The jury members will have the delicate task of choosing among the competing films and bestowing 17 official awards, including the Cristal for short films and the Cristal for feature films.
Check out the jury members for Annecy 2017.
Artistic Director for the FICAM (Meknès International Animation Film Festival)
Meknès Institut français
With a degree in cultural mediation, Mohamed Beyoud joined the Meknès Institut Français in 1999 as head of their cultural action department. Part of his mission has been to oversee artistic direction for the FICAM since 2001. Organised by the Aïcha Foundation and the Meknès Institut Français, this event was the first of its kind in Africa and the Arab nation. In 2006, "TelQuel", a French-language Moroccan magazine, featured him in their "50 most influential people for the Morocco of tomorrow" article. He is also a cartoonist who has collaborated with different Moroccan media organisations.
Born in 1965, Stephan Roelants has over 30 years of audiovisual experience in Belgium, London and Los Angeles. In 1997, he created Studio 352, an animation studio and Mélusine Productions, a production company dedicated to animation and documentaries.
In 20 years, Melusine Productions/Studio 352 have contributed to the production of around 60 TV series and 15 feature films. Some worth noting include A Town Called Panic, Ernest & Celestine and Song of the Sea. The company's latest productions focused on script value and graphic poetry are Ethel & Ernest and The Breadwinner.
Independent filmmaker Maryam Kashkoolinia has been working in animation for over 15 years.
She got her BA in Graphic Design and after working 12 years as a graphic designer and illustrator, she decided to continue her education at the Tehran University of Art where she received her MA in Directing Animation.
Ever since, she's been making a name for herself, especially at Annecy with shorts like "In Our Home" (2007), Official Selection; "Tunnel" (2012) and "When I Was a Child" (2014), in competition.
She currently teaches at universities while working on her upcoming film: "One More Step".
Fred Seibert is a serial media entrepreneur.
The first creative director of MTV and the last president of Hanna-Barbera Cartoons, he founded Next New Networks and was the first investor in Tumblr.
Fred is mainly known as the founder of Frederator Networks which is among other things Channel Frederator, an online cartoon network, Frederator Studios, a successful independent production company, Cartoon Hangover YouTube channel, and Átomo Network.
He is now the CEO of WOW! Unlimited Media, the merger of Frederator, Rainmaker Entertainment and Ezrin Hirsh Entertainment.
Alberto Vázquez's books have been published in many countries such as Spain, France, Italy, Brazil and Korea.
He wrote and directed the shorts "Birdboy" (2010), "Unicorn Blood" (2013) and "Decorado" (2016).
In collaboration with Pedro Rivero and adapted from his graphic novel of the same name, he finished his first feature, "Psiconautas" in 2015, which was in competition the following year in Annecy.
Shown in major festivals around the world, his films and have won over a hundred prizes including one in Annecy and three Goyas.
He is currently working on his next animated film, "Unicorn Wars".
With a degree in law, Anna Serner also studied at the Stockholm Film School. She was CEO at the Advertising Association of Sweden and at the Swedish Newspaper Organisation before becoming CEO at the Swedish Film Institute.
She believes that because film is such a popular and influential art, it can contribute to a more open and democratic society. Deeply engaged in concerns like gender equality, Anna has made great strides in her country's film industry and has been invited to promote the Swedish model all over the world, at festivals, at the New York Film Academy, at Eurimages..
Thomas Meyer-Hermann was born in 1956 in Cologne. He studied at the Academy of Arts in Stuttgart before directing six prize-winning animated shorts. Since 1989, he has been producing shorts, music videos, commissioned films, and TV series at Studio FILM BILDER in Stuttgart. His productions include Rubicon by Gil Alkabetz, The Final Solution by Phil Mulloy, Love & Theft by Andreas Hykade, as well as the series TOM & the Slice of Bread with Strawberry Jam & Honey, Patchwork Pals, and Animanimals. Since 2000, he has also been an animation professor at the Art University in Kassel.
Animated short film director & Associate Professor
China Research Institute of Film Science and Technology
After earning an MFA in Animation and Multimedia from the Beijing Film Academy, Ying Huang started teaching in the prestigious establishment. Whether working in digital animation with paper cut-outs (Happy Birthday) or ink drawings (The Pond), she has won dozens of awards in China and around the world. A jury member for student animation festivals, she has also chaired the jury of the BFA Animation Academy Awards for the past three years. In 2016, her short film The Plume, which revisits a traditional Chinese painting style, was in competition at the Hiroshima Festival and took home the Golden Dolphin at Xiamen.
After graduating from the École nationale supérieure d'art et de design in Nancy (France), Chao Wu took life as the main inspiration for her work in traditional animation, video, field studies and multimedia installations.
She has already received over thirty prizes for her work in China and elsewhere, and gained recognition in particular for the collaborative piece "The Project of Awakening Vegetative Patients via Artistic Stimulation", created in 2014.
The following year she was resident at Fontevraud Abbey and she regularly speaks at conferences.
In charge of research and the promotion of film collections
CNC - Centre National du Cinéma et de l'image animée
For the past fifteen years, Jean-Baptiste Garnero has been working to collect and present collections that are entrusted or belong to the CNC. He has therefore overseen several projects designed to reassert the value of animation production and its history in France and abroad through cultural organisations such as festivals, cinematheques, museums, professional schools and UNESCO.
He is currently participating in putting the last pinscreen made by Alexandre Alexeïeff and Claire Parker back into production, and once again used to make films in France.
The jury for the Festivals Connexion Award – Région Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes / In partnership with Lumières Numériques & Pilon Cinéma is made up of: