New Chitose Airport International Animation Festival 2015  31st October 2015 –3rd November 2016

3rd November - 6th November , 2016 3rd November - 6th November , 2016


Jayne Pilling

United Kingdom

Works in the UK and internationally, as an animation specialist and historian, and film curator for festivals and museums. Founder and director of the British Animation Awards, and publisher of animation DVD collections. Has also taught at the Royal College of Art, London, in Europe and the USA and various universities in Taiwan. Directed Channel 4 TV series about European animation. Curated international symposia on the relations between animation and other arts forms (UK, Italy, Portugal).

Publications include: Animating the Unconscious: Desire & Sexuality in Animation, 2012; 2D & Beyond, Rotovision, 2001, A Reader in Animation Studies (John Libbey, UK & Australia) 1998, Cartoons & the Movies 1997, Women & Animation: A Compendium 1992. Also works as a translator.

Chris Sullivan


Chris Sullivan was born and raised in the wooded hills of Pittsburgh Pa. along with 10 siblings. Making animated films for 35 years. His first animated feature “Consuming Spirits” had its theatrical debut at New York’s Film Forum for a two week run in December of 2012. Then Cinefamily in LA, Gene Siskel Film Center in Chicago, “Consuming Spirits” received funding from The John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation and The Rockefeller Foundation Film and Video Fellowship. Just as “Consuming Spirits” is finally finished, Chris received a Creative Capital Grant to start work on another experimental feature “The Orbit of Minor Satellites.”

Chris lives in Chicago, teaches at The School of The Art Institute of Chicago, and is a father to Carmen and Silvia Abelson.

Yoriko Mizushiri


Born in 1984, Aomori Pref., Yoriko Mizushiri is a filmmaker who mainly creates hand drawn animations. Her films are distinguished for their expression of sensual line and movement through the motifs of body parts, sushi, tea, sleep, and other daily rituals. Her most recent animated shorts, Futon, Snow Mountain, and Maku, have been screened and awarded at festivals all over the world like Japan Media Arts Festival (New face Award, Animation Division), International Animation Festival Hiroshima (Renzo Kinoshita Prize), Fantoche International Film Festival (High Risk Award), World Festival of Animated Film Zagreb (Jury Award), Berlin International Film Festival (Official Screening).

Chen Xi


Chen Xi started to draw comics at his early age. His works were published serially for many Chinese magazines. He graduated from Beijing Film Academy with the master degree in 2010. Chen Xi once worked as a TV animation director and an independent director. In 2010, he is awarded by a Special International Jury Prize in Hiroshima International Animation Festival. Chen Xi is the Curator of The 5th China Independent Animation Film Forum. He is currently a lecturer in Beijing Film Academy.