Matija Šturm – Executive Director
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.
Michal Podhradský – Head of CEE Animation Forum
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 until 2018, chairman of the Visegrad Animation Forum.
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.
Karolína Davidová – Series/TV Specials Section
Karolína is a newbie film producer, experienced in short animated films. Graduated from arts management and film production, spent part of her studies in London, lectured animation workshops and co-organized various film industry events. Recently, Karolína co-founded a 13ka company with Anna Vášová focusing on original projects based on a strong story.
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 – CEE Animation 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 – Head of Studies CEE Animation Workshop
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.
Juraj Krasnohorsky – Head of Studies CEE Animation Workshop
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.