Judges 2018



Tom Bancroft


Tom Bancroft has over 30 years of experience in the animation industry, much of which was for Walt Disney Feature animation where he was an animator for 12 years on 4 animated shorts and 8 feature films of which “Beauty and the Beast,” “The Lion King,” “Aladdin”, “Pocahontas”, “Mulan”, and “Brother Bear” were part of the list. He has been nominated for Annie and Rueben division awards, spoken at the Kennedy Center and awarded an entry into the Chicago Children’s Film Festival.  

Bancroft continues to follow his creative heart by creating animation, illustration, and character designs for all the major and minor studios. His popular character design instruction books, “Creating Characters with Personality” and “Character Mentor” have become the most recognized books on designing characters and are used by art schools around the world. 

Additionally, Bancroft is co-host of the most popular Animation podcast on iTunes (“The Bancroft Brothers Animation Podcast”), and is Artist in Residence and head of the Animation undergraduate program he developed for Lipscomb University in Nashville, TN, where he lives with his family.   


Cobalt Cox


Growing up in the foothills of Tennessee, under the loving care of two artistically talented parents, Cobalt Cox often dreamed of stories about other worlds and how he could create them. Chasing those dreams brought him to East Tennessee State University, where he learned the tools of digital artistry and made lifelong connections. After earning a Bachelor of Science in Digital Media, Cox co-founded Stubolt Studios and Studio229, where he provided art direction to award-winning experiences across advertising, films and VR gaming. Cox is now serving as Director of AR/VR at Fishermen Labs, in Los Angeles, CA and excited to be see what the creators of today are dreaming up in the Over Mountain Animation Festival.


Fernando Herrera


Fernando Herrera was born in Brazil and has been working in the CGI industry for 15 years. Herrera started as a generalist and specialized in animation 10 years ago after graduating from Animation Mentor. Since then, he has worked on several projects in various media such as games, TV shows, feature film and VFX. Most notable projects include: "Ice Age: a Mammoth Christmas" for Reel FX in partnership with Blue Sky; “Ori and the Will of the Wisps,” an upcoming game for Moon Studios; and "Lino," a feature film for Start Anima on which he served as Animation Supervisor. Currently, Herrera is working as a Lead Animator at MPC Montréal.

In 2013, Herrera co-founded Blue School, an online animation school for Portuguese speakers and the school has been active ever since with lots of success. Herrera has also written the animation chapter for "3ds max projects: A Detailed Guide to Modeling, Texturing, Rigging, Animation and Lighting" published by 3Dtotal.