In 2012, Annette Schindler was appointed as the artistic director of Fantoche, in 2013 she became the festival director. She considers the increasing proximity between animation, gaming and media art is a promising departure point for the development of the festival. Under her direction the festival was able to grow in various realms.
Annette Schindler has established her reputation as director, initiator and co-founder of several institutions and festivals, most recently the House of Electronic Arts Basel (2010), the Shift Festival of Electronic Arts (2007–2010), the Digital Art Collection/Store (since 2005) [plugi.in] and Art and New Media Basel (2000–2010). Previously, she was involved with the Swiss Institute in New York (1997–2000) and the Kunsthaus Glarus (1995–1997). In 2010, the Federal Office of Culture honored Annette Schindler with the Swiss Art Award Prix Meret Oppenheim.
Emma De Swaef
Emma De Swaef specializes in stop-motion and doll-making, her preferred working materials include wool, felt and textile. Together with Marc James Roels she made the short film ‘Oh Willy…’ in 2012, a stop-motion short that won 80 international awards including the Cartoon d’Or for best European short, and a Cézar nomination. They are based in Antwerp, Belgium and ‘Ce Magnifique Gâteau’ is their latest production.
2012 ‘Oh Willy…’ stop-motion short film
2008 ‘Zachte Planten’ graduation piece
Akihiko Taniguchi works in a variety of media, include sculpture, video, Internet art and new media art.Along with Tomoya Watanabe, he is a member of Omoide Yokocho Information Science Art Academy, an ephemeral and Art Informel community related to media art discovered at the Omoide Yokocho eating and drinking district in Shinjuku, Tokyo. His recent group exhibitions include “Open Space 2016” (NTT InterCommunication Center) and SeMA Biennale Mediacity Seoul 2016 (Seoul Museum of Art).
Born in Tokyo in 1990, Sawako Kabuki graduated with a Bachelor of Graphic Design from Tama Art University, and later completed her master's after working for a porn video company. Her films have been selected and awarded at festivals in more than 20 countries such as Annecy, Ottawa, Rotterdam, Zagreb and SXSW. She is known for her distinct directorial personality in hand-drawn animation. Her works include ‘Summer’s Puke is Winter’s Delight,’ ‘MASTER BLASTER’ and ‘Anal Juke.’