- Animated Dreams
The Independent Creator and Global Collaboration - For Free
AnimaCampus Tallinn focuses on developing the competencies of independent creators in the field of animation in the Nordic and Baltic countries as well as South Caucasus and Central Asia. We have asked guests from each region to step on the stage here at AnimaCampus and discuss a future, where an industry is centered around independent creatives and their ability to collaborate with other talents across the world. Would that help to transcend the challenges of the national animation industries? How would an industry of independents be organized? What can we do to help the young talents on their independent road? What competencies need to be developed? What connections formed? The discussion is open and free of charge for anyone interested! Guests: Kristel Tõldsepp (Estonia), Vrej Kassouny (Armenia), Stig Bergqvist (Sweden) and Natalia Lukinykh (Russia). Moderated by Heikki Jokinen (Finland).
Vrej Kassouny is a 2D animation director, filmmaker, painter and caricaturist. He graduated from the M. Sarian Fine Art School in Aleppo, Syria in 1996 and received his Painter and Art Teacher Degree from P. Terlemezian Fine Art College in Yerevan in 2000. He moved to Armenia in 1999 and two years later started his own animation studio, KASSart production, specializing in animation, advertizing and film making in general. In 2008 he founded the ReAnimania International Animation Film Festival. Kassouny has contributed his drawings to many newspapers and magazines, both locally and abroad, and has organized yearly individual exhibitions. He has illustrated more than 10 children’s books.
Natalia Lukinykh is a film critic, animation expert and documentary filmmaker. She graduated from Moscow State University as a journalist and critic. She has worked for many Russian newspapers, magazines and TV programs. Lukinykh is the author and director of several documentary films about animation and culture (The People and Puppets; Soyuzmultifilm – The Tales and Realities etc). Currently she is working as a professor at VGIK (Russian State Film University), programmer of the International Animated Film Festival KROK and as a program director of the Open Russian Animation Festival in Suzdal. She has also been a welcomed jury member at the international film festivals such as Annecy, Berlin, Tampere, and Moscow as well as on the jury of Animated Dreams in Tallinn.
Stig Bergqvist is partner and co-founder of FilmTecknarna. He spent the first few years of his career focusing on short films and commercials. He went over to work in Los Angeles between 1996-2008 as a director. He made a couple of half-an-hour episodes for the animated series Duckman. He also worked on the series Stressed Eric as Creative Producer and Supervising Director for which he was awarded a British Animation Award for Best International Co-production. Bergqvist uses a variety of techniques focusing mainly on traditional cel animation. His work in the commercial field has allowed him to explore table-top, computer and live action animation. His most high profile project to date was directing of the $35 million film sequel Rugrats in Paris for Klasky Csupo, Nickelodeon and Paramount. Bergqvist is now back in Stockholm again working full time as a commercial director.
Kristel Tõldsepp is a producer of the animation studio A Film Estonia since 1996 and the owner of the same company since 2011. She has a MA degree in economics and has attended several workshops of TV and animation production around Europe. She has produced several short films and over 200 commercials. A Film Estonia was a sister company of A. Film in Denmark, the major animation production company in the Nordic countries. Through that cooperation Tõldsepp has been a production manager of 15 animated feature films and 8 TV series. She has worked for films like Olsen Gang Gets Polished, produced by A. Film (Denmark) and Niko and the Way to the Stars, produced by AnimaVitae (Finland), A. Film (Denmark), Ulysses (Germany) and Magma (Ireland).