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ANETE MELECE

Anete Melece (1983) is a Latvian illustrator and animation filmmaker based in Zürich, Switzerland. She studied visual communication at the Art Academy of Latvia (BA)
and animation at Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Art (MA).

ANNA ZAČA

Anna Zača is animation and short film researcher and curator. She graduated from the Latvian Academy of Arts, with a thesis dedicated to animation in contemporary art. Anna was a lecturer at the Estonian Academy of Arts and the Animation Department, a writer for Baltic cinema and art critic platforms, programme director of 2Annas ISFF and an expert at Latvian National Film Center animation funding comittee. Currently she curates Short Riga programme at Riga IFF. Since 2016 Anna is the head of Latvian Animation association.

EDMUNDS JANSONS

Edmunds Jansons is an animation film director, graphic designer and children book illustrator. Founder of animation film studio Atom Art in 2001. In 2012 Edmunds graduated animation directing at Estonian Academy of Art, masterclass of Priit Parn. He is the author of award winning animation films “International Father's Day” (2012), “Choir Tour” (2012), “Isle of Seals” (2014) , director of pre-school series “Shammies” (2015)  and Christmas special “Pigtail and Mr.Sleeplessness” (2017.)

IEVA VIESE-VIGULA

Ieva Viese-Vigula is a writer, critic, researcher and curator of animation. Graduated Audiovisual culture and Culture theory programs of Latvian Academy of Culture
and studied Literature in University of Liepāja. Since 2010. Ieva has been conducting research in history of Latvian animation, particularly focusing on the work of Roze Stiebra and Ansis Bērziņš. Has authored the chapter on Latvian animation in Giannalberto Bendazzi’s "Animation: A World History"  (Boca Raton : CRC Press, 2016). Publishes as film critic on a regular basis."

INDRA SPROĢE

This is a story about an artist turned writer so that her characters would know what to do. In order to teach beetles and zebras to move and to act she has become a director and an animator; most important to her is to ensure meaningful output of her creative process

GINTS ZILBALODIS

Gints Zilbalodis(1994) is a Latvian filmmaker and animator. His fascination for filmmaking began at an early age watching classic films and making shorts and commercials. He has made 7 films in various mediums including hand-drawn animation, 3D animation and live- action and often mixing their characteristic aesthetics. He’s currently working on a new animated short film.

JURĢIS KRĀSONS

Movie director Jurgis Krasons (1970) studied  in Janis Rozentals Riga art school and the Latvian Academy of Art in which he graduated the Monumental Painting course.  Since 1997 he has actively participated in cinematography. In the beginning as a production designer in feature films, later took interest in animation movies. In 2005 he started working as an animation film director.  Jurgis Krasons is the director of his four animation shorts. Films “Black box” (2006) and “To swallow a toad” (2010) have gained recognition in the Cannes Film Festival short movies competition,also his film has a chance to qualify for the Oscar nominations. The film “Face” (2015) and “How I gave up smoking” (2016) have been created by Jurgis Krasons accompanied by Ivo Briedis in their co-owned company “Kasivo Limited”.  The works of Jurgis Krasons are not only seen in Latvian animation world. The directors original signature - artistic solutions and social satire - gives something modern to the old fashioned plots. He adds symbols, paradoxes and allegories fitting his taste.

KĀRLIS VĪTOLS

Born ir 1979, painter and animator Kārlis Vītols explores in his works the human relation to mythology in it's different forms, including popculture, consumer society and death of individuality.

LIZETE UPĪTE

Born in 1987, Lizete Upīte is an animation film director from Latvia. In 2013 graduated from La Poudriere (France). Works on tragi-comic stories about emotional overwhelm - our natural awkwardness while finding ourselves.

NILS SKAPĀNS

Born in 1969 Nils Skapāns has been working in animation since 1989. Skapāns started out as a cameraman in drawn animation but since 1993 has been involved in making of puppet and object animation. Working mostly by himself as screenwriter, director, designer and animator
Skapāns has created more than 30 films. The latest of those is OUR GRANNY ROCKS! (2017).

SABĪNE ANDERSONE

Sabīne Andersone (1978) is film producer from Riga, Latvia. Started as the producer of documentary films in Vides Filmu Studija, since 2007 she is managing director of animation film studio Atom Art. She is producer of award winning animation shorts "Choir Tour", "International Father’s Day", "Isle of Seals” by Edmunds Jansons, "Ursus" Reinis Pētersons and "It’s about time" by Ivo Briedis, series for pre-school children “Shammies", and Christmas special "Pigtail and Mr. Sleeplessness". Right now in Atom Art Sabine is leading the production of first feature animation film and the development of several artistic shorts.

VLADIMIR LESCHIOV

Vladimirs Leščovs (Vladimir Leschiov) is born in 1970 in Daugavpils. Finished J.Rozental Art School in Riga in 1989. Studied animation at Konstfack University college of Arts, Crafts and Design in Sweden. Founder of the LUNOHOD animation studio in Riga, 2007. Artist, director, animator and producer.

ULDIS MĀKULIS

Uldis Mākulis graduated from the Latvian Academy of Arts.
Curator of film programs and exhibitions.
Former expert of animation funding committee at Latvian National Film Centre.

ROBERTS VINOVSKIS

Roberts Vinovskis was born in Riga 1975. Studied art and later philosophy at the University of Latvia. Began work in 1991 in the Soviet – British creative association. Later worked in the Juris Podnieks studio and since 1999 in the “Locomotive Productions” film studio. As a director and producer has made a number of award winning films. Member of European Film Academy, Latvian Filmmakers‘ Union, Latvian Animation Association and Latvian Association of Film Producers.