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Signe was born in Latvia, lived there till she was 18 then went to Moscow to study Philosophy where she obtained BA in Philosophy. In 1989 Signe started to work in Riga’s Animated Film Studio as a cell painter and part time animator. From 1991 to 1993 she received three grants and produced her first 3 animated films. In September 1995 Signe left for New York with three of her Latvian films tucked behind the belt, looking for independence. As soon as she arrived to New York she got the best possible teacher of Animated Independence - Bill Plympton, in whose studio she started to work in January 1996.
Signe worked on his 3 features and countless shorts and learned a lot how independent animation studio works. She also learned how to make animated films independently from government grants - fast and cheap.
With the lessons learned Signe started producing films on her own and regularly travels to festivals with the films. Her interest in promoting her own and other independent animators work extended into collaboration with festival programmers. She is a programing adviser for Florida Film Festival, Red Bank International Film Festival, Woodstock Film Festival. She has initiated and curated numbers of independent animation programs and is in the organizing core of Square Footage Films - New York group of independent animators that self publishes and self distributes DVDs of their work.
She has been invited to be a Judge in Red Shift Film Festival in New York 2004, Florida Film Festival 2004, Annecy International Animated Film Festival 2004 and Ottawa International Animated Film Festival 2004.
Signe Baumane is a 2005 fellow in Film from the New York Foundation for the Arts as well as a Member of Academy Of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
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