Joana Bartolomeu
Born in Portugal. Degree in graphic design at IADE Lisbon. Worked for a childrens channel on the web where I developed small animated stories and web games. Studied traditional animation at Citen/Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation where I reinforced my passion for puppet animation.

At Citen, and after doing a special effects workshop with Colin H.Arthur (Dreamfactory), I felt I needed to go abroad, develop my animation skills, explore more techniques and open my horizons. My last film "Aluga-se", a student collaboration, was shown at Cinanima 2002 (Portugal).

With the support of a Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation scholarship, I came to the NFTS. My time here has been very exciting, intense and productive, allowing me to experiment with puppet, sand and flash animation.
My first film, Returning Waves, was screened at the Berlinale Talent Campus 2004. I assisted on two graduation films before embarking on my own, and have recently provided animation for two Kodak commercials.

My dissertation research allowed me to develop eye movement and its significance in character animation and filmmaking in general. I want to continue developing stories and new ideas, as well as seeking production funding for them.

Films at the NFTS
The Tailor's Kiss
Returning Waves (Berlinale Talent Campus 2004)


Stills from "The Tailors Kiss"   Graduation film






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