GIANNALBERTO BENDAZZI (Honorary President)
Born in Italy, in Ravenna, in 1946, he grew up in Milan, where he began his career as a journalist and a film historian. Since 2002 he has been working full time in academic work, holding at the University of Milan the first teaching in Italy of animation film history (2002-2009). Since 2002, he is an adjunct professor at Griffith University in Brisbane, Australia. From 2013 to 2015 he is visiting professor at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. From 2008 to 2015 he is dedicated to the creation of “Animation – A World History”, an encyclopedic history of world animation in three volumes published in 2016 by CRC Press. In 2016 he was the founder and president of the Itala Jury. For his work, he has been awarded national and international prizes including the Fantoche Prize, in reference to the special contribution to the knowledge of animation films (Lucca, 1978), the Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Field of Animation Studies (Zagreb, Croatia, 2002), Franco Fossati’s Prize for Best Book of the Year on Cartooning, “The Bruno Bozzetto Animation Factory in the Italian Cultural Industry” (Rimini, 2003), the Career Prize awarded by the Kecskemét Festival Hungary, 2015) and the Career Award of ASIFA International (Animafest, Zagreb, 2016).
Since 1992, she has been working at the Filmógrafo studio with Abi Feijó (award-winning director, president of ASIFA Internazionale and president of Casa da Animação of Oporto), for which he edited the Os Salteadores animation (The outlaw, 1993), Fado Lusitano (1995) and Clandestino (2000). Always with Abi Feijò is co-author of Ciclo Vicioso (Vicious Circle, 1996) and Estrelas de Natal (Christmas Stars, 1998). Her first film, A Noite (Night, 1999), wins numerous awards all over Europe. Created with the technique of engraving and painting on plasterboards – which requires very long production times, even for only a few minutes of film – is a poetic and meticulous work that tells the fears, shadows and silences Night of a little girl. Six years later, História Tragica com Final Feliz (tragic story with happy ending, 2005), winning amongst others the prestigious Annecy Cristal for the best short film at the Annecy Awards 2006. Featuring a hard design, defined by dense black lines , The film brings us again into the sweet, sweet story of a little girl whose heart beats too loudly. He is a “different” boy, with his demons, the protagonist of the short-listed, Kali, o Pequeno Vampiro (Kalì, the little vampire) has received several prestigious awards including the Hiroshima Prize in 2012 at the International Animation Festival Hiroshima. He is currently working on a new project that we will find in preview detail during the Imaginaria Festival.
was born in Bologna (italy) in 1961, graduate in Musicology with a thesis on soundtrack in animation and in Geography with a thesis on soundscape. He is a performer, sound designer, historian in Animation.
He has created soundtracks for several short animated films by Blu, Saul Saguatti, Michele Bernardi, Pierre Hébert, Virgilio Villoresi, Roberto Catani, Petra Zlonoga, Vessela Dantcheva, Boris Pramatarov, Ivan Bogdanovic, Soetkin Verstegen, Izabela Plucinska among others. He teached history of animation in Fine Arts Palermo, and in IULM University in Milan. He works closely with several international festivals all over the world with master classes, workshops, lectures on topics related to animation and soundtrack. He is often invited to international juries and selection committees throughout the world .
Carries workshops together with Basmati A.C. and Ottomani Cultural Association and promotes the Italian animated film internationally.
In 2010-2016 he curated with Paola Bristot ANIMAZIONI a collection of four DVDs, about Contempoarary Italian Animation.
He won the Golden Reiter for the best soundtrack to the 23 th edition of the International Short Film Festival FilmFest Dresden 2011 and Asifa Italia Award in 2010.