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1995 born in Vilnius. 2012 finished Eduardas Balsys gymnasium of Arts in Klaipeda with an animated short OPEN-HEARTED TREE. 2017 finished BA animation degree in Vilnius Academy of Arts with an animated documentary short HOLY ROUTINE. Currently studying MA Graphics in Vilnius Academy of Arts. Full package of animator, illustrator, street artist and visual artist also known as Pidžin.
Successful solo game creator in Lithuania, who found his loyal audience with management style games and has released five projects globally for PC/VR/PS4/XBOX platforms.
James Pollock is an immersive media designer and multidisciplinary creative based in Bristol, England. Since working at creative studio Burrell Durrant Hifle, James has lead design on a number of virtual reality projects, from science and nature documentaries, to rollercosters through famous surrealist paintings, to interactive live-action dramas. His role involves working through projects from early concepts, throughout production and release, leading design and coordinating development efforts.
Pijus Balkaitis, born 1991, animation BA at Vilnius Academy of Arts, works with 2D animation and graphics.
Chintis Lundgren is an Estonian-born animator currently living in Croatia. Self-taught, Lundgren’s body of work includes an assortment of quirky music videos, PSAs and short films featuring a light, absurdist tone along with distinct anthropomorphic characters. In 2011, Lundgren created her own animation studio called Chintis Lundgreni Animatsioonistuudio and later co-founded Adriatic Animation, an animation studio based in Croatia.
Her films (including the award-winning shorts, Manivald (2017) and Life with Herman H. Rott (2015)) have screened at numerous international festivals including Sundance, Annecy, Animafest Zagreb, Hiroshima and Ottawa.
Thorbjørn Christoffersen (b. 1978) is a self-taught animator and illustrator. He made his debut as a co-director on the film “Terkel inTrouble” (2004) and has since, among other things also co-directed the huge success “Chequeredt Ninja” (2018) together with Anders Matthesen. He also works as an illustrator in collaboration with the author Thomas Brunstrøm. The two have created more than a handful of picture books in the series about Sally's father, which has become a big hit with Danish families with children.
Giedrė Burokaitė (1985) is a film producer. She holds a BA degree in Cultural History and Anthropology and a MA degree in Arts management. She works in film production since 2012. Giedrė produced number of short films and a feature lenght documentary „Animus Animalis“ (dir. Aistė Žegulytė), which was premiered at DOK Leipzig, CPH:DOX, Hot Docs and other festivals. Currently she is working on two short animated films and a VR project.
Laura Jurkaityte is animation BA student at University for the Creative Arts – UCA.
Laura was born in 1999, Plunge, Lithuania. Graduate at Klaipeda Eduardas Balsys art gymnasium. The short animated film, "BE BETTER PIGS", is Laura's debut film, directed in her first year of study.
Piotr Milczarek was born and lives in Lodz. He studied animation and special effects at the Film School in Lodz, where he is currently working as an assistant. He has directed short films such as 'The Comic Book,' 'The War of the Worlds,' 'Mr Mister' and The Cockroach." He has also
cowritten the script for 'Moonshine' by Michał Poniedzielski, cooperated on the award-winning 'Switeź' by Kamil Pola (storyboard, artwork), as well as worked as an animator of Balbina Bruszewska's 'The City is Flowing' and Magdalena Osińska's 'Little Joys.' Otherwise, he creates storyboards for commercials
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 short films in various mediums including hand-drawn animation, 3D animation and live-action and often mixing their characteristic aesthetics.
Discussion moderator. Experienced and versatile game designer, game culture expert. Director of "Lithuanian Game Developers Association".
After being awarded his Diploma in Communications Design from the HAW Hamburg University of Applied Sciences, Jon worked as Art Director with Scholz und Friends Berlin. Since 2006, he has been a freelance animation director and illustrator. He wrote and animated more than 50 contributions for the satirical TV show extra3. With the production company SFA, which he founded together with Till Penzek, he has produced animations for WDR Quarks und Co., Arte Karambolage, Sesame Street (NDR / KiKa), etc. His short film CAT DAYS/NEKO NO HI premiered at the 2018 Berlinale. The animation film has received numerous international awards, including two prizes at FILMFEST DRESDEN, and qualified for the Academy Awards. CAT DAYS was nominated for the German Short Film Prize and the European Animation Awards. Jon Frickey regularly does illustrations for magazines, packaging and advertising, for which he has received ADC awards. Jon Frickey lives and works in Hamburg.
Following games industry inside and out for more than 20 years. From writing and editing gaming magazines to covering social media, events and communications for several Lithuanian game development studios.
Simon Österhof is a producer and writer at Swedish animation studio Soja. He has written the romantic comedy Top 3 as is currently developing upcoming projects. He studied screenwriting at the University of Umeå in Sweden.
Born in 1987, Lizete Upīte is an animation film director from Latvia.
Lizete began her studies in audiovisual media in Baltic Film and Media school, Estonia, but after Erasmus exchange studies in Portugal, changed her major to animation. In 2013, after finishing school of directing animation La Poudrière in France, Lizete has been working on several animation projects as well as directed her two animation short films "Night Walks" (2018, produced by Atom Art (Latvia)) and "Riga's Lilac" (2019, coproduced by Papy3D (France) and Atom Art (Latvia)).
Like many Lithuanians I grew up surrounded by forests, dogs without leashes and an infinity amount of free time in the village. My parents used to complain that right after they buy me a toy, I instantly disassemble it (break it) and make weird characters out of it. When I think what I do now, i realise that nothing much changed, just instead of toys I break software and with completed characters I play by animating them.
A veteran of game design, currently developing the first Lithuanian slasher in a newly formed studio "Golem House".
A founder and producer of the production company ART SHOT, Agnė Adomėnė, has educational background in culture management (The Master of Management, Department of UNESCO Cultural Management and Cultural Policy, Vilnius Academy of Arts) and works in film business since 2009. Founded in 2012, independent production company ART SHOT focuses on developing, producing and co-producing artistic animated films. n 2016 ART SHOT production “Nuopuolis”, Eng. “Ragnarok” (Short puppet animation directed by Urtė Oettinger and Johan Oettinger, Lithuanian – Denmark co-production) was awarded by Lithuanian Film Academy as The Best Lithuanian Animation Film of the year.
Dominykas has been working in Unity Demo Team since creation The Blacksmith Demo (2015). He has worked on The Adam, Book of the Dead and Heretic demos.
Fireside chat moderator. A veteran technology journalist and avid games fan, creator of podcasts and radio shows.
Lithuanian born director and animator Eglė Davidavičė finished Skalvija Film Academy in 2014, where she started to make short films. She finished her animation studies and graduated from Vilnius Academy of Arts in June, 2019. Her debut animated film “My birth” was nominated as Best student film at the Silver Crane Awards in Lithuania.
Marijam is a writer on video games / technology and politics whose work has been published on GamesIndustry.biz, Kotaku, Novara Media, Waypoint and many others.
Malte Stein is an independent animation film maker and writer based in Berlin. In 2013, he graduated from the University of Film and Television “Konrad Wolf” in Potsdam Babelsberg with a diploma of animation. Before that, he studied scriptwriting and draw a lot of comic stories since the 90`s. He is currently working on two independent animation films. His films “Blue Dream” from 2013 and “Flood” from 2018 were screened on many Festivals all over the world and won quite a number of Awards.
Gediminas's works have gained recognition at some of the world’s leading art and design magazines and have become a synonym for the “New Eastern European Design”. In 2009 Canadian magazine Boards included PetPunk in the top 6 of its “New Wave of Designers”, and in 2010 leading UK's design magazine Computer Arts featured PetPunk as “The New Wave of Animation”. Gediminas Šiaulys, together with PetPunk, are the first Lithuanians to win the “Young Guns” prize from the Art Directors Club of New York and have also been invited to numerous international festivals. These include the European Design Conference (Stockholm), Visuelt (Oslo), Picotplasma (Berlin), Onedotzero (London), Anima (Brussels), Arsenale (Florence), the Holland Animation Film Festival (Utrecht), Anima Mundi (Brazil), Zlin (Czech Republic) and many others.
In 2008, Antanas received a Master of Arts degree, graduating from Vilnius Academy of Fine Arts – with his diploma work on – Lithuanian mythological beings (mitologija.lt). His filmography includes Copy of Paste (2006), a humorous movie about computer icons living their lives in a computer world and "Nebaigta pasaka" (Unfinished Story, 2007), about the massive die-off of a beehive (CCD). He worked with his professor Ilja Bereznickas, on the movie Cyber Pirate. He is currently working on the movies "Vaikystes dienorastis" (director and animator) and "The Vanishing of the Bees"(artist, animator).
Antanas worked for a number of commercials, including those of national TV channel, Baltijos TV, for the 2005/2006 season. He also made video installations for local pop-group Saulės Kliošas for their participation at the national Eurovision Contest.
Marija Razgutė – film producer, International Short Film Festival “Vilnius Film Shorts” organizer, European Film Forum “Scanorama” international short film competition programme “New Baltic Cinema” coordinator, Lithunian Short Film Agency “Lithuanian Shorts” co-founder, cinema education project “Film Forge” coordinator.
The expert of minimalist game design, creator of "PyroMind", "The Final Riddle" and other uniquely designed games.
Elli Vuorinen is an independent animation director, who lives and works in rural Finland. Her works often balance between surreal, delightful and disgusting. Although her approach is often humoristic the films deal with significant themes of melancholy, solitude and hope.
Elli's style is versatile - blending of minimal and handcrafted, she creates works that are playful and bold. Different animation techniques inspire her work. Elli's farm studio allows her to work with everything between large scale stop motion to 2D computer animation.
She graduated as an Animation Director from Turku Arts Academy. Her five previous films have been shown at various festivals and won numerous awards. She has done many commissioned works and worked in several TV and film productions as a animator, editor, director and designer.
Vykintas has finished screenwriting BA in Lithuania. Later he started working as animator and studied 3D animation at Ecole MoPA, France. Since 2017 he’s directing and animating commissioned and personal animated projects between Vilnius, Lithuania and Prague, Czech Republic. In spring 2019 he has co-founded the Glass Elephants creative studio for further development of future projects. „Glass Elephants“ will be Vykintas’ second stop motion short film.
Skirmanta Jakaitė (b. 1969) is a director and animator, who graduated with a BA in Animation from Vilnius Academy of Arts and has experience in animation production since 1989. “The Juggler” is the third short animated film she has directed. With her previous films also made using the technique of 2D drawn animation, Skirmanta's graduation film “We May Meet, We May Not” was screened at many acclaimed international film festivals, including the Ottawa International Animation Festival, Hiroshima International Animation Festival, Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival, Stuttgart International Festival of Animated Film and Melbourne International Animation Festival.
Her debut film “Non-Euclidean Geometry” (co-directed with Solveiga Masteikaitė) was awarded with an Ecumenical Jury Prize at the 60th Short Film Festival Oberhausen and a Special International Jury Prize at the Hiroshima International Animation Festival, as well as the Lithuanian Film Academy award for Best Lithuanian Animation Film of the Year.
Born on May 8, 1975 in Tallinn.
He has been interested since childhood in drawing comic strips and writing stories for which he made illustrations himself. His first moving pictures came into being in the corners of his school notebooks. Later in his school years, his brother’s friend, who was a member of a film club, helped him make a short plasticine puppet animated film.
This was followed by a two-year period as a working youth, which was not particularly educational, but was brimming with adventures. During that time he began working systematically with music. He has been part of the creative core of several rock groups, written song lyrics, made arrangements and created tunes. He enrolled at the Tallinn Pedagogical University in 1996.
He completed his first films at that school – the silent film “Dr. Maisarve and the Matshalka Case” (1996) and the cutout puppet film “Flight of the Little White Helicopter” (1996), which was screened at rock concerts and also on television. He transferred from the Pedagogical University to the Turku Arts and Media School in Finland in 1997 to study animation under the guidance of Priit Pärn.
He made his debut film “Romance” (1999) in Turku, and it has participated in several international film festivals.
Gediminas is an illustrator, working in the fields of animation, concept art, games, books and prints. He was the background artist for "Snow Shelter", and many other animated films. Gediminas is also a big fan of fantasy and sci-fi art, architecture and basketball.
Robertas Nevecka (b. 1984) is a film director, animator and illustrator. He holds a BA degree in Film Directing from the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre. Robertas makes animated films and music videos, illustrates album covers for underground bands and works as an assistant director on film sets.
Robin Jensen is an award winning director from Norway. He studied at Volda University College where he graduated in animation and documentary film. He then took a bachelor in graphic design at The National College of Art in Oslo. Robin has written and directed several short films that has screened at festivals worldwide.
Moritz Biene is a Berlin based animation artist. He studied animation at Film University Konrad Wolf Potsdam Babelsberg. For more than nine years he works in animation, contributing to many different projects, ranging from commercial Videos to TV-series and Computer Games.
Anders Mastrup (b. 1957) is educated in history, but by accident he ended up as an animation producer. During his student time he participated in and organized radio programming, documentary films, cultural festivals and …….. In 1985 Anders started on the animated feature film “Valhalla”. In 1988, together with 4 animators, he started A. Film. A. Film has ever since been doing feature films, tv series, short films and commercials (all animated). Anders has various credits on films like “FernGully, The last rainforest”, “All Dogs goes to Heaven 2” and “Quest for Camelot”. And he holds producer/exec. producer credits on films like: “Jungo”, “Asterix and the Vikings”, “Luis and the Aliens”, “Up and Away”, “Albert”, “The incredible story of the Giant Pear”, “Pettson & Findus –Pettson’s promise”, “Terkel in Trouble, “Niko and the way to the Stars” and “Chequered Ninja”.
Žaidimų kūrėjas pradėjęs veiklą 2013-ais metais. Sukūrė „Sector Six“ - šaudyklę su RPG elementais, šiuo metu kuria RPG „Light of the Locked World“. Meilė žaidimams gimė bežaidžiant Flash žaidimus, „RuneScape“ ir „Maximos“ lentynų klasiką: „Silverfall“, „Beyond Good & Evil“, „Akimbo: Kung-Fu Hero“.
Javier Garcia-Lajara has more than 20 years of experience working with digital graphics, first in the most important video game companies in Spain like PyroStudios, creators of Commandos saga and Planet 51, and in the last 5 years focusing his activity in Virtual Reality production.
Former Future Lighthouse 3D Dept. Director, creators of many award-winning productions like Melita, Snatch VR, El Ministerio del Tiempo.
Specialist in real time 3D production and photogrammetry, Unity and Unreal expertise.
Now running his own production company, Overlat.
The creator of piggish games, responsible for dozen titles, such as "Iron Snout", "Bacon May Die" and the latest "Card Hog".
Rimas Sakalauskas is one of the most talented young generation’s video artists, working in the field of multimedia.
Rimas has shaped his creative philosophy from early on. It manifests itself through artistic forms, the artist’s favoured and recurrent themes (science, physics and man-transformed nature), forms of matter encountered in his films (liquid, metal), images (soviet buildings, factories, monoliths), and the overall rendition of the world in the nihilist key. These elements brand the artist’s method making his creative stages and evolution intuitively predictable, yet his works are no way boring or the same. He keeps abreast of technological innovations and takes challenges. The conceptual for him is equally important as the visual. Having mastered computerised technologies, the artist has gradually got to “shifting” static objects, circling them around, to “melting” buildings, factories or sculptures.
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