Michael Dudok de Wit
Michael Dudok de Wit was born (1953) and educated in Holland. After school, he studied etching in Geneva, and animation at Farnham, England, where he made his first film “The Interview”. After animating for a year in Barcelona he settled in London in 1980. Working free-lance with different studios, in particular with the production company Richard Purdum Productions, he directed and animated many award winning commercials for television and cinema.
In 1992 he created his short “Tom Sweep”, followed by “The Monk and the Fish” which was made at the studio Folimage, France. This film was nominated for an Academy Award (Oscar) and it has won numerous awards. His most well-known film “Father and Daughter” won the Grand Prix in Annecy, an Academy Award and dozens of other major awards. In 2004 he completed his short film “The Aroma of Tea” and he recently directed his latest film ‘The Red Turtle’, feature length, with a team in France.
Michael also illustrates children’s books and he teaches animation at art colleges in England and abroad.
Characteristic of his drawing style is his use of strong shadows and of simple but atmospheric landscapes.
Ben Mitchell is a UK-based animation and post-production freelancer, independent director and writer/researcher. Since graduating with a Master’s degree in Animation from the University of the West of England’s Bristol School of Animation in 2008, Ben has worked actively as a freelancer for commercial projects, international television series, educational resources, web content and corporate commissions. Supplementing his freelance career Ben’s award-winning independent short films have screened at over 100 international film and animation festivals.
As co-owner and Managing Director of the UK’s leading animation resource Skwigly Online Animation Magazine, Ben’s extensive writings, interviews and research on the international animation industry have covered not just the entire spectrum of animation production, but also the industry’s festival scene, online community and associated literature. More recently Ben’s writings on animation have extended to the publication of his first book Independent Animation: Developing, Producing and Distributing Your Animated Films (2016, Taylor & Francis/CRC Press). Through Skwigly Ben also hosts and produces the online video interview series Lightbox as well as the animation podcasts Intimate Animation, Independent Animation, Animation Composed and the long-running Skwigly Animation Podcast which first debuted in 2012.
Katie Steed is an award winning director and co-founder of the London animation company Slurpy Studios who produce animated content for commercial, educational and entertainment clients, ranging from BBC Learning to the British Council.
Away from the studio, Katie is a well-travelled advocate of animation, guest teaching and mentoring at the NFTS, UCA Farnham, & Falmouth; and has recently returned from a British Council led initiative to educate and promote the Zimbabwean animation industry.
Katie has a keen interest in furthering and bettering the representation of women and minorities in the media.
Aaron is the Co-Founder and Producer at London animation company, Slurpy Studios, who create a range of animated content for commercials, education and entertainment platforms.
Away from Slurpy, he co-owns Skwigly Animation Magazine and, as Marketing Director, is responsible for managing advertising/promotional aspects, establishing partnerships, managing the website, and overall marketing.
Additionally, he runs animation-festivals.com, the only website dedicated to listing and covering animation-specific film festivals around the world.