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Emma de Swaef and Marc Roels

Directing duo Emma de Swaef and Marc James Roels make up one of the most exciting contemporary directorial voices of today’s animation scene. Together they create uniquely memorable stop-motion stories with a sumptuous tactile quality. While Marc’s background is in live action, Emma specialises in handcrafting characters and puppets. Their trademark style includes intricately designed people with small features, crafted out of wool and felt. The pair have been named in Variety’s ‘Top 10 Animators to Watch’ and their films have been featured in the most high profile festivals including Cannes, Toronto, Telluride, Annecy and more. One of the duo’s charming shorts, ‘Oh Willy…’, picked up over 80 international accolades, while their film ‘Ce Magnifique Gâteau !’ premièred at Cannes’ prestigious Director’s Fortnight and was named by Oscar-winner Barry Jenkins “one of his favourite films of the year”. Most recently, Marc & Emma directed the first story from ‘The House’, a dark comedy anthology produced by Nexus Studios for Netflix worldwide.