Hi 24 - Animation seminar 10- 11 april

For the second year in a row we are organizing the seminar Hi24 at Sörängens Folkhögskola! During these two days, we will pinpoint how we can strengthen the animated film in Sweden and the Nordic countries. We extend a hand to people in the industry and other educations!

If you would like to attend, please register via this form:

Register here. (Extern länk)


The theme for this year’s seminar is production. We have invited various production companies and people from film institutes from several Nordic countries. How can we as a school contribute to an increased production of animation? Can education and industry cooperate for the development of the animated film? What is being done now and what can we do differently?


The education at Sörängens Folkhögskola is a three-year basic education in animation. We have high ambitions and want to play an active role in the development of Swedish animation, primarily by offering a relevant and high-quality education but also by being a meeting place where we can discuss animated film.


Wednesday 10/4

08:30-09:00 Opening speech

09:00-10:30 Aurelia Aasa (EE) Film producer & critic.With her production company AAA Creative she focuses on projects that are bold, fresh and lined with dark humor.

10:30-11:00 Fika

11:00-12:30 Anna Mantzaris (SV) Animation director & filmmaker. With a mix of darkness and humor Anna explores themes like what it is to be human today. Her films has won over 90 international awards.

Anna brings us behind the scenes of her filmmaking, talking about her process, what it’s been like going from student to working in the industry and directing a larger team.

12:30-13:30 Lunch

13:30-15:00 Luce Grosjean (FR) Film producer. Co-creator of Miyu Distribution, specialized in the distribution of animated short films produced by leading animation schools and independent production companies

What is short film distribution? Introduction of Miyu Distribution and the specificities of the distribution of short films.

15:00-15:30 Fika

15:30-16:30 Forest walk

16:30-18:00 Film screening

18:00-19:30 Dinner

19:30-21:00 Tour of school, network, hang out!

21:00-22:00 ICHI (JP/UK) Concert.Taking the one-man band concept to another level, Japanese performer ICHI employs a plethora of weird and wonderful instruments to harmonious effect.

Thursday 11/4

08:30-10:30 Presentation of panel participants

09:00-10:30 Panel discussion

Aurelia Aasa (EE), Juan Pablo Libossart (SV), Arna Marie Bersaas (NO)

Led by Pär Berg

10:30-11:00 Fika

11:00-12:30 Network meeting

12:30-13:30 Lunch


More information about our speakers

Aurelia Aasa

Aurelia Aasa is a producer and film critic with years of experience. In 2019 she was named the Film Journalist of the Year by the Estonian Association of Film Journalists. With her production company AAA Creative she focuses on projects that are bold, fresh and lined with dark humour. 

In less than three years, AAA has emerged as one of the fastest-growing animation companies in Estonia. AAA's productions include dark animated comedy SIERRA (dir. Sander Joon, 2022) which travelled to more than 200 film festivals and was acquired by The Criterion Channel, ARTE, YLE etc. It was the first Estonian animation

shortlisted at the Academy Awards. Currently, she's on the festival circuit with a trippy virtual cat adventure MIISUFY (dir. Liisi Grünberg, 2023). Her upcoming projects include an animated short YUMMY (dir. Martinus Klemet, 2024) and an animated feature comedy with multi-awarded animation director Sander Joon. Besides running her company, Aurelia Aasa is an animation production lecturer at the Estonian Academy of Arts.


Anna Mantzaris

Anna Mantzaris is an animation director and filmmaker who works in stop-motion technique. She both creates her own films and works on commissions, including for Apple and Greenpeace.

Anna often blends darkness with humor and a great deal of humanity, exploring themes such as what it means to be human today. Her films have won over 90 international awards.

She has also animated for Wes Anderson and been a guest lecturer at institutions such as the Royal College of Art, the National Film and Television School, and Konstfack.

Anna will take us behind the scenes of her filmmaking process, discussing her approach, the transition from student to working professional in the industry, directing a large team, and balancing commissioned work with personal projects.


Luce Grosjean

In 2014 Luce Grosjean founded Sève Films, a distribution company destined to promote student films in animation festivals, but also young talent directors. In 2017, she associated with Miyu Productions to create Miyu Distribution, specialized in distribution in festivals and international sales for animation.

Four of the films that she distributed have been nominated at the Oscars, one to the César and her films are known international successes.  Her company received the award of the best short film distribution company in 2020 by UniFrance and La Fête du Court Métrage. 

In 2021, she signed her first feature films, Archipel by the Canadian Felix Dufour-Laperrière and Dozens of Norths directed by the Japanese Koji Yamamura. She curated a short film program released in the theaters in France, erotico-trash, named “Plan cul la praline”.


Arna Marie Bersaas

After several years working at festivals, for both for Music and Film, Arna have been working at Norwegian Film Institute since January 1998.
She has many years of experience with Festival distribution and International Relations both for Short and Documentary Films, and Since 2020 with focus on TV series and Shortfilms.


Juan Pablo Libossart

Juan Pablo Libossart is a film producer, director, and screenwriter, born in 1978 in Argentina. He has worked as a teacher and lecturer at several universities such as Stockholm University of the Arts (SKH), and VIA University College, Viborg, Denmark.

Between 2017-2021, he was a documentary film commissioner at the Swedish Film Institute. During a five-year period at SFI, he read over a thousand applications seeking financial support from the institution, funding a number of films.

He is the director and screenwriter of the short film Amalimbo, which competed at the 2016 Venice Film Festival and was nominated for the European Film Awards, among others.

Juan has produced films for various directors, including Erik Gandini's acclaimed documentary The Swedish Theory of Love (2016) and Cosmopolitanism (2015), and Jesper Ganslandt's Jimmie (2018) to name a few.

He is currently working on a new film as a director. The project is an animated documentary called "Cartas", produced by Antonio Russo Merenda, at the production company Ginestra Film.


Practical information

How to get here

The event will be held att Sörängens folkhögskola, Rågången 4, 571 38 Nässjö

Google maps link (Extern länk)

Nässjö Central is a railway junction with great connections both north to Stockholm and south to Malmö & Copenhagen with trains leaving about once an hour.
From the central station you can take bus number 64 that will take you here in 10 minutes. The bus station is called Nässjö Sörängens folkhögskola and is located just outside the school.
Alternatively you can get here by foot in about 30 minutes. If you have any issue with travel please let us know!

Where to stay

If you would like to stay the night we recommend Hotel Högland that is situated just outside the central station. If you’re a group and would like a cheaper alternative there is also Lövhult camping that has both hostel and cottages for housing 2-6 people.