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Judith Affolter worked for a number of film festivals in Switzerland during her studies in Film and Cultural Anthropology at the Zurich University, as well as for non-profit film clubs and film events. Thereafter, she taught Visual Anthropology at the Ethnographic Museum of the University of Zurich and also worked for Regard Bleu, a Festival for Student Film and Media. She has started working for Fantoche since spring 2014.
Erik van Drunen
After a short but dynamic experience in psychiatric nursing and art therapy, Erik van Drunen took a second chance and studied animation and photography. Since then the path has led him through a wide range of activities in the field, working as curator, organizer of workshops, master classes and educational programs. He teaches animation history and serves on selection committees, juries and advisory boards.
Born in 1986 in Baden, Pascal Etzensperger obtained his degree in Cultural Studies from the University of Luzern. He is also involved in numerous cultural projects, for example, the music and art open-air “Festival des Arcs” or “PETZI,” a non-profit music club, among others. He curated the “Welcome to the crisis” film series for the [project21] student organisation. He has been a member of the Fantoche team since February 2014. Starting 2016/17 he’s co-leader of the cultural venue Royal in Baden.
Mela Kocher has her Ph. D. in German Philology and works as a research associate in the Game Design Department at the Zurich University of the Arts. Her dissertation on Digital Game Aesthetics and Narrativity was published in 2007. She has a real penchant for urban and alternate reality games.
Michal Procházka (1975) is a Czech animation producer, festival programmer and organizer, living currently in Seoul, Korea. He founded the Visegrád Animation Forum (VAF) and has curated and promoted especially Czech animation programs at festivals throughout Europe – while also producing and developing various short and feature film animation. He is living in Seoul where he teaches animation and project development at local universities.
With a degree in Game Design, he works as an animator and technical artist at a Swiss game development studio. His fields of interest range from traditional hand-drawn animation to mathematics.
Anja Sosic studied in Germany, Croatia and Italy and holds a degree in Cultural Studies with focus on Film and Media. She has worked as a production assistant on several feature films, TV documentaries and commercials in Germany and Switzerland. In 2010, she joined New Europe Film and is a programmer at Cottbus Festival of Eastern European Film since 2011. Anja Sosic has run successful international promotion campaigns for Human Ark’s and other Polish films, and joined the company as a producer in 2012.
After having studied Film, Linguistics and Art History, Christian Ströle worked for five years at the Federal Office of Culture as the head of Film Culture, Education and New Media. Ströhle is the cofounder of SuperMarket Film&Transmedia Entertainment, responsible for the development, production and marketing of film and transmedia projects. In 2012 he initiated a national series of transmedia events at film festivals to kick-start the transmedia movement in Switzerland. Also this year at Fantoche, for which he curated Industry Talk together with Immanuel Wagner and Manu Weiss.
Piotr Szczepanowicz is a director, scriptwriter and producer of animated films. He graduated from the Polish National Film School in Łódź; between 2010-2015 he collaborated with the animation and postproduction studio NoLabel, where he produced “Ziegenort” (2013) by Tomasz Popakul that was screened and awarded at numerous festivals abroad. Szczepanowic is one of the founders of Polish Animation Producers Association and an appointed expert of the Polish Film Institute.
Student in Film and Theater Studies, so far at Freie Universität Berlin and soon at the University of Zurich, he passionately writes film critiques. He has been an editor for the web-magazine students.ch as well as for berliner-filmfestivals.de and currently writes for Indiekino, the relatively young print magazine of the independent cinemas of Berlin. 2014 he worked as assisting editor at Fantoche and took on the programme internship at the festival 2015.
After studying animation at HSLU (Lucerne) Immanuel Wagner worked as a freelancer. With his diploma film “BAKA!!” he visited many festivals and won several prices. His work in animation involves artistic as well as commercial projects and has been growing steadily giving him the opportunity to hold a presentation in China. He is currently employed as Junior Producer at Markenfilm Schweiz.
After a degree in design Manu Weisss graduated 2011 in animation from HSLU (Lucerne). She has since freelanced in the audiovisual branch. Besides her work in animation she also curated short film programmes for cinemas and festivals. In collaboration with two french filmmakers she founded “L’animation tue”, an online archive for contemporary short film productions and organises branch meet ups.