Gender equality in animation: Education, production and distribution

Speakers: Tina Smrekar (Finta, SI), Maja Gehrig (director, CH), Luce Grosjean (MIYU, FR), Matea Milić (Animafest Zagreb, HR)

Host: Urška Jež, producer (SI)

Recognising, reflecting on, and challenging the discriminatory structures that perpetuate and amplify discrimination and inequality in cultural and creative sectors are the prerequisites to achieving the necessary systemic change. In the panel discussion, Tina Smrekar, Matea Milić, Luce Grosjean and Maja Gehrig will shed light and reflect on various inequalities in the world of animation cinema, from education and production conditions in filmmaking, to distribution practices and givens.

Urška Jež has a bachelor’s degree in culture studies and a master’s degree in NGO management. She has worked with the City of Women association since 2006, since 2014 as its executive producer, after previously serving as the coordinator of Asociacija and producer of the International Animated Film Festival Animateka. Jež is also one of the authors of the teaching resources called #8MarchEveryDay, which City of Women produces annually, and a member of the working group that devised the Guidelines for gender equality in culture.

Animation producer, coordinator of cultural and educational projects, visual artist. Tina Smrekar is a co-founder of and producer at Finta Studio, where she has realised several short animated films by Špela Čadež, together with the author. Since 2015 Smrekar has been a board member of the Slovenian Animated Film Association and since 2018 an Ambassador of the Emile Animation Awards. She has completed her MFA studies in Photography at the Academy of Visual Arts in Leipzig, Germany, and received a degree in product design from the Academy of Fine Arts in Ljubljana. For several years now, she has been collaborating regularly with the University of Nova Gorica School of Arts, helping young talents develop across media.

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).

In 2014 Luce Grosjean founded Sève Films, a distribution company aimed at promoting student films in animation festivals, but also young talented directors. In 2017, she associated with Miyu Productions to create Miyu Distribution, specialized in festival distribution and international sales. 2018 was a great year for the company: the films she distributed included Negative Space and Garden Party, both of which were nominated for Oscars 2018, Bloeistraat 11, the Annecy Cristal winner, and I’m Going Out for Cigarettes, which was awarded in Locarno.

Matea Milić (Zagreb, 1980) has a degree in Art History and Slovak Language and Literature from the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences in Zagreb. She has worked for the Hulahop production company since 2012, where she took part in the production and distribution of various documentary and fiction films (Nije ti život pjesma Havaja, Lijepo mi je s tobom, znaš, Dnevnik Diane Budisavljević, Betonski spavači), as well as the distribution of feature animated films. She has been the producer of the World Festival of Animated Film – Animafest Zagreb since 2015. She has participated in juries and selection committees of a number of festivals in Croatia and abroad and she coordinates the international network of animation festivals CEE Animation Festival Network.


The event is organized in collaboration with City of Women and Motovila, and is a part of CEE Animation Experience @AnimatekaPRO.

December 1 @ 13:30
13:30 (1h)

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