Špela Čadež, born in 1977, graduated in Graphic Design in Ljubljana, Slovenia, in 2002. She continued her studies at the Academy of Media Arts Cologne, Germany, and has been working as an independent animation director and producer since 2008. Her films have been screened worldwide. Boles (2013), a short puppet animation, has received 50 awards, distinctions and nominations including a Grand Prix at DOK Leipzig and Best Debut Award at Hiroshima Festival. Moreover, it was screened in competition at 150 festivals. Špela Čadež’ latest film Nighthawk (2016) has received 23 awards and distinctions up to date with Grand Prix at HAFF Festival Holland and Animafest Zagreb. It has been screened in selections at festivals such as Sundance, Clermont Ferrand and Annecy.