International jury - Short films

Paulo Trancoso

Portugal

Paulo António Rodrigues de Noronha Trancoso was born in Lisbon, on the 22nd of May of 1945. He studied at the Pedro Nunes High School. He studied Medicine in Paris (for 3 months) and Lisbon, but abandoned the course when he was called to do military service in 1969. During his military service he found time to take a cinema course, the first taught at the , named at the time, Instituto de Novas Profissões. Upon returning to civilian life, he joined the advertisement agency Ciesa, where he worked as TV producer. It was there that he began directing a few publicity spots. He collaborated with the magazine Enquadramento. In 1978 he started his own production company that, in 1982, changed its name to Costa do Castelo Filmes, working mostly in advertising. In the mid ‘80s, with the advent of home video, he became one of the partners of Publivideo and one of the originators of the private television project that would later on become SIC. In the early ‘90s he founded, along with the Brazilian Walter Arruda, Máquina dos Sonhos, a television and production company that went on to produce the series Procura-se (RTP, 1992), Giras & Pirosas (SIC, 1992), A Viúva do Enforcado (SIC, 1993) and the soap opera A Banqueira do Povo (RTP, 1993). It was during the production of this last show that Costa do Castelo left Máquina dos Sonhos.
Besides producing Portuguese films, Paulo Trancoso (always with Costa do Castelo) was an executive producer of several foreign movies filmed in Portugal, such as The House of the Spirits, by Billie August (1993), La Reine Margot, by Patrice Chéreau (1994) and Dans la Cour de Grands, by Florence Strauss (1995). He also has a noticeable presence as a video editor, especially in the classical area. Multitasking, the highlight of his career the film A Selva.

Michael Dudok de Wit

United Kingdom

Michael Dudok de Wit was born in 1953 and educated in the Netherlands. 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 freelance 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 film “Tom Sweep”, followed by “The Monk and the Fish” which was made at the studio Folimage, France. This film was nominated for an Oscar and won a César. His most well-known short film, “Father and Daughter” won the Grand Prix in Annecy, an Oscar, and a BAFTA award. In 2004 he completed his short film “The Aroma of Tea” and he has just written and directed his first feature film ‘The Red Turtle’ in France with Prima Linea Productions. “The Red Turtle” was co-produced by Studio Ghibli, Japan. It was nominated for an Oscar this year and it has won the Special Prize at Un Certain Regard, Cannes Festival, as well as numerous other international awards. Michael also illustrates children’s books and he teaches animation at art colleges in England and abroad. His drawing style is characterised by his use of strong shadows and of simple but atmospheric landscapes.

Ferenc Mikulás

Hungary

Ferenc Mikulas was born on 17 August, 1940. In the spring of 1957 – because of his participation in the Hungarian Revolution of 1956 – he was expelled from secondary school. Then he worked as an unskilled worker and later as a geodetic surveyor. He wrote scripts and directed short films. From 1970, he became acquainted with animated cartoon films at the Pannónia Film Studio. Since 1 June 1971, he has been the Head of the Kecskemét Animation
Studio. Several series and short films were produced based on his ideas. Since 1993 he has been the Director of the Kecskemét Animation Film Festival which started at his initiative in 1985. “KAFF” became an international festival in 1996 by inviting European animated features and TV Specials into the competition. During the last 30 years it has developed into the most important biannual animation event in the region. Between 1997 and 2000 he was a member of the Board of Directors of ASIFA (Association of International Animation Film
Artists). He has been a jury member at several festivals around the world.