JASPER KUIPERS graduated in 2008 at the animation department of the art academy St. Joost in Breda. From that moment on he has been working as a freelance director | animator on both commissioned and independent animation films. In his work he uses animation’s innate qualities to tell stories that cannot be told through any other form.
“The use of symbols and metaphors in animation and the possibility to strip reality of all noise, makes it exceptionally suitable for distilling clarity out of chaos. This art form bears close resemblance to regular film, but on the other hand is fundamentally different in the way it is constructed. The tension that it creates is something I am keen on exploiting in my work.”
SERIOUSFILM is the production company of Koert Davidse (director | producer) and Marc Thelosen (creative producer). Apart from documentaries for the theater and television seriousFilm also produces animation, experimental film and fiction. They work with both experienced directors and with young talent which is why they closely follow the developments on various academies and schools. SeriousFilm often acts as either minority or majority coproducer in international productions.
WALKING THE DOG is an animation production company and independent animation studio created by the two producers Anton Roebben and Eric Goossens in 2000. After their successful career in the companies Little Big One and Trix, they decided to set up their own company in the centre of Brussels to concentrate more on international artistically animated projects.
MARYME-JIMMYPAUL works with the area between art and fashion. Taking inspiration from their own created stories and worlds, from people and a view on pop culture, they show fashion in a different way.
Constantly pushing the boundaries of shape, textures and colors, they raise eyebrows with their big, sculptural works that not only provide a surprising look, but also evoke a feeling.
With the help of different disciplines from the art and fashion world, MaryMe-JimmyPaul takes the viewer into a beautiful, eerie, humorous, bizarre, grandiose fantasy fashion world. The end result is an explosion in the face, like a Bugs Bunny cartoon.
JOS MEIJERS is both independent filmmaker and film teacher at several Dutch academies. He graduated with honours in 2007 at the AKV St.Joost in Breda.
His films repeatedly coerce the viewer into an attentive mode of viewing by use of very specifically chosen images and sound. His films do not easily let go of the viewer, not least because the intrinsic line is thought-provoking.
PEDRI ANIMATION is a Dutch studio specializing in Stop motion animation. Founders Peter Mansfelt and Paul Mathot, together with freelance specialists, work to create high quality productions and to educate new talent. For more than a decade Pedri Animation has been delivering high quality animation for commercials, children series, leaders, corporate productions and short films, broadcasted worldwide. For the Finity Calling, Pedri will make all of the complex and detailed animation puppets.
“ We enjoy making stop motion puppets. No, we love making stop motion puppets! It’s what we spend most of our time doing: designing, constructing and working on ways to improve puppets.
If you ask us: “can you make it?” Our answer will always be: yes absolutely, just tell us what you need.”
SE-MA-FOR is a Polish animation studio, founded in Łódź, in 1947. In the beginning, Se-ma-for was mostly known as the first and only puppet animation studio in Poland, after which it also developed a wider scope into fields including documentary and a feature film.
Since its establishment over 1400 films (including about 800 puppet films) have been made in Se-ma-for, which have received hundreds of awards and distinctions, with two OSCAR awards for the films “Tango” by Zbigniew Rybczyński and “Peter and the Wolf” by Suzy Templeton.
The NETHERLANDS INSTITUTE FOR ANIMATION FILM (NIAf) has the objective to promote the animated film in the broadest sense of the word. The NIAf seeks to achieve this goal by functioning as an education, knowledge and information centre for the animated film with a multitude of tasks.
As of 1 January 2013, due to uncertain political and financial situation, the Netherlands Institute for Animation film will no longer be manned. This marks the end of more than twenty years dedicated to developing talent for professionals in our artist-in-residence programme, educational projects, festival distribution, research and any other tasks.