The jury members 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 2010.
Since graduating in Plastic Arts in 1966, Tokyo-born Sayoko Kinoshita has made a number of internationally-acclaimed documentary animation shorts including Made in Japan (1972), Japonese (1977), Pica Don (1978) and The Last Air Raid Kumagaya (1993). She completed her latest animated documentary Ryukyu Okoku – Made in Okinawa in 2004.
Besides filmmaking, since the late 1960s she has been working fervently around the world to promote, develop and teach the art of animation. In 1985 she founded the biennial Hiroshima International Animation Festival, the first of its kind in Asia, and has been the Festival Director there since the first edition.
She also currently serves as Vice-President of Asifa and President of Asifa-Japan as well as overseeing International Animation Library and Studio Lotus, Inc.
Patrice Leconte was born in Paris in November 1947. His childhood and teenage years were spent in Tours, where he attended the Lycée Descartes. He returned to Paris in 1966 to prepare the competitive entrance exam for the IDHEC (Institut des hautes études cinématographiques) and consequently studied there from 1968 to 1969.
In 1970, he began a 5-year tenure at Pilote magazine after which he made his first feature, Les vécés étaient fermés de l’intérieur, starring Coluche and Jean Rochefort.
Since then he has made almost thirty films including French Fried Vacation, Tandem, Monsieur Hire, The Hairdresser's Husband, Ridicule, Girl on the Bridge, The Widow of Saint-Pierre, The Man on the Train, Intimate Strangers, Confidences trop intimes and My Best Friend.
He has also directed a number of plays (Je l'aimais, Théâtre de l'Atelier, 2010). And wrote his first novel, Les Femmes aux cheveux courts, published in April 2009 by Albin Michel.
John Musker remains a major force in animation and an asset to Walt Disney Animartion Studios.
An avid fan of animation, he was an editorial cartoonist for the school paper during English studies at Northwestern University. Graduating in 1974, he sent Disney a portfolio which they promptly rejected.
Finally joining the studio in 1977, he was an animator on The Fox and the Hound before co-writing The Great Mouse Detective with Ron Clements. The two struck up an instant bond and have since teamed up on some of Disney's greatest features including The Little Mermaid, Aladdin, Hercules and the recent animated fairy tale, The Princess and the Frog.
Ari Folman was born in Israel in 1962 and started his directing career with documentaries for Israeli television, including many in the occupied territories of Gaza.
He also worked on a TV series before making his first feature, Sainte Clara, in 1995, following on six years later with another drama, Made in Israel.
Since 2003, he has been writing scripts for four Israeli television series and has made four episodes.
His recent and widely acclaimed feature documentary Waltz with Bashir, shown as Annecy 2008 opener, has won six Ophir Awards from the Israeli Film Academy, a host of international prizes including best animated film at the Asian Pacific Screen Awards and best foreign film at the César and Golden Globes and was also rewarded by listeners of the radio programme Le Masque et la Plume on France Inter.
Lyrics writer, Great Britain
Sir Tim Rice was born in Great Britain in 1944.
On meeting fellow composer Andrew Lloyd Webber in 1965 the two began a long collaboration comprising some 4 musical comedies of which the most notable are Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Jesus Christ Superstar and Evita. He also wrote the lyrics for the musical Chess (1984), collaborating this time with Benny Anderson and Bjorn Ulvaeus from Abba, before moving on, in 1989, to the translation of Michel Berger and Luc Plamondon's famous French musical Starmania into English.
Work vith Disney then followed on the lyrics for features Aladdin (1992) and The Lion King (1994) as well as The Beauty and the Beast and Aida stage shows.
Producer of the musical From Here to Eternity, he is currently working on the film Jock of the Bushveld and on the musical comedy Machiavelli whilst continuing to write and present his Radio 2 series American Pie.
Knighted in 1994, he is also winner of several Oscars and Grammys.
For many years Manuela Schöbel-Lumb worked as a creative producer for different animation and live action companies. During these years she produced commissioned films for private and public broadcasters, as well as for advertising.
Alongside these activities, she produced a number of short animation films, which were widely screened at festivals and often repeated prizewinners. She was also a co-founder of a distribution company, specialised in animated shorts.
In 1998 she became commissioning editor at public broadcaster SWR (ARD), responsible for children's and family programmes.
From 2002, she was responsible for The Show with the Mouse at WDR in Cologne, and over this period of her career she produced many animated TV series, specials and feature films. She has been working as a free-lance editor, creative producer and playwright since July 2007.
Since 2008, she has been Head of the children's department at Studio TV Film, an independent production Company.
A graduate of Sciences Po Paris, Françoise Guyonnet joined the France Télévisions Distribution group in 1997, where she presided over their publishing arm for nine years before later overseeing marketing at Warner Music France.
Since 2006 she has been in charge of French video for StudioCanal and Vice-President of the Syndicat de l'édition vidéo (SEVN). She was notably involved in the development of the features Ernest et Célestine, written by Daniel Pennac and produced by Les Armateurs, and Le Monde truqué, directed by Jacques Tardi and produced by Je Suis Bien Content.
A true animation enthusiast, between 2006 and 2008 she lent her expertise to the CNC's animation division as part of their funding initiatives for audiovisual innovation.
Peter Debruge is a features editor and film critic for the Daily Variety, where he covers everything from international animation and independent film, to stand-up comedians and "sprocket operas" (to borrow some of the Hollywood trade paper's unique "slanguage").
In high school, Peter dreamed of working for Pixar, but instead studied Film History and Criticism at the University of Texas in Austin, culminating in a dissertation on the aesthetics of film trailers.
He has written for such publications as Creative Screenwriting, Premiere, Entertainment Weekly, Life, IndieWire, LA Weekly and The Miami Herald.
Previously a jury member at the South by Southwest and City of Lights City of Angels film festivals, he drives a self-made "Catbus", inspired by Hayao Miyazaki’s My Neighbour Totoro.
President of Exodus Film Group, USA
Max Howard has run studios for Disney in London, Paris, Orlando and Los Angeles, working on some of their most memorable films including Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin and The Lion King.
As President of Warner Bros Feature Animation he then oversaw such hit films as Space Jam and The Iron Giant before a co-executive producer role at DreamWorks. His illustrious career is also marked by his benevolent work on a Unicef campaign to use the power of animation to pass on important messages in developing countries.
Max Howard is today President of Exodus Film Group whose first production Igor hit screens worldwide in 2008, and currently runs his own consulting company, Max Howard Consulting Group.
Born in New York in 1958, Peter de Sève is known worldwilde for his illustrations and character design. A graduate of the prestigious Parsons School of Design, he saw his drawings appear in such reputable American publications as Time and Newsweek as well as on the cover of the New Yorker, before lending his artistic talents to the world of animated films.
Perhaps best known as the creative mind behind the now iconic stars of the hit Ice Age films, he has similarly designed characters for The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Mulan, A Bug's Life and Finding Nemo amongst others.
Peter de Sève's latest ventures in the world of print include a collection of his sketches, A Sketchy Past, as well as illustrations the children's book, The Duchess of Whimsy, written by his wife Randall de Sève.
Director, Great Britain
Nick Park was born in 1958 in Preston, England. He studied at the Sheffield Art School and the National Film and Television School in Beaconsfield, where he began working on A Grand Day Out, a film he completed in 1989 after joining Aardman Animations in 1985.
His films are now famous across the globe and have won a vast number of prizes, including Bafta Awards and Oscars.
Over the years, Nick Park has also served as director and animator on numerous projects including TV series (Creature Comforts), features (Chicken Run, Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the WereRabbit), commercials and music videos.
After a director degree at l'Instituto de Arte Cinematográfico in Avellaneda, Juan Pablo Zaramella began his career directing stop motion adverts. In 1998, he was an illustrator and graphic artist for Clarínnewspaper, work for which he was often rewarded.
Since 2000, he has been making his own internationally recognised short films. Those films were won more than 100 awards all over the world.
At this moment Juan Pablo Zaramella is shooting a new short film, made in the pixilation technique, and starting a feature film project based on his multi-awarded short Journey to Mars.