Jerzy Kucia
Film director, Poland


Takahata Isao
Film director, Japan


Film director, scriptwriter, designer, animator and producer of animated films, graphic and painting artist.

Jerzy Kucia's debut was the animated film Return in 1972.

He teaches at the Academy of Fine Arts in Krakow and has been the head of the Animated Film Studio since 1980. He has been invited to lecture in many places all over the world and his films received many awards.

Since 1996 he has been running the annual International Krakow Animated Film Workshops organized for young artists from all over the world.

From 1985 until 2000, he was a member of the ASIFA board and held the position of the Vice-President (1994-1997).




















Takahata Isao studied French literature at Tokyo University, graduated and entered the world of animation in 1959. He is solely a director, never doing drawings.

He completed the feature film Gauche the cellist in 1981 and won the ‘fuji prize, thus mapping the route for artistic research which wholly focuses on "invention of the real" in animation. Indeed, from this film on, Takahata decided to show the human reality of his country, in either dramas or comedies.

After the success of Nausicaš of the valley of the wind (1954), directed by Miyazaki and produced by Takahata, the two friends founded Studio Ghibli.

There Takahata directed Grave of the fireflies (1988), Only yesterday (1991),
Pom Poko (1994) Grand prix for best animated feature film at the Annecy festival, My neighbors the Yamadas (1999),The tale of Princess Kaguya (2013), nominated for the Oscars.

In 2014, Takahata received an Honorary Cristal Award for his contribution to animation and was appointed an Officer of the Order of Arts and Letters of France (2015) for his career and in recognition of his numerous actions to promote French culture.