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Eliška Děcká (*1982) is an animation historian, theorist and curator. She teaches as an Assistant Professor at the Animation Department of FAMU in Prague, where she also defended her PhD thesis focusing on contemporary animated authorship, gender issues and the social influences on animation and vice versa in 2017. She publishes in film and cultural journals and collaborates as a curator with various animation festivals. In 2015, she co-founded a non-profit organisation “AniScreen”, focusing on promoting independent artistic animation through site-specific screenings of animated shorts.
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.
Pascal Etzensperger (*1986) 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.
Jana Jakoubek (*1979) was born in Prague and studied Art History and German Philology in Zurich and Prague. She worked as an editor in print, television and radio, performed in theatre, and also worked for the Media Department at the Zurich Schauspielhaus. She accompanied a theatre ensemble as the props manager for one year. Upon completion of her studies, she worked in contemporary art galleries in Zurich. She obtained her PhD in Czech Contemporary Art – Identity and Gender. Since 2012, she has been the artistic director of the Fumetto Comic Festival in Lucerne. As the curator of international exhibition projects, she presents comics as an independent, transdisciplinary art form.
Miriam Loertscher (*1979) studied Media-, Social- and Neuropsychology at the University of Bern, and Film at the University of Zurich. She was the head of communication for Fantoche from 2012 to the beginning of 2018. At present, she is working on two research projects examining film perception and virtual reality at the Institute for the Performing Arts and Film at the Zurich University of the Arts and is a doctoral candidate at the Institute for Psychology at the University of Bern.
Uldis Mākulis (*1973) is an expert on Latvian animation and has curated and organised various festivals, workshops and film presentations (Fantoche, Festival of Animated Film Stuttgart, German Film Museum Frankfurt, etc.). He studied History of Art and Conservation. He launched and curated the programmes for the International Days of Animation in Riga (Latvia), and organised two exhibitions in Riga on animated film. As a member of the advisory board for the National Film Centre of Latvia, he has worked to support and foster the development of animated film production in Latvia.
Dominique Marconi (*1989) studied History and Social Anthropology at the University of Basel and obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree in 2017. During her studies, she worked at the Kult Kino Basel and curated the exhibition “Africa in Comics/African Comics” with other students. From May to September 2017, she completed an internship in film handling at Fantoche. Since December 2017, she has been the programme manager at Fantoche.
Valentina Romero (*1992) studied Film and Art History at the University of Zurich, wrote her master’s thesis on the subjectifying effect of colour design in film. Since obtaining her degree, she has worked for Fantoche as a trainee in programming and is currently involved in the “ERC Advanced Grant: FilmColors” research project at the Department of Film Studies. On the side, she is involved in the “Schweizer Jugendfilmtagen” and the annual CINEMA.
In 2012, Annette Schindler (*1962) was appointed as the artistic director of Fantoche, in 2013 she became the festival director. She developed the festival in accordance with the increasing proximity between animation, gaming and media art, presented some high profiled programms and expanded it’s network with partners. Annette Schindler directed Kunsthaus Glarus 1992-1997, the Swiss Institute New York 1997-2000 and the media arts institution plug.in in Basel 2000-2010. In 2010, the Federal Office of Culture honoured Annette Schindler with the Swiss Art Award Prix Meret Oppenheim. In 2014 she was appointed a member of the Jury “Animation off Limits” at the Annecy festival.
Rafael Sommerhalder (*1974) obtained his degree in Film Directing at ECAL in Lausanne and in Animation at the Royal College of Art in London. He is the co-founder of Crictor production company in Zurich and produces commissioned work in animation and documentary film. His independent works – animated short films such as “Herr Würfel”, “Flowerpots” or “Au revoir Balthazar” – were screened at numerous festivals. He lives and works in Zurich.
Saskia von Virág
Saskia von Virág (*1974) has produced animation films for Virage Film since 2009, including Anete Melece’s award-winning short film “The Kiosk”, among others. Prior to working as an animation film producer, Saskia von Virág was active in the music business, focusing on contemporary jazz for many years as well as working with ballet director Heinz Spoerli at the Zurich Opera House. In 2006, she obtained her Master of Advanced Studies in Culture Management at the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts.
After studying animation at HSLU (Lucerne) Immanuel Wagner (*1984) 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 (*1984) 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.
Judith Affolter, Baiba Bondare, Monica Cantieni, Andriu Deflorin, Kathrin Doppler, Shirin Hirsiger, Lisa Leudolph, Miriam Loertscher, Dominique Marconi, Katja Morand, Xenia Nguyen, Sabine Otto, Valentina Romero, Joëlle Simmen, Mirdita Useini