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Bernardas Šaknys #

Journalist, animation and video game enthusiast, Lithuania

Discussion moderator. An enthusiast of animation and video games, as a teenager Bernardas created amateur games and animated films, and wanted to be Gordon Freeman (a character from the game Half-Life) when he grew up. Several years ago, some of his short films appeared at the Pravda One Minute festival. Bernardas believes his film directing course has been his most fun learning experience to date. Even though he never ended up becoming a director or programmer (or Gordon Freeman – he still doesn't need glasses), Bernardas uses this experience successfully in his work on radio and television, and still feels a respectful nostalgia when playing games and watching animations.

Vilma Razmutė #

Director, Lithuania

Vilma is a motion and graphic designer and animator based in Vilnius, Lithuania. She currently works at BIT, where she lectures in animation. Vilma has participated in the Lithuanian Shorts and Baltic Women in Film mentorship programmes, where she had the opportunity to work with animation directors Urte Oettinger and Lizete Upite. During these mentorship programmes, Vilma created her very first short animation movie "In A Bubble".

Karla Riebartsch #

Director, Germany

Karla Riebartsch was born in 1998 in Hamburg, Germany. Following a drawing course at The Animation Workshop in Denmark, she has been studying animation at the Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg since 2019. Matapacos is the first fully animated film she has directed.

Pijus Čeikauskas #

Animator and illustrator, Lithuania

Pijus Čeikauskas graduated in 2012 from the Eduardas Balsys Arts Gymnasium with the animated film "Open-Hearted Tree". In 2017, he graduated with a Bachelor's in Animation from the Vilnius Academy of Arts (VDA) with the film "Holy Routine". In 2021, he graduated from his Master's at VDA with the project "Local Guide". Since then, he has worked with the "Akis bado" team on the animated short films "Snow shelter" and "Mora Mora". A complete package of animator, illustrator, street artist and visualiser, he is also known as Pidžin.

Faezeh Khomeyrani #

Indie game designer, The Netherlands

Faezeh is a game designer, writer and storyteller with a passion for games that leave a meaningful impact on us.
As part of the indie team Team Lucky Dice, she has helped to create and publish several games on itch.io since 2015, as well as designing board games and writing interactive stories, including "A Rejection Story".

Dovilė Rapalytė #

Director, Lithuania

Dovilė Rapalytė is a young Lithuanian artist, passionate about animation and a recent graduate of the Vilniaus Academy of Art, where she received a BA in Animation. While she has previously worked on films as an auxiliary illustrator/video editor, “Tail wags the dog” is the first movie she has created by herself. Dovilė and her friends are currently working closely with the Lithuanian Game Developers Association to develop and publish a game together.

Meelis Arulepp #

Director, Estonia

Born in 1965, Meelis Arulepp has worked as an animator in various animation studios since 1987. He began working at A.Film Denmark in 1990, and in 1994 co-founded a studio in Tallinn – A Film Estonia. Meelis has worked as the creative head of the studio since then. Meelis´ filmography includes more than 40 feature films, on which he has been the animator-director, designer, storyboarder or supervisor. The list is long, but includes "All Dogs Go To Heaven 2", "The Quest for Camelot", "Help! I´m a Fish", "Asterix and the Vikings", "Titeuf – the Movie" and "Smurfs – the Legend of Smurfy Hollow" to name few. Meelis co-directed the feature film "Raggie" (2020), eight short films and over 300 commercials. He is also a well-known book illustrator and caricaturist.

Robertas Nevecka #

Director, animator, illustrator, Lithuania

Robertas Nevecka is a film director, animator and illustrator. He creates animated films, draws graphic narratives, works as an assistant director on movie sets, and is a co-founder of the animation studio "Akis Bado".

Ole Wendorff-Østergaard #

International Competition Jury

Ole Wendorff-Østergaard has wide experience in co-production and film finance from films such as “Antichrist” by Lars von Trier, “The Model” by Mads Matthisen, and “Another Day of Life”. From 2007 to 2010, Ole was a financial producer at Zentropa in Denmark. Ole has co-produced with the following countries: France, Spain, Belgium, Poland, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, UK, Hungary and Germany. After moving to Poland in 2008, he started up Zentropa International Poland and worked as Delegate Producer for Platige Image until the completion of the animated feature “Another Day of Life”. The film premiered in the official selection of Cannes 2018, and won the Audience Award at San Sebastian IFF, as well as European producer of the year Cartoon Movie. Another Day of Life also won the EFA's European Animation Film award. Ole is currently back in Denmark, where he works at the Danish Film Institute as producer for fiction film, and production consultant for the Public Service Fund, which supports TV series.

Alicja Liss #

Director, Poland

Born in Gdynia, Poland, in June 2000, Alicja is an alumna of the Art High School in Gdynia (2020). She currently studies animation at the University of Art in Poznań.

Aleyeldin (Aley) Baracat #

Interactive Playable Experience Designer

Aley is an interactive playable experience designer who focuses on creating immersive AR/VR and mixed reality experiences. He believes in the power of harnessing skills and knowledge from various fields, that all knowledge is interconnected, and a multidisciplinary education can provide access to different paradigms and mindsets that can help in gaining distinctive perspectives on the world. Motivated by these beliefs, he pursued a double major in Computer Engineering and Graphic Design, as well as a minor in Mathematics, at the American University in Cairo (AUC), Egypt. He then went on to earn an MA in Independent Games and Playable Experience Design at Goldsmiths University, London, UK.

My work revolves around exploring the accessibility of knowledge in relation to power. I consider myself as an emotional designer and I try to channel my personal experiences, thoughts and emotions in my projects. Aside from design and technology, I am an independent musician. I have been working for a couple of years now on my debut arabic album which is called "Rasayel - رسايل" set to be released in 2022.

Gediminas Skyrius #

Illustrator, Lithuania

Gediminas is an illustrator and art director, working mostly at developing the style of animation backgrounds. Having started his professional illustration career in gaming (doing both concept art and in-game visuals), he now has experience in multiple fields of illustration – animation, games, book and album covers, prints. His animation projects include "Snow Shelter" (2020), "Mora Mora" (2022), "After Death, Before Hell" (2017), the "Witch Hunter" movie promo animation (2015), "Aurora's Sunrise" (2022), and "Garrano" (2022).

Austėja Gaputytė #

Producer, Lithuania

Austėja Gaputytė is a VFX Producer from Vilnius. During her 10 years in the film industry, Austeja has taken on various roles, from project development and serviced production coordination to leading an entire post-production studio. For the last two years, she has been producing visual effects for major Hollywood film projects in various European VFX studios. Outside of her own work, she sometimes helps smaller projects created by her friends to see the light of day.

Stanko Stupar #

Director, Croatia

Born in Croatia in 1987, Stanko Stupar grew up in Serbia, briefly lived in Dubai, and currently lives in Berlin, Germany.
In 2020, Stanko founded an animation studio called Crumb, where he works as creative director. Singularity is his directorial debut.
His main career goal is to work with talented people on design-driven animations.
Inspired by the works of Paolo Sorrentino, Jim Jarmusch and David Fincher, Stanko is currently developing several short animations.

Kristel Tõldsepp #

Producer, Estonia

Kristel Tõldsepp has been a producer at the animation studio A Film Estonia since 1996, and has been the owner of the company since 2011. She has a MA in economics, and has attended a number of workshops on TV and animation production across Europe. Kristel has been the production manager of 20 animated feature films and 10 TV series. She has worked on films including "Asterix and the Vikings“, "Niko and the Way to the Stars“ and "Titeuf – the Movie“. Kristel has also produced 10 short films, the TV series "Things You Think“, and the feature film "Raggie“ (2020). Currently, A Film Estonia is producing is next feature film, "Poop, Spring and Others“, to be released on 2023.

Paweł Szarzyński #

Director, animator, Poland

Paweł Szarzyński is a director, animator, graphic designer and co-founder of the Kilku design collective. He previously served as head of animation and post-production at Saatchi and Saatchi, and has worked with companies such as Prodigious, FCB, National Geographic and the Discovery Channel. A winner of European Design Awards and the Polish Graphic Design Award, he has taught at the Warsaw School of Photography and Graphic Design.

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Gediminas Tarasevičius #

Director, LŽKA

Gediminas has been working in the games industry for many years in different roles. Head of No Brakes Games Vilnius studio, and Director of Lithuanian Game Developers Association.

Eva Rodz #

Director, Lithuania

Eva is currently in her final year of studies at the Vilnius Academy of Arts (Photography, animation and media art department). She is co-founder of the “Script/framing/photo-animation visualisation” course at the Open School of Art, Design and Architecture (VAA). Mostly using animation as a tool for contemporary installations, she has also begun to create animated feature films. In 2021, as part of the Erasmus programme, Eva studied Animation Design at ArtEZ University of the Arts in the Netherlands, where she created the short experimental 2D animated film “I Am Tired”, which is presented at this year's BLON festival.

Sandra Brunkow Simonsen #

Festival project coordinator and PR, Lithuanian Competition Jury, Denmark

Sandra completed her Bachelor's degree in History, followed by a Master's in Cultural Communication, all at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark. She worked for six years in the world of museums and exhibitions with clients as diverse as the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art and Carlsberg. Her passion for visual and cultural communication then led her to the VOID International Animation Festival, where she became Head of Film. At the beginning of 2021, she joined Viborg Animation Festival (VAF), part of the internationally renowned Animation Workshop.

Agnė Adomėnė #

Producer, Art Shot, Lithuania

A founder and producer of the production company ART SHOT, Agnė Adomėnė, has an educational background in culture management (Master of Management, Department of UNESCO Cultural Management and Cultural Policy, Vilnius Academy of Arts) and has worked in the film business since 2009. Founded in 2012, the independent production company ART SHOT focuses on developing, producing and co-producing artistic animated films. In 2016, the ART SHOT production “Nuopuolis” (Eng. "Ragnarok”), a short puppet animation directed by Urtė Oettinger and Johan Oettinger, a Lithuania–Denmark co-production, was awarded Best Lithuanian Animation Film of the year by the Lithuanian Film Academy.

Giedrė Burokaitė #

Producer, Akis bado Lithuania

In 2015, Lithuanian film producer Giedrė Burokaitė established a film production platform at the NGO "Meno avilys“. In 2020, she graduated from the Emerging Producer Workshop. Giedrė has produced a number of short films and a feature-length documentary, "Animus Animalis (a Story about People, Animals and Things)", directed by Aistė Žegulytė, which premiered at DOK Leipzig (2018). The film received awards from the Lithuanian Film Academy in three categories, including Best Documentary film. In 2019, together with director-animator Robertas Nevecka, Giedrė founded the film production company “Akis bado”. In 2022, a short animated film produced by Giedrė, “Mora Mora” (dir. Jurga Šeduikytė), was awarded the Silver Crane for Best Animation of the Year at the Lithuanian National Awards.

Māra Liniņa #

Director, Latvia

Born in 1971, Māra Liniņa studied Film Direction and Stage Speech at the Latvian Academy of Culture. Māra began her carrier in animation in the 90s, working as executive artist at the animation studio Dauka. Since then, she has directed seven animation shorts and one feature film. Māra Liniņa has also written scripts for nine films. Since 1998, she has taught elocution and acting, worked as a casting director for Latvian and international film projects, and had several theatre productions.

Leene Künnap #

Creative Lead at Placeholder Games

Leene is an indie game developer, artist and graphic designer from Estonia, known mostly for her work at Placeholder Gameworks as creative lead on the game Death and Taxes. She is really excited about everything indie, coherent visual styles, putting the fun into marketing, meaningful game ideas, and cats. Her goal in life is to see people vomit rainbows from looking at her art when she's 80.

Rimantė Daugėlaitė #

Festival director, Ukrainian Competition Jury, Lithuania

Rimantė Daugėlaitė has been the managing director of the Lithuanian Short Film Agency “Lithuanian Shorts” since 2012, and the head of the Vilnius International Short Film Festival since 2009. Rimantė has been working in the audiovisual sector for more than 10 years, and has coordinated multiple cultural, audiovisual and film promotion projects, as well as producing several Lithuanian short films. In 2019, Rimantė launched into a new field of activity field with “Lithuanian Shorts” – theatrical distribution for Lithuanian short films . Rimantė also works as an expert in European and national audiovisual and cultural funds. She is an alumna of the Berlinale Talents and MAIA Workshops, and a member of the EWA Network.

Allan Kirkeby #

Senior Business Developer at Game Hub Denmark

Allan became involved in the games industry with the Amiga demo scene in the early 90s. He has worked as a musician, game designer, level designer and project manager, as well as an executive producer at InterActive Vision with over 40 games published between 1997 and 2007. Allan later joined Unity as CEO of Unity Studios. Today, he is a Senior Business Developer and mentor at Game Hub Denmark, hobby board game designer and electronic music producer.

Anders Narverud Moen #

Festival director, Ukrainian Competition Jury, Norway

In a career of more than 20 years in the film and cinema industry, Anders Narverud Moen has been given the opportunity to explore and deepen his love for movies. With a BA in cultural management, Anders has always been close to the industry. He has worn many hats, from volunteering at film festivals to running local film societies, hosting a feminist film theory radio show, and even cleaning up popcorn at a movie theatre during his time as a clerk at an Oslo cinema. In 2008, Anders became the programme planner and film consultant for the largest cinema company in Norway. In 2012, he joined the Fredrikstad Animation Festival (FAF), and is now the longest-serving director of the festival. FAF is the oldest animation festival in the Nordic region, and was where Anders was most able to grow his love for animation, festivals and great artistry – a love that began in 1999, when he first volunteered at FAF. When he isn't working on the festival, you can find Anders at cultural, musical and artistic events. He has also been involved in live music events and ballet associations and radio productions.

Hleb Kuftseryn #

Director, Estonia

Hleb Kuftseryn is an animator and animation director with experience in the fields of both commercial and non-commercial animation.
In 2016, Hleb finished his Bachelor studies in Visual Design and Media at the European Humanities University (Lithuania). In 2022, he graduated from the Estonian Academy of Arts with a Master's degree in Fine Arts.
Hleb's animation career started in 2016 and consists of cases of work for various films for Belarusian, Lithuanian, Russian and Estonian animation studios (Belarusfilm, PetPunk, Soyuzmultfilm, Bop animation) as well as with various independent animation film directors, combining it with work on commercial advertising animation and theatrical stage projections.
Since 2020 Hleb teaches animation courses in several universities in Estonia (Eesti Kunstiakadeemia, Eesti Ettevõtluskõrgkool Mainor) and Lithuania (European Humanities University).

Martinus Klemet #

Director, Estonia

Martinus Klemet is an animation director hailing from Estonia, whose animated shorts have been screened at several international film festivals. "In the Air" (2009) and "Fatcula" (2016) were both awarded Animation of the Year by the Cultural Endowment of Estonia.

Martyna Kairaitytė #

Director, Lithuania

Martyna Kairaitytė discovered her vocation for animation and illustration while working at a tedious job in a dumpling bar. She is now improving her skills and sharpening her virtual pencils in her third year at Vilnius Academy of Arts. In the future, she dreams of expanding Kodleduk's cinematic universe.

Polina Piddubna #

Director, Ukraine

Polina Piddubna is a young Ukrainian multidisciplinary artist, filmmaker, social activist and animation student based in Berlin.

Andrius Lekavičius #

Director, Lithuania

Andrius Lekavičius (born in 1984 in Vilnius, Lithuania) is an all-round media storyteller, directing high-end commercial and non-commercial audiovisual productions. Locally known as a documentary filmmaker, Andrius started experimenting with virtual reality (VR) quite early, and so far has created two interactive VR projects: "Code of Freedom. 1991" and "Chronos". He continues to take an active interest in this field.

Vytautas Kazlauskas #

Director, Lithuania

Vytautas Kazlauskas was born in Vilnius, Lithuania, in 1988. During his school years, Vytautas discovered his passion for visual effects and animation. This hobby soon turned into a career, leading to more than 14 years helping to create almost every Lithuanian feature film (and many more), from title designs to all sorts of VFX shots. In 2018, he decided to widen his horizons still further, writing a script for the animation film "Blue Moon". Three years of his work can now be seen in the 8 minutes of this autobiographical cosmic journey.

Edmunds Jansons #

Director, Ukrainian Competition Jury, Latvia

Born in 1972, Edmunds Jansons is a director, animator, illustrator and the founder of the animation film studio Atom Art. He studied TV directing at the Academy of Culture of Latvia, and animation directing at the Estonian Academy of Art. His filmography notably includes the animated documentary film "Little Bird's Diary" (2007), which was awarded the Best Baltic Animation award at IFF Arsenals, and received the Grand Prix at Tallinn Graphic Triennial, as well as the animated short "Choir Tour" (2012). which received numerous awards including Best Animation at the 29th "interfilm" International SFF, and the Award for Sound and Music at the London IAF. His animated short "The Isle of Seals" (2014) was screened at Annecy in 2016. He is co-author and director of the pre-school series "Shammies" (2015). His first feature film, "Jacob, Mimmi and the Talking Dogs", has been selected for more than 100 festivals. Edmunds teaches animation directing at the Art Academy of Latvia, and is a guest tutor at the La Poudrière animation film school in France.

Natalija Ju #

Director, scriptwriter, producer, Lithuania

Natalija Ju is an experienced film director, scriptwriter and producer. Born in Yekaterinburg, Russia, she is a graduate of the philology faculty of Moscow University, and scenario department of the All-Russian Cinematography institute (VGIK). In Lithuania, Natalija created the independent studio “Studija JU”, whose main activities are documentary and TV production. Natalija currently lives in Vilnius, where she is a member of the Lithuanian Union of Cinematography. She is also a member of the Eurasian Academy of Radio and Television.

Lion Durst #

Director, Germany

Born in 1994 near Stuttgart, Germany, Lion Durst took his first steps in filmmaking by shooting music and skate videos outside school. After finishing school he undertook a three-year apprenticeship as an Audiovisual Media Designer, which gave him his first contact with the film and TV industry. After finishing his apprenticeship, Lion continued to work as a freelancer, before beginning a full-time job at the Film Academy Baden-Württemberg, where he decided he wanted to study – and where he is now in his sixth semester of a screenwriting course.

Renatas Makarovas #

Music producer, Lithuania

Renatas is a data analyst and music producer based in Vilnius, who has been producing electronic music for over 10 years. Renatas contributed to the short animation movie "In A Bubble", working as music director and producer.

Karolis Dikčius #

Indie Game Developer, Lithuania

In his professional life, Karolis is a software engineer at a large company. His free time is dedicated to creating indie games, such as Desert of Vice, Ladderhead and upcoming Strange Aeons.

Thorsten S. Wiedemann #

Artistic Director of A MAZE.

Thorsten S. Wiedemann is founder and artistic director of A MAZE.. Under this label, he produces and curates international festivals, exhibitions and workshops at the intersection of games, games culture, digital arts and playful media. With A MAZE. / Berlin, he created international festivals to present arthouse games, playful media and alternative games culture. He generates new and controversial formats (e.g. A MAZE. Magazine, A MAZE. Pop-ups, A MAZE. / SPACE, A MAZE. Train Jam) and provides room for experimentation and exchange. Since 2012, Thorsten has established the A MAZE. Awards, which go to artistic games in six categories. His focus is on the interdisciplinary and diverse discourse about the media of the 21st century, and in filling the gaps between playful media, art and technology. During his Disconnected performance, he also spent 48hrs immersed in virtual reality! Thorsten currently he lives and works in Berlin.

Emilija Gustaitytė #

Director, Lithuania

Emilija is a first-year BA animation student at VDA, whose work "Bestija", showing in the festival, is her first ever short film.

Vytautas Dobilas #

Managing Partner, Gamedev Investment

Vytautas is managing a new fund, created by a group of private Baltic/Scandinavian investors. The new initiative was formed mostly by games industry veterans from Unity and other studios, currently launching a seed investment fund and starting to build games pipeline.

Olegas Pridiukas #

Gamedev.Camp Founder

You probably know Oleg (Olle) from his work at Unity or King, now you gotta love him as the founder of http://Gamedev.Camp – an educational online camp for game developers

Guangli Liu #

International Competition Jury

Guangli Liu was born in 1990 in Lengshuijiang, China. He currently lives and works in Paris. Passionate about image-making, He has developed an art practice around painting, video art, 3D animation and virtual reality. In his work, he questions how the digital medium fits into contemporary storytelling and the reconstruction of our collective memory.
His films have received awards at Ars Electronica (Linz, Austria), the Festival International de Videoarte Buenos Aires (Argentina), and other international festivals.

Julius Zubavičius #

Director, sound designer, Lithuania

Julius graduated from the renowned nine-year boys' music school "Azuoliukas". From the age of 13, he began composing electronic music. In 2008, Julius obtained a Multimedia director BA degree, and a sound designers' qualification from the Lithuanian Music and Theatre Academy, Film and Theatre faculty. During his studies, Julius participated in several international workshop, where he received multiple nomination and was once awarded first place for best sound. His career as a professional sound designer then continued in the Lithuanian TV, film and advertising industry. In 2011, Julius moved to London to further his career as a sound designer in film. He has made numerous feature-lenth, short films and documentaries as a sound recordist/designer/composer/mixer. He is currently working self employed in Hastings, UK.

Lina Vaiškūnaitė #

Animator, Lithuania

Lina is a character designer and 2D animator with a Bachelor's degree in animation and a Master's in visual communication design from the Vilnius Academy of Art. She mostly likes to work with traditional animation, and has worked as an animator on Jurga Šeduikytė’s debut short animated film “Mora Mora”, as well as David Doutel and Vasco Sá’s short animated film “Garrano”.

Susanne Gottlieb #

Film Critic, International Competition Jury, Austria

Susanne Gottlieb is a freelance film critic from Vienna, Austria. Besides working at the Filmarchiv Austria as an exhibition assistant, guide, cultural manager and writer, she regularly contributes to media outlets such as Kleine Zeitung, Wiener Zeitung, TV Media, Filmbulletin, NZZ am Sonntag, Ubiquarian and The Gap. She is also the Austrian correspondent for Cineuropa. She is a former participant in the Cineuropa GoCritic! and Nisimasa teaching programmes. She is currently completing her Master's in Contemporary History at the University of Vienna.

Sabīne Andersone #

Producer, Lithuanian Competition Jury, Latvia

Sabīne Andersone is the managing director of animation studio Atom Art. She studied law at the University of Latvia, and theory of culture at the Latvian Academy of Culture. She is a co-founder and member of the Latvian Animation Association and a producer with 15 years' experience in different genres and formats of animated films – from artistic shorts to pre-school series and TV specials, as well as features. Her productions have been selected at Berlinale, Annecy, Ottawa, Hiroshima, Zagreb, Clermont-Ferrand among others.

Ilja Bereznickas #

Director, Lithuania

Ilja Bereznickas is an animator, illustrator, scriptwriter and caricaturist born in Vilnius, Lithuania, in 1948. He received his Bachelor's in architecture in 1970. In 1985, he graduated from the Postgraduate School of Scriptwriters and Film directors, Moscow, Russia (class of Fyodor Khitruk and Yuriy Norshteyn). From 1985 onwards, Ilja worked at the Lithuanian Film Studio, and since 1990 he has worked in Israel and USA. His cartoons have received awards in Italy, Yugoslavia, Turkey, Bulgaria, Lithuania, Russia and Poland.

Greta Semionovaitė #

Director, Lithuania

Greta was born and raised in a small town in central Lithuania. She is currently studying the art of animation at the University for the Creative Arts in the UK, and aims to become a professional character animator. "The Only Shot" (2022) is her first short film. This year, Greta has also finished her second short film, and contributed to an explanation film for the charity CATTs.

Hanne Berkaak #

Director, Lithuanian Competition Jury, Norway

Hanne Berkaak is an acclaimed illustrator and director based in Oslo, Norway. Berkaak holds an MA in Communication Art & Design from the Royal College of Art, London, and a BA in animation from the Parsons School of Design, New York. Thanks to her Sami family background and a vagabond childhood, Berkaak developed a talent for telling stories from unexpected perspectives. With a burlesque playfulness, she focuses on ordinary people and their inner demons.

Jurga Šeduikytė #

Director, Lithuania

Jurga Šeduikytė, also known by her musical stage name – Jurga – is a singer, composer, actress, journalist, writer and social activist. Jurga has released 10 original award-winning albums of music and three books. At this year's National Film Awards in Lithuania, together with a team of creators, she received the Silver Crane for Best Animated Film for "Mora Mora". Jurga has played several leading roles in international films, and voiced dozens of cartoon characters. She is also a well-known presenter of self-development seminars and workshops, and a singing teacher.

Gabija Butkutė #

Director, Lithuania

Gabija Butkutė is an animation student at the Vilnius Academy of Arts. She approaches art as self-analysis; a way of getting to know myself and others. Currently, she enjoys examining and illustrating a people's inner worlds, experiences, and psychological problems.

Pijus Balkaitis #

Animation and graphics, Lithuania

Pijus Balkaitis is a media artist who draws illustrations, animations and short comics as a way to express himself to the world. Pijus says he feels blessed with being part of this year's BLON festival with the movie "Mora Mora", on which he worked as an in-betweener and technical artist.

Ida Lepparu #

Director, Estonia

Ida Lepparu is an independent animated film director, animator and artist based in Tallinn, Estonia. She focuses mostly on stop-motion and hand drawn animation.
In 2022, Ida graduated in animation studies from the Estonian Academy of Arts. Prior to this, she worked as an animator, set and puppet master at Eesti Nukufilm on the plasticine stop-motion puppet film "Teofrastus" (2019), and then as an art director on the full-length stop-motion film "Old Man Cartoon Movie" (2019).
In recent years, she has directed the animated shorts "Kraft Paper" (2021), and co-directed the stop-motion puppet film "Trashball'' (2022) with Andrei Bljahhin and Sameliina Paurson. Ida also worked as art director and animator during the development phase of Sergei Kibus´ film "Schrödinger'', chosen as the winner of the Baltic Pitching Forum in 2021.

Antanas Skučas #

Director, Lithuania

In 2008, Antanas graduated from the Vilnius Academy of Fine Arts with a Master of Arts. His diploma was based on Lithuanian mythological beings (mitologija.lt). Antanas' 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. 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.

Kaisa Penttilä #

Director, Finland

Born in 1975, Kaisa Penttilä is a Helsinki-based animation film maker. She has worked on multiple animation projects since the 1990s, as well as short films, music videos, commercials and a TV series. She is currently working on a feature together with Leena Jääskeläinen. Kaisa also loves to play music and do physical exercise.

Andrius Jovaiša #

Tech Journalist, Lithuania

Discussion moderator. A veteran technology journalist and avid games fan, creator of podcasts and radio shows.

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