workshops and contributed to the direction of over fifty animation films with diverse filmmakers. She’s also known for her films Tango Nero (2005, awarded at Anima) and Aral (2009).
Gérard Lenne has been a film critic since 1968, working for the general press (Liberté, Télérama, Télé 7 jours, Les Nouvelles littéraires) and specialised publications (Téléciné, Écran, La Revue du cinéma, Vidéo 7). He has also published some twenty books, many on the subjects of fantasy and eroticism. His works on animation include the only French study written about Tom and Jerry published in La Revue du cinéma in 1987, and he oversaw an issue of Textes et documents pour la classe entitled Le Dessin animé in 1992.
Cloé Masotta Lijtmaer teaches Film Studies and Critical Analysis at the Contemporary Art Museum and Contemporary Culture Centre, both in Barcelona. She also co-ordinated the From Doodles to Pixels project organised by Carolina López and produced by the CCDB and the AC/E (Action Culturelle Espagnole). She contributes to film publications, such as La Furia Umana et Transit: cine y otos desvíos (texts and video tests) and is a member of the Avalancha art collective.
Long-time film critic at the daily newspaper Jyllands-Posten, Nanna Frank Rasmussen is a member of the programming board at BUSTER - Copenhagen International Film Festival for Children and Youth, board member of the Danish Film Critics Association and board member at Women In Film and Television – Denmark. She's currently the host of a TV documentary series on gender equality in the year 2015 as part of the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage in Denmark, made by the Danish Broadcasting Corporation.
Check out the members of the jury for this new award, initiated by Francis Gavelle and organised by the Annecy Festival and the Afca, who will be rewarding a French feature and short film produced in 2014.
There will be 8 kids making up the Junior Juries this year, all of them between 11 and 16 years old. 4 young Slovaks from the animation workshop The Biennial of Animation Bratislava (BAB) will be joining 4 youngsters from the Atelier de cinéma d’animation d’Annecy et de Haute-Savoie (aaa).