Check out the jury members for Annecy 2012.
Caroline Piochon graduated from the Gobelins, l'école de l'image in 2005, and then worked as Animator on a number of European features like The Secret of Kells, The Illusionist and Titeuf... More recently, she has just finished the animation on Patrice Leconte's The Suicide Shop.
She also illustrates children's books as well as working with different associations to promote and develop cultural and artistic initiatives for the handicapped.
Government Film Commissioner and Chair of the National Film Board (NFB), Canada
Tom Perlmutter became the 15th Government Film Commissioner and Chair of the National Film Board (NFB) in 2007. Since then, he has notably revitalized interactive, documentary and animation programming at the Board.
Stéphane Aubier has been directing animation films since 1991 with Vincent Patar, who he met while studying. Their hits include the Pic Pic André Shoow.
They used stop motion with cowboy and indian figurines for a TV series and the feature A Town Called Panic.
They have just completed the feature film Ernest & Celestine with Benjamin Renner.
Joe Aguilar has been a key Producer at DreamWorks Animation since the company began. He produced, among others, the blockbuster Puss In Boots in 2011, which was nominated for an Oscar and a Golden Globe for Best Animated Feature.
He is in charge or recruitment, training, and the development of skills necessary to make animation feature films at the DreamWorks Dedicated Unit, situated in Bangalore, India.
Since 1995, Eric Khoo as left his mark on the international scene with each of his films including 12 Storeys (1997), the first Singaporean film invited to the Cannes Film Festival. Tatsumi, his first foray into animation, premiered at Cannes in 2011, and went on to win many prizes, including the Sitges Film Festival in Spain and the International Film Festival in Dubai.
Darragh O'Connell founded Brown Bag Films with Cathal Gaffney in 1994. He has directed or produced series such as Give Up Yer Aul Sins, I’m an Animal, Olivia, Octonauts, as well as dozens of animated television commercials for global brands: Guinness, Vodafone, Coca-Cola, etc. Darragh became a member of the Academy of Motion Picture of Arts and Sciences in 2010.
After graduating from the national music Conservatoire in Bari, Italy, Tiziana De Carolis is now a concert performer and composer for the cinema and theatre. She is also on the board of the Union des compositeurs de musiques de films (UCMF). Her music is an artistic mix that she creates in collaboration with artists and filmmakers.
Producer, Great Britain
Jackie Edwards has been Executive Producer, Animation and Acquisitions at CBeebies since 2008, the U.K.’s foremost dedicated pre-school television channel. She has produced many of the channel's animated series including Tree Fu Tom, Driver Dan’s Story Train, The Octonauts, Raa Raa the Noisy Lion and Rastamouse.
Hugues Allart took charge of Mikros' 3D department in 1998. He then managed the visual effects department until 2009. Today, he produces creative content within the group.
Chairperson at Arte France
Véronique Cayla's career path has been strongly linked to the cinema. Starting out at the Ministry of Culture, she was technical advisor in charge of cinema, and went on to become Managing Director at the Video Library in Paris (now the Forum des images), where she worked between 1982 and 1989.
During the 90s, she worked for the private sector as Managing Director for the MK2 film group followed by Executive Director at LMK-Images SA. She was Managing Director for the Cannes Festival and Chairperson of the CNC, and has been Chairperson at Arte and Chairperson for the executive board at Arte France since 2011.
Professor, New Zealand
After studies in Graphic Design, John Piper runs study programmes specialised in Digital Design, 3D Animation or Visual Effects at the AUT University in Auckland. He also researches into emerging industries in the moving image arena.
Stefanie Zhang is the Head of Global Operations at Vasoon Animation studio based in Beijing. Her career has been rich and diverse, starting out as a filmmaker and then moving into animation festival programming in Taiwan and Macao.
Bozidar Zecevic is an historian of cinema, screenwriter and director as well as a critic and professor of Film Analysis at the Dunav Film School in Belgrade. He is also the founder and Editor of the cinema magazine Filmograf and President of the Serbian direction of Fipresci. Current President of Asifa Serbia, he is a member of their International Council.
8 French and Portuguese juniors, aged between 9 and 16, will be awarding the Junior Jury Award for a short film and a graduation film. The 4 young people from Portugal come from the MONSTRINHA animation workshop and the 4 French youngsters are all from the Atelier de cinéma d’animation d’Annecy et de Haute-Savoie (aaa).
In collaboration with the Lisbon Animation Festival, the MONSTRINHA workshop has been organising introductory hands-on courses for the young since 2000.