HASSAN MUTHALIB (MALAYSIA)
is a self-taught artist, designer, animator, writer and director. He is recognised as 'The Father of Malaysian Animation', a pioneer in Southeast Asian animation and director of Malaysia’s first animation feature film.
He has won many local and international awards for animation and documentaries. For his contributions to academia and the industry, he received an Honorary Masters in Creative Technology. Last year, for his contributions to the industry and for having produced the country’s first animated feature film, Silat Lagenda (1995), he received Merdeka Award (an award recognising individuals and organisations whose works and achievements have contributed to the nation’s growth and inspired greatness in the people of Malaysia).
Hassan’s writings on film and animation have been published by the British Film Institute, Cornell and Indiana University Press, Southeast Asia Research Journal, and Cahiers du Cinema, among others. He has written books on Malaysian cinema and Malaysian animation.
Hassan has been on many international film festival juries, and curated animation programmes for festivals in Europe and has lectured at many local and international universities. He is currently a film critic and resource person for academia and the film industry.
OSAMU KOBAYASHI (JAPAN)
is a Japanese animator, illustrator, mechanic designer, and director with more than thirty (30) years career.
Started with 'Dragons Haven' (1988), 'Venus Wars' (1989) and 'Blue No. 6' (1998), he became a mechanic designer in almost all anime projects he have been involved.
His director career began at 2002, when he directed one episode ‘Table & Fishman’ of Studio 4°C’s Digital Juice (a series of 6 short animations). At the same year, he directed another short animated titled ‘End of the world’, for the studio’s DVD Grasshoppa! Vol.2 .
Then he joined GAD GUARD (2003) & Kaiketsu Zorori (Zorori (2004) to do works like designs, storyboard, directing ending pictures and aspects, & original ED animation.
Kobayashi went back to the director role. With the legendary studio
Madhouse, he directed, wrote, and even created storyboard, of a 26
episodes TV Series; ‘BECK: Mongolian Chop Squad’ (2004), continued with a
12 episodes of ‘Paradise Kiss’ (2005). The next series he directed is a
12 episodes of ‘Someday's Dreamers: Summer Skies’ (2008)
In 2014 he joined THE LAST -NARUTO THE MOVIE and did the film’s mechanic design & original image board.
Until now, Kobayashi continues to get invited to be a guest director for projects like Madhouse’s Kemonozume (2006), Gainax Studio’s Gurren Lagann (2007), NHK’s ‘Sancha Blues’ (2007), Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt (2010), The Mystic Archives of Dantalian (2011), Garo -Guren no Tsuki (2015), Lupin III: Part IV (2015), 3 episodes of Naruto Shippuden (2016), MAPPA Studio’s Dororo (2019), and the latest Ekoda-chan series (2019).
Earlier this year he have been granted a lifetime achievement ‘Merit Award’ by Tokyo Anime Award Festival. He lives and work in Tokyo.
JAMIE VICKERS (USA)
is an American animator, storyboard artist and director who began his career over two decades ago.
His works are
recognized in both the U.S. and Japanese animation industry. Beginning
his career in the late 1990’s in New York at MTV Animation and then
Nickelodeon before relocating to Tokyo to study Japanese and, eventually
joining the legendary Madhouse animation studio, working on titles
such as Monster (2005) Black Lagoon (2006), Kenonozume (2006) , Kaiba
(2008) and Tokyo Tribe 2 (2008) among others.
During his time in Tokyo he also worked at Studio 4’C under the Direction of Koji Morimoto on his Genius Party short ‘Dimension Time Bomb’. He continued to animate on a number of other Studio 4’C productions including Batman: Gotham Knight (2008) short ‘Have I Got A Story for You’ Directed by Shojiro Nishimi. Jamie later Animated the opening sequence for ‘MFKZ’ (2017), again directed by Shojiro Nishimi.
In 2010 Jamie returned to the U.S. after nearly a decade in Japan to Join super animation studio Titmouse Inc. There he was staff Storyboard artist on Disney’s ‘Motorcity’(2012). Following Mororcity he would continue at Titmouse Inc. Storyboarding the Pilot for ‘Randy Cunningham: 9th Grade Ninja’(2012), as well as working on other projects ‘Black Dynamite’(2012), ‘Turbo Fast’(2014), and staff board artist on ‘Randy Cunningham’ season two (2014-15).
In 2017 Jamie Joined the Nickelodeon team as staff Episode Director on ‘Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ (2017).Currently Jamie is working as a Story Artist and Animator for a Netflix Feature Animated Film.
Between job’s, Jamie’s focus on mental and physical recovery. Getting away and finding inspiration for his own artworks (simple sketches of life, and people) You can usually find him somewhere in Asia riding a bicycle, or sitting in a tree, drawing. Or doing yoga.
MARIIA SNISARENKO (UKRAINE)
Is a Ukrainian fine artist & photographer.
She was born in Kherson, Ukraine on 27 November 1992. She
finished Kherson State Academic Lyceum (faculty of Fine Art), then
Kherson State University (faculty of Pedagogy and Fine Arts), and The
Higher School of Art & Design in Lodz (faculty of visual
communication), where she got a diploma with distinction.
She works with illustration, painting, graphic design and photography.
Her works were ;
- exhibited for The "Ukraine Film Festival" in Kherson, Odessa, Kiev, Jaroslaw, and Warsaw.
- exhibited at The House of Literature in Lodz, by The Institute of Art in Opole as a part of the "Opolskie Lamy Film Festival"
Her 'ecologic packaging for wine' project was Nominated to the "Distinction of the Jury Chair" in The 11th 'ART of PACKAGING' competition in Poznan.
At her blossoms art and photography career, Mariia continues to contribute her artworks and collaborations to many film festivals, such as The O!PLA Animation Festival (Poland), Rising of Lusitania - AnimaDoc Film Festival (United Kingdom) , StopTrik Festival (Slovenia\Poland), and now to us; CRAFT International Animation Festival (Indonesia).
FIRMAN WIDYASMARA (INDONESIA)
Born in Jakarta, on November 18th, 1977, he started his career in art since 2002 as an illustrator for MTV Trax Magazine's (an Indonesian lifestyle magazine) until 2007. Graduated from International Relations Department, Socio-Political Sciences, Padjadjaran University Bandung, Firman also once a bank analyst before becoming an animator in 2005.
He built the foundation for Lanting Animation @lantinganimation (www.lantinganimation.com) as a collective animation/illustration animation production and stop motion animation education/workshops in 2007.
His short animated film 'Kapur Ade' have been selected in a few
film festival and won the Piala Juri Media of XXI Short Filmfest 2016
and Gold Award of Vidsee Juree Award Singapore 2016.
His other short film 'Pret' was selected for Int'l Competition at Filmfest Dresden Germany and was a nominee for Best Animation Short at Festival Film Indonesia 2014. Later on the film won several awards including a Silver Award of Digicon6 ASIA Award, Tokyo Broacasting System.
Firman is an active part-time animation lecturer in UMN (Universitas Multimedia Nusantara) since 2017. He lives and works in Jakarta, Indonesia.
Kōji Yamamura (JAPAN)
is a Japanese independent animator who, after leaving a career as a background artist at an animation studio, directs, writes, edits, animates, creates the model sheets and background art for and sometimes produces his own short films and has worked on many commissions such as music videos, television advertisements, title sequences and station idents, both on his own and under or with other directors.
He is also a regular illustrator of children's literature and textbooks. His animation spans a variety of media, his earliest independent works mixing clay painting and stop motion with cels, but has latterly come to concentrate on traditional animation.
Two of his most famous and acclaimed films are the Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film-nominated and Cristal d'Annecy–winning Mount Head and the Ottawa Grand Prize and Ōfuji Noburō Award–winning A Country Doctor.
His 2011 short film Muybridge's Strings was one of five animated shorts nominated for Genie Award.