Armelle Glorennec : Film and animated series producer and managing director of the Blue Spirit group. After starting out in production with JPL Films in Brittany, with stop-motion films (short films and mini-series, in 2005 Armelle Glorennec joined Blue Spirit – a production company and service provider specialising in 3D animation/CGI. She produces animated series for television and feature films, including The Painting by JF Laguionie and My Life as a Courgette by Claude Barras (2 CESAR awards, and finalist at the OSCARs and the GOLDEN GLOBES) – a film that brought her back to the stop-motion technique (in 2014-2015). My Life as a Courgette is the first stop-motion feature film produced and made in France in a specially set-up studio in Lyon. At the same time, Armelle Glorennec is the managing director of the Blue Spirit group (6 companies – 250 employees). Finally, she was a lecturer between 2001 and 2005, at the University of Rennes 2 Haute Bretagne and Esra Bretagne.
Denis Walgenwitz : In addition to his role as a director, he set up and ran the animated film production residential course at the APCVL (now CICLIC “Books, Images and Digital Culture in the Centre Region”) in Château-Renault, from 2000 to 2005. At the same time, he was president of the AFCA (french association of animation movie) from 2005 to 2017. In 2000, he began working as an assistant director on animated series, advertising films and several video clips. In 2005, he occupied the same role on Persépolis by Vincent Paronnaud and Marjane Satrapi, for the pilot of Un monde truqué , designed by Jacques Tardi and directed by Christian Desmares, and on The Red Turtle. He has worked as production assistant on the sets of Despicable Me by Chris Renaud and Pierre Coffin, on My Life as a Courgette by Claude Barras, and as animation supervisor on The Congress by Ari Folman... In 2017, he co-directed the stop-motion short film La Mort, Père et Fils with Vincent Paronneau.
Gilles Coirier : as Lead Animator, has supervised novice animators on series (“Les Kiwis” Double Mètre/Xbo Films, etc.) and helped them join films as seasoned professionals. He was in charge of the animated film workshops in Performance Arts and Visual Arts at the University of Rennes 2 from 2010 to 2014. He has also run numerous workshops for school audiences and adults.
Xavier Kawa-Topor was director of educational activities at the Forum des Images (1999-2005) where he created the Carrefour de l’animation, a national forum for animation schools, and the biennial Nouvelles images du Japon, a pioneering event in the recognition of the grand masters of Japanese animation, such as Isao TAKAHATA and Hayao MIYAZAKI. He contributed to the rediscovery of the pioneers Ladislas STAREWITCH (production of the feature film Les Contes de l’Horloge magique 2003) and Emile COHL (national celebration of the centenarian Emile Cohl 2008). As the Director of Fontevraud Abbey (2005-2014), he created an international residential course in writing for animation, which to date has welcomed almost 200 directors from 30 different countries. Since 2015, he has been managing director of NEF Animation, a professional research and development platform for the animated films sector. As a member of the Animation Committee for the Césars and vice-president of the Commission d’aide sélective à la distribution (CNC), he is also a trainer and author of the books Cinéma d’animation – au-delà du réel and Le Cinéma d’Animation en 100 films , co-edited with Philippe Moins (éd. Capricci, 2016).
Emma de Swaef, film director and cours sponsor: Emma De Swaef is a specialist in stop-motion animation and puppet making. She is a graduate from Sint-Lukas Brussels, but she started making puppets in primary school. With a deep interest for documentaries and fiction in general, she turned to animation during her third year when she created a woollen puppet for a film project. In 2012, she and Marc James Roels codirected Oh Willy..., a stop-motion animation short film that won 80 international awards including the Cartoon d'Or for best European Animated short, and was nominated for a César Award. In 2018, the two codirected Ce magnifique gâteau !, a film selected at the Directors' Fortnight in Cannes and at the Annecy International Animated Film Festival where it won the André-Martin Award.