Špela Čadež has been working as an independent animation director and producer since 2008. Interested mainly in hands-on analogue traditional animation, her films have received more than 100 awards worldwide. BOLES (2013), a short puppet animation, received e.g. a Grand Prix at DOK Leipzig, Golden Spike at the Valladollid Festival and was a Nominee for the Cartoon d'Or, while the multiplane cut-out animation NIGHTHAWK (2016) was awarded main prizes at e.g. HAFF Festival Holland, Animafest Zagreb, and was screened in selections at festivals such as Clermont Ferrand, Annecy and Sundance. Špela Čadež is member of the American Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.