Born in 1980 in the former German Democratic Republic, he undertook design studies at the Burg Giebichenstein – school of art and design, in 2003, in Halle, Germany. His animation consists on the combination of different analog and digital techniques. His animated films won numerous awards at international film festivals, such as the Animated COM Award at ITFS Stuttgart 2013, the Minister of Fine Arts Promotion Award at FILMFEST Dresden 2016, DOK Leipzig 2014, Shanghai International Film Festival 2014, among others. Since 2009, he’s a freelancer working in animation.
Giannalberto Bendazzi is an Italian film historian, who taught at the Università degli Studi of Milan, at the Griffith University of Brisbane and at the Nanyang Technological University of Singapore. “Animation – A World History” is a complete remake of his previous classic “Cartoons”. It is the largest, deepest, most comprehensive text of its kind, based on the idea that animation is an art form that deserves its own place in schools. In 2001, he edited “Alexeieff, Itinéraire d’un maître”, dedicated to one of the great creators of avant-garde cinema. A founding member of the Society for Animation Studies, Giannalberto Bendazzi was, for nine years, a member of the board of International Asifa.
Paula Tavares is the director of the Escola Superior de Design do Instituto Politécnico do Cávado e do Ave since July 2015, as well as the director of the Masters in Illustration and Animation at IPCA. She graduated in Fine Arts from the University of Vigo, in Drawing from ESAP and in Fine Arts – Painting from FBAUP. She lectured at the Faculdade de Belas Artes da Universidade do Porto and at the Escola Superior Artística do Porto. From 2004 to 2012, she collaborated with the Escola Superior Artística do Porto – Guimarães. She is currently coordinating professor at IPCA, where she holds the office of director at the Escola Superior de Design. She participates in seminars, workshops and conferences periodically, where she showcases research in the field of design and audiovisuals.
She organizes and is responsible for the International Conference on Illustration and Animation of the IPCA.
As an artist, she exhibits and participates in events since the nineties and she has been referenced in several publications, as well as in several contemporary art collections.