Dave McKean

Dave McKean has illustrated and designed over eighty award-winning and ground-breaking books and graphic novels including The Magic of Reality (Richard Dawkins), The Homecoming (Ray Bradbury), The Fat Duck Cookbook and Historic Heston (Heston Blumenthal), What’s Welsh for Zen (John Cale), Varjak Paw and Phoenix (SF Said), The Savage, Slog’s Dad and Mouse Bird Snake Wolf (David Almond), Arkham Asylum (Grant Morrison), Night Shift (Stephen King), Crime and Punishment (Dostoevsky), Roadside Picnic (The Strugatsky Brothers), Gormenghast (Mervyn Peake), and Mr. Punch, Signal to Noise, Coraline, and the Newberry and Carnegie Medal winner The Graveyard Book (Neil Gaiman).

He has written and illustrated Cages (Harvey, Pantera, Ignatz and Alph Art awards), two Pictures That Tick volumes of short stories (V+A Book of the Year), an erotic novel Celluloid, Raptor, and Black Dog: The Dreams of Paul Nash, a commission by the 14-18 Now Foundation and the Imperial War Museum. The multimedia live performance of Black Dog was featured at Tate Britain, the Somme Memorial in Amiens, and many other festivals in Europe and Canada.

Dave has directed five short films and three feature films, MirrorMask, Luna (Raindance Festival Best British Feature and BIFA award) and The Gospel of Us with Michael Sheen (two Bafta Cymru awards). He is currently editing his fourth feature Wolf’s Child, adapted from his own play, created with Wildworks Theatre Company and performed for the Norwich Theatre Festival and at the Trelowarren Estate in Cornwall.

He is the Director of Story at the 3-Michelin star Fat Duck in Bray and has created murals and packaging for Heston’s restaurants in London and Australia.

His work is in private and public collections around the world, and he continues to insist that narrative has a crucial place in art.

In 2022 he took a deep dive into AI-generated imagery and created the book Prompt: Conversations with Artificial Intelligence as an essay, examination, and warning about the implications of this new, almost evolutionary, shift in our culture. He continues to draw and paint and make real things in Kent, England.

Izabela Plucińska

Born in Poland and currently living in Germany, Izabela Plucińska has some thirty films to her credit. She studied art and film and now brilliantly combines her talents to create animated works. In 2005, her short “Jam Session” won a Silver Bear at the Berlin International Film Festival. Since then, this gifted filmmaker has enjoyed a steady stream of projects and successes. Her politically and philosophically oriented medium-length film “Esterhazy” was screened around the world in 2009, including in England, France, Finland, Hungary, and Mexico, garnering a number of awards. At the moment, Plucińska, a Berliner by adoption, is busily working at her own production company, Clay Traces, along with her associates. As a renowned artist, she frequently leads workshops and teaches film animation at universities internationally. Several exhibitions have featured her work. Her last film “Portrait of Suzanne” is based on the novel by Roland Topor.

Natalia Mirzojan

Natalia Mirzoyan is an animation director and artist based in Estonia. She was born in Armenia, Yerevan. She studied Sociology in Yerevan and Graphic art at the St. Petersburg Institute for Decorative and Applied Art. She worked in the animation studio “Petersburg” as an animator and then as a director, involved both in commercial and independent projects.

Her films “My Childhood Mystery Tree” (2009), “Chinti” (2012), “Five Minutes to Sea” (2018) and “Merry Grandmass” (2020) were selected for many festivals, including Berlinale, Annecy, Zagreb, and Hiroshima, and won numerous prizes.

Currently, Natalia is studying in EKA at the Department of Animation and has started her first stop-motion film.