Jeanette Bonds is Co-Founder and Director of GLAS Animation, a non-profit organization dedicated to independent animation. She received her BFA and her MFA at CalArts in Experimental Animation. Jeanette is a part of the international animation collective LNWC and currently programs at Slamdance Film Festival as well as FMX and is a contributor to Short of the Week. She has served on the jury for Animafest Zagreb, Fantoche, and Dallas International Film Festival as well as having given presentations Animafest Zagreb, HAFF, New Chitose Airport Animation Festival, CalArts, RISD, and USC. Her works have been featured at both live-action and animation festivals around the world and in 2014 was nominated for an Annie Award. She continues to create works from across the spectrum, including narrative films, abstract films, and installations.
Animation Director/Producer. Sayoko has been making independent animation documentary shorts together with her partner Renzo Kinoshita, such as "Made in Japan"('72), "Japonese"('77), "Pica Don" ('78), "The Last Air Raid- Kumagaya"('93), "Ryukyu Okoku - Made in Okinawa" ('04) , receiving Grand Prix and many international prizes. Also, since late 1960s, she has been working for the development of animation art, including education, research and promotion. In 1985, she founded the first international animation festival in Asia, in Hiroshima, endorsed by ASIFA, and has been the Festival Director since then. ASIFA President from 2006 to 2009. She is now ASIFA Vice-President, ASIFA-Japan President, Advisor to Japan Society of Animation Studies, Visiting Professor at Osaka Univ. of Arts, Board of Joshibi Univ. of Art and Design, President of Int'l Animation Library (within Studio Lotus), President of Studio Lotus.
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Deanna Morse is an independent film/video animation artist. International permanent collections include the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and animations for Sesame Street. In recent years, her work has been featured in one-person shows in Croatia, Hungary, Indonesia, Greece, Ukraine, China, Japan, France, Portugal, and the USA. She was recently spotlighted as one of four “Women in the Limelight” in Animation: A World History by Gianberto Bendazzi.
Morse was an artist in residence at The Maitland Art Center in the winter of 2016, and returns there in March 2017 to present some of the work she created during that residency. Morse was also recently an Artist in Residence at The Studios of Key West and The Everglades National Park, Florida. An emerita Professor of Film and Video Production in the School of Communications at Grand Valley State University, Allendale, Michigan, Morse is currently a Vice-President of ASIFA, the largest and oldest international animation organization. She teaches animation to children through A.W.E – Animation Workshop Educators.
Created frame by frame, her current series manipulates time, considering what is between the frame, exploring distinctive elements to the process of animation. As a contemporary, and pioneering film and video artist, she is cited in books about new media, storytelling, and experimental animation.
R. Brad Yarhouse is a practicing digital media designer, animator, and artist. His films have been shown in festivals and events around the world, including the '2013 Best of ASIFA' presented by Nelson Shin at the Canlandiranlar Animators Festival, Turkey, Les 24 heures de l’animation (2011) in Brussels, Belgium, and the 2005 Berlin Film Festival. He has also presented his research on animation and comic studies at conferences such as the Society for Animation Studies Conference in Melbourne, Australia, and the Avanca Cinema Conference in Portugal. His essays on contemporary animation and comics have been published in peer-reviewed journals including The International Journal of Comic Art and The Journal for Animation History and Theory. He teaches at Kendall College of Art and Design in Grand Rapids, Michigan in the Digital Media, and Visual and Critical Studies MFA programs.
Mohamed Ghazala is assistant professor of animation and the chair of the department of the Visual & Digital Production of Effat University/ Saudi Arabia, besides being the Vice President of the International Animated Film Association, ASIFA, and the founder of its first chapter in Africa and in the Arab world.
He served on a number of international Animation festival juries including: Stuttgart (Germany), Castelli Animati (Italy),SICAF (Korea) Animanima (Serbia), AnimaAfrik (Ghana), ReAnimania (Armenia), Animae Caribe (Trinidad & Tobago), AnimaBasauri (Spain), CICDAF (China) Chilemonos (Chile) Kecskemét (Hungary).
He has been working also as a visiting lecturer at several fine arts & film institutes such as: Jilin animation institute (China), Cologne's Academy of Media Arts (KHM- Germany), NAFTI (Ghana), Durban Art & Animation center (South Africa), Antioquia University (Colombia).
Ghazala directed and co-directed many awarded films, such as "Carnival" (2001), "Crazy Works" (2002), "HM HM" (2005),"Sayari Yetu" (2006), including the first Yemen's animated film "Salma" in 2006, and "Honyan's Shoe" (2009) which won the Animation Prize at The African Movie Academy Awards (The African Oscar AMAA) in Lagos/Nigeria 2010.
He gave a number of workshops on animation in different countries and acted as a film consultant for several international festivals. In 2011, he published his first book under the title "Animation in the Arab World" (Lambert AP. Germany). His second book with title "Animation in Africa" which published in Egypt 2013.
Ghazala mainly concentrates in making independent experimental animated films on his own or in the course of workshops (e.g. Greece, Tunisia, Capo Verde) or art residencies (e.g. UNESCO-ASCHBERG's to Colombia, UNESCO's Africa Animated to Kenya).