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Animation Group

Sayoko Kinoshita
Animation Director/Producer. She joined Studio Lotus in 1969. Since then, she has been working internationally in various fields such as filmmaking, educating, promoting, etc., basically for animation, but also for moving image in general, including documentary and live action.
In 1985, together with Renzo Kinoshita, she founded the first international biennial competitive animation festival in Asia, in Hiroshima, endorsed by ASIFA (Association Internationale du Film d’Animation). In 2012, Sayoko received a lifetime achievement award from Japan Media Arts Festival. In 2019, received the PRO CULTURA HUNGARICA from Hungary. A member of Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences since 2020. President of ASIFA from 2006 to 2009, and now again the President since 2018.

David How
David’s animation story began in England in 1968 where he worked on the Beatles ‘Yellow Submarine’. Returning to Canada, he studied animation at Sheridan College, graduating in 1971.
Star Trek and Sesame Street were just a few of the many productions he worked on over the next 25 years. Most of those years were in the studio he owned and operated in Toronto where traditional and computer animation and live action gave him an array of tools to tell an effective story.
In 1996 David returned to Sheridan to teach full-time in the Animation and Media programs. David’s passion for teaching has taken him to China and USA as well as consulting with games and animation studios and schools from around the world. After 25 years of teaching at Sheridan, David retired giving him time to work on a book about storytelling, painting, personal projects and some teaching abroad.

YE Ande
He once worked as the composition director of the art department and the director of the planning department of Hongguang Company. During the period, he participated in the production of many projects, including: "Garfield", "Modern King", "Aladdin", "The Little Mermaid", "Tarzan", "Winnie the Pooh", "Little Dinosaur’s Adventure", "Scooby Dog", etc., and served as the deputy director of "Young Gomeran" and the planning director of "Red Boy vs. Flaming Mountain". In addition to animation, he also creates picture books. His works are exported to many countries and have sold Chinese, French, English, Spanish, Hebrew (Israel), Korean, Thai, Slovakia and other copyrights. He is currently a full-time professional and technical associate professor in the Animation Department of National Taipei University of the Arts.

LIAO Xiangrong
Head of the animation major of the School of Visual Art and Design, Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts Associate professor, master tutor, director of the animation professional committee. Secretary-General of Guangdong University Animation and Digital Media Teaching Steering Committee, Director of Animation and Digital Media Art Professional Committee of China Film and Television Society of Higher Education, Director of Guangdong Animation Artists Association, a researcher of Beijing Film Academy China Animation Research Institute/Experimental Animation Image Research Center; Member of Animation Art Committee of Guangdong Artists Association; Standing Director of Guangdong Animation Artists Association; Multimedia professional expert of Guangzhou Vocational Skills Appraisal Expert Committee. Expert of school aesthetic education in Guangdong Province.

MA Shujian
Founder and CEO of Hangzhou Ayou Culture Technology Co., Ltd. He had won the second prize of National Science and Technology Progress Award (State Council, Popular Science Animation Project), filling the award-winning blank of Chinese animation companies. He had produced more than 1,000 episodes of "A U-Learning Science", and won more than 120 national and provincial and municipal government awards including the first prize of National Children''s Boutique (State Administration of Radio, Film and Television), National Excellent Popular Science Works (Ministry of Science and Technology), National Digital Publishing Boutique (National Press and Publication Administration), etc.

XU Zhijian
Senior animation director, once served as an animator and original artist at Shanghai Animation Film Studio, chief designer of Hong Kong TVB Jade Animation Design Company, Hong Kong Cailing Animation Company as production director and chief director of listed companies, Shenzhen Shiwei Animation Development Co., Ltd. Chief planner, chief director, consultant and art director of Wuhan Jiangtong Media Company. Participated in the production of well-known animation films such as "Golden Monkey Falling Down the Demon", "Snow Child" and "Clip Save the Deer" during the Shanghai Animation Film Studio. He has also successively cooperated with well-known animation companies from all over the world, and has produced hundreds of 2D and 3D animation films and TV series.

Associate Dean, Associate Professor, Supervisor of Master Degree Candidates, Member of Jiu San Society, Henan University''s Department of Animation A visiting scholar at the Animation School of Beijing Film Academy. Member of China Television Artists Association, Member of China Film and Television Association of Higher Education, Director of Animation and Digital Media Art Committee of China Film and Television Association of Higher Education, Secretary General of Executive Committee of China (Kaifeng) International Animation Festival, Member of Henan Artists Association, Deputy Secretary General of Cultural and Creative Branch of Zhengzhou Tourism Association.

Jianhua YANG
New media artist, Ph.D., Dean and Professor of School of Communication, Qingdao University of Science and Technology, Director and Professor of International Institute of Image Art of Qingdao University of Science and Technology; Distinguished Ph.D. Supervisor for Doctor of Art, Sejong University in Korea, Distinguished Ph.D. Candidate for Doctor of Informatics, Dominica University Mentor, the Chinese leader of the "China-Korea Master of Arts MFA Project" (Film and Animation) joint project of the Ministry of Education, the Chinese leader of the "Sino-British Undergraduate Education Program of Animation Major" of the Ministry of Education, and a joint Ph.D. in Informatics from Dominica University, Chicago The Chinese person in charge of the project; the curator of the "Beautiful World" international student public welfare media art exhibition. He has served as the final judge of the Seoul Animation Festival in South Korea and the Bucheon International Student Animation Festival. His works of art have been organized in solo and joint exhibitions in the United States, Japan, Korea, Italy and other countries.

Huaqiang WANG
Deputy General Manager and Deputy Director of Shanghai Animation Film Studio. In 1998, he started to work on animation and cooperated with the animation department of CCTV in the animation column "Foreign Fax" to introduce the best of European and American animation films. Served as a consultant for the Chinese market at the Annecy Animation Film Festival in France, and promoted the Annecy Animation Festival to Chinese animators. He has lived and worked in China and France for a long time, engaged in the creation and production of animation film and television. Diligently pursue the artistry and innovation of animation, and become a well-known senior animation manager in the industry. Participated in the production of dozens of animated TV series, animated short films and animated feature films. There are various painting styles, including more than 100 episodes of the TV series "Jacari" (126 episodes) and "Graveyard Story" (52 episodes). There are also artistic films rich in creative significance, such as the animated film "U", "Fear of the Dark" (pure black and white with pen and ink), "ZARAFA" and so on. He also participated in the "Black Cat Sheriff" movie, "Big Ear Tutu" and other animation works. The short art film "Miss Gigi and Montparnasse" won the Best Animated Short Film Award at the French Caesars Film Festival 2014.

Aiqun PENG
She created the Golden Eagle Cartoon channel, and have unique experience in the development of the animation industry. Served as the planner and producer of many TV animations and animated films. Innovate and incubate animation IP, and have significant industry influence in the expansion of licensing business, new media, theme parks and cultural tourism around animation brands. The " Maiji TV " she is responsible for had won the "Top Ten Animation Images with the Biggest Market Potential", was included in the National Animation Brand Construction and Protection Plan of the Ministry of Culture, and was shortlisted for the "Best Animation Image" of the second government award of the Ministry of Culture. She promoted the integration of animation IP "Maiji" with cultural tourism, and combines TV content with IP to form a unique parent-child experience offline product, which maximizes the value of animation IP cross-border cooperation. No. 23 Niu Nai Tang" was included in the outstanding key support project of the General Administration of China, and won the top ten new animation IP of the 2020 Jade Monkey Award.

Deanna Morse
Deanna Morse is an independent film/video animation artist. International permanent collections include the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and animations for Sesame Street. In recent years, her work has been featured in one-person shows in Croatia, Hungary, Indonesia, Greece, Ukraine, China, Japan, France, Portugal, and the USA. She has selected as an artist in residence at several national parks and international artist colonies.
Morse is an emeritus professor of Film and Video Production at Grand Valley State University, Allendale, Michigan. She is currently serving as Vice President on the board of ASIFA, the largest and oldest international animation organization, and was recently invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
Created frame by frame, her current series manipulates time, considering what is between the frame, exploring distinctive elements to the process of animation. As a contemporary, and pioneering film and video artist, she is cited in books about new media, storytelling, and experimental animation.

Angela Stukator
Dr. Angela Stukator is the Dean of the Haliburton School of Art + Design. Prior to this position, Angela was the Associate Dean of Sheridan College’s prestigious Animation programs.
She has over 15 years of experience in animation education, supporting a generation of young artist as they work towards becoming the leaders of the animation industry in Canada and globally. Angela has traveled extensively, visiting the major schools and studios including those in California, Vancouver, Singapore, and China.

Trent Ellis
Trent Ellis served as a dedicated member of the Queensland Animators Group in the role of treasurer from 2000 to 2007. For the 4th Brisbane International Animation Festival in 2002, he curated an Oscar showcase session featuring nominees and winners for Best Animated Short Film from the 73rd and 74th Academy Awards. In 2004 he was the festival director of the 5th Brisbane International Animation Festival and brought to Brisbane a prestigious list of international award-winning animators: 1973 Academy Award winners Frank and Caroline Mouris and 1988 Academy Award nominee Bill Plympton, of New York; former Disney director of digital production Isaac Kerlow, of Los Angeles, and Shrek’s Pacific Data Images (PDI)/ DreamWorks visual effects supervisor Ken Bielenberg as well as Melbourne’s own Oscar winner, Adam Elliot. Trent continued in the role as festival director for a further two editions of the Brisbane International Animation Festival in 2007 and 2008.
In 2005, Trent Ellis introduced to Brisbane (for the first time in Australia) the annual worldwide celebration for animation – International Animation Day - launched by ASIFA in 2002 to commemorate the first public performance of Emile Reynaud’s Theatre Optique at the Grevin Museum in Paris, 28 October in 1892. He has remained the Australian coordinator of International Animation Day to this present day.
In 2010, Trent Ellis founded Animation Alliance Australia Inc. to increase screening opportunities for Australian animation practitioners and as a strategy to form ASIFA Australia. In the following year (2011), he became a member of ASIFA (Association Internationale du Film d''Animation) and founded ASIFA Australia. Trent Ellis is the first president of Animation Alliance Australia Inc.| ASIFA Australia.
In 2014, Trent debuted the first Queensland season of the Australian International Animation Festival (AIAF) in its 11th year with AIAF Co-Director and MIAF Executive Director, Malcolm Turner. Trent has continued in the role as festival director to this present day.

Thomas Renoldner
Born in Linz in 1960, artist, filmmaker, musician. First Super-8-films in the age of 16, later studied animation at the Academy of Applied Arts in Vienna (1989-1994) and is now the Leader of the Animation Lab at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna.
Numerous animated / experimental / documentary short films, music videos and a few commercials, and producer of films of befriended artists.
Also theorist and curator of film programmes, co-curator of Animation Avantgarde competition at Vienna Shorts Filmfestival and director of the 2 Days Animation Festival in Vienna.

Comic Group

Nicolas Grivel
Nicolas Grivel is a literary agent (Nicolas Grivel Agency). He began his publishing career in 2003 as a senior editor for Pika (publisher of manga – Hachette France). He now owns an agency specialized in the sale of rights (paper, digital and media) of bande dessinée, comics, graphic novels in creation and in translation around the world. He has sold in English graphic novels Ariol by Emmanuel Guibert and Marc Boutavant, Today Is the Last Day of the Rest of Your Life by Ulli Lust, Sam Zabel & The Magic Pen by Dylan Horrocks, The Realist by Asaf Hanuka, Jim Curious by Matthias Picard, Ghetto Brother by Julian Voloj and Claudia Ahlering, Climate Changed by Philippe Squarzoni, A Game for Swallows by Zeina Abirached, An Iranian Metamorphosis by Mana Neyestani, First Man by Simon Schwartz, Peplum by Blutch, Incidents in the night by David B., etc.
The goal of Nicolas Grivel Agency is to represent and to push demanding works which make the readers think. Nicolas is casting a wide net for all kinds of graphic stories. He is also scouting comics and artists for studios (as Laika during three years) as well and teaching in two French universities and doing lectures in various universities or events such as Beijing Film Academy, Hanghzou Festival, Ligatura (Poznan), Budapest Book Fair, Warsaw Book Fair, etc.

Quan Ji
A well-known Malaysian cartoonist, he works as the vice president of the Malaysian Manga Association since 2017. First published in 2010, "Fuchong Manga", a collection of web comics, published "Old School Cool Things-Old School Days" in 2011, published "Those Years, We Are All Middle School Students" manga in 2013, published by RAWANGBOY Publishing House in 2015 Published "Ki Xiao Middle School-My 38 Classmates" comics, and drawn the comics "Brother So Handsome" for Kadokawa Square Group from 2017 to 2020 in the Chinese and Malay manga series. In 2018, he represented Malaysia at the Hualien Manga Village in Taiwan, and in 2019, he served as the head of the Malaysian delegation to attend the Taiwan Animation Festival.

FU Jiao
Editor-in-chief of "Shang Man", People''''s Posts and Telecommunications Publishing House. In 2010, she built the iShangman China original animation all-media publishing platform, and was fully responsible for the content of the platform, and founded the "Shangman" magazine. She has successively planned and published hundreds of comics works and comic books, and has extensive experience in animation planning and copyright operation of animation works. Through in-depth planning, a number of excellent original comics have been developed, such as "Shi Ling Yan Wu", "Gu Yue Feng Hua Lu", "Wood God Order", "Mountains and Seas", "Pen Mo Dan Qing", "Tianyi Painted Shadow" Etc., to promote in-depth copyright development of works and enter the stages of animation, film and television, and gamification.

PP Dianxia

A well-known cartoonist in China; pioneer ink artist; guest lecturer at Beijing Film Academy. In 2006, she accompanied the Chinese and Japanese cartoon youth representative to promote the delegation to Japan, and directed the first domestic animated New Year film "Full of Smiles" and was nominated for the Excellent Animation Award of the Chinese Government Huabiao Award. In 2013, she won the Excellent Original Comic Award from the Ministry of Culture of China. At present, he has published picture book comics such as "Only a Baby Knows", "The Day of Breaking Up, I grew up overnight", "Goodbye, When I was a Child", "Next Stop, Shanghai", "P Calendar Solar Terms" and other comics.

HAN Shuping
Associate Dean and Associate Professor of School of Art and Design of Changjiang Vocational College; Project Review Expert of National Vocational College Skills Competition of Ministry of Education; Expert of World Skills Competition 3D Digital Game Art Project; Visiting Scholar of Beijing Film Academy; Deputy Secretary-General of Hubei Animation Vocational Education Group. The 3D digital game art project expert of the World Skills Competition, the person in charge of the excellent course "Computer Animation (2D)" in Hubei Province. Project leader of the national animation training base supported by the central government. Her original picture book "Snail Hates to Eat" won the special award of the 13th Beijing Film Academy Animation Festival Organizing Committee. 

Chengsen XIAO

He is currently the executive editor of the "Satire and Humor" newspaper of the People''s Daily, a member of the Chinese Artists Association, a researcher of the China Cultural and Creative Industry Development Research Institute, and a chief researcher of the Beijing Comics Research Institute. Since the creation of comics in 1988, nearly 5,000 comics have been published in more than 300 newspapers across the country. More than 20 works have participated in international competitions or exhibitions held in South Korea, Turkey, Germany, Italy, India, Iran, Portugal, the former Yugoslavia, Romania, Poland and other countries. His works have been selected for the 12th National Art Exhibition, the 2010 World News Comic Contest, and have won the Best Free Creative Award at the 7th China Jiaxing International Comics Exhibition, the Iranian TABRIZ and the Romanian Humo DAEVA International Comic Contest Excellence Award. He served as a judge of the 6th and 7th China Comics Exhibition.

Mingjian ZHU
He is currently the director of the Animation and Public Art Research Center of Wuhan University of Technology, the doctoral supervisor of the School of Art and Design, the second-level professor, the chief professor, the chairman of the academic committee, the leader of the cross-century subjects in Hubei Province, and the young and middle-aged expert with outstanding contributions. Deputy Director of the Animation and Digital Media Art Teaching Steering Committee of the Ministry of Education, President of Hubei Animation Association, Member of China Artists Association, Member of the 2nd Animation Art Committee of China Artists Association, Member of Hubei Oil Painting Art Committee, Mural Art Committee deputy director. Won the silver award, the highest national award, the provincial gold award, the "Five Ones" Project Award of Hubei Province, the nomination of the Huabiao Award, the first China Animation Award of the Ministry of Culture, the (Wuhan) Mayor Award, the Central Propaganda Department, the State Administration of Radio, Film and Television The first prize, second prize, third prize, etc. of "Hundred Animated Short Film Creation Support Plan". Served as a judge of the National Animation Competition and National Art Fund, and edited two sets of animation textbooks, two of which won the Excellent Animation Textbook Award reviewed by the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Culture. Instructed students to win the Gold Award for short animated films at the Williamsburg International Film Festival in the United States.

Monte Wolverton
Monte Wolverton is an American artist, author, illustrator and syndicated editorial cartoonist. He is former design director and managing editor for Plain Truth magazine, and holds a master’s degree in creativity studies and management.
He has participated in the 2014 St.-Just-le-Martel Editorial Cartoon Festival in St. Just, France, and is a member of France-Cartoons. He is also a member of the National Cartoonists Society and serves on the board of the Association of American Editorial Cartoonists.

Zhanming HUANG
A well-known Singaporean cartoonist who has created more than 200 comic collections, translated into 11 languages including Chinese, English, French and Spanish, and sold overseas. His works include authorized adaptations of Jin Yong''s "The Legend of Condor Heroes" and authorized adaptations of Ni Kuang''''''''''''''''s "Legend of Wesley" and the original "Heavenly Unlimited" comic series. In 1997, he won the "Manga Special Award" at the Asian Manga Summit in Seoul, South Korea. In 2016, he was awarded the "Outstanding Contribution to the Singapore Comics Industry-Outstanding Creativity Award." He is currently the President of TCZ Publishing, the Singaporean Comics Society and an international cartoonist Representative of Singapore at the General Assembly.

Professor and Dean of the School of Design at National Taiwan University of Arts, Ph.D. from the University of Washington, USA. He is especially good at 3D computer graphics, computer animation, virtual reality and multimedia design. Mr. Zhong now also serves as the chairman of the Taiwan Animation Creation Association.