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Kirsten Lepore

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Kirsten Lepore is an LA-based director and animator, and alumna of CalArts. She recently wrote and directed an Emmy-winning stop-motion episode for Cartoon Network’s hit show, Adventure Time. Her films have taken top prizes at SXSW, Slamdance, Stuttgart Animation festival, Florida Film Fest, Arizona Film Fest, Vimeo Awards, the Annie Awards and many others. She’s given talks everywhere from Pixar to Portugal and has also been featured in Juxtapoz, Shots Magazine, Animation Magazine, and named one of the 50 most creative people by Creativity Magazine.

With a client list including Google, MTV, Facebook, Nickelodeon, Yo Gabba Gabba, Whole Foods, Toyota, and more, her work has been featured on TV, the web, in museums, and at 100+ international film festivals.

Niki Lindroth von Bahr

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NIKI LINDROTH VON BAHR

Niki Lindroth von Bahr is an artist and animation director based in Stockholm, Sweden. Her films Bath House (2014) and Tord & Tord (2010) has been screened at festivals around the world, such as big festival like Berlinale, Sundance and Annecy. Tord & Tord were also nominated as Best Short film at Guldbaggegalan (Main Swedish film award) 2011 and won the Grand Prix of Fredrikstad Animation Festival the same year. Niki got her master degree in fine art at the Royal Institute of Art in Stockholm, spring 2016. Along with making her own films, she is freelancing as a prop-maker and costume designer for film, theatre and commissioned films. In 2015, Niki and her collegue Nicklas Nilsson designed all of the costumes for David Bowies music video Blackstar.

Niki just released her new shortfilm, the animated musical The Burden. The film had its world premiere at Göteborg Int’ Film Festival 2017, where it was given the Shortfilm Grand Award as well as the Audience Award.

We will confirm the rest of the jury in the coming weeks.