As curator of animation and contemporary art Gerben Schermer (Netherlands, 1959) is known for his choice for quality and innovation. Schermer’s track record in the presentation of the art of animation shows ambitious programming, yet intimate and accessible, including committed and experimental programmes, animation installations and artists in residency. From 1985 until 2018 he created, directed and developed the international Holland Animation Film Festival. Currently Gerben Schermer is active as curator for among others visual art festival Yambaru Art Festival (Okinawa, Japan) with exhibitions of European visual artists and Countryside Animafest Cyprus with film programming and artist residencies. From September 2021 Schermer has been appointed as visiting professor at the China Academy of Arts (Hangzhou, CN).
Maja Gehrig is an animation filmmaker and teacher based in Zurich. She attended a preliminary design course at the Zurich School of Art and Design in 1999-2000. Then, she studied media art for two years at the University of Applied Sciences Aarau, followed by an internship at Eesti Joonisfilm in Tallinn, Estonia. In 2003-2005, she completed the animation degree programme at the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts.
Her short animation films use a wide range of techniques and have gained international recognition. Her latest work Average Happiness won several prizes at different festivals, including the Best Swiss Animation award in 2020. Besides making her own films, she teaches at Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts on the BA Animation course. Together with Elie Chapuis, she is co-president of ASIFA Switzerland (GSFA).
Igor Hofbauer (Zagreb, 1974) is one the leading figures in comic art and illustration in Croatia. After a few years of studying at the Zagreb art academy, he devoted himself full-time to illustration and design, leaving his mark on the visual identity of the Zagreb club scene by designing numerous posters for the club ‘Močvara’ (and many other clients across Europe thereafter), as well as many record sleeves and book covers. Occasionally, he also works as a set designer for theatre and the Croatian national broadcaster. In 2008, his first comic album Prison Stories was published by Otompotom, Zagreb, and Chili Com Carne, Portugal. This was followed by several other albums such as Mister Morgen, Inspector Gürtel, etc. Hofbauer lives and works in Zagreb.
Viva Videnović has been working as a freelance film professional since 2005. She has worked as assistant producer or producer for various film companies in Slovenia before she funded her own URGH! production company recently. Over the years she has produced or co-produced documentaries, live action films and, since 2017, two short animated films and a documentary with animated parts. Her recent productions include short animated film Spacapufi which will premiere at Animateka IFF 2021, feature-length documentary The Wire (2021) which premiered at Dok.fest Muenchen and received a FIPRESCI award at Zagrebdox, and short fiction film Fosca (2019) which premiered at Venice IFF. Her films were supported by Media Development, Media Programming and Eurimages and have toured festivals around the world. She is a member of the Association of Slovenian Film Producers (FPS), Slovenian Animated Film Association (DSAF), Documentary Association of Europe (DAE) and was one of the founding members of CEE Animation in 2017.
Soetkin Verstegen is an independent filmmaker and animator from Brussels. Her films Mr Sand (2016) and Freeze frame (2019) traveled to numerous festivals and received jury awards at Clermont-Ferrand, Ann Arbor, Annecy, Fantoche and Animafest Zagreb. She was a fellow at Akademie Schloss Solitude, Germany, Saari residency, Finland, ZHdK’s artists-in-labs, Switzerland, and AniDox:Residency, Denmark. She freelances as a stop motion animator, is experienced in giving workshops and now teaches at LUCA School of Arts, Brussels.