Joana Nogueira was born in Moledo do Minho, in 1988. In 2009, she graduated in Plastic Arts at ESAD, Caldas da Rainha. She Mastered in Illustration and Animation by the IPCA of Barcelos (2016). There, she directed her work towards the construction of puppets for animation. In 2015, she participated in the RTP 3.0 Academy, alongside Patrícia Rodrigues. Together, they directed the short documentary animation Pronto, era assim, which has been awarded prizes at national and international festivals. At the moment, she is part of the Casa da Animação team, in Oporto. She dedicates herself to teaching plastic arts to young children. At the same time she works on her personal projects, such as sculpture, animation and illustration.
Jonathan Hodgson is an independent animator based in London. He studied animation at Liverpool Polytechnic and the Royal College of Art. Since graduating in 1985, he has directed countless animated projects including short films, music videos and advertising campaigns. His feature film credits include the groundbreaking drama-documentary- animation hybrid “The Age of Stupid”, one of the first features to use the crowdfunding model. He was also the animation director of “Wonderland: The Trouble with Love and Sex”, the first full length animated documentary on British TV. He has lectured extensively in the UK and Europe, and since 2008 has run the Animation Course at Middlesex University.
Juan Pablo Zaramella
Juan Pablo Zaramella was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina. All of his independent shorts have been awarded prizes at festivals around the world. In 2010, the Annecy International Animation Festival presented a special program with a selection of his films. “Luminaris” is the most awarded short-film in history, with 326 international awards, including the Audience Award and Fipresci Award at Annecy 2011, and was in the Oscar’s Shortlist for Best Animated Short. His new short film is called “Onión”, a combination of live action and different experimental animation techniques. He recently finished “The Tiniest Man in the World”, a 52 episode series made in collaboration with France and Argentina.
Ana Rita Margaço
Ana Rita was born in Vendas Novas in 1997. She studies Visual Arts at the Escola Secundária de Camões in Lisbon. Her favorite hobbies are watching movies and travelling. She wants to be a special effects make-up artist.
João Vermelho was born in Lisbon, in 1999, and he’s currently a student at the Escola Secundária de Camões, where he studies Visual Arts. He’s interested in pursuing a career in multimedia and is fascinated by photography. He loves music, sports and travelling.
Adriana Abreu is 17 years old and she studies visual arts. Her passions are music, dance, circus and cinema. She would like to work in show business after graduating.