British filmmaker Tom C J Brown cuts a recognizable figure in the independent animation and film world. A conceptual storyteller at heart, his haunting short films “t.o.m.”, “teeth”, and “Cousin John – The Arrival” have screened at 200+ festivals worldwide winning accolades from Sundance, SXSW, AFI Fest, Annecy, Ottawa, Royal Television Society, ADC Awards and the British Animation Awards.
His live-action debut for Fischerspooner’s 2018 hit “Top Brazil” earned him OUT Magazine’s praise as a “visionary queer director.”
For Britt (°1986) every day she can be creative is a celebration. She studied animation at the KASK in Ghent (where she’ll be teaching shortly). After graduating in 2011 she’s been navigating her way in illustration and animation, creating independent and commissioned projects.
In 2016 she finished her first short “Catherine’, with which she travelled the world. In 2021 her short for kids “Luce & the Rock” will go into production. Her future plans are to make a children’s book and an adult series about pets. If she’s reincarnated, she hopes to come back as a cat named Fluffy.
Andrea has studied MA Leisure and Tourism Studies in Leeuwarden (NL), Bilbao and London in the 90es and has worked as an advisor and producer in visual arts and film. Since 2014 she is director of Media Art Friesland Foundation that produces the annual Media Art Festival (MAF), LUNA Leeuwarden Urban Night Adventure and other light- and media arts projects.
MAF focusses on emerging artists, experiment and innovation in arts and society; LUNA brings together outstanding Dutch and international artists for a true adventure of light and sound in the city centre of Leeuwarden. Collaboration and interaction between artists, audience and academic and corporate partners are key to this combination of events.
Andrea is always in for developing new creative concepts with local and international partners and finding ways of embedding outstanding and challenging arts projects sustainably in their surroundings.
Dutch & Anidoc Jury
Ng’endo Mukii is an award-winning film director, most well known for ‘Yellow Fever,’ her documentary-animation exploring Western influences on African women’s ideals of beauty. Her work focuses on the use of moving image to represent unspoken truths. At the prestigious Design Indaba conference (2015), she presented her talk, ‘Film Taxidermy and Re-Animation,’ proposing the use of animation as a means of re- humanizing the ‘indigenous’ image.
Ng’endo is a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design, and holds a Master of Arts in Animation from the Royal College of Art. She is a Berlinale Talents alumni, participated in the distinguished Urucu Media REALNESS Screenwriter’s Residency, and the incredible Goethe Institute Bahia Vila Sul artists residency. Her films have won numerous awards, including Silver Hugo for Best Animated Short at the Chicago International Film Festival, Best Short Film at the Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Awards, and the Encounters Immersive Grand Prix for her 360 film, Nairobi Berries.
For many years Johan Gijsen (45) was music programmer at Tivoli and later TivoliVredenburg. He is co-founder and CEO of the internationally acclaimed boundery-crossing music and culture festival Le Guess Who? in Utrecht. He was also closely involved in the realization of the Into The Great Wide Open festival on Vlieland.
David Kamp (*1982) is a Berlin-based Composer, Sound Designer and Sound Artist. His work centers around creating sound and music for independent animated films, museum and art exhibitions as well as commissioned work for companies, NGOs and cultural institutions.
David’s film projects won 200+ awards at film festivals (including Berlinale, Encounters, Sundance, ITFS, Ottawa) and his sound works were exhibited at various museums, festivals, and galleries worldwide. Film credits include: “Please Say Something” by David OReilly, “Love” by Réka Bucsi, “Fest” and “Ugly” by Nikita Diakur, and “Wednesday with Goddard” by Nicolas Ménard.
Paulien Dresscher is working as an independent curator and researcher in the field of culture and digital media. Currently she curates the Interactive program of the Nederlands Film Festival, the art program of Into The Great Wide Open. In 2021 she is the festival curator of the Noorderlicht Festival in Groningen and is part of the programming team of the PublicSpaces Conference #1 in Amsterdam. She is teaching Media Philosophy and Curating Interactive Storytelling at Utrecht University.
Paulien Dresscher is living with her husband and daughter on a sailing ship in the center of Amsterdam and holds a Bachelor degree of Media and Fine Arts from Minerva Academy in Groningen, as well as both Master degree in New Media and Research Master degree in Media Studies from the University of Amsterdam.
Ricardo Laganaro is an award-winning Brazilian director and partner and Chief Storytelling Officer at ARVORE Immersive Experiences. His most recent piece, “The Line”, has received several awards globally, including “Best VR Experience” at the 76th Venice Film Festival and a Primetime Emmy® Award for Outstanding Innovation in Interactive Programming.
Ricardo entered the immersive world in 2013, creating a full-dome experience for the Museum of Tomorrow, in Rio. He directed 360º videos that together have over 70 million views and created the VR documentary “Step to the Line”, premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival and selected for over 30 other festivals globally.
Bogomir Doringer is a Serbian / Dutch artist, researcher and curator. He is doing Artistic Research PhD at the University of Applied Arts Vienna with the ongoing research project “I Dance Alone” that observes clubbing from a birds-eye-view as a mirror of social and political changes. Bogomir is curator and head of education and research at Nxt Museum in Amsterdam. He is speaking and teaching internationally, and also co-curator of Frei(T)räume – the public day of Stadt Nach Acht conference since 2014. He has been contributing to various international music festivals, club programs and institutions. Between 2012-2015 he curated an international series of exhibitions and events tackling the social meaning of the personal image under the title ‚FACELESS‘. After this project Bogomir started a yearly collaboration and production of exhibitions and symposiums with the CPDP-Computer Privacy and Data Protection Conferences in Brussels, a non-profit platform originally founded in 2007 by research groups from the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, the Université de Namur and Tilburg University.