The jury members will have the delicate task of choosing among the competing films and bestowing 20 official awards, including the Cristal for short films and the Cristal for feature films.
Check out the jury members for Annecy 2019.
Actress, director and film producer, in 2007 Julie Gayet created Rouge International with Nadia Turincev. In 2017 she co-produced the film Raw, by Julia Ducournau, as well as the out of competition documentary shown at Cannes, Faces Places. In 2013, as director, Julie co-curates Mathieu Busson’s documentary Cinéast(e)s, in which more than twenty female filmmakers disclose their roles and place within cinema professions. In 2018 she co-produced The Insult by Ziad Doueiri and distributes the Chinese feature film Have a Nice Day by Jian Liu, screened at the Festival the same year.
Studio Ponoc (since 2014): Founder and producer, Mary and the Witch’s Flower (2017, Hiromasa Yonebayashi) and Ponoc Short Films Theatre, Volume 1 – Modest Heroes (2018, Hiromasa Yonebayashi, Yoshiyuki Momose, Akihiko Yamashita).
Studio Ghibli (2002-2014): Advertising for various Studio Ghibli films including Howl’s Moving Castle (2004), Tales from Earthsea (2006), and Ponyo (2008). First and second feature-length films with Yoshiaki Nishimura as producer, The Tale of the Princess Kaguya (2013) and When Marnie Was There (2014), earned nominations for Best Animated Feature at the Academy Awards.
Nora co-directed Tomm Moore’s Academy Award nominated The Secret of Kells. She was creative producer on the show Puffin Rock and head of story on Academy Award nominated Song of the Sea. Nora directed The Breadwinner. The film was nominated for an Academy Award & Golden Globe and won the Jury Award, Audience Award/Première along with Best Original Music Award, sponsored by the SACEM, at Annecy 2018. Nora is now working on "My Father’s Dragon", a feature film for Netflix, while Cartoon Saloon is also in production with "Wolfwalkers" and the TV series "Dorg Van Dango".
This year, at just 26 years old, the young singer and actress Camélia Jordana won the Victoire accolade for Best World Music Album of the Year with LOST. In film she was awarded the César for Most Promising Actress in Le Brio in 2018. She was the voice for Spider-Gwen in the animation feature film Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, 2019 Oscar winner for Best Animation Film and which was presented at the Festival in 2018 in the Work in Progress. She is the voice of Manou the Swift soon to be released in July.
Born in Poland, Izabela Plucińska is now living in Germany. She studied fine arts and film as an undergraduate and completed her PhD in the field of animation at the National Film School in Lodz. Plucińska has some thirty films to her credit, including Jam Session (2005), which won a Silver Bear at the Berlin International Film Festival, Esterhazy (2009) and Sexy Laundry (2015). Currently she is teaching at the Academy of Art in Szczecin while busily working at her own production company, ClayTraces. She is back with Portrait of Suzanne, her latest film, inspired by the short novel by Roland Topor.
Born in 1964, Koji Yamamura has dedicated a large part of his career to making films for children. Mt. Head, Oscar nominated in 2003, The Old Crocodile (2005), Franz Kafka’s A Country Doctor (2007), Muybridge’s Strings (2011), were awarded over 90 prizes including the grand prizes of 4 major animation festivals: Annecy, Zagreb, Ottawa, Hiroshima. He was a member of many international juries and had many retrospective screenings worldwide. A member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, he is also a professor at Tokyo University of the Arts.
At Titmouse, Inc., Antonio Canobbio oversees the creative direction of all projects, including Metalocalypse, Black Dynamite, Motorcity, Niko and the Sword of Light, Little Big Awesome, and the studios’ first feature film, Nerdland. He began his animation career working as a layout artist in his native city, Paris until Chris Prynoski, who was working at MTV, noticed his unique portfolio drawings showing up on the fax machine (yes, really – via fax!). Chris lobbied to have Antonio join him at MTV New York and years later they made the move to Cartoon Network in Los Angeles, and have been working together since.
Dean DeBlois joined DreamWorks in 2008. Golden Globe® winner and two-time Academy Award® nominee, Dean is the writer/director of the How to Train Your Dragon trilogy, one of the most popular animated franchises in film history. He is a regular at the Festival and the first images of How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (2019) were shown during the Screening Events in 2018. In addition to his animation work, Dean has also written and sold various live action feature film projects to Disney and Universal Studios. He is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, The Writers Guild, and Asifa.
Virginia Mori is based in Pesaro and Milan. She studied at the State Art Institute in Urbino. In 2008 she won the "SRG idée suisse" prize at the Call for Projects during the Annecy Festival. This enabled her to produce her first short film The Play of Silence, which stood out at international events, launching her career as an illustrator and director of animated shorts. One of her illustrated books Vento (Withstand) made with Virgilio Villoresi has been recently exhibited at Montreuil Children’s book fair in Paris. She works freelance for renowned international clients and galleries.
In 2009 Vrej Kassouny founded ReAnimania IAFCAFY. As a filmmaker he is involved in many animation and fictional films as director, animator, producer, and is an actor. A fine artist, painter, political cartoonist and illustrator, Vrej lives in Armenia where he mostly works in animation. He went to Aardman animation studio for a three month’s course in Bristol, UK. In 2006 he founded his animation studio KASSart production, in Yerevan, Armenia. He is the Armenian representative for Eurimages at the Council of Europe, and also the Armenian ambassador of the European Animation Awards.
Co-founder of Collectif 5050, Judith Nora cut her teeth at Miramax, New York, Avenue B and Ad Vitam, Paris, before cofounding Silex Films and Silex Animation 2D studio with her partner Priscilla Bertin. She has produced several feature films including The Parisian Bitch, Princess of Hearts, the shortcom Connasse for Canal+, and series such as The Adventurers of Modern Art (Arte, 2015). Two animated TV series will be released soon: Brazen, adapted from the successful collection of comics by Pénélope Bagieu for France Télévisions, and Romanticism: The Adventurers of Art, directed by Amélie Harrault, for Arte.
Sébastien Onomo is a French film producer who trained at the National Audiovisual Institute. He produces at Films d’Ici and at the heart of the company Special Touch Studios that he co-founded, of which he is the chairman. He is co-chairman of a Francophone focus group for Unifrance since 2017, expert advisor for the NAI, La Fémis, & GOBELINS, l'école de l'image and is member of various commissions and juries. Among the twenty or so TV and cinema films he has produced, we can note Le Gang des Antillais by Jean-Claude Barny and Funan by Denis Do, winner of the Cristal for a Feature Film at Annecy 2018.
Born in Japan, Jinko Gotoh was raised in California and attended the prestigious Columbia University. She is a producer and consultant for the animation industry with over thirty years' experience spanning a wide range of media. Having worked at Pixar and Disney Feature Animation, her screen credits include The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part, The Little Prince, The Illusionist, 9, and Finding Nemo. Jinko is currently producing two animated features for Netflix: Klaus by Sergio Pablos, and Escape from Hat by Mark Osborne. She also serves as vice president for Women in Animation, and is a published poet.
Anja Kofmel studied at the HSLU in Switzerland and the ÉnsAD in Paris, before attending courses in storytelling, storyboarding and production. Since 2010 she has been working as an illustrator and as an animation and documentary filmmaker. Her first animated feature, Chris the Swiss, premiered at Cannes International Critics' Week 2018. It won several awards and was nominated for the Camera d’Or, Emile European Animation Awards and Prix Lumière. She is currently working on her next feature, an animation/live-action hybrid about the impact of new technology on modern society.
As curator of contemporary and animation art Gerben Schermer (1959, Netherlands) is known for his choice for quality and innovation. From 1985 until 2018 he created, directed and developed the international Holland Animation Film Festival. Schermer’s track record in the presentation of the art of animation shows ambitious programming, yet intimate and accessible, including committed and experimental programmes, animation installations and artists in residency. In 2017 he co-curated the exhibition China, Art in Motion at the Musée-Château d’Annecy, with contemporary Chinese animation installations.
Voyelle Acker is a graduate of the EDHEC and the Sorbonne. She has 18 years’ experience in the development, production and distribution of audiovisual projects in France and abroad. Ten years at France Télévisions, including Head of the Youth Department, then in charge of New Writing and Transmedia, she explores web writing and new media. In 2016, she moves to teaching, coaching talent, incubating innovative projects and editing international co-productions. In 2018, she joins the ON Animation studio, which is dedicated to feature film production, to develop immersive narratives.
Jeffrey Bowers is a Senior Curator at Vimeo, where his responsibilities include selecting Staff Picks, managing Staff Pick Awards and Vimeo's Best of the Year awards. His background includes programming features and shorts for the Tribeca Film Festival, Hamptons International Film Festival, and Rooftop Films. He also co-curated VICE media’s VICE Shorts, where he wrote the short film column, I'm Short, Not Stupid. Bowers has served on juries and participated in speaking engagements at places like the Berlin Film Festival, Toronto International Film Festival, and SXSW Film Festival.
Jimmy Maidens is a co-founder at Penrose Studios, home of award winning VR pieces Allumette, Arden’s Wake, and the recognized VR social-collaboration tool, Maestro. He is a veteran CG filmmaker, having served as a tech lead and artist at DreamWorks for 12+ years on films such as the Shrek and Madagascar series. As a true CG generalist, Jimmy has wide expertise in multiple areas of production from development to final delivery. Jimmy is a life-long VR enthusiast, and has amassed a large VR headset collection over several decades.
The André-Martin Award jury members will honor a French Short Film and a French Feature Film.
The jury for the Perspectives’ category comprises three students from the Markgräfin-Wilhelmine-Gymnasium high-school, Bayreuth, selecting the City of Annecy Award winner.
This year the Junior Jury is comprised of 8 members aged between 9 to 16: 3 young Japanese students from the Kineko festival will join 4 young students from the Atelier de cinéma d’animation d’Annecy et de Haute-Savoie (aaa) and 1 student from the Cinéma d’animation du collège Les Balmettes.