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 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.