Ilja Bereznickas

Ilja Bereznickas, born in 1948, is a Lithuanian filmmaker, animator and caricaturist. Bereznickas is a key figure in the Nordic and Baltic animation scene, and his career spans over four decades, including work for an animated feature in Norway during the nineties. His filmography includes several animated short films, and he is an acclaimed teacher and draughtsman. Ilja Bereznickas studied architecture at Kaunas Polytechnic Institute, and later film at the School of Scriptwriters and Film Directors in Moscow, Russia. Since 1985, he has been working at the National Lithuanian Film Studio as a director, artist and animator. In 2002 he initiated and became the Head of the Animation Programme at Vilnius Academy of Art as part of the Photography and Media Art Faculty. He has also taught animation in Israel, Norway and Lithuania. The festival board of Fredrikstad Animation Festival honours Ilja Bereznickas with a retrospective programme and an exhibition during the festival.