EBELE OKOYE  (Jury Chair)

Ebele Okoye holds a HND in Graphic Design/Illustration from the IMT Enugu, Nigeria. In the year 2000, she migrated to Germany for a PG at the University of Cologne. After this, a design-study stint at the Fachhochschule Duesseldorf and a traineeship at the West German Broadcasting Corporation, WDR, she furthered in Animation at the International Film School (ifs) Cologne Upon graduation in 2004, she worked as a studio animator before going independent with own films and international Co-productions, one of which is “Anna Blume”, winner of the 2007 Robert Bosch Foundation Promotional Prize for Animation as well as the Ritter Prize at the 2010 Zebra Poetry Film Festival Berlin amongst others. Fascinated by the abstract connection between spoken words and moving images, uncommon thoughts on common things, most of her animation works are based on poetry. Her visual translations of Poetry into animation involves the works of other German authors like Simone Kanter, Ulrike Almut Sandig and Björn Kuhligk. A two time winner of the Africa Movie Academy Awards in Animation, her 2 minutes short „The Man Who Fell Up“ has been chosen to represent Nigeria at 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth games. Ebele Okoye is the founder and coordinator of Shrinkfish Media Lab (smedLAB), a creative training initiative for young artistic talents in the West African region. She resides in Berlin since 2008 and is also active as a Media designer, Branding expert, and painter. Some of her works can be seen at her website. http://ebeleokoye.com

Sara Khalili

Sara Khalili was born in Tehran, Iran, in 1978. After finishing her Bachelors of Arts in Graphic Design from University of Tehran and her Masters of Arts in Animation from Tehran University of Art, she started working as an instructor for animation at Tehran University of Art in 2006. She later became a member of the Faculty of Cinema and Theatre in 2013.
She entered the world and field of animation because of the distinct characteristics of this medium and the possibilities it offers to conceptualize and explore the impossible of worlds as well as beauty of narrating absurd tales. In her MA thesis, “A Kinetic study of one shot,” she questions the possibility of narrating animated stories in a one plan-sequence.
In the past few years, she has been exploring many areas such as Aristotelian studies, fundamentals of
drama, script writing, experimental animation, improvisational studies, etc. Improvised forms of narrative, such as poetry and automatic writing have been very interesting to her. She has published her research in a few articles and has presented them in the Society for Animation Studies’ International Conferences, Canterbury (2015) and Singapore (2016).

She has directed seven short animations, of which some of them have been accepted in national and international festivals. She has written a few animation scripts for TV series and short animations, and has also participated as an instructor in several animation workshops for children and youth in Iran and one in Croatia (20th international animated film workshop, Cakovec, SAF, 2013).

Ng’endo Mukii

Ng'endo Mukii is an award-winning film director, most well-known for her film, ‘Yellow Fever.’ This documentary - animation explores the influences of western culture on African women's ideals of beauty. Her work focuses on relationships, the separation between perception and reality, and the use of moving image to represent unspoken truths. She takes us on a journey with various forms of expression in order to illustrate, as she puts it, the ‘schizophrenic self-visualization that I and many others have grown up with.’ At the prestigious Design Indaba conference (2015), she presented her talk, ‘Film Taxidermy and Re-Animation,’ proposing the use of animation as a means of re-humanizing the ‘indigenous’ image.

Her other film, ‘This Migrant Business’, shows the systems that exist which enable and exploit African migrants seeking better lives in the Middle East and Europe. These systems create a cyclic force that ensures that demand and supply will continue to feed into each other, indefinitely.

Ng’endo is a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design (‘06), and holds a Master of Arts in Animation from the Royal College of Art (‘12). She is a Berlinale Talents Alumni (’14, ’15), a Design Indaba 2015 keynote speaker, and has participated in the Grafikens Hus Artist’s residency (in partnership with Iaspis) in 2015.

Her films have won numerous awards, including Silver Hugo for Best Animated Short at the Chicago International Film Festival, and Best Short Film at the Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Awards.

She works in Nairobi as an independent filmmaker.

Heeseon Kim

Heeseon Kim (Sun) is an animator well famous for her film, ‘The River’, which has been screened and awarded at many film festivals, Chitrakatha International Student Film Festival, 2015 being one of them. The core idea of this film is to depict two characters who have become the victims of circumstance, and how they engage in a tragic affair. The motivation to tell this story came from interviews which revealed the history of violence in a small town around the border of a DMZ – Demilitarised Zone – between South/North Korea’s situation which began in the 1950s but still remains an ongoing issue. The individuals are manipulated by the political powers, putting them through conditions that lead to the birth of extreme behavior, as shown in their response and reaction to the situation at the border.

She has completed her Bachelors of Arts in Illustration and Animation from Kingston University, 2013, and has gone on to complete her Masters of Arts in Animation from Royal College of Art, 2015. She, also being a captivating story teller, is exploring extending narratives in various perspectives in media, through forms such as screen media and image language, to delve into how narrative forms are engaged to both societal circumstance and individual experience in an interactive plot.

Kim has also worked on animations for exhibitions such as Butterfly Lover: United Through Dimension, Royal College of Music, London, 2015; Work in Progress show, Royal College of Art, London, 2014 and BUILD SHOW, White Rabbit Gallery, London, 2013.

Tanishka Kachru

Tanishka Kachru is an Associate Senior Faculty in Communication Design at National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad. She has completed her Masters in Arts in History of Design and the Decorative Arts from Parsons School of Design, New York, 2001 and a Bachelor’s degree in Architecture from the University of Bombay, 1997.

Her research interests lie in the areas of exhibition and museum design histories from postcolonial perspectives and discourses of heritage in smart cities. Her recent publications include an article entitled "The Staging of Indian National Identity through Exhibitions: 1850 to 1947" for the The Routledge Companion to Design Studies (2016) edited by Penny Sparke and Fiona Fisher. It looks at the use of exhibitions in the process of constructing an Indian national identity under the imperial rule.

Tanishka has been working with museums in various roles over the last 15 years. From 2002-2007, she was an assistant curator at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London where she worked on the setting up of the RIBA Architecture Gallery. In 2009, she worked on the preparation of nominations for Patola of Patan; Molela terracotta and Sankheda furniture crafts for inscription on UNESCO’s Intangible Cultural Heritage list. She has also worked on the conceptual design of the Vivek Darshan Museum, Khetri (2012-2014), a biographical narrative on Swami Vivekananda, an Indian Hindu monk. Most recently she has worked on the design of the Kasturbhai Lalbhai museum, Ahmedabad; co-curated the "Nakashima at NID" exhibition, Oct-Nov 2016, Ahmedabad and edited the accompanying exhibition catalogue.