Aneta Ozorek is an Artistic Director of Kaboom Animation Festival. She has extensive industry experience as the curator and organizer of film events, educational workshops, exhibitions and festivals in the European market. She is Head of Short section of CEE Animation Pitching Forum, a member of the board of REX Animation Festival (Sweden) and Short Film Conference. Ozorek is also a member of the European Children Film Association and an illustrator of six books for children.
Olga Bobrowska is a doctor of Humanities in Arts Studies (she obtained her PhD degree at the Jagiellonian University in Krakow in 2020). Currently she lectures on the subject of animated film history at the Jagiellonian University in Kraków and Polish-Japanese Academy of Information Technology in Warsaw. She is a scholar active in the fields of animation studies, film studies and cultural theory, as well as a film culture activist and curator. Bobrowska's main fields of interest embrace studies in animation, propaganda, visual discourses of ideological doctrines, problems of politicized representation, theories of narrative, adaptation, feminism and Chinese Studies. Her PhD dissertation is dedicated to the problems of ideological discourses of Chinese animated film, 1957-1989. She is a festival director and co-founder of the StopTrik International Film Festival (Maribor, Slovenia / Lodz, Poland). She has participated in nearly 20 international academic conferences, authored 10 academic papers published in monographs and journals and over 30 film critiques, and is also a permanent contributor to Zippy Frames, an online magazine dedicated to international art-house animation. She is a co-editor of two collective monograph books, Obsession, Perversion, Rebellion. Twisted Dreams of Central European Animation (2016), and Propaganda, Ideology, Animation. Twisted Dreams of History (2019).
Waltraud Grausgruber is festival directress of the "Tricky Women/Tricky Realities Festival" in Vienna, Austria, the first festival of animated film that is dedicated exclusively to animation created by women. It takes place since 2001. Grausgruber studied theatre, film and media studies and tourism. She wrote her Master‘s Thesis about African Cinema, was visiting researcher in France, Senegal and Burkina Faso, conceptualized several film festivals and curates international film programs. She got the Outstanding Artists Award of the Austrian Federal Ministry for Education, Arts and Culture and published books like "Tricky Women_Animations Film Kunst von Frauen / Women in Animation".
Hanna Rybak is a Ukrainian animation director, illustrator, and animator spending the last 7 years working with the clients like Facebook/Meta, Google, Lyft, TED etc. Hanna studied art for 6 years in Lviv National Academy of Art, the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw and Maria Curie‑Skłodowska University in Lublin. The last two years of studies she focused on animation and film direction where she began blending her love of cute characters, emotional storytelling, little details, and thoughtful concepts into fully developed visual narratives. Her graduation film “If You Can” received several festival awards and a Vimeo Staff Pick.
Sunčana Brkulj was born in Zadar, Croatia. She received her BA diploma at Zagreb Academy of Fine Arts in 2019, and graduated the MA program in 2022. In 2019, as a BA degree film, she created "I'M NOT FEELING VERY WELL", which was selected for Annecy, Animafest, Anim'est and others. In 2020. Sunčana made "The Tower", which was selected for Annecy, Animafest and OIAF among others. It received three awards, most notably "Best commissioned film" at LINOLEUM in 2021. Both films have been exhibited at the Youth Salon in HDLU Zagreb, the largest and most respectable exhibition of Croatian visual artists under the age of 35. In 2022 she finished her MA graduation film “Stinky in the Dark Forest”, which premiered at Animafest Zagreb. She has since been spending time at the Open Workshop in Viborg, working on the next project. Besides animation, Sunčana has published comics in the webzine KOMIKAZE and has put on a cycle of solo exhibitions titled "Inferno" between 2018 and 2020.
Shadi finished with a master’s degree in animation at the Tehran Art University and attended Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg. Her film FUSE ran for competition in renowned festivals around the world and received several awards. After her work on "The Amazing World of Gumball" at Studio SOI, she was a preselection jury member of the Stuttgart International Festival of Animated Film. During that time, she also started her work on her latest film "Ode". The film was completed in spring 2019 and was also produced by Studio SOI. "Ode" celebrated its world premiere at the opening gala of the ITFS 2019, at which she was also a preselection jury member. The film describes the moment when the idea of a common Europe emerges. A Europe that is in its infancy. Until 2022 she works as a director, designer and animator for several shows and feature films at Studio SOI.