2018 Experts

Carlos Bleycher : Writer & Story Consultant

Carlos Bleycher

Writer & Story Consultant

Scriptwriter, consultant and script editor specialized in animation and children's content with more than 15 years of experience. Among his work as head writter and co-creation, these animated series stand out: "Paper Port" (StopMotion + 2D, 52x11', exhibited in more than 12 countries), "Hostal Morrison" (2D, 26x11', exhibited on Cartoon Network LA), "Horatio and the Plasticines" (Puppets + StopMotion, 52x7' exhibited on Netflix) and the narrative for the video game "Rim Rift" produced by MindForce Game Lab (Sweden). He has also worked as a content generator for TV channels such as Disney xD, NatGeo Kids and Discovery Kids with the series "Martian Soap 2111", "DoggyWorld", "The Papernauts", "Mini Beat Power Rockers" and the 4th season of "Pocoyo", among others. Creator of "Cagemates" series, winner of the MIFA Creative Focus Pitch of the International Animation Festival Annecy 2013. He also has teaching experience at UNIACC University in Santiago, Chile, in charge of the subjects "Storytelling for Children and Youth" and "T.V Scriptwritting". He has imparted his workshop on storytelling and character development in Colombia, Chile, Cuba, Spain and Poland.

Eleanor Coleman : (Indie Sales) Head of Feature Film Animation & Transmedia Acquisitions & Co Productions

Eleanor Coleman

(Indie Sales) Head of Feature Film Animation & Transmedia Acquisitions & Co Productions

Paris based American producer who was responsable for conceiving and implementing the first truly profitable 360° strategy for children’s programming and digital content in France, during her tenure as head of in house production across all platforms at TF1. Since leaving TF1, Eleanor works independently in animated feature film acquisitions, development and production with Indie Sales, where she is also developing and acquiring ground breaking transmedia projects. She works for Blue Spirit in France and Canada and producing Iranian director Reza Riahi’s short film NAVOZANDE. She is also a founding member and co-vice president of the association Les Femmes S’animent, part of the global Women in Animation network. Eleanor devotes as much time as possible to meditation and human rights in West Africa.

Guadalupe Arensburg : (Movistar+ Spain) Head of short films acquisitions department

Guadalupe Arensburg

(Movistar+ Spain) Head of short films acquisitions department

Movistar+ Spain Head of the Acquisitions and Programming of Short Films as well as of the selection and development of projects to be produced. She has been member of the jury for international film festivals such as Buenos Aires Independent Film Festival (Argentina), Río de Janeiro Film Festival (Brazil) and Tampere Film Festival (Finland). She has also given lectures and participated in round tables in festivals as Cannes (France), Clermont Ferrand (France), Ludwigsburg (Germany), Toronto (Canada), Tokyo International Anime Festival (Japan), and Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía (Spain), among others. Focused on African Cinema, she has organized screenings for Granada and Barcelona Film Festivals, the Contemporary Art Centre La Casa Encendida, Mujeres por África Foundation (Madrid) and Casa África (Las Palmas de Gran Canaria). She wrote the book Cinematografías de África. Un encuentro con sus protagonistas in 2010, published by Casa África.

Jossie Malis : (Zumbakamera Films) Director and animator

Jossie Malis

(Zumbakamera Films) Director and animator

Animator, filmmaker and graphic designer of Peruvian-Chilean origin and director of the studio Zumbakamera in Palma de Mallorca. With a special passion for machines, the cosmos and human foolish behaviors, he has devoted himself since 2003 to the creation of short films, videoclips and series, such as the award-winning Bendito Machine. His work has been selected and awarded in several international film festivals such as Annecy, Sitges, Cinanima, BAF, Hiroshima, SICAF or Fantastic Fest, among others. His work proposes an acute commentary on humans and their weaknesses, their machines and the mysteries of the universe.

Manuel Cristóbal : (Dragoia Media) Best european animation producer 2012

Manuel Cristóbal

(Dragoia Media) Best european animation producer 2012

Audiovisual Producer. Since 2001 has produced eight feature films for the international market, five of them in animation, and has won four Goya awards in the best animation feature category. In 1999 joins Dygra Films as executive producer in the films The living forest (first CGI animation film in Europe) and Midsummer Dream. In 2005 he joins Zinkia Entertainment as head of development and distribution with the series Pocoyó. In 2007 he creates Perro Verde Films and produced five films among them The Missing Lynx presented by Antonio Banderas and the awarded Wrinkles based in the comic book by Paco Roca and directed by Ignacio Ferreras. In 2010 he launched the App Contoplanet, in 2013 he launches the 3D documentary film Bullrunning in Pamplona and joins Noise Box Entertainment as Executive Producer in the animation series Planet-Play. Since April 2014 he is executive producer in Dragoia Media. He is Secretary of the board in CARTOON, member of the board in the Spanish Film Academy, FAPAE and DIBOOS, he is also member of the European Film Academy, The Spanish TV Academy, visiting professor at the Jilin Animation Center in China and digital production teacher at the U-TAD University in Madrid. He has evaluated development, training, distribution and pilot programmes for the MEDIA Programme, speaker in 20 countries. In 1996 got a European scholarships by the MPAA at UIP, in 1997 it was first Spaniard selected by the Nipkow Programme in Berlin, in 2000 selected by the EFA new talent programme in Iceland, in 2007 selected as one of 60 personalities of the Cannes Film Festival by Variety and in 2008 selected producer in the move by EFP. In 2012 got the CARTOON Tribute as best animation producer of Europe.

Maroto Bambino : (Bambinomonkey) Illustrator and Art Director

Maroto Bambino

(Bambinomonkey) Illustrator and Art Director

Ignacio F. Maroto (Bambinomonkey) is an illustrator and art director from Madrid. He has been working in the world of animation for 15 years, 7 of which specialized in character design. He has worked for animation studios such as Psyop, Nexus, The Mill or Sony Animation. He has international fame as a tropical dancer.

Nicolas Schmerkin : (Autour de Minuit) Producer of the Oscar-winning short film Logorama

Nicolas Schmerkin

(Autour de Minuit) Producer of the Oscar-winning short film Logorama

Producer of the 2010 Oscar Best Animation Short Film and the 2010 Cesar Best Short Film winner "Logorama". His productions have received more than 500 awards in festivals. After four years working at Philippe Bober's production company ("Battle in Heaven", "Songs from the Second Floor", "The Square"), he started his own production and distribution company: Autour de Minuit Productions, focused on experimental animation, hybrid and mix media works. The Autour de Minuit's distribution catalogue includes more than 300 short films, 70 of them produced by ADM. His latest successful titles are "Peripheria" (David Coquard-Dassault, awarded at Annecy and Hiroshima), "Decorado" (Alberto Vázquez in co-producion with Uniko and Abano, Goya Best Animated Short Film) or "A Town called Panic: The County Fair" (Crystal TV at Annecy. The production company is currently developing several animation TV series ("Non-Non", "Jean-Michel Super Caribou", “Galaxy Camp”) and feature film projects such as "Unicorn Wars" (Alberto Vázquez, in co-production with Uniko & Abano).

Paco Rodríguez : (Media Training y Consulting) Consultant

Paco Rodríguez

(Media Training y Consulting) Consultant

He founds in 1990 PPM Multimedia, where he worked for ten years on international distribution, on co-production´s financing, and executive production of some animated series. He has been executive producer of seven feature films with FILMAX ANIMATION and he currently runs MEDIA TRAINING & CONSULTING, a company dedicated to the training and consultancy of the audiovisual and film industry and also digital content. Besides, he collaborates as consultant for ICEX and he´s expert for the European Union´s Media Creative program.

Risa Cohen : (European Film Bonds) Executive producer and consultan

Risa Cohen

(European Film Bonds) Executive producer and consultan

Born and raised in New York City, Risa started her career in entertainment as a playwright and producer. After finishing art school, she moved to Paris and began working in multimedia and video games. First as a designer and localization manager, then as a producer, she worked for various companies such as Kalisto, Infogrames, ExMachina Image and Disney. As a publishing producer, she worked in collaboration with Square, Namco, NEC, Microprose, Universal Studios, Warner Bros, Moulinsart and ABC television. Her credits include: ‘Dark Earth’, ‘Adventures of Tintin’, ‘Piglet’s Big Game’, ‘Alias’ by JJ Abrams, ‘Sine Mora’ and most recently ‘Rime’ and ‘The Invisible Hours’ a VR murder mystery. In addition to her production work, Risa is a Production Executive for European Film Bonds and responsible for evaluating and monitoring animated film projects for completion bonds. Her most recent bonds include “Ozzy”, “Deep” and “The Breadwinner”.

Shamik Majumdar : (The Walt Disney Company) Creative director, animation and live action content

Shamik Majumdar

(The Walt Disney Company) Creative director, animation and live action content

Shamik Majumdar is Creative Director, Animation & Live Action Content, Disney Channels EMEA. His role includes the development of original animated series & creative supervision for shows in production. These include 101 Dalmatian Street, Chip’n’Dale, Counterfeit Cat, Randy Cunningham:9th Grade Ninja, BAFTA awarded #DisneyXDFC Shorts. Prior to Disney, Shamik worked across brand and content for Turner Asia Pacific (Cartoon Network, Pogo, Sesame Street) and Channel [v] (Star India). His work has been awarded for direction, design, writing,  diting and animation. These include a Best of Show at BDA New York, First International Audi Design Award (Dieter Rams, Kenji Ekuan Jury) for an interdisciplinary project.

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