Dhimant Vyas
Animation Film Designer

Dhimant Vyas is a veteran Animation Film Designer. He is currently working as a Creative Director with the leading social game company Zynga Games pvt. Ltd. Dhimant Vyas is an alumnus of the National Institute of Design (NID) His previous work includes the title animation sequence for the highly acclaimed Hindi feature film 'Taare Zameen Par', which was directed by Bollywood superstar Aamir Khan. During an earlier stint at Aardman Animation Ltd. Dhimant has worked as an animator on Shaun the sheep, Purple & Brown and Creature Comforts USA TV series. He has worked with brands like BBC, UNICEF, FCB ULKA, Zee TV, MTV, Cartoon Network and Nickelodeon, to name just a few. His work for Taare Zameen Par, Happy Planet, Cute Bunny, Y-snore, MTV promos and his photography have won him several national and international awards .

He has a vast experience in creating animation using various techniques like Stop Motion, 2D Classical, Cut Out, Material, Sand, Pixilation and Flash. Dhimant's web site: www.dhimantvyas.com and blog: www.dhimantvyas.com/blog

Marshall Vandruff
Interactive Storyteller and Artist (Laguna, California)

Marshall Vandruff has worked as a writer, illustrator, voice-over artist and consultant for over thirty years. His clients include MAD Magazine, Warner Brothers, Hanna-Barbera, Dark Horse Comics, Nickelodeon, Insomniac Games, Disneyland, LeapFrog, Rockstar, Blizzard Entertainment, AutoDesk, The Gnomon Workshop, ImagineFX, and over 40 advertising agencies.

Since 1984, he as taught over 200 Drawing, Anatomy, and Storytelling courses at colleges, universities, and corporations in southern California, and is featured in the 10th Edition of 'Who's Who Among America's Teachers'. www.marshallart.com

Peter Shiao
Founder & CEO Orb Media Group (Beijing/Los Angeles)

Peter Shiao is the Founder and CEO of Orb Media Group and entertainment company based in Los Angeles and Beijing that produces, finances and markets entertainment franchises with transformational themes, led by films and on-line games that unite international and Chinese markets.

Among Orb's major initiatives is a comprehensive partnership with the 1500 year old Shaolin Temple to deliver film, games, television, animation, virtual worlds and merchandizing along its core transmedia methodology.

Formerly, Peter served as CEO of Ironpond, a US and Asia based finance/production company that specializes in Chinese-Hollywood co-productions and managed joint venture projects with the China Film GRoup and China Film Co-production Corporation in film finance, digital media and co-productions. Peter also produced films under the Celestial Pictures banner that he co-founded, including 'Restless' the first ever official US-China film co-production.

In November 2010, Peter chaired the US-China Film Summit and brought together key leaders from both hollywood and China to strategize on the future of cooperation between the two spheres. Peter graduated from UCLA with a degree in political science, and attended graduate school in public policy as a State Senate Fellow. www.orbmediagroup.com

Raghava KK
Contemporary Artist

Raghava KK was born in 1980 in Bangalore, India and has traveled extensively around the world. He is a self-taught artist working in a variety of mediums ranging from painting, performance, installation, sculpture to film. He began his career working as a cartoonist for national newspapers in India. He quickly became interested in the artist’s journey, intrigued by the wide range of possibilities the world of art has to offer.

Stylistically, Raghava exerts a broad range of techniques. His work frequently investigates the human figure and confronts issues of gender, beauty, idealism, unconventionality and societal conformity. His androgynous depictions of the human figure challenge the cultural notions of gender roles, sexuality, and power structures developed throughout political and visual histories. He often plays with the combination of realistic renderings injunction with caricatured forms to delineate its actual existence in comparison to its exaggerated and mutated manifestation. Raghava’s work employs mythological references, confessional narratives and utilizes the juxtaposition of iconic and grotesque depictions to evoke dialogues pertaining to the concept of the hybrid. As he evolves and encounters new experiences his work also undergoes transitions relevant to the time period in which it was executed. Raghava believes in continually reinventing himself through the exploration of new ideas and materials and does not limit himself to specific genres.

Among his latest work is the adorable children’s book 'A New Friend for Rudra' and his latest iPad application 'Pop-It' has been featured on Forbes.com and Mashable

Private Collectors, celebrities and important figures in the international art scene instantly recognized his talent. Raghava’s work has been auctioned by Queens Museum, Christie’s NY and he was recently invited to show his work at Carre d’Arte Contemporain in Nimes, France. Raghava has received grants from various organizations including the Robin Hood Foundation and the American India Foundation. He has taught and lectured at multiple Art Institutes across the world. Raghava resides and works in both India and the United States.

Robyn Kershaw
Principal, Robyn Kershaw Productions (Melbourne/Perth, Australia)

Robyn is one of Australia's most well respected film, television and theatre producers. She produced 'Bran Nue Dae' directed by Rachel Perkins. In 2009 Bran Nue Dae premiered at the Melbourne Film Festival, Toronto Film Festival, The Dubai International Film Festival and in 2010 the Sundance Film Festival. In competition at the Berlin International Film Festival, the London Australian Film Festive, the Cannes Cinephile, the Seattle International Film Festival and the Taipei Film Festival. It was the second highest grossing Australian Film in Australia in 2010.

Robyn's first feature, 'Looking for Alibrandi' was box office hit in Australia and won five AFI Awards, including Best Film and Best Actress. She was the Head of Drama and Narrative Comedy at ABC from 2001 to 2004. Kershaw has served on the board of the Australian Film Finance Corporation and is currently on the board of ScreenWest-Australia. www.rkershawproductions.com