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 2018.
In 2013, Alê Abreu released The Boy and the World. It won the Cristal for a Feature Film and the Audience Award at Annecy 2014, as well as the Grand Prix for Best Feature Film at the World Festival of Animated Film – Animafest Zagreb in 2015, among many other prizes. It was also an Academy Award Nominee in 2016. Abreu created and supervised the preschool animation series Vivi Viravento, broadcast by Discovery Channel in 2018 in Brazil & Latin America. Other films to his credit include three shorts, Sirius (1993), Scarecrow (1998), Passo (2007), and his first feature film, Cosmic Boy (2007).
In 2006, Emily Loizeau released her first opus, L'Autre bout du monde, then two more albums, Pays sauvage and Mothers & Tygers. In 2015, she became an associate artist at CentQuatre-Paris. Emily started this collaboration with Run, Run, Run, a tribute to Lou Reed, and followed it with her show Mona, with its music on her fourth album. She made a series of musical collaborations for cinema (King Guillaume and Il était une forêt) and television (Vous n'aurez pas ma haine and Les Enfants de la jungle). She also has ecological and humanitarian commitments, notably in support of migrants.
Dan Sarto is co-founder and publisher of Animation World Network. Since launching in 1996, AWN.com has become one of the largest, most comprehensive and respected publishers of animation and visual effects news and information resources on the Internet. Key website publications include AnimationWorld Magazine, VFXWorld Magazine and the Animation Flash e-mail newsletter. For the last five years, Dan has also been a Master of Animation and New Media for the Beijing-based DeTao Group, providing consulting and educational development services for their operations and clients across China.
Agnė Adomėnė focuses on developing and producing short artistic animated films. In 2012, she founded the production company Art Shot. Her first completed film Ragnarok, by Urtė and Johan Oettinger, received an award from the Lithuanian Film Academy and selected for many festivals. One of her latest projects won the Baltic Pitching Forum, selected for the Euro Connection in Clermont-Ferrand and is currently in coproduction with France (The Juggler by Skirmanta Jakaitė). Agnė is one of the founders of the Lithuanian Animation Association, a member of the European Animation Awards and the Lithuanian Film Academy.
After graduating from École Émile Cohl, Université Lumière Lyon 2 and ECAL, Claude Barras directed seven animated short films that were awarded prizes at many festivals. His first feature film, My Life as a Courgette, premiered at the Directors' Fortnight at the 2016 Cannes Festival. The film was sold to 60 countries and received 50 prizes, including two Césars, two Annecy Cristals, as well as nominations for the Golden Globes and the Oscars. Claude is currently developing two feature length films, while at the same continuing to produce short films for the Hélium Films group in Lausanne.
Before making a splash in 2017 with Zombillenium, his first feature film, Arthur de Pins gained recognition thanks to several animated shorts, including The Crab Revolution (which received awards in 45 festivals and won the Audience Award at Annecy 2004) and Géraldine (Best Graduation Film, Annecy 2001). He has also worked as a graphic creator and director on several animated series. In addition to his work in animation and television series, Arthur is also a well-known illustrator and author of three series of graphic novels: Cute Sins, The March of the Crab, and Zombillenium.
In 2013, Anna Budanova directed her first short, The Wound, which received more than 20 international awards, including the Special Jury Award at Annecy. In 2015, her project Among the Black Waves was selected by the Japan Image Council for its artists-in-residence programme in Tokyo. The premiere of the film took place at the 69th Locarno Film Festival. Anna, who was one of four directors of the Four Seasons project live performance in 2017 (Japan), currently lives and works in France.
The upcoming Immersive Age is a source of daily motivation for Anand Gurnani. Anand has played a prolific role in connecting and accelerating India's animation, visual effects and gaming ecosystems by being an effective communicator and evangelist of Indian animation internationally. He is immersed in deep technology and builds ecosystems and offers services which integrate Virtual & Augmented Reality as well as artificial intelligence and deep learning. A writer, traveller and entrepreneur, he is currently working on his book Virtual Is Real.
Lea Zagury is one of the four founders and directors of Anima Mundi, the International Animation Festival of Brazil, from 1993 to the present date. She graduated in Visual Communication in 1980. In 1986, she was selected for an animation residency programme by the Brazilian Film Agency in collaboration with the National Film Board of Canada. Later, she studied at the Experimental Animation department of CalArts, where she received an MFA and produced animated shorts, such as the award-winning Karaiba. She worked at PDI-LA and as a Visual Development Artist at Turner Feature Animation.
Pénélope Bagieu was born in 1982 in Paris to Corsican and Basque parents. After leaving school, she studied animated cinema at the École Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs and then spent time studying at Central Saint Martins in London. Upon her return to Paris, she specialised in illustration and started publishing comic strips. Her first series, Joséphine (published by Delcourt) has been adapted for the cinema twice. Her comic Culottées, a portrait of 30 inspiring women, was published in 2017 by Gallimard, and two volumes have been translated in over ten languages. She lives and works in New York.
Bruno Forzani has been working with Hélène Cattet since 2000. After writing and directing several self-produced short films (including La Fin de notre amour presented at Annecy in 2004), they switched to feature films with Amer in 2009 and, in 2012, the two-part The Strange Colour of Your Body's Tears about masculinity, femininity and desire. They also took part in the anthology film The ABCs of Death (2012) with 26 emerging fantasy directors. In 2016, they directed Let the Corpses Tan, based on a novel by Manchette and Bastid and published by Gallimard Série noire.
Laurence Petit joined Haut et Court in 1992 and took charge of distribution with Carole Scotta. Laurence assisted with the release of more than 300 films, such as The Class by Laurent Cantet (Palme d'Or 2008) and animated films including The Secret Adventures of Tom Thumb by Dave Borthwick, Strings by Anders Rønnow-Klarlund, Piccolo, Saxo & Cie by Marco Villamizar and Eric Gutierrez, Eleanor's Secret by Dominique Monféry, Yellowbird by Christian de Vita and Song of the Sea by Tomm Moore. The next films to be distributed by Laurence are Pachamama by Juan Antin and Wolfwalkers by Tomm Moore.
The members of the jury of the André-Martin Award will award a prize for a French Short Film and French Feature Film.
The jury for the Perspectives category is composed of three students from the University of Gloucestershire. They have been selected as part of the friendship agreement between Annecy and Cheltenham (United Kingdom) and will allocate the City of Annecy Award.
This year, the junior jury will be made up of 8 members aged between 9 and 16 years old: 4 young Italians, from the OTTOmani association, join 4 youngsters from the Atelier de cinema d’Animation d’Annecy et de Haute-Savoie (AAA).