Špela Čadež was born in 1977 in Ljubljana. After graduating in design from the Academy of Fine Arts (2002) in Ljubljana, she continued her studies at the Academy of Media Arts, Cologne, Department of Media Design. During her studies she made two animated puppet films, Zasukanec (Mate to Measure) and Lovesick (Liebeskrank), which have been screened at over a hundred festivals all over the world and won more than 30 awards. Since 2008 Špela Čadež works in Slovenia as an independent animation film director and producer. Her animated film Boles (2013) screened at many festivals and won over 50 awards and honours, including a Cartoon d'Or nomination.