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Miyoung BAEK 

Αnimation director - Illustrator Ι South Korea

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Miyoung BAEK is an animation director and illustrator from South Korea. She studied animation at EMCA (Ecole des Métiers du Cinéma d'Animation) in France and mastered visual design at Seoul National University in South Korea. She started her career with the short animation ‘The Whale’ in 2009, which was awarded Jeune talent numerique by SCAM (Société Civile Des Auteurs Multimédias), France. Since then, she has made nine short animations. From ‘You were so precious’ (2013), ‘Ba-Lam’ (2015), ‘Where is my moon?’ (2017), ‘Piropiro’ (2021) can represent her work. The latest work, ‘Piropiro’ (2021), has been selected by seventy international film festivals and awarded multiple times, including the ‘Best Animation For Children award’ from the ANIMAFEST Zagreb. Currently, she is staying in Istanbul, Turkiye, with her husband and a dog, working on a short animation film and a series of books for children.

Lauren Orme

Animator and Director I Wales

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Lauren is an award-winning animator and director based in Cardiff. She is Festival Director of Cardiff Animation Festival, which she cofounded in 2014. She is also Creative Director of Picl Animation, one of the first animation companies worldwide to become a certified B Corporation. Lauren's animated short films have been screened at over 100 festivals around the world. Her short film Creepy Pasta Salad was shortlisted for the 2020 Best Short Animation BAFTA and nominated for Best Short Film at the 2020 BAFTA Cymru awards.

Maria Pavlou

Animation Producer, Writer and IP Creator I Cyprus

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Maria is an Animation Producer, writer and IP creator, with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Computer Animation from the US and a Master of Arts in Digital Arts from the UK. She is the founder of Pixel giants, a boutique animation studio based in Cyprus. Maria is the Co-creator/Producer of the 2D animated TV series “The Olive Bunch” and the Creator/Producer of “Magic Molly”, a preschool 3D animated TV series, both supported by Creative Europe/MEDIA Funds.  Maria wrote, directed and produced “Dragon Recipes”, a 3D animated short film, which has been an official selection of the Academy Award ® qualifying festivals Chicago International Children’s Film Festival, Encounters Film Festival and RiverRun International Film Festival among others. She is passionate about elevating awareness of the creative animation talent in Cyprus and providing opportunities for international projects to be developed locally. Maria also teaches 3D animation classes at a university level.

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