Elie Chapuis has been active in stop motion animation for the past fifteen years. Working on a number of short and feature-length films, he is mainly known as an animator and animation supervisor. His references include Wes Anderson's "Fantastic Mr. Fox" (2009) and most recently "My Life as a Courgette" by Claude Barras, which opened DOK Leipzig 2016. Since 2011, he has been one of the associates of the Lausanne-based company Hélium Films, where he develops and produces stop motion projects. In 2013 he made his directorial debut with "Impostor". He is currently working in London on Wes Anderson's stop motion feature "The Isle of Dogs".
The Skolt Sámi film director Katja Gauriloff was born in Rovaniemi, Finland, in 1972. She is a founding partner of Oktober Oy production company. Her long film debut, "Canned Dreams" (2012) premiered at the Berlinale and was nominated for the Jussi, Finland's national film prize. "Kaisa's Enchanted Forest", Gauriloff's latest completed work as a director, was awarded a Jussi for best feature-length documentary, won the Golden Dove for the best animated documentary at DOK Leipzig 2016 and opened the "NATIVe – Indigenous Cinema" Berlinale section in 2017. Shooting for "Baby Jane", her first feature film, began in summer 2017.
From 2001 to 2010, Duscha Kistler was the director of Fantoche, the International Animation Film Festival in Baden, Switzerland. After that she worked for the cultural organisation Heller Enterprises. As project director she developed the experimental funding format "Sound Development City" which annually travels to two different international cities with a group of selected artists. Currently Duscha Kistler is managing director of Stiftung Sitterwerk in St. Gallen, a centre for art production, research and communication. She has also been a member of the Swiss Federal Office of Culture's funding committee for animation film for several years and is an expert examiner for the Film and Design M.A. at the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts.