CHILDREN FILMS JURY COMMITTEE
Nicosia, Cyprus native Andreas Procopiou is an animator at Pixar Animation Studios in California’s San Francisco Bay area. He is a 1999 graduate of Florida-based Ringling School of Art and Design, where he studied during the initial years of their computer animation program. Andreas began his career with Retro Studios in Austin, Texas, as an animator for video games – a job he says taught him the most about physical animation. After a few short years, Andreas was offered the opportunity that would fulfill his life long dream: that of working in CG film animation. Andreas worked as an animator for Blue Sky Studios during the production of Ice Age®, Ice Age 2®, and Robots®. With feature film experience under his belt, Andreas set out for California where he first worked for Sony Imageworks on Surf’s Up. In 2008, after nearly 10 years of applying to the most famous studio name in CG animation, Andreas was hired by Pixar Animation Studios. His first movie credit there was for the legendary film Up. Andreas has just completed work on his ninth Pixar film – and looks forward to many more to come.
Katerina Pantela is an animation professional, specialising in concept art and 2D character animation.
She is currently working as an animator at the Cartoon Saloon in Ireland and has previously been employed as a concept artist at Brown Bag Films and as an animator at Boulder Media.
In the past, she has worked mostly on children's TV shows such as the Annie awarded Wander Over Yonder (Disney XD), Randy Cunningham 9th Grade Ninja (Disney XD), as well as other animated TV projects for studios in Luxembourg, Norway and Ireland.
Katerina holds a First Class Honours BA degree in Animation Production from the Arts University Bournemouth, and has also undertaken advanced courses in Character Design and Visual Development.
Andreas Rossides is a 3D artist and a traditional painter. He graduated from Ringling College of Art and Design, in May of 2014, receiving his B.F.A with Honors in Computer Animation as well as a Minor in Fine Arts – Painting. During his four years at Ringling College majoring in Computer Animation, he became particularly interested in CG modeling.
Andreas has previously worked at Giant Animation Studio, Dublin as a 3D Modeler for BBC’s preschool series “Go – Jetters”.
He is currently working as a freelance 3D Modeler for fresh and exciting international projects.