Born in 1932. In 1956 Ivan Veselinov obtained a degree in Veterinary Medicine with a special focus on Histology and Microbiology, and then, in 1968, he graduated the National Academy of Fine Arts in Sofia. His debut in animated cinema was the film “The Tightrope Walker” (1969). Veselinov's prolific filmography as a scriptwriter, art director, and director includes roughly 100 titles, which brought him prestigious awards from national and international festivals. He was director of “Sofia Animation Studio ” between 1995 and 1997. His works are on exhibition in France, Austria, Algeria, Italy and Bulgaria. Ivan Veselinov was awarded the Order of the Red Banner, the Order of Saint Cyril and Methodius 1 international awards for his caricatures, graphic works and posters. In 1996 he was awarded the Iliya Beshkov award for high achievements in the field of satirical drawings. He has been teaching 'Animation Directing' at New Bulgarian University since 1997. In 2003 he was awarded the 'Honorary Professor' title for his contribution to the university and the art of animation in Bulgaria.
Florence Miailhe was born in 1956. She graduated “ENSAD” Paris with high honors in 1980. She is a director of short films, painter and teacher. As a director she has made 9 short films mostly using the technique of painting under camera. Each of her films has been very successful and in 2002 she won a Cesar and in 2006 a prize at the Cannes’ film festival. She has also won prizes at the Clermont-Ferrand film festival, Hiroshima, Espinho, etc. Her short films have been selected at more than 200 prestigious festivals around the world and have won more than 80 prizes. In 2011, she started working with two other directors on a very ambitious project - “Meanders”, a 23-minute short film in sand animation and a series of 6 X 5 minutes based on the poem of Ovid.
Born 1956 in Ko?ln (Germany). Founder of Camera-etc animation workshop in 1979. Animation teacher at the Fine Art Academy in Lie?ge. Animation film Producer. Anima- tion leader of workshops with children, students and adults around the world. Vice- President of the ASIFA Workshop Group. Jury member of international animation film festivals: Annecy, Angers, Se?oul, Espinho, Montre?al... Ex-Board Member of the Centre International du Film pour l’Enfance et la Jeunesse (CIFEJ) and member of the European Children’s Film Association (ECFA).
Mikhail Aldashin /Russia/
Born in 1958. In 1987 he graduated from the All-Union State Cinema-Art Institute in Moscow USSR as an art designer of feature films and in 1989 the Scriptwriting and Directing class of Jury Norshtein. Between 1989 and 2008 he worked as film director, scriptwriter, art designer, and creative producer at Pilot, Soyuzmultfilm, and Mishka animation studios, and ТЕКО advertising company (Moscow). In those years he cre- ated his famous „Nativity“ and „Mike, Lu & Og“. Since 2008 he has been working as an independent artist and filmdirector and since May 2013 is an art director of the Soyuzmultfilm.
Otto Alder is a programme curator and member of festival juries and selection com- mittees all over the world. He has co-founded and directed the animation programmes at the film festivals in Stuttgart, Leipzig Festival, Baden (Fantoche) Tallinn and Turku, etc., and served as Honorary President of the Ottawa International Animation Festival. He has been creating his own films, photographs and installations. In 2002 he became a professor at the animation department of Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts and was the departments co-director from 2004 till 2010.