We are an enterprising and professional group working in cinema, animation, culture, academia and digital marketing. By using our experiences in the animated world, we want to help create a wider audience that can enjoy and understand what animated art is all about. As we organise ReAnima International Animation Festival, embracing novelty, variety and international influences are our means to achieve our goals.
MrKropka aka J.S. Álvarez
FESTIVAL AND PROGRAM DIRECTOR
MrKropka is a script writer for cinema, television and animation. In recent years, he has been specializing in and writing about international animation. Since 2013, he has organized and curated various animation events around the world involving festivals as different and diverse as: Etiuda & Anima, Stoptrik, Animateka, Animasivo, Piccolo Festival Animazione, Zubroffka, among others. He has given diverse lectures about animation, and was a member of the jury in the Animateka Festival in 2017. In addition, he has organized a small European distribution circuit for the Mexican Animasivo festival and other individual screenings in cultural centres, achieving a collaboration between several festivals for the sake of the big passion that unites them all – animation.
It is perhaps this independent and outside-the-rules spirit that made him seriously consider founding ReAnima in Bergen. He believes that the ReAnima festival is a cultural and artistic channel for bringing new perspectives and helping us to understand and maintain a dialogue with the global environment in our times.
HEAD OF PRODUCTION
Simon Furdal is a stop-motion animator and artist based in Bergen. He has animated and created props for films such as Hakkebakkeskogen (In the Forest of Huckybucky, 2016) and the Solan og Ludvig-trilogy (Luis and Luca, 2013, 2015 and 2018), for Qvisten Animation AS.
He’s also worked on several other projects in Bergen and Oslo as an animator, puppet creator and painter.
Simon has a bachelor’s degree in Animation from Volda University College. In addition, he has completed a one-year course at the Faculty of Fine Art, Music and Design at the University of Bergen, officially qualifying him as an Assistant Professor of Arts and Design.
Simon currently works as an arts and crafts teacher at a local Bergen junior high school, where animation is part of the curriculum.
Simon first collaborated with ReAnima as an animator and a volunteer worker in the autumn of 2018. He joined ReAnima as an official festival team member in August of 2019.
Ingvild Abildgaard Jansen
PRODUCER AND SPEAKER
Born and raised in Bergen, Ingvild Abildgaard Jansen always wished for more animation-related activities in her hometown. Ingvild officially joined the ReAnima festival team in January of 2018, wanting to contribute to the festival with her relevant work experiences and her theoretical knowledge of animation.
Ingvild is a media scholar with a master’s degree in Media Studies from the University of Bergen, where she currently works. Ingvild wrote her Media Studies bachelor’s thesis on the evolution of the Norwegian animation industry, and she wants to do more animation research. Luckily, her side job at the Great Norwegian Encyclopedia (Store norske leksikon) allows her to write and edit articles about animation. Since joining ReAnima, she’s also been able to hold annual lectures on animation history, in her role as Speaker for the festival.
Ingvild’s other interests within the field of Media Studies include podcast and radio (the subject of her master’s thesis), documentaries, TV, media representation, freedom of speech, freedom of information, surveillance and privacy, and the future of media technology. Ingvild also has a bachelor’s degree in Japanese language and culture from the University of Bergen, with a year abroad at Ritsumeikan University in Kyoto.
Martin is originally from Germany and worked in Bergen for a bit. Even though he doesn’t pursue animation professionally he is really invested in the organisation of the festival and contributes with his expertise in web development. He joined the ReAnima team in February 2019.
Solveig Øybekk Paasche
Solveig Øybekk Paasche is one of the two founders of ReAnima International Film Festival. Together with J.S. Álvarez, she started ReAnima in 2017. Solveig was one of ReAnima‘s most enthusiastic team members, and worked very hard to build the festival.
Solveig was the first Organization Director for ReAnima. Simon Furdal took over this position in the autumn of 2019, because Solveig wanted to focus on her studies in expressive arts therapy. The position title of Organization Director has now been changed to Head of Production.
Solveig was born and raised in Bergen. She has a degree in Visual Arts obtained at Sunnhordland Folk High School, Intercultural Understanding obtained at NLA University College, and she has graduated as a disability nurse. Her educational background reflects her desire and need to make personal contributions to society. Through her work, Solveig realized that creativity can be a good tool for disabled people to express their feelings and emotions. This is why she wants to continue studying expressive arts therapy. Furthermore, she is highly committed to promoting international animation.
Jørgen Hansen is a politics graduate from the University of Bergen. He has worked and studied in the US, China, Hong Kong and Taiwan. When he is not marketing and helping run events and festivals, he produces music.
Jørgen joined the ReAnima team for the 2019 Edition of ReAnima.