Speakers

Aaron Wood

Aaron has 15 year's experience working in the animation industry. In 2007 he co-founded and became Producer at Slurpy Studios, a production company who create a range of animated content for commercials, education and entertainment platforms. Away from Slurpy, he is a co-owner and writer at Skwigly Animation Magazine, and also runs animation-festivals.com, the only website dedicated to listing and covering animation-specific film festivals around the world. Outside of the UK, Aaron also participates on various film festival juries and is involved with the curation of short film programmes.

Agnieszka Kowalewska

Head of ANIMARKT Stop Motion Forum, the world's only industry event for stop motion animation. She is co-founder of MOMAKIN, where she deals with the contact with broadcasters and VOD platforms. Her main tasks at MOMAKIN include searching for films and TV programmes for distribution. She coordinates projects promoting Polish animation in the world and organizes cultural events. She is a film expert and a graduate of Postgraduate Public Relations Studies at the University of Łódź and of Corporate Social Responsibility at the Tischner European University in Kraków. Professionally associated with the Se-Ma-For Film Festival, TOYA Television, Multimedia Poland, and Klub Wytwórnia. She co-created a VOD platform with children content. A juror member at animation festivals around the world and a selector of films for the Ibero-American Premios Quirino awards.

Angela Poschet

Rixfilm Ltd & KoKG, Germany, Berlin Angela Poschet is an award-winning Line Producer and Consultant for Animation productions in Europe. Her credits include numerous distinctive and commercially successful film and television projects. She is the Line Producer on “The House”, a 3x30min eccentric dark animated comedy, produced by NEXUS STUDIOS in London for NETFLIX, which was worldwide released on the 14th of January 2022. Before that she worked as Production Supervisor on Wes Anderson stop-motion movie “Isle of Dogs” and Tim Burton’s Oscar nominated “Frankenweenie”. She line produced the two most successful stop-motion features in Norway: “Solan&Ludvig - Herfra til Flaklypa” and “Solan&Ludvig - Jul I Flaklypa” in 2012 and 2015. As a Production Manager and Scheduler she was involved in the first Spanish feature produced in stereoscopic: “O Apostolo”; Furthermore her portfolio includes the award winning CGI Feature “Maya -The Bee Movie”; Roald Dahls: “Revolting Rhymes“, “Sandman and the Lost Sand of Dreams”, “How to Raise the Moon”. Before she moved into Production management, she worked as a Cinematographer on the pre-school series: “Ludovic”, “Dragon and Friends”, “Miffy and friends” and in 1998 most notably, as DoP, she was setting up the very first seasonof the internationally popular television series, “Bob the Builder,” produced by the prominent HITEntertainment, received over 20 awards, including a BAFTA Award for “Best Animation” and two Parents’ Choice Awards.

Anna Bielak

Head of Development at Aurum Film and tutor at the "Scripts Atelier (Atelier Scenariuszowe)” workshops. Responsible for the development of such features as "Leave No Traces (Żeby nie było śladów)", “Songs about love (Piosenki o miłości)", "Triple Trouble (Tarapaty 2)" and the TV series "The King of Warsaw (Król)". She gives opinions on scenarios for various institutions and programs on the Polish and international market (including Midpoint, Animarkt Stop Motion Forum, Baltic Pitching Forum). In 2016-2018, assistant to Philip LaZebnik at Kids Film.PRO workshops - dedicated to the development of projects for children and youth. She also cooperated with the New Horizons Association as a project selector during the organization of the Warsaw Kids Film Forum. Between 2017 and 2019, Artistic Director of the Script Fiesta - a festival for scriptwriters organized by the Warsaw Film School. She graduated from film studies at the Jagiellonian University in Krakow, and developed her script knowledge at many international workshops (including LIM - Less is More, Midpoint Training for Trainers and Feature Launch as well as Six Days of Practice and Script Circle in Berlin) and under the supervision of such tutors like Franz Rodenkirchen and Francoise von Roy or Séverine Cornamusaz.

Anthony Scott

Anthony Scott has specialized in stop motion animation for over 35 years. The Nightmare Before Christmas was his first feature film. Since then, he has worked on other stop motion classics such as James and the Giant Peach, Tim Burton‘s Corpse Bride, and Coraline. Additionally, he created the website Stopmotionanimation.com, a place for animators to share information and post their work. He recently completed work as a Lead Animator on Henry Selick’s new film Wendell and Wild for Netflix Animation.

Beata Michalska-Dominiak

Beata Michalska-Dominiak experienced design thinking moderator, certified business trainer, practitioner with extensive experience in running and managing project management and supporting transformation processes in organizations. Member of the Polish Association of Creativity. Co-founder of the "Customer-centered" community that brings together experts in the field of design thinking, service design, UX, and customer research. Co-author of the first textbook in the field of design thinking based on experience in Polish business - "Design thinking guide - how to use design thinking in business". Trainer in Driving Innovation program of The Chartered Institute of Marketing. She draws from the potential of human-centered approach when conducting projects and workshops for business, public administration, education and the non-governmental sector. She is involved in many initiatives, transforming problems into challenges and supporting in search of effective solutions.

Benoit Polveche

Benoît Polvêche is self-taught in his technique of working metal through sculpture, which he has been exploring since the early 90s. Based in Brussels, he participate of several Belgian short films for the construction of puppet armatures before joining the teams of biggest project as Claude Barras's "Ma vie de Courgette" in French or Wes Anderson's "Isle of Dogs" at London as armaturist or rigger. Recently, between ironworks or sculptures projects, he design armatures prototypes for "The Inventor", rig vegetables on an advert, make armatures for other shorts films and he work now on "Sauvage" the next movie of Claude Barras.

Birgit Heidsiek

Birgit Heidsiek is the founder of the European Center for Sustainability in the Media World, which organizes international events about producing more environmentally-friendly films and publishes the Green Film Shooting magazine as well as its digital online platform. As the Green Cinema Consultant of the German Federal Film Board, Birgit is the author/producer of The Green Cinema Handbook and a two-time recipient of the German Sustainability Award. Birgit is a well-known lecturer at universities, TEDx speaker, and panel host at international film festivals throughout Europe.

Christine Polis

Christine Polis studied animation at ENSAV La Cambre in Brussels. (Belgium) For the past 20 years, she has been working on short films, commercials, series and feature films in Europe, such as Panique au Village, Max&Co, My Life as a Zucchini or Wes Anderson's "Isle of Dog" for example. She has worked in various positions such as animator, set dresser, prop maker or rigger and has specialised in puppet construction. In parallel, she works as a sculptor for the Brussels Opera and now uses porcelain for her personal sculpture work. She is currently working on the puppets for Claude Barras' next film « Sauvage »

Christophe Erbes

Christophe Erbes studies math, telecommunications and MBA applied for culture. He worked at Canal+ international, Head of kids and short at Premiere (Sky Germany), head of program at S-RTL Disney and Nickelodeon, Managing director at Fox Kids Europe and Germany (now Disney XD). Since 2006 consultant, head writer, author (as Theo de Marcousin) and creative producer (Godo Films). Curator for Cartoon, APD, and the DellucJr.

Francesca Berlingieri Maxwell

Francesca Berlingieri Maxwell started working in stop-motion animation twenty years ago on Aardman’s “Chicken Run” and “Tortoise vs. Hare” as Painter, Model-maker and Set Dresser. She was Painter on the Swiss stop-motion feature “Max & Co.”, Head Painter on Tim Burton’s “The Corpse Bride”, Art Director on Wes Anderson’s “Fantastic Mr Fox” and on Laika’s “ParaNorman”, and Production Designer on Mexico first stop-motion feature film, Luis Tellez’s “Inzomnia”. Francesca trained in Fine Art in Milan and in Beijing and studied at Venice and Bologna Universities. After moving to England she worked as a scenic artist, assistant designer, props, costumes and mask maker at many theatres throughout the UK. Her work explores the effects of transparency and layering in a variety of media, particularly with ink and watercolour but also with oil, pastels, fused glass and digital painting.

Jakub Karwowski

CEO and co-founder of the 2D animation studio LETKO in Warsaw, Poland. Responsible for developing, financing and overseeing the production of animation projects.

Juan Pablo Zaramella

Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, he has graduated at the Avellaneda Film Institute as an Animated Film Director. His professional career begins by combining his work as an illustrator with the making of his own independent short films, which were recognized throughout the world. He loves exploring different techniques and aesthetics, using mainly stop motion. His best-known work is Luminaris, a pixilation short film which received 328 awards, being the Guinness Record for the most awarded short in 2018. In 2016 he made the series The Tiniest Man in the World, a 53 episodes co-production between France and Argentina. He is currently developing his first stop motion feature film with puppets, called “I am Nina”.

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Karol Siodmiak

He translates the most difficult marketing phrases into simple and pleasant language. Karol makes e-marketing impossible to dislike. He specializes in conducting marketing activities for small and medium size businesses. He focuses on performance marketing in the online sphere. Advisor and a trainer in the online marketing industry. He always looks at the business holistically and does his best to get in the shoes of both entrepreneurs and customers. Karol has been working in the field of e-marketing for over 7 years. He has worked for companies and customers from various industries - Karol believes that the more difficult a product or service is to sell, the better and more interesting the entire process is. Karol likes the challenge and he always desires more and more challenging assignments. On a daily basis he is a leader of a PPC department in the InMarketing agency. He is very close with advertising systems. Arranges marketing strategies and coordinates activities for key clients. He conducts training sessions in the fields of personal branding and lead generation. Outside the agency, he is a marketing manager in the PubQuiz brand. He has collaborated with: Coca-Cola, TU Warta, Bank Pekao, Life Architect, PubQuiz, PubCrime, QuizyOnline, EIT Food, Skivak, Uniwersytet Ekonomiczny w Poznaniu, Wyższa Szkoła Handlowa we Wrocławiu, Wyższa Szkoła Inżynierii i Zdrowia w Warszawie, BusinessWell, ForSolutions, Chullo, Zwinne Miasto, Maturita, EverBaby, Varico, Monika Górska Fabryka Opowieści, Renault AutoDrap, Magar, NoaClinic.

Katarzyna Gromadzka

Momakin co-funder and co-owner, producer, production coordinator, animation talents' representative and coordinator of Polish Quality project, coorganizer of ANIMARKT Stop Motion Forum. Holds a master degree in Film Culture and Audiovisual Arts from Lodz University. Alumni of Organization of Film and TV Production at Lodz Film School (PWSFTviT) and Department of Film, Theatre & Television of the University of Reading (UK, Erasmus Programme). Started her professional career as a production manager and set manager in commercials and music videos production, as well as working for numerous film festivals (including International Film Festival of the Art of Cinematography CAMERIMAGE, SE-MA-FOR Film Festival). In 2010 joined Se-ma-for studio as events coordinator (Se-ma-for Film Festival, Se-ma-for OnTour, Semafor European/Asian Express) and production assistant. From 2012 working as production manager and line producer in Se-ma-for (e.g. “Flapper and Friends” dir. Krzysztof Brzozowski, “Blue Room” dir. Tomasz Siwiński, “Small Hands in a Big War”, "Escape" dir. Jarosław Konopka). Currently in Momakin acting as a producer and executive producer (i.a. “Kids of Courage” mini-series, dir. Matthias Zirzow, nominated to EMMY Kids Award 2019) and coordinating work of stop motion artists with producers from all around the World (i.a. Germany, Mexico, Slovenia, Albania, Argentina, Chile and Czech Republic), as well as representative of "Polish Quality" project promoting Polish artists. Member of Polish Filmmakers Association (SFP) and Polish Animation Producers Association (SPPA).

Krzysztof Czyzewski

Krzysztof Czyżewski, partner, advocate, IP and media law expert and strategic adviser, experienced trial, appellate & Supreme Court litigator. He renders services to entities operating in the field of: film, press, media, books, advertising, music, entertainment, new media and technologies. He handles disputes in IP, unfair competition, trade secrets, reputation matters – in civil, commercial and criminal cases. Krzysztof is an arbitrator at Arbitrational Tribunal for the Audiovisual Market in Poland. He is a former: Arbiter at Copyright Commission, Deputy Chairman at the Supervisory Board of Polish Radio. He co-authored legal commentary to copyright law (CH. Beck) and is an author to more publications in IP matters. He lectures IP and media law among others at renowned film schools & during film festivals. He has been recommended by prestigious international lawyers and law firms rankings e.g. Chambers & Partners, Legal500, IPStars, Best Lawyers, Media Law International, WTR1000, Rzeczpospolita and many others.

Lennart Strom

Producer, Festival Director, CEO, Co-founder, Board member, Award Winner, Strategic Networker: Lennart Ström has been active in the media community since the mid 80’s, wearing many different hats; Film Producer, Festival Director, Project Manager and Board Member in various organizations within the audio-visual industry. Lennart’s vast background as Film producer of Documentaries has brought him International recognition; Harbour of Hope (2011) Every Face Has a Name (2015), Swedish documentary blockbuster Tusen Bitar (2014) Becoming Zlatan (2015) and Co-producer of Danish Cannes winner Armadillo (2010). Managing Director, M:brane Forum, Malmö, Sweden 2018- Lennart is since 2018 the Managing Director of the international co-production platform M:brane in Malmö, Sweden. He is principal of the annual event keeping an ongoing dialogue with funders and collaborators and is the point-of-contact for Decision Makers. M:brane was founded in 2007 and just concluded its 16th consecutive edition. M:brane is co-financed by Creative Europe, City of Malmö, County Council of Skåne, Swedish Film Institute, Film i Skåne and Nordisk Film & TV Fund.

Marcin Zalewski

Marcin Zalewski - for 17 years he has specialized in the production of puppets, animatronic dolls and props used in theater and film productions. He was born in 1975 in Tomaszów Mazowiecki. He started his artistic education in 1991. at the State Secondary School of Fine Arts. Władysław Szermentowski in Kielce in the field of "Sculpting Techniques". He graduated from high school in 1996 with a specialization in "Artistic Masonry". In the years 1997 - 2002 he continued his studies at the Academy of Fine Arts. Władysław Strzemiński in Łódź at the Department of Visual Education with a specialization in "Workshop Graphics". After completing the teaching cycle, forced to go abroad, he abandoned his master's thesis. He joined the film industry in 2005, getting a job as a painter and draftsman at the Se-Ma-For Film Studio in the production of "Świteź". In the same year, he takes part in a sculpture competition organized by Semafor and BreakThru Film Production, and after a successful jury decision, he is hired as a sculptor and puppeteer in the production of "Peter and the Wolf". From that moment on, puppet making became his main specialization, passion and source of income. Quickly becoming one of the core of the puppet crew. In 2006 - 2018 he works as a sculptor, puppeteer, coordinator of a doll workshop for clients from Poland, Germany, Slovenia, Czech Republic, Finland, Norway, Denmark, Mexico, the United States, Great Britain, Japan and the Netherlands. He has been working as a freelancer since 2017. On a daily basis, he cooperates with the following companies: Mandoria, Momakin.

Nancy Denney-Phelps

Nancy Denney-Phelps is a journalist writing about European animation and festivals as well as a producer of music for animation. Along with her composer/musician husband Nik Phelps, she co-founded the Sprocket Ensemble dedicated to presenting live performances of original music with screenings of contemporary animation from around the world. Nancy's writings have appeared in such publications as CARTOON and ANIMATOON as well as on her regular blog for AWN (Animation World Network). She is also a regular correspondent for ASIFA/San Francisco and a member of the ASIFA International Board of Directors as well as an Ambassador At Large for the Emile Awards. Nancy has served on numerous International Animation Festival juries and taught time management for animators at the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts, School of Art and Design. She is the pitching coach at ANIMARKT in Lodz, Poland as well as a member of their Brain Trust Advisory Board. Her strong interest in the history of animation has led her to present programs on the history of animation traced through music at many animation festivals and conferences worldwide. She also works as advisor to several animation festivals and in 2019 was the recipient of a Life Time Achievement Award from ANIMA KON Animation Festival in Bilbao, Spain.

Nik Phelps

Born in Texas, Belgium-based composer Nik Phelps has played with diverse musical artists, from Eric Johnson and Lou Rawls, Frank Sinatra and They Might Be Giants, to Frank Zappa and Mary Martin, He recorded with Tom Waits, playing on three films and five CDs. He has been scoring film since 1988, starting with the seminal San Francisco soundtrack group The Club Foot Orchestra, and has been working in the animation field since 1995, scoring for the Film Roman animated series The Twisted Tales of Felix the Cat. In 1996 he founded the live film music project The Sprocket Ensemble, creating music for animators such as Nina Paley, Bill Plympton, Lei Lei and Ivan Maximov. He also gives workshops dealing with performance techniques and the creative process.

Olaf Zylicz

Olaf Zylicz, born in Denmark, Polish psychologist combining the roles of organizational consultant, and a scientist. He is an accredited trainer, business coach, mentor and examiner of Noble Manhattan Coaching (UK). Olaf managed, inter alia, The Business School of the Warsaw University of Technology and the International Center for Research on Leadership of the SWPS University. Coordinator of international research projects, author of scientific papers and many specialist publications in the field of psychology. Lecturer in Poland and abroad (incl., Hungary, Ukraine, Israel, India, USA, South Africa, Belarus).

Ole Wendorff-Ostergaard

Ole Wendorff-Ostergaard has a large co-production and film finance experience 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. Since moving to Poland in 2008 he started up Zentropa International Poland and worked as Delegate Producer for Platige Image until completion of animated feature “Another Day of Life”. The film premiered in official selection Cannes 2018 and has won Audience Award at San Sebastian IFF and European producer of the year Cartoon Movie. Another Day of Life won European Animation Film by EFA. Ole is currently back in Denmark where he is working as producer for the Danish Film Institute as producer for fiction film and production consultant for the Public service Fund which supports TV series.

Olivier Catherin

Olivier Catherin is an ethnologist by training. He was a board member and employee of the French Animation Film Association (AFCA), where he was responsible for the Resource Centre and created the International Animation Film Day. In 2008 he created the production company "Les Trois Ours". He produced, among others, Kiki of Montparnasse which won a César for best short animation film. From 2015 to 2018 he was in charge of the animation sector for the Hauts-de-France region (Nord) at Pictanovo. He is one of the co-founders and administrators of the European Animation Awards (Emile Awards). Today he is a freelance producer on international co-production projects (Steakhouse, Granny’s Sexual Life, Franzy’s Soup Kitchen), consultant for various entities as CITIA or CEE Animation. He’s also teaching animation production and History of Cinema (INA sup, Sciences Po).

Piotr Grocholinski

Piotr Grocholiński - has extensive experience in creating strategies, business models, segmentation, product management and implementing changes in the organizations. He gained his experience working in multicultural environments, incl. ING Bank Śląski, Nordea Bank, LG Petro Bank and independently providing business support for companies from various sectors. Co-founder of the "Customer-centered" community gathering experts in the field of design thinking, service design, UX, and customer research. Co-author of the first textbook in the field of design thinking based on experience in Polish business - "Design thinking guide - how to use design thinking in business". Thanks to business and design practice (design thinking / service design), he effectively combines the business area with design processes. He helps leaders and their teams go through the transformation processes, see through the eyes of the client, implement design thinking and strengthen the culture of innovation.

Piotr Knabe

Piotr Knabe is a versatile freelance creator with many years of experience in sculpture, mould making and casting, creative engineering, character design, illustration, 3D modelling and 3D printing. Since 2001 has been working individually and in collaboration with other creators as a designer and maker of puppets, models, props and prosthetic pieces for film, theatre, television, exhibitions and theme parks both domestic and abroad. Cooperated with the biggest film studios in Poland (i.a. Opus Film, Se-ma-for, BreakThru Films, WJTeam, Animoon, TVSFA from Poznan, Kadr Film Studio) and many foreign producers, e.g. ZVVIKS (Slovenia), Come Sesos (Mexico), MOV Co. (Japan), Tenk TV (Norway), LOOKS Film&TV (Germany), Inzomnia Animación (Mexico), Camera Cagliostro (Finlandia) or Indian Paintbrush (USA). Involved in making puppets, replicas and sets for such films as: an Oscar winning “Peter and a Wolf” by Suzie Templeton, “Ichtys”, “Danny Boy” by Marek Skrobecki, “A Flying Machine” by Martin Clapp, “La nostalgia del Sr. Alambre” by Jonathan Ostos Yaber, “Escape” by Jaroslaw Konopka, as well as TV series including: “Flapper and Friends”, “Koyaa” and “War and I” and features including „Isle of Dogs” by Wes Anderson, „Even Mice Belong in Haven” by Denisa Grimmova and “Inzomnia” by Luis Tellez (in production)

Rosario Carlino

Animation Director and Producer. Founder of Osa, animation studio based in Cordoba, Argentina, dedicated to the development and production of entertaining, edgy and provoking stories in different animation formats. Member of the board of directors of APA, the association of animation producers of Córdoba, Argentina. Coordinator of Apa Lab, the Latin American Laboratory for the development of Animation Projects, Unquillo, Córdoba, Argentina. Coordinator of RIA, the International Animation Residency, Unquillo, Córdoba, Argentina.

Simon Quinn

Simon Quinn has been working in the Film and Television industry for over 34 years. Currently producing Series Three of the Annie and double Emmy award winning animation series The Adventures of Paddington Bear for Studio Canal. He is also a consultant producer for Magic Light Pictures on the multi award winning Julia Donaldson classics such as Superworm , Zog and the Flying Drs & The Snail & The Whale. He started his career at Spitting Image as a puppet maker in 1987. Discovered stop-motion animation at Film Fair in 1990, on classics such as The Wombles. In 2002 he re-booted and line-produced Fireman Sam (CBBC) and two series of Hannah’s Helpline (Ch5 Milkshake) Then Line Produced Wes Anderson’s Academy nominated Fantastic Mr. Fox 2009 . Then Line Producer on Tim Burton’s Frankenweenie 2012 (Disney) In 2013 he produced sixteen commercials with multi award winning Passion Pictures. Working with Baby Cow Animation & Smiley Guy Studios Canada in 2014-15 he co-created with Simon Rolph & produced Wussywat the Clumsy Cat a 52 x 5 minutes preschool series for CBeebies. In 2015 he became the Animation Producer for Wes Anderson’s Academy nominated Feature Film Isle of Dogs released 2018.

Tim Allen

A stop motion animator for over 20 years, Tim Allen is currently a Senior Animator on Pinocchio for Guillermo del Toro. He was a key animator on Wes Anderson’s oscar nominated film Isle of Dogs. His other credits include Fantastic Mr Fox, Tim Burton's Corpse Bride & Frankenweenie plus Chuck Steel: Night of the Trampires. As well as animating on Oscar winning Peter & the Wolf & Oscar nominated My Life as a Zucchini, he’s served many years of TV series work including Fireman Sam, Postman Pat plus Shaun the Sheep & Creature Comforts USA for Aardman Animations. Tim is well known for his work on commercials & animating short films for up & coming directors. He was Animation Supervisor on The Magic Piano as well as the stop motion Club Penguin specials for Disney Tim has an extensive background in teaching animation techniques worldwide for trainee animators of all experience levels

Tobias Fouracre

Tobias Fouracre works as a freelance stop-motion Director and Animator. He graduated in 1989 from the West Surrey College of Art and Design with a BA (hons) Degree in Film and Animation. During the 90s he worked as an Animator on various short films, promos and title sequences before entering a period in children's television series as an animator and eventually Director. In 2004 he became Key Animator on Tim Burton's Feature “The Corpse Bride”. This led to directing many high profile commercials including the Marmite “Paddington Bear” campaign, Anchor “Fuzzy Felt” cows and the Thunderbirds Specsavers commercial as well as animating for numerous high end production companies in the UK and Europe. More feature film work followed including Key Animator on Wes Anderson's “Fantastic Mr Fox”, Lead Animator on Tim Burton's “Frankenweenie” and Animation Supervisor on Wes Anderson’s “Isle of Dogs”. All four films have received Oscar nominations for best animated feature. Recently he was Animation Director and Animator on “Save Ralph” and Animation Director on Story 1 of Netflix’s “The House”. He is currently Directing stop-motion Commercials again.

Xavier Kawa-Topor

Xavier Kawa-Topor is a French historian, author and director of cultural institutions. In 1997, he joined the Forum des Images in Paris as director of educational action. In particular, he created the festival “New Images from Japan” a pioneering event in Europe for the acknowledgement of japanese directors Hayao Miyazaki, Isao Takahata, Satoshi Kon and Kôji Yamamura. He also contributed to the rediscovery of the pioneers of animated cinema such as Ladislas Starewitch and Emile Cohl. In 2005, Xavier Kawa-Topor was appointed director of the Royal Abbey of Fontevraud (Heritage Site for Culture). The monument became an international writing and research residence for animation directors. In 2015, the project led to the creation of NEF Animation, a professional research and development platform for animated films. Trainer and lecturer at universities and art schools, Xavier Kawa-Topor has published numerous studies on animation cinema, including "Stop Motion - un autre cinéma d'animation", "Le Cinéma d'animation en 100 Films" (co-written with Philippe Moins) “Michael Dudok de Wit, le cinema d’animation sensible” (with Ilan Nguyên) "Cinema d'animation – au-delà du réel" published by Capricci (2016 & 2020). He is the co-founder and the editorial co-director (with Marcel Jean) of the magazine "Blink Blank, la revue du film d'animation". Xavier Kawa-Topor is the recipient of the Animafest Zagreb 2021 Award for outstanding contributions to animation studies.