REGINA PESSOA (website)
Since 1992, he has worked at the Filmógrafo studio with Abi Feijó (award-winning director, president of ASIFA International and president of the Casa da Animação in Porto), for which he oversaw the animation of Os Salteadores (The outlaws, 1993), Fado Lusitano (1995) and Clandestino (2000). Again with Abi Feijò she is co-author of Ciclo Vicioso (Vicious Circle, 1996) and Estrelas de Natal (Christmas Stars, 1998). His first film, A Noite (The Night, 1999), won numerous awards across Europe. Created with the technique of engraving and painting on gypsum slabs – which requires very long production times, even for just a few minutes of film – it is a poetic and meticulous work at the same time, which tells the fears, the shadows and the silences nightlife of a little girl. Six years later, História Tragica ends with Final Feliz (tragic story with happy ending, 2005) which wins, among others, the prestigious Annecy Cristal for best short film at the 2006 Annecy Awards. Characterized by a hard design, defined by dense black lines , the film takes us back to the sweet story of a little girl whose heart beats too fast. He is a “different” boy, grappling with his demons, the protagonist of the award-winning short film, Kali, or Pequeno Vampiro (Kalì, the little vampire) has received several prestigious awards including the Hiroshima prize in 2012 at the International Animation Festival of Hiroshima. In 2019 he presents the work Uncle Thomas to Imaginaria, to which he will be awarded the prize for best animation short.
ROBERTO CATANI (website)
Graduated in Animated Design in 1986 at the State School of Art “Scuola del libro” in Urbino, from 1988/89 and from 2016/17 laboratory teacher of “Art of Animated Design” at the same Institute, from 2017/18 laboratory teacher at the multimedia section of the “Mengaroni” Art School in Pesaro. Several times selected for the illustrators’ exhibition at the Bologna Children’s Book Fair, he collaborates with the magazine Lo Straniero directed by Goffredo Fofi and the magazine Gli Asini creates illustrations for FATATRAC ed. and ZOOLibri. In 2001 he created the illustration for the poster for the Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival and in 2001 and 2002 for the Siena International Short Film Festival. In 2003 he created the poster for the Cartoons on the bay animation film festival in Positano. In 2017 he created the illustrations for the poster for the “Presente italiano” film festival in Pistoia. In 1998 he was invited to the Pesaro Film Festival at the world exhibition for 100 years of animation cinema and at the meetings on “Art and Animation” organized by Asifa Italia at the Museum of Modern Art in Turin. He exhibited his drawings and films at the exhibitions on Italian animation cinema in Trento and Rome (Palazzo Trevi). In 2001 he was invited to participate in the International Meetings on Animation cinema in Saint-Quay Portreux in France. He participated with the same at the 7th International Film Festival on Contemporary Art “ARTECINEMA” in Naples and the Open roads: new Italian cinema at the Lincoln Center in New York. In 2005 he participates with his films in events dedicated to Italian cinema in London, Annecy, Berlin and Lille. In June 2006 he created the animations for “ombre dal lupercale” (piazza tevere, Rome), a collective projection of animated sequences in which they participate among others; Kiki Smith, Maureen Selwood, Kristin Jones. In 2007 he exhibited his films and drawings in Annecy, Treviso (restless courts), Bustoarsizio (Italian cartoons). He has exhibited his drawings and films in Trento, Rome, Annecy, London, Berlin, Lille, Treviso and at the Biennial of Drawing in Rimini. In 2014 he obtained the Honoris Causa Diploma at CSC Piemonte, the National Film School. Special Mention to Imaginaria 2019 with his latest work “Per tutta la vita”.
Eric Rittatore, better known as Gatto Zeneise, since 2002 writes about Animation on the journalistic blog www.afnews.info founded by Gianfranco Goria. Since 2016 he regularly collaborates with the international symposium on computer graphics and digital technologies “VIEW Conference” in Turin, for which he also organizes and organizes a conference at the OGR dedicated to the Japanese director Isao Takahata. From 2017 he became a member of the cultural association “Cartùn” created in Genoa by the critic and historian of Animation Giannalberto Bendazzi, representing it on various occasions, such as at the Festival “Il Cinema trovato” in Bologna and “Corti da Sogno” in Ravenna, and at the Vicenza Short Biennial. He was an official reporter accredited to the Society for Animation Studies-SAS conference in Vicenza (2017) and Lisbon (2019), and a member of the jury chaired by the French director and animator Michel Ocelot at the second edition of the special prize Women Si Fa Storia, proclaimed at Vicenza Edera festival is awarded during the Venice Film Festival (2019).