Jia Duan is a Professor on Beijing Film Academy. She graduated from Class '78 of Beijing Film Academy, the fifth-generation animation film director in China. She worked at CCTV, taking part in the script writing, directing, designing works for more than 10 cartoons. Her 3D short animated film Lotus received many Chinese and international awards. In November 2006, Jia Duan convened and chaired the first International Animation Artists Salon in Wuhan University as the general secretary. In 2007 she was invited to the United States to lecture on "The Magic of Chinese Animation". Her tour included programs at San Francisco State University, the University of California’s Pacific Film Archive, the University of Southern California Film Institute, California Institute of the Arts and the Rafael Film Center. She also gave presentations at the world famous production centers George Lucas’ „Industrial Light“, at Lucas’ Big Rock Ranch and at PDI/DreamWorks’ studio in Northern California. In 2008, after seven years of writing, has finally published the first Chinese animation book "Animation World History." Introduction, including the United States, Canada, Western Europe, Eastern Europe, Asia, of eighteen country's major animation and outstanding artists.
Lotte Geffenblad was born in 1962 in Lund, Sweden. She moved to Stockholm in 1982 to study design. She has since 1985 mainly worked with animation, often in collaboration with other artists and animators. Her work with her husband Uzi has resulted in the shorts Aprikoser and Bland Tistlar. Film Astons Stenar (Aston's Stones), showed at last year's Animafest, participated at over 60 festivals, winning 10 international awards. She lectures about cut-out technique and works as an illustrator in magazines. She has made several children's books that have been published in, among other countries, Japan and South Korea, and is now developing a TV series about her characters Spot and Splodge.
Dubravko Mataković (1959, Ivankovo) is a freelance artist. He graduated at the Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb, Department of Graphic Arts, in 1983. Since 1984, he has been publishing comics in youth magazines, daily and weekly newspapers, other magazines and lately on the Web as well. He published a dozen comic albums. In addition to his comics, he works as an illustrator for newspapers, magazines, books, textbooks etc. He had a series of solo exhibitions of his paintings and comics. In 2006, he wrote a stage play based on his comic books’ motives From Kabul with Love, produced and performed since 2007 by the Civic Theatre Joza Ivakić Vinkovci. In 2008, he made an animated trailer for the World Festival of Animated Film in Zagreb. In 2009, he began working on his first animated film, a Zagreb Film production. He has received multiple awards and recognitions for artistic achievements.