Jelena Popović 

Producer at the NFB Animation Studio since January 2014, Jelena forged her skills as production manager and associate producer on conventional, interactive and hybrid documentary and animation films. She directed and co-wrote the documentary The Knights of Orlando (2007) and edited Patrick Doyon's Oscar-nominated short Sunday, as well as three editions of films from the NFB's acclaimed Hothouse program. 

She co-produced with Marcy Page Donald McWilliams’ Norman McLaren: Animated Musician, Theodore Ushev’s Blood Manifesto (Prix Créativité, Festival du nouveau cinema 2015), Sheldon Cohen’s My Heart Attack, (Best Animation, Ottawa international short film festival 2016) and Munro Ferguson’s Minotaur VR. With her colleague Maral Mohammadian, she coproduced Naked Island, a series of public service alerts by some of the top Canadian animators.

Her latest releases are Hedgehog’s Home, a stop-motion fable directed by Eva Cvijanović and co-produced by Vanja Andrijević (Bonobostudio, Croatia), Special Mention at Berlinale 2017, and Manivald, a gender-ambiguous tale about the boomerang generation by Chintis Lundgren, premiering at this year’s Zagreb Animafest.

Joni Männistö

"Joni Männistö is an award-winning animation filmmaker and animator born in 1981 in Finland. After graduating from the animation department of the Turku Arts Academy in 2011 he became an active member of several Finnish animation collectives that work on both commercial and artistic projects. The collective work includes animated films as well as art installations for exhibitions. He currently lives and works in Tallinn as a freelance artist.

Männistö has directed films such as The Trap (2008), Swarming (2011) and Electric Soul (2013), which have all been screened at numerous international festivals around the world. Recent additions to his filmography include collective productions Re-Cycling (2014) and Wormhole (2016), in which he worked as one of the animation artists. In addition to filmmaking Männistö acts as artistic director for the Turku Animated Film Festival and as a visiting teacher at the Turku Arts Academy."

Koji Yamamura

Koji Yamamura born on 1964 in Japan. Mt. Head (02) was nominated for an OscarⓇ in 2003, and awarded the 6 Grand Prix include Annecy 03, Zagreb 04 and Hiroshima 04. Franz Kafka’s A Country Doctor (07) awarded the Grand Prix at Ottawa. A member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, A professor of Tokyo University of the Arts.