Marine Hugonnier, Artist and filmmaker, London.
Her work belongs to the MoMA in New York, The Reina Sofia Madrid, The Museum of Modern Art Paris among others.
She is a doctoral researcher at the Centre for Experimental Film at the Westminster University, London UK. Website
Anja Kofmel, animation and documentary filmmaker, Zurich.
She studied animation at the HSLU and ENSAD Paris from 2005-2009. 2018 she released the cinema anidok Chris the Swiss, which celebrated it's world premiere at the Cannes 2018 Film Festival, Semaine de la Critique. It was invited to numerous international film festivals, including the Annecy Animation Film Festival, Karlovy Vary Film Festival, Sarajevo Film Festival, Locarno Film Festival and IDFA and won several prizes including the Swiss Film Award 2019 and the Norbert Daldrop Award for Art and Culture at the German Documentary Film Award 2019.
Christina Zimmermann, PhD is author-director, artist, and research associate at Zürich University of the Arts, Institute for the Performing Arts and Film/Immersive Arts Space. She holds a PhD in Fine Arts/Media Arts from Bauhaus-University Weimar (2016), and has recently been working as a lecturer (HGK Basel, 2017) and as a curator for the Kassel Documentary and Videofest (2018-2019). Her focus is on storytelling and development for documentary film and expanded cinema/video. Currently she is working on a VR-Project together with Mirafilm GmbH, Zürich. Website
Christophe Merkle, Filmmaker, Bern. Christophe Merkle is an independent experimental filmmaker creating new forms of content to discover the borders and potential of VR. He is researching and lecturing at the HSLU Art & Design and is a representative of the SwissXR Network Virtual Switzerland. His most recent works include Nachtspiel (2019), @POTUS Mini-Golf Simulator (2019), and diverse 360°-Films for Swiss Television (SRF). Website
Johan Grimonprez, Filmmaker and artist
Johan Grimonprez’s curatorial projects have been exhibited at museums worldwide, including the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; the Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich; and MoMA, New York. His filmic works are in the collections of Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa; and Tate Modern, London. His feature films include dial H-I-S-T-O-R-Y (1997), Double Take (2009) and Shadow World (2016). Traveling the main festival circuit from the Berlinale, Tribeca to Sundance, they garnered several Best Director awards, the 2005 ZKM International Media Award, a Spirit Award and the 2009 Black Pearl Award at the Abu Dhabi Film Festival, and were also acquired by NBC Universal, ARTE, and BBC/FILM 4. Website
Johan Jensen, Filmmaker, Makropol, Copenhagen
Johan Knattrup Jensen graduated from filmschool in 2012, and his work have since been shown in most of the major film festivals, incl. Cannes, Locarno, IDFA, and New York Film Festival, as well at biennales, art galleries and museums all over the world. His work traverses both cinema, installation, and performance, and he is considered to be among the pioneers of cinematic virtual reality. Website
Bin-Han To, Concept Artist and Filmmaker, Berlin
Bin-Han To (* 1984) studied at the Filmakademie Ludwigsburg and is an Animation Filmmaker and Concept Artist. He lives and works in Berlin. His Film "Revolting Rhymes“, after a Book by Roald Dahl (Dir: Jakob Schuh, Jan Lachauer, Bin-Han To) was included in the shortlist for the Oscars 2017. Website
Lukas Frei, Gamedesigner, Zurich
Lukas Frei is the co-owner of „Gebrüder Frei – Die Spielemacher“ in Berne, who develop classical board games, among which „Icon Poet“ an internationally successful game, which tempts its players to invent short stories of all sorts. Website
Duscha Kistler, studied Art History, Film Studies and Modern German Literature in Zurich and until 2011 was director of the animated film festival Fantoche. She is a member of the Swiss Federal Ministry of Culture’s Animated Film Commission, as well as a freelance curator, consultant and cultural manager, active in the past, inter alia, for Martin Heller Enterprises on the project Sound Development City and for the Sitterwerk (arts centre) in St. Gallen.
Uri Kranot, Animation-Filmmaker and main tutor at the ANIDOX:LAB, Viborg
Uri Kranot is an award winning filmmaker and animation director. Originally from Israel, he has been living, working and making films in different countries. Together with partner and co-director Michelle Kranot, their films won more than thirty international prizes and participated in numerous film festivals. He has given master classes all around the world. Recently Animated film “Hollow Land” has been shortlisted for an Academy Award. Website 1 / Website 2
Jonathan Hodgson, Animation-Filmmaker and Associate Professor at the Middlesex University, London
Jonathan Hodgson is an internationally renowned, BAFTA winning animation director based in London. He studied animation at Liverpool Polytechnic and the Royal College of Art. He was the animation director of Wonderland: The Trouble with Love and Sex, the first full length animated documentary on British TV. Website 1 / Website 2
Jonas Raeber, Animator, Lucerne
Animation Filmmaker, Live-Cartoonist, Political Person, Teacher, Illustrator, Voiceartist, Auctioneer, Manufacturer of Masks. Website
Mario Doulis, Prof. for New Media, Stuttgart
Mario Doulis is professor of new media at the Merz Akademie, Stuttgart since 2007. After his apprenticeship as traditional stonemason and sculptor, he graduated from School of Design Pforzheim in industrial design in 1998. His current research activities focus on virtual reality, digital archives and interactive formats of film and documentation. Website
Tereza Fischer-Smid, Editor Filmbulletin, Zurich
Tereza Fischer-Smid studied Filmhistory at the University of Zurich. She received her PhD in 2012 with her book „Poetik der Schärfenverlagerung“. In 2014 she was appointed the editor in chief of the „Filmbulletin“ a Zurich based Filmjournal. Website
Volko Kamensky, Hamburg-based filmmaker, visual artist and production designer
Born in 1972. Studied at the University of Fine Arts Hamburg from 1994–2002. With Julian Rohrhuber co-editor of TON. Texts on Acoustics in Documentary Film (Berlin: Vorwerk 8, 2013).
Otto Alder, filmmaker and curator of animation films
Widely travelled animated film expert, festival founder, commissioner and consultant at animated film festivals worldwide.