Symposium “Perspectives on Portuguese Animation” / “Olhares sobre a Animação Portuguesa”

Sala Polivalente of Centro Multimeios de Espinho

13th November / 2 pm – 4 pm

The Symposium “Perspective on Portuguese Animation” aims at the (re)knowledge and the (re)positioning of animation cinema in the contemporary multidisciplinary universe, as an artistic expression of high multidimensional richness that can and should be approached and interpreted by other perspectives than those who work more directly with it.

Thus, in this first edition, CINANIMA’s Artistic Director, Pedro Serrazina, invites to the analysis of three short films by the multi-awarded directors Vasco Sá and David Doutel from BAP (Bando à Parte – Animation Studio) a panel composed by:

Paulo Viveiros: Associate professor at Universidade Lusófona de Humanidades e Tecnologias, in which he is director of the master’s degree in Animation Arts and the degree in Digital Animation. He is a founding member of Re:Anima, an international Master of Animation Cinema jointly taught by Lusófona University (Lisbon), Luca School of Arts (Genk) and Aalto University (Helsinki). He is the author of the National Film Plan’s pedagogical dossier “Trilogy of Childhood” on the films of Regina Pessoa.

Luísa Veloso: Sociologist. Professor at ISCTE – Instituto Universitário de Lisboa and researcher at the Centro de Investigação e Estudos de Sociologia of the same institution. She has been developing research in the fields of work, professions and economy. She has collaborated with various institutions in the artistic sphere, such as the Cinemateca Portuguesa, the Serralves Foundation and Alkantara. She has several publications, including the book, O trabalho no tela: memórias e identidades sociais através do cinema, in partnership with Frédéric Vidal, published in 2016, by Edições 70.

Magda Cordas: Associate professor at the Department of Arts, Design and Animation of the School of Technology and Management of the Polytechnic Institute of Portalegre, in which she is sub-coordinator of the Degree in Animation and Multimedia Design. She has a PhD in Design from the University of Aveiro with the thesis “From three-dimensional illustration to the page plan in the album for childhood in Portugal”. In the context of her professional career she has taken on the role of guest speaker/trainer in courses, training sessions and workshops at various institutions and national and international cultural events and has participated in various exhibitions, artistic and scientific projects.

– Mihaela Mihailova: She is Assistant Professor in the School of Cinema at San Francisco State University. She is the editor of Coraline: A Closer Look at Studio LAIKA’s Stop-Motion Witchcraft (Bloomsbury, 2021). She has published in Convergence: The International Journal of Research into New Media Technologies, Feminist Media Studiesanimation: an interdisciplinary journalStudies in Russian and Soviet Cinema, Flow, and Kino Kultura. She has also contributed chapters to Animating Film Theory (with John MacKay), Animated Landscapes: History, Form, and FunctionThe Animation Studies Reader, and Drawn from Life: Issues and Themes in Animated Documentary Cinema. Dr. Mihailova is the co-editor of Animation Studies ( and currently serves as Secretary of the Society for Animation Studies.

An annual scientific publication wil be one of the outcomes of this Symposium. A second step will be the itinerancy of this project with the goals of cultural dissemination and territorial decentralisation.

The Symposium will take place in a face-to-face format, with online broadcasting.

Additional Info

Short films for analysis/ interpretation:

Augur (2018)

Soot (2014)

The Shoemaker (2011)