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2024 Juries

Annecy 2021
  1. Feature Films
  2. Contrechamp Feature Films
  3. Short Films
  4. Graduation Films
  5. TV & Commissioned Films
  6. VR Works


Among the films in competition, the juries have the sensitive mission of determining the Official Awards, including the Cristal for a Short Film and the Cristal for a Feature Film, and the Special Awards.

Discover the jury members for the 2024 edition’s awards.

Feature Films

  • Adriana GARCÍA GALÁN
    Adriana GARCÍA GALÁN

    Artist, Composer, Professor
    Faculty of Creative Studies, Universidad del Rosario, Bogotá


    Composer Adriana García Galán worked on the feature film Virus tropical (Macondo Award for the Best Original Song), the animated series Ugamú, the feature film Window of Time, as well as on other short films and audiovisuals.

    She was awarded a scholarship to study at the École des Beaux-Arts in Lyon, joined the "La Seine" research programme at the Beaux-Arts de Paris and engaged in a residency at the Palais de Tokyo pavilion. More recently, among other awards of merit, in 2020 Adriana received a creative grant from the Columbian Ministry of Culture and in 2022 she was invited to do a CKWEB Idartes residency at the Centre for Sound Art in Buenos Aires.

    Her work can be found in collections in the Pompidou Centre and the National Centre for Visual Arts (CNAP).

  • Léonor SILVEIRA
    Léonor SILVEIRA



    Leonor Silveira graduated in International Relations from Lusíada University, and in Cultural Heritage Law from the University of Lisbon.

    Her acting career begins in 1988 in cinema, with The Cannibals by Manoel de Oliveira. Since then, she has worked with numerous directors – most recently João Canijo in Living Bad and Bad Living (Silver Bear Jury Prize, Berlinale 2023).

    Leonor’s performances notably earned her the Bárbara Virgínia Prize by the Portuguese Academy of Cinema. She was a jury member at Cannes, San Sebastián, Locarno, among others.

    In television, she participated in fiction series such as Sara by Marco Martins, and Therapy by Patricia Sequeira.

    Leonor Silveira was distinguished by France with the order of Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres and Officier des Arts et des Lettres. She received the Degree of Commander by Order of Merit, by the former Portuguese president Doctor Jorge Sampaio.

  • Ilan URROZ
    Ilan URROZ

    Producer, CEO


    After studying a range of subjects from biology to infotainment, Ilan Urroz accumulated a wide array of professional experience before taking the helm in 2009 of the animation hub, La Cartoucherie, in the Drôme region of the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes. From 2015 in Marseille, Ilan was managing the group of creative industries in the entire Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region.

    Along with his associate Nicolas Flory, he bought Foliascope in 2018. This Drôme-based production company has its own special 2D animation studio and one of the largest stop-motion studios in Europe. Its catalogue includes the feature films Wardi, No Dogs or Italians Allowed (award-winner at Annecy 2022) and The Inventor (selected for Annecy 2023), as well as the TV series Some of Us, Lina’s World and Music Queens.


Contrechamp Feature Films

  • Alexandre GAVRAS
    Alexandre GAVRAS

    Producer & Director
    KG Productions


    Since 2012, Alexandre Gavras has been a producer at KG Productions, created in 1973 by Costa-Gavras and Michèle Ray Gavras.

    Some prominent works he has produced include Xavier Legrand: Custody and The Successor, along with The Restless by Joachim Lafosse, which was in the official competition at Cannes 2021, and Légua by Filipa Reis and João Miller Guerra, in competition at Directors’ Fortnight 2023.

    In 2016, he produced the 30 x 3-minute animation series Blaise for ARTE, directed by Jean-Paul Guigue and adapted from Dimitri Planchon’s comic strip books.

    Alexandre was a member of the CNC’s commission for Aide Avant Réalisation de Courts Métrages and recently Vice-Chairman of the first Avance Sur Recette committee.

    He is also the director behind Little Fish Killer, nominated for the César Award for Best Short Film in 1999.

  • José Miguel RIBEIRO
    José Miguel RIBEIRO

    Director, Animator, Producer


    After studying at the Art University of Lisbon (ESBAL), José Miguel Ribeiro studied animation at Lazennec-Bretagne (Rennes Métropole) and Filmógrafo (Porto) in 1993.

    In 2000, his 25-minute film The Suspect received the Cartoon d'Or. In 2012, he founded the production company Praça Filmes with Ana Carina. In the last few years, he has directed the stop-motion children’s TV series Home Things, the short films Journey to Cape Verde, and Fragments (in selection at Locarno Film Festival 2016, and Best Documentary Award at Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Festival 2017).

    In 2022, he produced his first animated feature Nayola, which premiered in the official competition at Annecy Festival.

    José Miguel is currently working on the animated short film The Flower and the Fish, based on Afonso Cruz’s book.


    Director & Producer
    Bars Media Documentary Film Studio


    Inna Sahakyan is a documentary film director/producer from Armenia, whose films reveal forgotten stories and explore humanity. Her works include the award-winning The Last Tightrope Dancer in Armenia and Mel, a recent documentary highlighting the journey of a transgender weightlifter from Armenia. Her animated documentary Aurora’s Sunrise (2022), selected at Annecy in the Contrechamp section, garnered critical acclaim, winning multiple awards like the Asia Pacific Screen Awards 2022 for Best Animated Film, a Special Mention and the Audience Award at Movies that Matter 2023 and the Grand Prix at FIFDH – International Film Festival and Forum on Human Rights in Geneva 2023, among others.


Short Films

  • Christian BERMEJO
    Christian BERMEJO

    Programme Manager


    With 10 years as a producer and leader, Christian Bermejo has helmed the creative direction at the Pixelatl Film Festival in Mexico. These projects and efforts have significantly impacted the Latin American creative scene, establishing the main platform for animators to develop and pitch IPs, resulting in 11 original productions aired on major networks.

    As the founder of a college film festival and a seasoned writer, his latest achievement was curating Mexico's presentation as the country of honor at Annecy Festival 2023.

  • Flóra Anna BUDA
    Flóra Anna BUDA

    Director & Visual Artist


    Flóra Anna Buda was born and raised in an artistic environment in the outskirts of Budapest. After her studies in fashion, her love for drawing and interest in storytelling led her to animation. Her MOME graduation film called Entropia was premiered at the 69th Berlinale, won the 33rd Teddy Award and was in competition at Annecy.

    She became an intern at MIYU Productions where later she made her first professional film – in co-production with Boddah – called 27. It had its premiere at Cannes Film Festival where it won the Short Film Palme d’Or, and then the Cristal for a Short Film at Annecy Festival. Currently, she is developing new projects.

    One of her main goals is to keep searching for new ways of creating diverse universes, telling honest stories and finding a way to create an artistic project out of her recent interest, with an open mind.

  • Jérémy CLAPIN
    Jérémy CLAPIN



    Jérémy Clapin is one of the contemporary animation scene’s leading directors. After short films (Backbone Tale, Skhizein, Palmipedarium) that gradually propelled him to the forefront of the international scene, in 2019 he released his first animation feature, I Lost My Body, which met with unprecedented success.

    The film won the Cristal for a Feature Film at Annecy, the Grand Prix at Cannes Critics' Week, 2 Césars for Best Animated Film and Best Original Score, and an Oscar nomination for Best Animated Film.

    In 2023, he directed his first live-action feature film, Meanwhile on Earth, with actress Megan Northam.


Graduation Films

  • Eric BECKMAN
    Eric BECKMAN

    Founder & CEO


    Eric Beckman is founder and CEO of NYC based GKIDS, an independent producer and distributor of award-winning animation.

    Since 2010, the company has scored 13 Best Animated Feature Oscar® nominations and 6 Golden Globe® nominations. Their most recent release, Hayao Miyazaki's The Boy and the Heron won Best Animated Feature awards at both the Oscars® and Golden Globes®. GKIDS is the US home of Japan’s Studio Ghibli, one of the world’s most coveted animation collections, along with some of the most iconic and successful European and Asian animation titles, studios, and directors.

    In 2017, Eric and GKIDS launched the annual Animation Is Film festival, in partnership with Annecy Festival and Variety. AIF is now the preeminent animation festival in the US and a fixture on the fall awards circuit. Eric is also co-founder of New York Int’l Children’s Film Festival, an Oscar®-qualifying event and the largest film festival for children and teens.

    Eric received the Mifa & Variety’s Animation Personality of the Year Award at Annecy in 2017.

  • Julie LOCKHART
    Julie LOCKHART

    President of Production & Founding Partner
    Locksmith Animation
    United Kingdom


    One of the film industry’s most experienced animation producers, Julie Lockhart’s work has received three Academy Award nominations.

    She held leadership roles at Aardman Animation and was producer on many acclaimed animated shorts, commercials and ground-breaking television series, including Creature Comforts and Shaun the Sheep (Cristal for Best TV Production Annecy 2007). Stepping into features, she developed and produced The Pirates! Band of Misfits for Sony Pictures and Shaun the Sheep Movie for Studio Canal/Lionsgate.

    Whilst at Locksmith, she has been instrumental in building a brand new studio from scratch into the international high end animation feature film company it is today, as well as serving as Producer on Locksmith’s debut feature film Ron’s Gone Wrong, and Executive Producer on the company’s latest production, Richard Curtis’s That Christmas for Netflix.

  • Jeff ROWE
    Jeff ROWE

    Director & Writer
    Paramount Studios


    Jeff Rowe is known for his exceptional contributions to the world of animation.

    Rowe made his directorial and writing debut with the animated feature Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem, which was released in theaters in 2023 and has become the highest-rated animation film of the year. The feature has been praised for its visually striking art style.

    Additionally, Rowe co-wrote and co-directed the Academy Award-nominated film The Mitchells vs. the Machines. The film, which was released on Netflix in 2021, went on to become Netflix’s biggest animated film of the year and has been recognized for its unique visual style.

    On the television side, Rowe served as a writer on the Primetime Emmy award-winning Disney Channel animated series Gravity Falls from 2014 to 2016, before going on to write on the animated series Disenchantment for Netflix.


TV & Commissioned Films

  • Claude CLOUTIER
    Claude CLOUTIER



    Claude Cloutier first gained recognition as a comic strip artist for the series La légende des Jean-Guy and Gilles la Jungle contre Méchant-Man.

    He then made several animated films including The Persistent Peddler (1988, in competition at Cannes), Overdose (1994), From the Big Bang to Tuesday Morning (2000), Sleeping Betty (2007, won around 20 prizes including the Génie and the Jutra for Best Animated Short Film), The Trenches (2010), Interference (2014), Carface (2015) and Bad Seeds (2021, in competition at the Annecy Festival).

  • Jérémie DEGRUSON
    Jérémie DEGRUSON

    nWave Pictures


    A Supinfocom/Rubika (Valenciennes, 1994) graduate, Jérémie Degruson began working as a 3D generalist on advertisements, films for theme parks and large-format (IMAX) medium-length films. In 2005, he became Project Leader then Art Director on the animation films Fly Me to the Moon (2008) and A Turtle's Tale: Sammy's Adventures (2010).

    In 2011, he was in charge of the attraction The Little Prince 4D, which was most notably screened at Futuroscope in Poitiers, and in 2013 he co-directed his first animation feature film The House of Magic alongside Ben Stassen. In 2017, the duo directed Bigfoot Junior, followed by the sequel, Bigfoot Family (Annecy 2020 Official Selection). The Inseparables was his first solo animation feature film (Annecy 2023 Official Selection).

    Jérémie is currently working on a new animation feature entitled YUGLY.

  • Nina SABNANI
    Nina SABNANI

    Filmmaker, Educator, Researcher


    Nina Sabnani has a way of putting together lost and found objects, the memory being one of them.

    Her animated films are rich collaborations with artists and folk fablers and have earned critical acclaim. Her film We Make Images with Sher Singh Bhil, won the National Award in 2016. In 2021 she was conferred with the Legend of Indian Animation Award from Toonz Media Group.

    She taught at NID Ahmedabad for 22 years and at IDC, IIT Bombay for 15 years. Her students do her proud. She has served as a jury member at Seoul Indie-AniFest (2017) and SIGGRAPH Asia (2023).

    At present, she is associated with Srishti Manipal Institute of Art, Design and Technology, Bangalore, and UPES, Dehradun. Nina is currently working on a short animation film with Sheela, her 90-year-old mother and her memories of the partition.


VR Works

  • David DOUTEL
    David DOUTEL

    Director & Producer
    BAP – Animation Studios


    For over 15 years now, David Doutel has worked in partnership with Vasco Sá with whom he has co-directed four internationally awarded animated short films – The Shoemaker (2011), Soot (2014), Augur (2018) and Garrano (2022).

    He developed his career in auteur animation cinema, working as a producer, director and animator. Both part of artistic and production teams, he has contributed to the creation of animated short films from numerous authors, awarded and selected at some of the most important international film festivals such as Cannes, Sundance, Locarno, and Annecy.

    David is one of the founders of BAP – Animation Studios, where he currently works as a director and producer. Alongside Vasco Sá he is currently co-directing their first animated feature film.


    Festival Director
    International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR)


    Vanja Kaludjercic was appointed Festival Director of International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR) as of February 2020. In this role, she represents the artistic voice of IFFR, championing great cinema and actively supporting independent filmmaking talent. Kaludjercic drives IFFR’s curatorial line and its industry developments to futureproof the festival.

    She brings a wealth of 20 years of industry experience, both internationally and within the Dutch film landscape. She was previously the director of acquisitions at global streaming service MUBI, and worked at Les Arcs European Film Festival, Sarajevo Film Festival and Netherlands Film Festival.

    Kaludjercic has served as a jury member at Berlinale, IDFA, CPH:DOX and many more festivals around the globe.

  • Maria Grazia MATTEI
    Maria Grazia MATTEI

    Founder & President
    MEET Digital Culture Center
    Italy, Milan


    Humanist and art critic, Maria Grazia Mattei has been exploring digital territories for more than thirty years, in a journey that, in 2005, merged into Meet the Media Guru, a platform for discussion and public debate on innovation issues. There are over one hundred pioneers of contemporary and digital culture that Mattei has invited to Milan for Meet the Media Guru, among them Zygmunt Bauman, Paola Antonelli, Edgar Morin, Joi Ito, Lawrence Lessig, Don Norman, Manuel Castells and many others.

    With the support of Fondazione Cariplo in 2018, Mattei launched MEET Digital Culture Center, the first International Centre for Digital Art and Culture based in Milan. Opened in 2020, MEET is a place for encounters and experimentation, in the belief that innovation is a cultural fact, even before it is technological.


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