CINANIMA launches “Perspectives on Portuguese Animation”

CINANIMA is pleased to announce the release of two bilingual publications offering a comprehensive and detailed insight into contemporary Portuguese animation. This initiative arises as a result of the symposia “Perspectives on Portuguese Animation,” held in the years 2021 and 2022 within the scope of CINANIMA. The symposia were moderated by Professor Pedro Serrazina from Universidade Lusófona and Professor Cátia Peres from the University of Algarve, respectively.

The publications explore both the creative and technical aspects of the work of two prominent pairs in the Portuguese animation scene: David Doutel and Vasco Sá, and Alexandra Ramires and Laura Gonçalves.

To present these works to the interested public, a series of events have been scheduled at various Higher Education institutions in Portugal. Researchers and academics were present to discuss and share insights into the characteristics of the works of animation filmmakers.

The itinerancy of the publications’ presentations began in Lisbon, at Universidade Lusófona, on April 19. The event took place within the Truth, Simulation, Anomaly Symposium on “Animation in the Age of Artificial Intelligence,” organized by Pedro Serrazina, Natalie Woolf, Birgitta Hosea, and Tereza Stehlikova. The publications “Perspectives on Portuguese Animation” were presented by Pedro Serrazina himself, editor of the first publication and mentor of this project, at Cinema Fernando Lopes, with the fundamental support of the Institute of Cinema and Audiovisual and Universidade Lusófona.

The next stop was in Porto. The presentation took place at ESAD Matosinhos on April 23, where the “Perspectives” were presented by Marina Estela Graça, filmmaker, researcher, and animation professor, one of the authors of the second publication. Then, still with Marina Estela Graça, we headed to the Centro de Cultura do P. Porto as part of the celebration of the 50th anniversary of April 25, “Culture Celebrates April,” which includes various activities ranging from cinema, literature, photojournalism, and debates.

The journey continued in the south, at the University of Algarve, with the presentation by Cátia Peres, moderator of the symposium in the 2022 and 2023 editions of CINANIMA and editor of the second publication of this project, at the Paulo Freire Auditorium, School of Education and Communication Building, on April 24.

On the same day, in Portalegre, the presentation took place at the Polytechnic Institute of Portalegre, in Building 2, Amphitheatre E1, School of Technology, Management and Design. This time, we had Magda Cordas, professor, visual artist, researcher, and one of the authors of the publication on the work of filmmakers David Doutel and Vasco Sá.

Finally, the last presentation took place at the IPCA School of Design in Barcelos, with the presentation by Gabriela Sá, researcher, lecturer, artist, and one of the authors of the second publication on the work of filmmakers Alexandra Ramires and Laura Gonçalves, still on the same day.

Both publications are now available online for download, offering a unique opportunity to delve into the fascinating world of Portuguese animation and discover the talents and stories behind the most recent and innovative works.

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