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Miyoung BAEK 

Αnimation director - Illustrator

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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

Writer & Director I New Zealand

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Mark is the Festival Manager of Show Me Shorts, New Zealand's leading short film festival, and has been part of the SMS team for the last ten years. He has represented the festival on panels at Clermont-Ferrand, Cannes Short Film Corner and CSFF (China). He comes from a filmmaking and theatre background, and has been involved in the New Zealand film industry for more than two decades.

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