Florence Miailhe (Guest of Honor)

Florence graduated from the Ecole des Arts Décoratifs with a specialization in engraving. She began her professional career as a press model maker, exhibiting drawings and engravings. In 1991, she directed her first short film Hammam. Since then, she has imposed a very personal style in animated cinema with a pictorial sensuality and narrative poetry of her own. She makes her films based on paint, pastel or sand, directly under the camera, proceeding by recovery. Her work is noticed in various festivals in France and internationally. She received the César for best short film in 2002 for A Summer Night Rendez-vous, a special mention at the Cannes Film Festival in 2006 for Urban Tale and received in 2015 a Cristal d’honneur, at the 39th Annecy International Animated Film Festival for all of her work.

She has worked as a teacher in prestigious animation schools: les Gobelins, ENSAD, la Poudrière, and continues to work as a visual artist. Most of her films have been written with the collaboration of writer Marie Desplechin. Their first feature film The Crossing received in 2010 the prize for best screenplay at the Premiers Plans Festival the Gan Foundation Award for Distribution, and the Audience Award at Animation is Film. It came out in France at the end of September 2021.

Florence Miailhe will present in person The Crossing, a selection of her short films and will participate in a conversation about her career.

Jim Capobianco

Jim Capobianco received the 2008 Academy Award nomination for Best Original Screenplay for Ratatouille. He went on to write and direct the short film, Your Friend The Rat, found on the Ratatouille DVD, winning the 2008 ASIFA-Hollywood Annie Award for short films.

Capobianco followed YFtR up with directing the critically acclaimed end titles for Pixar’s 2008 release Wall•E. A graduate of the California Institute of the Arts, Capobianco started in the story department at Walt Disney Feature Animation on The Lion King. After five years at Disney, Capobianco relocated to Pixar Animation Studios where he was influential on the stories of many of Pixar’s films of the past 19 years, including Toy Story 2Finding NemoUP and Inside Out. In 2009 Capobianco finished Leonardo his first independent film, now in the permanent collection of the MoMA NYC. In addition to his work as a filmmaker Capobianco co-created the Bay Area International Children’s Film Festival now in its 9th year. Now with Aerial Contrivance Workshop, Capobianco is bringing his story and design expertise to the independent world of film and animation.

Capobianco will join virtually to address the creative choices behind his stop-motion film The Inventor.

Amandine Fredon

After studying advertising, she joined the Ecole de la Poudrière and studied drawing and cinema. She directed the short film Le Trésor du têtard salé, which earned her the Special Jury Prize (student film category) at the Annecy Festival in 2003. For the past ten years she has worked at Folimage studio in Valences, France, on different productions such as the TV series Hilltop Hospital, and the films Raining Cats and Frogs, Mia and the Migoo and A Cat in Paris.

Amandine Fredon will join Benjamin Massoubre online from France to discuss the creative process behind their feature film Little Nicholas.

Jérémie Hoarau

Jérémie Hoarau co-directed Crisis Jung (2018). He worked as a first assistant director and editor on the first season of Lastman.

Jérémie Hoarau will be on hand to present the process behind the second season of Lastman.

Benjamin Massoubre

Benjamin Massoubre earned his stripes as a film editor working on such films as I Lost my Body (Jérémy Clapin – Animation First 2020), Calamity Jane and Long Way North (Rémi Chayé – Animation First 2021), the TV series Iron Man: Armored Adventures, and, more recently, The Summit of the Gods (Patrick Imbert – Animation First 2022) and Little Vampire (Joan Sfar – Animation First 2022). In 2020 he was nominated for an Eddie by the American Cinema Editors for his work on I Lost my Body. Little Nicholas is his first film as a director.

Benjamin Massoubre will be at FIAF in person to present his forthcoming feature film Little Nicholas.

Jean-Charles Mbotti Malolo

Born in Vaulx-en-Velin, France, Jean-Charles Mbotti Malolo is a dancer, animator and filmmaker of Cameroonian descent. He studied animation at the Emile Cohl School of Lyon. His first short, The Heart is a Metronome (2007) was elected “Best First Film” at Hiroshima Film Festival in 2008. The Sense of Touch (2014), also internationally recognized, is the perfect example of the connection between dance and animation. For the film, he learned sign language and worked with born deaf French actress Emmanuelle Laborit. Also a trained dancer, Malolo choreographed his first show Les Mots – a solo for two performers in 2017. His 2018 short, Make It Soul, a tribute to black American music, was nominated for the César for Best Animation Short Film in 2020. The hybrid documentary series Ex æquo! (2020), was produced for the Paralympics Games of Tokyo in 2021.

Jean-Charles Mbotti Malolo will join us from France to present a selection of his past work.

Kristof Serrand

Trained at Paris’s Beaux-Arts and Gobelins animation school, Serrand grew his passion for animation out of his never-ending curiosity for the arts in all of their forms. His rich career began in the studios of France’s most celebrated filmmakers, including Paul Grimault (The King and the Mockingbird) and René Laloux (Fantastic Planet), before taking him to a long tenure at DreamWorks and now to Netflix, where he is currently Character Animation Manager for Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

Serrand will serve as President of the Jury of Animation First’s student film competition.

Alain Ughetto

Alain Ughetto inherited from his father and grandfather a pronounced taste for tinkering which he injects into his cinema through volume animation. In 1985, Alain Resnais awarded him the César for best animated short film for La Boule. In 2013, he directed Jasmine, in which his love story is played out in the turmoil of Tehran in the late 1970s.

Alain Ughetto will be at FIAF in person to present his forthcoming feature film No Dogs or Italians Allowed.