Kolja Saksida (1981), a director, actor and producer, holds a MA in film from ECAL, Switzerland. At the age of fifteen, he made his debut appearance in short film Forward. His animated series Koyaa was shown on the Slovenian national television throughout the 2005 season. Together with a large team, he made the short puppet animation film Kiddo: Slingshot, which was followed by Koyaa The Extraordinary, Azulejo or visual illusion, and Koyaa – Flower. His short films were screened at more than 150 international festivals and other venues. As a mentor and producer, he runs animation workshops for children and youth, and the short animations produced in these workshops are frequent award winners in Slovenia and abroad. Kolja works with the School of Arts, University of Nova Gorica, and is director of the production house ZVVIKS (www.zvviks.net).