Michal Podhradský – Chairman of VAF
Michal is an independent producer of Animation People company. He has made over 200 TV series episodes, ten short films, two feature films and more than 80 animated commercials and music videos. Michal is the founding member of the Czech Animation Film Association (ASAF), member of the board of directors of the Association of Czech Producers (APA) and chairman of the Visegrad Animation Forum.

Anna Vášová – Series/TV Specials and Feature Films Sections
Anna started as a script executive at Czech TV in the 1990s. During that time she worked on several landmark projects including a feature film Kolja – Oscar for Foreign Feature in 1996. She also lectured in Dramaturgy at the Academy of Performing Arts and wrote scripts for theatre, TV and radio. Later she led the production and distribution arm of Barrandov Studios and then became Director of Programs at Czech TV. From there, she moved to Eurovision/EBU in Geneva, where she spent 15 years managing over 50 international co-productions across 86 broadcasters from 56 countries. Currently, Anna is an independent scriptwriter, script advisor and tutor. She is a member of Czech TV Director’s Advisory board and leads two sectors at the VAF. She also lectures in the Animation Department at FAMU and serves as a FAMU Artistic Board member.

Aneta Ozorek – Short Film Section
Aneta is the artistic director of the KLIK Amsterdam Animation Festival, film curator and education expert. She has 15 years’ industry experience in production of film events, educational workshops, exhibitions and festivals in the Polish and European market. She is also a programmer of the Cinema in Sneakers Film Festival in Warsaw and film section curator for the Street Art Festival in Katowice. Polish Ambassador of the European Animation Award and a member of the European Children Film Association. Has illustrated seven children’s books. Member of jury at: Berlinale, Odense Film Festival, Barnefilmfestiwalen, Primanima, BUFF, Kineko, Zlin Film Festival, Baltic Pitching Forum and others.

Marcela Vrátilová – Production
Marcela is a freelance executive producer. Graduated from FAMU in production, mainly worked in advertising as Line producer for Stillking Films, leading Czech service production company, then moved to London where she spent 5 years working for one of UK leading advertising production companies Stink London. During this period, made first contact with animated film through Michal Podhradský and its company Animated People. Since 2015, Head of Production at VAF. Currently working in Prague as executive producer for 2 feature films co-produced by MAUR film.

Marta Jallageas – Public Relations
Marta works as a film public relations freelancer. After spending seven years working in PR and marketing in both the non-profit and business sectors, Marta decided to return to her university field of interest and focus on film PR. Since 2015, she has worked for the Visegrad Animation Forum. Marta is in charge of marketing and international PR with a focus on the professional community. Her objective is to maintain projects’ corporate style. Last but not least, she helps write Czech and European grant applications.

Maroš Brojo – VAF New Talents
Maroš is the artistic director of the Fest Anča International Animation Festival in Žilina, Slovakia, and a programmer at the Fest Anča Game Days focusing on independent digital games. He is the project coordinator of New Talents promotional initiative at the Visegrad Animation Forum in Třeboň, Czech Republic. As a curator he works at the Slovak Museum of Design, focusing on digital games and multimedia history, archiving and preservation. He is a member of the Slovak Arts Council support program for
multimedia and digital games.

Jožko Rutar

Jožko is the founder and CEO of SPOK Film, a newly established production company dedicated to discovering new Slovenian film talents as well as to the development, production, promotion and distribution of high end art-house films. After graduating from the Faculty of Economics in Ljubljana, Jožko worked as a producer of cultural events, dance performances and films with the EN-KNAP contemporary dance group for five years. From 2004 to 2011, he managed Staragara production company and produced several features, shorts and documentaries that were presented in Cannes, Venice, Locarno, Rotterdam, etc. From 2011 to 2016, he was the Managing Director of the Slovenian Film Centre. He is an EAVE graduate and a national representative. He offers consulting services in film development and financing and works as a decision-maker on various film funding bodies.


National Coordinators:

Martin Vandas / CZECH REPUBLIC

Martin has worked as a producer at MAUR film since 2003. He was a delegate producer and head of development of the co-production of Of Unwanted Things and People, a stop-motion children’s animated film. He is a lecturer at FAMU, a financial and content expert for the Czech State Cinematography Fund and Slovak Audiovisual Fund, a member of the European Film Academy and a founding member of ASAF (and its first chairman). He is currently producing his eighth feature film, as well as many shorts and 30 episodes of an animated series for The Czech Academy of Sciences.

Györgyi Falvai / HUNGARY
Györgyi graduated in Economics and received MA in design and art management. She worked as tour manager at Budapest’s acknowledged art theater Katona József, then as PR and press consultant for the French Institute Budapest, and later as an independent media consultant for many cultural events. She was creative producer at Film Positive Productions then worked in film distribution for Szuez Film Hungary, this is how she met animation and joined Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design’s Animation Department in 2009. She organized animation festivals and coordinated EU Media program supported international training projects. She is also funder of Salto Films developing content orientated and 360 degree projects.

Bálint Gelley / HUNGARY

Bálint is a Hungarian director and producer of animated films. He graduated in 2012 as a visual communication artist and animator from MOME – Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design. He also took part in the Animation Sans Frontières workshop in 2012-13. He started his career as a director of short films, TV series and commercials, and became a producer in 2015. He is the co-founder of CUB Animation Studio, an independent animation studio based in Budapest. The studio’s main focus and indeed obsession is creating worlds with unique designs using the unlimited tools of animation and the power of young talents.

Dorota Chmielewska / POLAND

Dorota has worked as a producer and new media manager at Studio Miniatur Filmowych since 2015. She is a producer of The Websters, a 3D Slovak-Polish animation series for kids. Currently she works as a marketing coordinator at the New Horizons Association, an NGO focused on the promotion and popularization of unconventional, artistically challenging cinema.


Katarina Kerekesová / SLOVAKIA

Katarína graduated from Animation Film Department at Film and TV Faculty of Academy of Performing Arts in Bratislava. In 2009, she founded the production company Fool Moon. Director and producer of two successful Slovak TV shows – Mimi & Lisa and The Websters. Last year she produced Ivana Šebestová‘s short film Yellow. Director of the Slovak Association of Animated Film Producers (APAF). Lecturer at the Animation Film Department in Bratislava.

Juraj Krasnohorsky / SLOVAKIA

Juraj is a producer based in Bratislava. He and his colleague Henrieta produce both fiction and animated films through his company Artichoke. Juraj co-produced the short film Superbia (2016), which premiered at the Semaine de la Critique in Cannes. He is currently co-producing an animated feature film for adults called White Plastic Sky with Salto Film (HU) and a stopmotion feature film for children Of Unwanted Things and People with MAUR film (CZ), ZVIIKS (Sl) and WJT (POL). Juraj is an EAVE graduate, a member of the Slovak Association of Animated Film Producers, a board member of VAF and an initiator/co-organizer of the CEE Animation Workshop. He occasionally lectures at the Bratislava film school VŠMU and the Animation Sans Frontières workshop and contributes as a pitching tutor for animated film projects at international pitching platforms.

Matija Šturm / SLOVENIA

Matija is a producer and executive producer. He gained professional experience by participation in various national and international projects. From youth exchange projects, academic, networking and publishing projects, lobbying and policy issues etc., his focus and emphasis have moved to cultural projects. He works in the spheres of film, performing arts and theatre. Matija Šturm is chairman of the Slovene Animated Film Association, a board member of the VAF and a board member of The Alliance of Slovenian Associations of Filmmakers.

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