Jury Experts 2019

Every year all submitted entries are viewed and evaluated by an independent jury. We proudly introduce you into our jury experts for the animago AWARD 2019 and say thank you for their support.

Jury Chairman

Günter Hagedorn

Jury Chairman and animago AWARD Management
freestyle computer, Germany

Günter is a graphic designer and freelance editor who grew up in Hamburg, Germany. Since 2004 he also started in photography. He's been involved in organising and managing the animago AWARD since it was first launched in 1997.

Members of the Jury

Bela Beier

Editor in Chief
Digital Production, Germany

Bela Beier is the editor in chief of the Digital Production magazine and has been the head of its editorial department for many years.

Melanie Beisswenger

Animator, Director and Educator
University of Applied Sciences Mainz, Germany

Melanie Beisswenger has animated almost all around the world and in different animation styles and formats, occasionally also directing her own short form projects. Her character animation credits include the Academy Award winning feature film “Happy Feet” and its sequel “Happy Feet 2”, the TV launch commercial for the BioShock game, as well as work on “Iron Man 3”.

Alexander Bouquet

Chief Production Officer
Jung von Matt/NECKAR GmbH, Germany

Alexander Bouquet works as Chief Production Officer in the internationally acclaimed agency JUNG VON MATT. He started his career at Mackevision, then worked for RECOM, and finally arrived at JUNG VON MATT, headquartered at Hamburg. These agencies formed his focus on the automotive sector.

Francesco Faranna

VFX Producer
Mackevision, Germany

Francesco studied, among others, "Animation & Effects Producing" at the Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg. For over 15 years he has been producing VFX and animated films for commercials, TV series and feature films – in his own company, as a freelancer or staff member at well-known companies such as MPC or Mackevision.

Thomas Gronert

Head of Department, Digital Film Design
Mediadesign Hochschule München, Germany

Prof. Thomas Gronert is Head of the Department of Digital Film Design - Animation/VFX at MD.H Mediadesign Hochschule in Munich.

Tobias Hager

Chief Marketing Officer
Digital Production , Germany

Tobias Hager is the Chief Marketing Officer of Digital Production magazine and part of the animago organizing team.

Robert Hranitzky

Creative Director
Freelancer, Germany

Robert works as a designer based in Munich, Germany, with a strong focus on motion graphics and animation for a wide range of projects from opening titles to showroom trailers and film projects.

Dominik Markota

Head of CGI
Sunday Digital GmbH, Germany

As Head of CGI, Dominik Markota is in charge of the Still Production division at Sunday Digital GmbH in Munich.

Isabell Mayrhofer

Film Communication Manager
Red Bull Media House, Austria/USA

Isabell Mayrhofer has been working behind the scenes of film and other creative fields for almost 10 years. She’s skilled in production, project management as well as marketing. 2018 was her first time as a visitor of the yearly animago in Munich and this year she will be participating as a judging member.

Agon Ushaku

Head of 3d/CAD Visuals Management
Unexpected GmbH, Germany

As Head of CAD Management at Unexpected GmbH in Stuttgart, Agon Ushaku is responsible for industrial visualisation and the studios’ 3D data management pipeline. In this role he’s in charge of setting standards for CGI lighting/shading, implementation of real-time technologies, and the development of applications and various other CGI solutions.