NAFF / Neum Animated Film Festival




Members of international expert jury NAFF 2019 2019 Neum Animated Film Festival
Rory Byrne (Ireland) Rory Byrne (Dublin, 1982) is a graduate of Dún Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology. Since 2006 he has worked extensively on feature, TV and commercialanimation projects in Ireland and the UK. In collaboration with And Maps And Plansanimation studio, Dublin, Rory has contributed to several animated shorts, including the acclaimed films CODA (2014- co-writer/animator) and AN ISLAND (2017 writer/Director). AN ISLAND was the winner of the Grand Prix and Best Music awards at NAFF 2018. Rory is currently developing a feature film project with And Maps And Plans.

Dejan Aćimović (Croatia) is a Croatian director and actor who has been awarded for his work many times at world-known festivals. He graduated form the Academy of dramatic arts in Zagreb. He has performed in many theatre plays, films and TV series. He has so far directed three films of his own: Jeli jasno prijatelju?, Moram spavat’ anđele, Anka and three documentaries; Hrabro i na rezultat, Kralj i PRVIH 50. European Academy has selected his film Moram spavat anđele (2008.) amongst the best european films. He was a Croatian representative for Academy Award for his documentary Kralj.

Žana Lekić (Serbia) is a flutist who went to primary and secondary music high school in Kraljevo. She enrolled in Academy of Music in 1997 in Cetinje where she graduated in class of professor Ljubiša Jovanović. She started her career as a teacher in 2003. and has taught both younger and older students. She was a guest at many festivals in the country and abroad performing as a solo and a chamber music player. She was a member of Montenegrin symphony orchestra since it was founded up until June 2015. She is devoted to promoting music by Montenegrin composers. She performed in France, Russia, Italy, China, Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina. She has been working at the Academy of Music in Cetinje since 2001. and is currently working as a part-time professor of chamber music.

Midhat Ajanović Ajan (BiH) is a novelist, animator, illustrator and a theorist born in Sarajevo in 1959. He studied journalism in Sarajevo and animation at Zagreb Film studio for animated film. During the period between 1983 and 1994 he was rather active in publishing but also in film, ilustrations, comic-books, essays and literature. He has been living in Göteborg (Sweden) since 1994, and he has received his doctorate on filmology. He teaches and writes on history, film and animation theory and aesthetics (currently, at the West University in Trollhättan). He has published many books of different genres and in several languages, including six novels, four of which have been published in Croatia. He has also published several books on Art history, comic books and animated film as well.

Ivo Raič (Croatia) was born in 1956. Currently living and working in Zagreb. He has been a graphic designer and a freelance artist since 1997. He is a member of ULUPUH and HZSU as well as a music enseble Nostalgija and HGU. Aside from graphic design he is very much into painting and caligraphy. He is also organizing an art colony at Winery KRAUTHAKER and is a regular member of the colony vinorella which is held at Winery KATUNAR in Vrbnik. He has participated in several colonies; several group and solo exhibitions.



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