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Stephen Price
Stephen PriceStash Media
Stephen Price is the founding editor and creative director of Stash Magazine the world’s largest online video showcase of animation, VFX and motion graphics. Launched in 2004, Stash has grown to become an invaluable creative resource for advertising, broadcast, animation, VFX and design professionals and students in over 50 countries.

Carolina Melis
Carolina MelisNexus Productions
London based Carolina Melis has been directing commercials for the past ten years working for mayor clients including BBC, Sony, MTV, Prada and more. Beside her career in advertising she’s worked on music videos and short films receiving international awards. Carolina in currently living in Beijing working on TVC commercials and exploring possibilities in the chinese growing movie industry.

Ricardo Fernández
Ricardo FernándezCanal +
Art Director / Creative specializes in audiovisual field and interactive, in the creation and brand management, with vast experience in the television industry. Graphic designer with a passion for typography. Has received, among other awards, the Laus, Promax BDA or New York Festival. Restless, in constant evolution and researching creative new ways in this changing world.

Lauren Hartstone
Lauren Hartstone@ Gretel
Lauren Hartstone is a creative director, live action director, and designer with experience in broadcast, branding, commercials, and film. Lauren joined Gretel in 2012 after spending 5 years as a director & designer at Imaginary Forces. She has led projects for such clients as Coach, Reese’s, United Healthcare, Pepsi and Smirnoff, and her HBO main title designs for Boardwalk Empire and The Pacific earned her two Emmy nominations. Lauren holds a B.F.A. degree in visual communication from Washington University in St. Louis.

Justin Cone
Justin ConePsyop
Justin Cone is the founder and editor-in-chief of, a leading blog sharing the best in motion design, animation, visual effects and digital storytelling. Founded in 2006, garners over 1 million visits a month and is run by a collective of over 30 professionals working around the world.

Justin is also the Director of Special Operations for Psyop, overseeing various initiatives that fall outside the normal scope of commercial production. Prior to joining Psyop, Justin worked in various capacities at NBC-Universal, Adobe, Apple and SCAD. Justin is also the co-founder of the biennial F5 creativity festival in NYC.

Jungeun Kim
Jungeun KimFreelance

Jungeun Kim is a motion graphic Director, Designer, Illustrator currently freelancing in New York City. She worked at Psyop as a staff for 5 years(2005-2010).

At Psyop design department, she worked on numerous projects and pitches for clients such as Audi, Pionner, Coca-Cola, and was the lead designer for Fanta 2009-2010 and Fernet Branca. She takes delight in working on character development and her own paintings and art works. Also as a 3D artist, she has worked on projects such as Coca Cola Happiness Factory, Adidas Beijing Olympics, Converse , Nike and many others. She is a graduate of School of Visual Arts Computer arts major.

Pablo Alfieri
Pablo AlfieriPlayful – Plenty

Pablo Alfieri is a graphic designer an illustrator from Buenos Aires, Argentina. After working as an art director in several local studios, he decided to create his own company, «Playful», where he puts all his passion for graphic design, illustration an typography. Characterized by a constant search of simplicity in geometrics shapes, a mix between analogous and digital, lead Pablo to captivate the interest of world wide companies, agencies and editorials.

After being in the market for about 10 years, Pablo joined forces with Animation director Mariano Farias, and created Plenty, an art and motion direction company based in Buenos Aires and they put together an elite team integrated by designers, illustrators, 2D animators and 3D artists that allows us to work with different techniques that go from hyper-realistic 3D to stop motion and traditional animation, and anything in between. Although at the beginning they focused on TV Branding (worked for FOX, MTV, AXN, NICK, SONY and LIV among others) now they are expanding to the advertising market. They have walked their fist step with Schweppes, Vodafone, Chandon, Bic and Doritos, and there’s a long way to go!

Laura Alejo
Laura AlejoFreelance
Laura is a spanish graphic artist. During her career she has developed several personal projects including «Copyright Magazine», which evolved to a design studio in Barcelona. At the company she developed a wide range of projects, working for MTV Italia, Paramount Comedy, Canal+ and others. In March 2007 she moved to New York where she currently resides. She worked as Art Director of HUSH for four years, where she developed projects for clients like Nike, Sony Ericsson, Nokia and Discovery Channel and where she led design and illustration projects across media and platforms. In the present she works as a freelance commercial artist for clients all over the world. Laura exhibited her work in galleries from Brooklyn / NY, Barcelona and Madrid, has been featured in multiple international publications and has assisted as panelist in various visual arts festivals around the world.

Kevin hill
Kevin hillThe Council
Kevin Hill is Creative Director at The Council, the London based agency that believe that good brands make life better. Starting his career at the BBC, Kevin has since then been fortunate to work some of the leading brands across the globe, including Discovery Networks, Star India and ChelloMedia.

Closer to home, Kevin was a key part of the creative team that re-defined what a TV channel could be with the launch of Dave. He then went on to work extensively on the total rebrand of the UKTV portfolio of channels. At the heart of this, is a love people, a love creative problem solving and a love collaborating. Simple as that!

Heike Hummel
Heike HummelORF
I am part of the On-Air-Promo-Department at the ORF (Austrian Broadcasting Corporation) since I was studying Communication Science and Journalism at the University of Vienna (UNIVIE).At the beginning of my university studies I started out as an assistant Promo-Producer. Besides the studying at UNIVIE, I also took production-classes at the Film Academy Vienna. After producing my first on-air-promotion-trailer, I became a member of the Promotion-Producer-Team, which I am still part of (for more than 10 years). Meanwhile, besides producing and directing promotion-trailer, I cast and train our upcoming Promotion-Voice-over-Artists and Station-Voices and provide script-editing-trainings for producers of other departments (kids channel, comprehensive commentaries, certain talk-shows,…).

Lucas Davison
Lucas DavisonDHNN
The interaction between brands and people have always been in development.
While brands acquired more personal features, consumer`s active role have grown increasingly.
Since 2007 DHNN has been a devoted part of this conversation

We work under the ambition to see our clients grow, and support their constant expansion by transformig design, innovation and creative thinking into communication instruments of their own value.

Our aim is to cultivate usefull and real connections, capable of enduring over time, transforming each Brand in an active part of a meaningfull relationship

Lilian Darmono
Lilian DarmonoFreelance
Lilian Darmono is a bit of a globe-trotter. Born in Jakarta, Indonesia, receiving education in Singapore and Melbourne, she has also lived and worked in Sydney and London. Her career began in the world of Print Design, moving on to Broadcast Motion Graphics, and eventually in Art Direction and Illustration for Commercials. Because of her passion in storytelling, she also collaborates with her husband Mungo Horey, in creating picture books for children and a range of other pretty things under the name of SELF.

Best Young Talent

Eric Riewer
Eric Riewer became in 1998 the head of the animation department of GOBELINS, l’école de l’image, an applied arts,print and digital media school in Paris operated by the Paris. Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCIP). GOBELINS has had an animation department offering since 1974 a program in animated film techniques that has formed some of the best talent working today in Europe, Asia and the United States of America. GOBELINS student films have won many awards at international film festivals. In 2009, one of the films, Oktapodi, was nominated for the Oscar in the Best Animation Short category. Prior to joining Gobelins, Eric worked as the head of training for the Canal Plus media group based in Paris. In running the animation department for nearly ten years, he became the manager of international relations for the whole Gobelins school which in addition to animation also offers training in the fields of photography, interactive and digital media communication, motion and graphic design as well as print and digital media production. He now manages the Gobelins International Summer School programmes in character animation in Paris and in Hong Kong as well as master classes in Asia and elsewhere around the world.

Mario Pochat
Mario PochatVancouver Animation
Mario Pochat has been teaching animation since 2000 and has been part of the faculty of the top animation schools in North America. Mario has also taught in international leading animation schools in Mexico City and in Madrid Spain. Mario has been a professional animator since 1994 and he is best known for his award- winning animated short film «BYE-BYE!». He has been an animator for Game Cinematics such as MICROSOFT AMPED 2 and ELECTRONIC ARTS: NEED FOR SPEED. Mario has worked on nine blockbuster Feature Films such as DR DOLITTLE, GARFIELD II, as an Animator and as a Lead Animator in BLADES OF GLORY, TROPIC THUNDER, NUTCRACKER: THE UNTOLD STORY, DRAGON BALL Z and TWILIGHT. He is currently a Cinematics Animator at Capcom Vancouver.

Christian Mahler
Christian MahlerBTK
Christian Mahler is an audiovisual scientist living and working in Berlin, Germany. He has worked on various commercial and independent new media projects under the lable lem.studios ( To give his works a relevant, conceptual backbone Christian Mahler started research projects to explore the historical and cultural background of new media. In addition to making artworks, he is a professor of motion design at the Berliner Technische Kunsthochschule, a Berlin based university of art and design and head of the department.

John Colette
John ColetteSCAD

Best social

Marga Castaño
Marga CastañoWYSIWYG
Marga Castaño- Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Salamanca- has worked as art director in Canaldata, working for clients such as BMG, Openbank, Axel Springer Group or Bosch Telecom. In 1998 he joined WYSIWYG * as art director. From then until now she has been promoted to creative director and later on to executive creative director. He has worked for clients such as Microsoft, Movistar, Vodafone, Schweppes, Trina, Camper, Lois, Cimarron, Nokia, Amstel, Burger King, Mercedes Benz, Diesel, Ballantines, Levis, Absolut, Openbank, Greenpeace or United Nations, among others. She has been responsible for projects awarded in festivals like Laus, New York Festival, FIAP, Cannes, One Show, The Sun or CDC. Usually Marga is recruited as juror in some of these festivals (FIAP, Laus, The Sun, CDC, Select H: graphic design from Spain). She has participated as a speaker at the conference Motiva design and has taught digital creativity in the Miami Ad School, and in different masters at IED (Istituto Europeo di Design) and UCM (Universidad Complutense de Madrid).

Francesc Aragall
Francesc AragallDesign for All
Has developed his professional activity in the fields of ergonomics, biomechanics, accessibility disseminating through the Design for All Foundation, of which he is founder and president. He is also general manager of ProAsolutions, SL, Consultancy Company located in Barcelona and Porto. He is as well patron of the Barcelona Centre de Disseny (BCD). A lecturer on several postgraduate courses as well as a frequent speaker at international conferences, he is author of several publications in the field of Design for All, for instance the European Concept for Accessibility Technical Assistance Manual (2003 edition), and Universal Design: The HUMBLES Method for User-Centred Business (January 2012).

Leon Kaye
Leon Kaye is the founder and editor of A sustainability strategy consultant and journalist, he writes about sustainability and corporate social responsibility for TriplePundit and the UK’sGuardian on its Sustainable Business news site. Leon also writes about green design and architecture for Inhabitat. With travels to 60 countries, Leon brings an international perspective to BassAwards. You can learn more about how he makes the business case for sustainability here. A native Californian, he is based in Fresno, California.