Lecturer at the Faculty of Humanities at the Marie Curie-Skłodowska University in Lublin. In 2010 he obtained PhD in Film Studies at the Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland. In 2012 he published a book "Akira Kurosawa: The Artist of the Borderlands". In 2016 he co-edited a monograph "Obsession. Perversion. Rebellion. Twisted Dreams of Central European Animation" and in 2019 a second volume in this series entitled "Propaganda, Ideology, Animation. Twisted Dreams of History". He is a Programme Director and a co-founder of StopTrik International Film Festival (Slovenia/Poland), an event dedicated to stop motion animation. He works with various European festivals and cinema institutions as a curator, educator and cultural activist. He wrote many academic and popular articles devoted to classic Japanese, American and East European cinema as well as animation.
Sasha Ruban has the education of a practical psychologist and musician, in 2015 graduated from the Kyiv National University of Theater, Film and Television named after I.K.Karpenko-Karyi, cinema and TV art department. In 2013-2014 worked as a second director and editor at "Kraina U" sketch show. Director and scriptwriter of an animated series "Eskimo Girl: Adventures in the Arctic" (season 3-4). Scriptwriter and consultant of Whizz Kids animated series. Director of a feature animated film "Mavka. The Forest song".
Nikita Diakur is a Russian-born filmmaker based in Germany and is best known for his projects Ugly and Fest, which have received critical acclaim at film festivals around the world. His signature style is dynamic computer simulation that embraces spontaneity, randomness and error. Diakur regularly gives talks and workshops, recently undertook a residency at Q21 in Vienna, and is a member of the European Film Academy.
Frederic Siegel is a Swiss animation director, visual artist and member of the Zurich-based collective Team Tumult. While expressing his own artistic views in personal short films, illustrations and music, he is also teaching animation basics and producing commercial work and music videos. He graduated in 2015 from the Lucerne School of Art and Design with the film Ruben Leaves which won several awards, including the Swiss Film Award for the best graduation film.
Oleksiy Tertyshnyk is Head of art of the most creative agency of Ukraine – Saatchi&Saatchi Ukraine. He has more than 10-year experience in design and marketing communications. He has major professional awards in design: Red Dot Design, Epica, Eurobest, European design awards.