Festival Director – Jeanette Bonds
Festival Programming Team – Jeanette Bonds, Sean Buckelew
Selection Committee – Jeanette Bonds, Sean Buckelew, Einar Baldvin, Pia Borg, Christine Panushka, Tom Brown
GLAS BOARD + FOUNDERS
CO-FOUNDER/DIRECTOR – Jeanette Bonds is Co-Founder and Director of GLAS Animation. She’s an animator currently residing in Los Angeles. She received her BFA and her MFA at CalArts in Experimental Animation. Jeanette is a part of the international animation collective LNWC. In the past she co-curated Platform International Animation Festival, worked with Los Angeles Film Festival, and has written for Short of the Week. She has served on the jury for Fantoche, Klik! and Dallas International Film Festival as well as having given lectures at Animafest Zagreb and USC. Her films have been featured at both live-action and animation festivals around the world and in 2014 was nominated for an Annie Award. She continues to create short films from across the spectrum, including narrative, abstract, and installations.
LEAD PROGRAMMER – Sean Buckelew – Sean Buckelew is an award-winning animator who received an MFA in Experimental Animation from the California Institute of the Arts and a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. His professional work includes directing a sequence for the Zac Efron film We Are Your Friends and working as a storyboard artist and animator on the Annie Award-winning animated sequences in the Davis Guggenheim documentary He Named Me Malala. He is also a member of the online collective Late Night Work Club, and has worked with clients including Disney Channel, MTV, Arctic Monkeys, VH1, Adult Swim, JASH and on Chris Sullivan’s award-winning feature Consuming Spirits, in addition to screening his own work at the Slamdance Film Festival, Ottawa International Animation Festival, and others. He lives and works in Los Angeles, CA.
CO-FOUNDER – Einar Baldvin is an Icelandic born animator residing in Los Angeles. Einar received his BFA in Experimental animation from CalArts. In 2014 he received his MFA from USC School of Cinematic Arts in Animation and Digital Arts. His films have international acclaim and have been featured at Annecy International Animation Festival, Ottawa International Animation Festival, Slamdance, KLIK! Amsterdam, Melbourne International Animation Festival, and Holland International Animation Festival. Einar has worked closely with James Franco creating interstitial animation sequences for ‘The Labyrinth’ and continues to animate hand drawn films.
SECRETARY OF THE BOARD – Pia Borg is an artist and filmmaker who lives and works in London and Los Angeles. She studied at the Royal College of Art, and recently had a solo exhibition of her work at the Oriel Davies Gallery in Wales. Her co-directed triptych animation THROUGH THE HAWTHORN (2014) was awarded several prizes including the Grand Prix at the Stuttgart and Bradford Animation Festivals. Her documentary ABANDONED GOODS (2014) was awarded the Golden Leopard for best international short at the Locarno Film Festival and was in the official selection of Sundance and the BFI London Film Festival. Her film CRYSTAL WORLD (2013) premiered at the IFF Rotterdam and was awarded the Best Experimental Film at the Melbourne FF. In 2014 she joined the Experimental Animation faculty at CalArts.
Bret Berg – Bret Berg is Creative Director for the upcoming DTLA branch of the Alamo Drafthouse movie theater chain (opening 2017.) Previously, Bret spent seven years as Director of Programming for the groundbreaking non-profit cinematheque The Cinefamily — as well as providing a decade’s worth of curatorial energy for both indie video store legend Cinefile Video and college radio stalwart KXLU 88.9fm Los Angeles.
GLAS ADVISORY COMMITTEE
ADVISORY COMMITTEE/PAST BOARD MEMBER – Jerry Beck is an animation historian and cartoon producer. His fifteen books on the subject include The Animated Movie Guide, Looney Tunes: The Ultimate Visual Guide and The 50 Greatest Cartoons. He is a former studio exec with Nickelodeon and Disney, and is currently a consulting producer to Warner Bros., Shout Factory for their classic animation dvd compilations. Beck has curated animation retrospectives and animator tributes for the Annecy and Ottawa Animation Festivals, The Museum of Modern Art and The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences. He has taught animation history at NYU, SVA, the AFI and UCLA. He is currently teaching Animation History at Woodbury University in Burbank, California. Beck started his career in film distribution, working at MGM/UA, Orion Classics, Cannon Films and Expanded Entertainment (Tournee of Animation), before starting his own company, Streamline Pictures in 1989 Beck was instrumental in launching Animation Magazine, and has written for The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. He co-created Cartoon Brew and co-wrote that blog for nine years. Today he is the editor of two websites, Animation Scoop and Cartoon Research. Beck has also created, written and produced animated films for various clients.
ADVISORY COMMITTEE/PAST BOARD MEMBER – Maija Burnett is the Director of the Character Animation program at CalArts . In addition to administering the program, Maija teaches classes, mentors students and curates weekly guest lectures by visiting artists from the film and animation industry. Originally from Montreal, Canada, Maija holds a B.A. and M.A. from McGill University, and an M.F.A. from UCLA in Animation.
ADVISORY COMMITTEE/PAST BOARD MEMBER – Brooke Keesling is the Manager of Animation Talent Development for Cartoon Network Studios in Burbank. She works closely with the production of current series such as Adventure Time, Regular Show, Clarence, Uncle Grandpa, Steven Universe and Ben 10. Brooke also supports the development of original content. Prior to joining Cartoon Network, Brooke earned her MFA in animation at CalArts where she produced several animated shorts including the stop-motion film, Meatclown and the Academy Award winning film, Boobie Girl. For many years, she worked in practical visual effects on feature films such as Inception, Hugo, The Dark Knight and The Aviator. Passionate about outreach and education, Keesling serves on the ASIFA Hollywood Board of Directors and is an instructor in the Character Animation department at CalArts.
ADVISORY COMMITTEE/PAST BOARD MEMBER – Christine Panushka is an internationally known award-wining artist, filmmaker/animator and educator. Panushka has curated animation programs, juried film festivals and served on the selection committees for the Hiroshima Animation Festival and the Ottawa International Animation Festival. Her films have won numerous awards including the Grand Prize at the Aspen Filmfest and a Golden Gate Award at the San Francisco International Film Festival.” Named an Absolut Visionary in 1996, Panushka conceptualized, directed and curated “Absolut Panushka,” The second issue in a series of content based web sites sponsored by Absolut Vodka. Currently, Panushka a Professor in the John Hench Division of Animation and Digital Arts, School of Cinematic Arts, University of Southern California.