Anca Damian

Anca Damian studied at the Academy of Theatre and Film Arts in Bucharest where she majored in cinematography and later obtained a Doctor’s degree in Film. She has worked as the director of photography for two feature films and many other documentary films. Her first feature film as a director- “Crossing dates” (2008) – participated in numerous film festival competitions such as Pusan Film Festival, Chicago, Goteborg, Cottbus, Goa and Rome. Her second feature as a director, screenwriter and producer ‘Crulic – The Path to Beyond‘(2011), was selected at Locarno, BFI London, Annecy, Warsaw, Copenhagen, Pusan, New Directors/New Films, totaling more that 150 festival selections. The movie also received the Cristal Award in Annecy, and more than 35 prizes at other notable film festivals. Her third feature as a director, screenwriter and producer “A Very Unsettled Summer“/O vara foarte instabila (2013), a Romanian-Czech-Swedish-UK coproduction, received three prizes from at the Romanian Filmmakers’ Union annual Awards and was screened in Warsaw IFF, Goteborg IFF, Febiofest (Prague), East End Film Festival (London). The international cast included Jamie Sives, Ana Ularu and Kim Bodnia. “The Magic Mountain” a docu-drama animation is her 4th feature film. This film got a special mention from the jury at the 50th Karlove Vary Festival and also an award at the International Animation Festival in Ottawa. Marona’s Fantastic Tale, produced in 2019, received ECFA Award for Best European Children’s Film, in Annecy the prize André Martin, for best French animation film of 2020, the prize of excellence from the Japanese Ministry of Culture, and more prizes at other notable film festival. The Island is the last film realized by Anca and it’s an animated musical long feature based on a reinterpretation of Robinson Crusoe as a surreal comedy.

Paul Wenninger

Freelance dancer, author of choreographic works, and film maker with a focus on pixilation and animation. Since 1999 he is the artistic director of Kabinett ad Co., a working platform for interdisciplinary projects with a focus on the body. Collaborations with various choreographers and companies. His works have been shown internationally and received several awards. (www.kabinettadco.at) – More info here

Miljana Dragičević

MILJANA DRAGIČEVIĆ work is dedicated to educational projects that raise awareness around social issues that need fresh new approaches and are at the intersection of creativity and animated kids’ content production.

She is the CEO of MINYA FILM AND ANIMATION creative production company with offices in Zagreb and Amsterdam. She is also a co-founder of Zagreb based RECIRCLE animation studio.

Her recent work of educational projects that raise awareness around social issues is Twisted Tales which won the Sozial Marie prize for social innovation in 2019, and the animated short Cinda Real by Sara Božanić.

Other work includes Misho & Robin (30×5′), 2D animated TV series production for preschoolers broadcasted worldwide as well as development of animated series Little Who Who (52×7’).Current ongoing projects are the production of Robbi meets animated series with German author Uli Mast, co-production of Magician 24′ short by Romanian awarded scriptwriter and director Bogdan Muresanu, Lena’s Dog 20′ short by Elena Walf with Studio Filmbilder. The recently produced animated short was 10 days of Lovid by Croatian artist Laura Martinović; the film emerged as a byproduct of the authors who were ten days in isolation during the COVID infection. The 10 days of Lovid was selected for the Grand competition – Short film, Animafest Zagreb 2022.

Eugenia Gaglianone

Eugenia Gaglianone, during her prolonged stays in Moscow for study and work, specializes in the history of Russian and Soviet cinema. He dedicates his doctoral research to director Boris Barnet (1902-1965). Curator of cultural events and film reviews, she collaborates with various associations, with international festivals and film bodies such as the National Cinema Museum, BFM, TFF, ANCR, Il Cinema Ritrovato, Piccolo Festival dell’animazione, Imaginaria, Kino Museums in Moscow, KROK, Suzdal ‘FF. For Sottodiciotto Film Festival, from 2005 to 2020, she curated reviews and master classes in animation cinema, bringing artists such as Norštejn, Petrov, Bronzit to Italy, among others. She conducts educational workshops for schools, courses on Russian and Soviet cinema, also collaborating with the CSC of Turin and the ISIA of Urbino.

Maicol & Mirco

Maicol & Mirco are the authors of Gli Scarabocchi by Maicol & Mirco, a daily comic tragedy that has evolved from Facebook into the paper Opera Omnia (currently of five volumes: ARGH, SOB, BAH, CRACK, NO!). They gave a family to God with their Il papà di Dio (2017) and delighted the children with Palla Rossa and Palla Blu (2016) and Palla Blu rotolano ancora (2019), all books published by BAO Publishing. For Coconino Press – Fandango they created the first true pink comic in the world: Hanchi Pinchi and Panchi (2009), Gli Arcanoidi (2018) and L’Arcanoide (2019), two “monstrous” twin books. Maicol & Mirco also follow you to school, inside Smemoranda. They teach at the Academy of Fine Arts in Macerata and a self-portrait of them is in the Collection of self-portraits of the Uffizi in Florence.


Ahmed Ben Nessib

Ahmed Ben Nessib is a cartoonist and director of animated shorts born in Tunis in 1992. His drawings have been published in various newspapers and magazines including “Internazionale”, “Lo stranero” “CavallinoRivista” “Linus” and “Solstizio”. His first short film EKART was published in volume 5 of the DVD “Animations, Contemporary Italian Short Films”, and was awarded in France and Italy. With Libri Somari, the publishing house he founded together with Samuele Canestrari, he published two books “Ekart / the swimmer’s technique” and “The Assassin is increasingly confused”. He collaborates with the Tricromia gallery (Rome). In 2021, with Samuele Canestrari he published “Alice abita ancora qui – t/19” edited by Giuseppina Frassino with a text by Ascanio Celestini. Lives and works in Naples.

Michele Bernardi

Michele Bernardi, Director and animator.
Training: at the Secondo Bignardi and Glm Studio, in Modena, (Pimpa of Altan and La Linea of Cavandoli). Awards and honors: Bit Movie (Riccione), Jazz bit by Turku (1994) (Finland), Foreign Animation Silver Award at the 13th Shanghai Television Film Festival (2006). On view in Annecy in 2012 with Djuma, in competition at Animafest (Zagreb) 2012, Animateka, Anibar, Fest Anca, Anima Mundi, ReAnima and many others. Mercurio, in addition to numerous special mentions, wins as best animated short at Animaphix, Imaginaria, Animaevka in Mogilev, Tindirindis in Vilnius, Bcn sport Film Festival in Barcellona, ​​Sardinia Film Festival, Castelli Animati, Amarcort, Sciacca film Fest, Metricamente short, Lucania Film Festival and Youngabout of Bologna .. Finalist in the Silver Ribbons and semifinalist at the David di Donatello. Since 2019 he has been teaching digital animation at the Academy of Fine Arts in Palermo and from 2022 at the Academy of Fine Arts in L’Aquila. Commercial spots for: Barilla Mulino Bianco, Nestlè, Istat, Pomellato, Zanotta and Rai3 “Viva la Crisi”, Senna Foundation. Music videos: there are about fifty video clips produced including Tre Allegri Ragazzi morti, Luca d’Alberto, Le luci della centrale Elettrica, Colapesce, Punkreas, 24 grana, Prozac +, The Zen Circus, Alfio Antico, Teresa De Sio, Extraliscio, Gianna Nannini and others. In the summer of 2020, he made the animations for Alessandro Preziosi’s documentary “La legge del terremoto“.

Luigi Tassinari

Luigi Tassinari (Cento, Ferrara 1954). After the Institute of Art in Ferrara – architecture section – he attended the teaching school at the “Scuola del Libro di Urbino” in the course of “animated drawing”. His future, however, is in advertising, in fact he immediately found employment at an important agency in Bologna. These were years of great creative ferment, advertising is booming. The work team is sparkling and the advertising machine has started its engines. After two years in the Agency, the Scuola del Libro di Urbino offers him the availability to hold the chair of animated drawing in the same course he had attended. After a couple of years he returns to the agency following large and small clients: the pace of work in advertising is pressing but the stimuli are satisfying. He remains in the Agency until 2019, the year in which he takes leave of work.


Victoria Sanna, Arianna Grasso, Carola Manganelli, Angelica Ligorio, Nikol Palokaj, Giulia Giannuzzi, Anna Chiara Zupone, Giovanni Marangelli, Domiziano Savino, Noemi Rizzo, Sofia Bufano, Marco Valerio.