The Festival

Panel of Judges

Nancy Denney-Phelps


Nancy Denney-Phelps is a journalist writing about European animation and festivals as well as a producer of music for animation.  Along with her composer/musician husband Nik Phelps, she co-founded the Sprocket Ensemble dedicated to presenting live performances of original music with screenings of contemporary animation from around the world. Nancy's writings have appeared in such publications as CARTOON and ANIMATOON as well as on her regular blog for AWN (Animation World Network).  She is also a regular correspondent for ASIFA/San Francisco and a member of the ASIFA International Board of Directors.
Nancy has served on numerous International Animation Festival juries and taught time management for animators at the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts, School of Art and Design.   Her strong interest in the history of animation has led her to present programs on the history of animation traced through music at many animation festivals and conferences worldwide.

Till Nowak


Is an artist and filmmaker based in Los Angeles. In 1999 he founded his animation studio frameboX and gained international attention through several award winning shortfilms and art projects. His work has been awarded with more than 80 awards, including Annecy, Anima Mundi and AFI Fest Hollywood. Till also is responsible for several public light art installations on historic buildings, such as the Rendsburg high bridge. He worked as a jury member in numerous film festival and is a member of the European Film Academy, the German Film Academy, ASIFA Hollywood and the Art Directors Guild.

Aneta Ozorek


Aneta Ozorek is Artistic Director of KLIK Amsterdam Animation Festival, film curator and education expert. She has 15 years’ industry experience in the production of film events, educational workshops, exhibitions and festivals on Polish and European market. She is program advisor of Cinema in Sneakers Film Festival in Warsaw and Head of Short Section at CEE Animation Pitching Forum. She’s also Polish Ambassador of European Animation Award and Member of European Children Film Associaton. Aneta has illustrated seven books for children.

Luis Miranda


Luís Leal Miranda, is a journalist, director of the magazine Time Out Lisbonnand author of the book's "O Desdicionário da Língua Portuguesa", "As Letras Secretas do Alfabeto" and "Novo Alfabetário da Língua Portuguesa". He have his own book publishing company, the Plutão library. 

Carole Purnelle


Carole Purnelle began her career in Project Management in the areas of Design and IT. In 2004, she founded the studio OCUBO, specializing in cultural projects of interactive multimedia and video mapping. Known artist in Portugal and abroad, she has a common theme in her work: "Humanity", which is reflected in her works, because she considers art a means of global expression. She founded and produced the LUMINA Festival of Light in Cascais (Portugal) which has seven editions and created the Spectrum project within Creative Europe, which leads national and international creative projects.

Marcelo Marão


Marcelo Marão is a brazilian director and producer of animation films. Having graduated from the Escola de Belas Artes, UFRJ, Marão directed 10 short films (Eu Queria Ser um Monstro, Engolervilha, O Anão Que Virou Gigante and others). He participated in over two hundred animated productions for advertising, TV and cinema.
He was the founding President of ABCA (the Brazilian Organization for Animated Films), which he is still a part of, as member of the Council of Directors. Marcelo Marão was a professor in the post-graduate course of animation at PUC; coordinator of the International Animation Day and he is the managing partner of the production agency Marão Desenhos Animados.

João Meirinhos


Director of Cinema du Desert, João Meirinhos travels around the world showing samples of films in the most unforeseen villages in the planet. After his M.A. in Visual Anthropology by the University of Manchester, he works as a documentarist.

Cesar Maurício


Cesar Maurício has a bachelor's degree in Fine Arts, having obtained it in Cinema de Animação from the Escola de Belas Artes da Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais in 1992. He specialized in Teaching and Research in art, culture and education at Guingnard in 2006 and obtained his MA degree in Latin-American Documental Cinema from Escuela de Cine de Barcelona, in 2012. Cesar is now taking his PhD in Contemporary Art from the Universidade de Coimbra, Portugal.
He is the artistic coordinator of the ONG Favela é Isso Aí since its foundation in 2004 until today; an audiovisual arts teacher and the director of over 50 videos of animated films, documentaries and videoclips. He is the author of Inflamável, a book with poerty, lyrics, music, drawings and wood engraving images, that he produced between 1990 and 2010.

Martina Manyà


She studied fine arts at Barcelona University. In early 2006 she moved to Lisbon and stayed there for more than 10 years, where she also studied illustration and BD in Arco Arts School. Nowadays, she works as a illustrator between both cities.

Pedro Esteves


Pedro Esteves, screenwriter of the Brazilian channel Porta dos Fundos. Actor and writer.

Ezequiel Dalinger


Ezequiel Dalinger is graduated in Design of Image and Sound by the University of Buenos Aires (FADU – UBA).
Director and creator of ANIMA LATINA, Latin American Animation Film Festival (Buenos Aires, Argentina). He has also programmed for other festivals and organizations. He has served as jury member and speaker at numerous national and international film festivals and markets.
He currently contributes as a journalist to different national media like the website Ultracine and the magazine Directores, while maintaining his website Zona de Animación. He has published many articles in academic journals.

João Pombeiro


Portuguese creative mastermind (self-titled) who works as a visual artist, screenwriter, director, animator, illustrator, art director and part-time visionary.

Daniel Hanai


Daniel Hanai is graduated in engineering with a master's degree in social communication. He has been working as a cultural producer at SESC since 2001 and nowadays he is manager at Sesc Araraquara. Besides his job, he also has a filmmaker carreer as director and producer of documentary and feature films.

Ulisses Dias


Director of the BANG AWARDS. He brings his experience as an actor and film producer and of musical events to the management of "SLINGSHOT - Design e Produções Multimédia, Lda." and "NAU Identidade - Comunicação e Promoção Turística, Lda.".

Ana Umbelino


Municipal Councillor for Torres Vedras. Her first degree is in Psychology and her Masters in Educational Science. She has also studied on a History of Education doctorate programme. Vice President of the Association for Tourism and Heritage Development of Torres Lines and Jury Network of Portugal. Member of the Board of REVES (Réseau Européen des Villes & Régions de l'Economie Sociale). Member of GECES (Group of Experts on Social Economy and Social Entrepreneurship) of the European Commission. She is part of the interministerial team of the National Reading Plan 2027, representing the secretary of state of local authorities.