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Saturday, 10th of October, 18:00-20:00
Event is open on ANIMARKT platform.
This panel discussion will host three directors who will speak about their experiences in working with puppets and live actors, the specificity of live action films versus animations and how directing actor movies can help in animation.
Jan Bubeníček graduated from the Department of Animation at FAMU. He was the director of Eallin animation studio, where he collaborated with Nora Držiak, David Súkup, Tomáš Luňák and Martin Dud. He worked at Universal Production Partners as the head and supervisor of the 3D department. He participated in the creation of the feature animated film “Alois Nebel”, which won the European Film Award for Best Animated Feature Film. He is currently directing stop motion feature film “Even Mice Belong in Heaven”.
Anca Damian has a PhD in film and started out as a cinematographer before making documentaries and live action and animation films. Her feature “Crulic - the Path to Beyond” won the Cristal at Annecy 2012, and she directed and produced the feature “The Magic Mountain” in 2015, which was also rewarded in Annecy and Karlovy Vary. In 2018, her most recent live action feature “Moon Hotel Kabul” premiered in Warsaw IFF, where it received the Best Director accolade, while her latest short animated feature “The Call” travelled the world in over 50 international festivals, among which Annecy, Toronto, Sundance, Hong Kong, and won 9 international prizes. In 2019 she premiered Marona’s Fantastic Tale in Annecy, followed by long festival selection in festivals like Rotterdam IFF, Tokyo IFF and a lot of accolades like European Film Awards nomination, Grand Prize for a feature film & Audience Award – BIAF 2019, Special Jury prize in Animation is Film Los Angeles, BETV award in Anima.
Irida Zhonga is an award-winning animation director whose artistic expertise lie in mixed media and stop motion animation. Using hand crafted techniques and inventive storytelling, Irida is able to bring any idea to life in a unique and fascinating way. She likes experimenting with new techniques and tries to push the boundaries of stop motion by creating ambitious projects. She graduated University of the Arts London in 2012 with a degree in Film and Television and is based in London and Athens where she works as a director creating commercials and branded content for Marks&Spencer, the Guardian, Nescafe, Kellogg's, Ryvita and many others. She’s currently developing her short stop motion animation film “Man Wanted” (a Greek/Estonian/Serbian/Albanian coproduction) which marks the first ever Greek-Estonian collaboration in an audiovisual project.