Priit Pärn

Born 1946 in Tallinn, he has been active as a caricaturist and illustrator since the end of the 1960’s and as a freelance graphic artist since the early 1980’s. From 1976 to 1994 he worked as an art director and animated film director at the Joonisfilm animated film department of Tallinnfilm Studios and from 1994 at Eesti Joonisfilm Studio. Pärn has made 13 animated films, as well as a host of short films and commercials for which he received more than 80 prizes in international festivals. He’s been a jury member in more than 40 international film festivals and had about the same number of retrospectives in different parts of the world.
In 1994, he founded the Animation studies in Turku and was the art director of the Animation Department in the Turku Art Academy, in Finland, until 2007. He is currently working as an animation professor in Estonian Academy of Arts.

 

 

Olivier Catherin

Was born in 1965 in Paris and he trained as an ethnologist. In 2002 he joins the French Animated Films Association to create the International Animation Day celebration in France. Between 2003 and 2008 he was the French representative on the ASIFA board. In April 2008 creates the company “Les Trois Ours” and in 2014 wins a César Award with “Kiki of Montparnasse”. In 2017, he joins Pictanovo. He also teaches animation production at the INA.

 

 

João Paulo Cotrim

Born in Lisbon in 1965, he created Abysmo, a small publishing house which he also manages. He wrote graphic novels and made screenplays for animated films. Since its opening, he’s managed the Bedeteca of Lisbon. He was the head of Salão Lisboa de Ilustração e Banda Desenhada, having curated countless exhibitions. He has coordinated the reading promotion sites of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation. Along with José Teófilo Duarte, he commissions Festa da Ilustração in Setúbal and signs, weekly, the chronicle “Journal of an Editor” in the newspaper “Hoje Macau”.