Manuel Šumberac (1988, Pula) graduated at the Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb, Department of Animation and New Media. He worked as lead animator on two animated shorts Gulliver (2009, dir. Zdenko Bašić) and Industry (2013, dir. Livio Rajh). He made four short animated films Escargot (2010), In the Shadow (2011/12), Clockwork Heart (2013) and The Oars (2011), and three music videos for Croatian musician Gibonni. He has also illustrated several picture books, as well as numerous book covers published in different countries and in several languages.