Laura Vandewynckel is born in 1986 in West-Flanders (Belgium). In 2008 she graduated as a Germanic Philologer at Ghent University. After having studied three years of Dramatic Arts, she then trained as an animation film maker at the RITCS School of Arts Brussels. In 2013 she completed her first stop-motion puppet film What’s On and graduated with Paradise in 2014. Paradise, a light-hearted yet critical reflection on the ethics of tourism, received several awards at international film festivals and got selected for the Cinéfondation Cannes and Toronto International Film Festival 2015. Her first professional film, Pharmakos, a fiction film with puppetry came to existence with the support of the Cinéfondation and the Greek Film Center. Currently she works as a freelance director, actor, storyboarder, graphic designer, animator, props and puppet builder for film and TV series and teaches animation film to adults and youngsters. She is a member of the Flanders Union of Directors. Currently she is developing a stop-motion short film Le Crépuscule dealing with nightmare politics and social responsibility, supported by Flanders Audiovisual Fund. In the winter of 2017-18 she worked as an artist in residence at Sacatar Foundation Brazil, where she started shooting for her long feature documentary Pharmakoi, also supported by Flanders Audiovisual Fund. From 2019 till 2022 she will be working as a PhD researcher at RITCS and VUB investigating automata as a trigger for social change.
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