The 31st Conference of the

Society for Animation Studies

June 17-21, 2019

Background drawing from Estória do Gato e da Lua / Tale About the Cat and the Moon (1995)

Keynote speakers and special events

Jayne Pilling

Animation specialist, tutor and researcher.
Keynote presentation
Animation is a place: near and far
  • 18th June, 9.30am: Auditório Agostinho da Silva, Universidade Lusófona

After working in independent cinemas, Jayne spent 11 years at the British Film Institute, then went freelance. She has since worked in the UK and internationally, as an animation specialist and historian, and film curator for festivals and museums, and has served on over 35  international festival juries. Founder/director of the British Animation Awards, 1996-2018), she has also been the curator, publisher and distributor of  over 20 DVD collections of independent animation, both British and international.

Has taught and lectured at the Royal College of Art, London, in Europe, the USA and Asia and was a Research Fellow in Animation at the Norwich School of the Arts, East Anglia University. Directed Channel 4 TV series about European animation. Curated international symposia on the relations between animation and other art forms (UK, Italy, Portugal).

Books include Animating the Unconscious: Desire & Sexuality in Animation: 2D & Beyond; A Reader in Animation Studies; Cartoons & the Movies; Women & Animation: A Compendium. These books are on the syllabus as required reading on university courses around the world, and regularly cited in reference bibliographies in books by academics and PhD students. Also commissioned to write articles for publications in France, China, Italy, Taiwan, Austria, Switzerland, Spain.

Member of the Commission de Selection, for the Abbaye Fontrevaud Animator in Residency Programme, France, 2009 -2016.

Work in print and broadcast media, television and radio; appeared on BBC Television, Canal Plus España, ITV, Canal Plus France, Swiss TV (TVSR), in connection to animation.

Animation programmer for London Film Festival (1998- 2013). Director, Cardiff International Animation Festival (1993-1995).

In 2019 Jayne will be the recipient of the Zagreb International Festival World Council’s Award for Contribution to Animation.

Nina Sabnani

Professor and animation director
Keynote presentation
Moving Places in Space
  • 19th June, 9.30am: Auditório Agostinho da Silva, Universidade Lusófona

Professor Nina Sabnani is an artist and storyteller who uses film, illustration and writing to tell her stories.

Her research interests include exploring the dynamics between words and images in book illustration and films.

Her approach to film making is collaborative, ethnographic and participatory.

Nina’s animated films have received several awards including the Rajatkamal National award from the president of India in 2016. Recently she received the lifetime achievement award for Illustration from Tata Trusts at the Tata Lit Live Festival at Mumbai, 2018.

Nina is Professor at the Industrial Design Centre, IIT Bombay.

Noel Palazzo

Co-director of Punto Y Raya Festival
Sonic Landscapes and Spatial Constructions
  • Presentation and screening
  • 17th June, 7pm: Cinemateca Portuguesa,Sala M. Félix Ribeiro

Noel Palazzo is a curator, screenwriter, lecturer and researcher with a special interest in abstract film, and the rich intersection between Fine Arts and Media. She occasionally delves into making experimental videos and animations, and writes essays as a film critic. A couple of her short films have been awarded internationally.

Since 2004 she has been a member of MAD, a non-profit association based in Barcelona. Devoted to cultural engineering, MAD develops projects involving science, art and technology. Punto y Raya Festival is their greatest endeavour to date, championing abstract film and animation worldwide. In its ten-year trajectory it has become the benchmark for Abstract Art in Motion.

Since 2008 she has also been a member of the iotaCenter’s Advisory Council in Los Angeles·CA.

She acts as a juror for various international festivals, and curates special programmes of avantgarde film and animation.

Regina Pessoa

Animation Director
Regina Pessoa talks about the process behind her latest film “Uncle Thomas, Ac-counting for the Days”
  • Presentation and screening
  • 17th June, 5pm: Universidade Lusófona de Lisboa, Auditório Agostinho da Silva.

Born in Coimbra – Portugal, 1969. Graduated from Oporto’s Fine Art’s School. In 1992 she started working as animator at the studio Filmografo in Porto-Portugal. In 1999 she directs her first film “The Night” using animated engraving on plaster plates.

Since then, using various animated engraving techniques she has continued directing her films such as “Tragic Story with Happy End” in 2005 and “Kali the Little Vampire” in 2012.

Her films has since gone on to win prizes around the world, including Grand Prix Annecy’06 – France; Grand Prix SICAF 2006 – South Korea; Grand Prix Animated Shorts SXSW 2007 (South by Southwest Film Conference and Festival) – USA; twice finalist of Cartoon d’Or (2006 and 2013) – Europe; “Oscars” 2007 Shortlist – USA; Hiroshima Prize 2012 – Japan; Annie Awards Nomination in the Best Animated Short Subject Category, 2013 – USA; etc.

In 2016 became Senior Lecturer at Animationsinstitut – FILMAKADEMIE, Germany. In 2018 became a Member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. In 2109, she directed “UNCLE THOMAS – Accounting for the days”, a co-production Ciclope/Portugal; NFB/Canada; les Armateurs/France.



Toward the Next Generation of Character-Driven, Narrative Animation
19th June, 5pm: Universidade Lusófona de Lisboa, Auditório Agostinho da Silva.

Author of Acting for Animators, Revised 4th Edition (Routledge), has presented his Acting for Animators  masterclass at most major animation studios and video game companies internationally, as well as at many schools and animation festivals.  Before beginning work with animators in 1996, at DreamWorks/PDI, Ed was a professional actor and teacher for 25 years, with credits in all media, primarily in NYC and Los Angeles.  (See IMDB).  He is a pioneer in applying classical acting theory to narrative animation and has presented at SIGGRAPH, GDC and other conferences.  He is on the Program Board for the FMX Animation Conference in Stuttgart, Germany. Ed and his wife, Cally, live in Lisbon, Portugal.

Ghosts and Whispers

Directed by the Quay Brothers, performed live by Clare Hammond

19th June, 7pm: Cinemateca Portuguesa, Sala M. Félix Ribeiro

Incomplete movements by composers including Schubert, Mozart, Wagner, Janacek, Stravinsky, Jacquet de la Guerre and Schumann, are interleaved with movements from John Woolrich’s Pianobooks. These combine in an unbroken sequence of shards, fragments, last thoughts and absences, creating an unpredictable and unsettling succession of differing sound worlds. The audience is perpetually disorientated by a succession of shadows, illusions and broken promises that gradually slides into darkness, erasure and death.

Performed under dimmed lights in intimate and atmospheric surroundings by acclaimed pianist Clare Hammond, accompanied by a specially conceived film from the Quay Brothers, composed of unused fragments from earlier works.


Acclaimed as a pianist of “amazing power and panache” (The Telegraph), Clare Hammond is recognised for the virtuosity and authority of her performances and has developed a “reputation for brilliantly imaginative concert programmes” (BBC Music Magazine). In 2016, she won the Royal Philharmonic Society’s ‘Young Artist Award’ in recognition of outstanding achievements. In the 2017/18 season, Clare performed Edwin Roxburgh’s Concerto for Piano and Winds with the BBC Symphony Orchestra (Michael Seal) and Panufnik’s Piano Concerto with the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra (Jacek Kaspszyk). She recently made the world premiere recording of two keyboard concertos by Myslivecek with the Swedish Chamber Orchestra and conductor Nicholas McGegan for BIS Records. BBC Radio 3 and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra have co-commissioned composer Kenneth Hesketh to write a concerto for Clare, to be premiered in 2019 with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales. Clare completed a BA at Cambridge University, where she obtained a double first in music, and undertook postgraduate study with Ronan O’Hora at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama.


John Woolrich’s music has been performed throughout the world by leading orchestras including the London Philharmonic, the Philharmonia, the Academy of St Martin in the Fields and all the BBC orchestras. He has been Artistic Director of both the Aldeburgh Festival and Dartington Summer School and until recently was Professor of Music at Brunel University. A number of preoccupations thread through his music: the art of creative transcription- Ulysses Awakes, for instance, is a recomposition of a Monteverdi aria, and The Theatre Represents a Garden: Night is based on fragments of Mozart—and a fascination with machinery and mechanical processes, heard in many pieces including The Ghost in the Machine and The Barber’s Timepiece. Recent pieces include Capriccio for violin and strings, commissioned by the Scottish Ensemble for the 2009 Proms, Between the Hammer and the Anvil, for the London Sinfonietta, a violin concerto, for Carolin Widmann and the Northern Sinfonia, and Falling Down, a double bassoon concerto for Margaret Cookhorn and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra.

Quay Brothers

Theatre and Opera: The Birthday Party (Harold Pinter Theatre), An Evening At The Talkhouse (National Theatre), Theatre of the World (Amsterdam/ L.A Philharmonic), Love For Three Oranges (Opera North/ENO), A Flea In Her Ear (Old Vic), Mazeppa (Bregenz Festival/Nederland Opera), Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme (National Theatre), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Almeida), The Chairs (Royal Court), Baalaams Fest (Weiner Festwochen), The Cricket Recovers (Aldeburgh/Almeida) and Paul Bunyan (Bregenz/Luzern). Puppet animation films: Street of Crocodiles; Rehearsals for Extinct Anatomies; In Absentia; Maska; Unmistaken Hands. Live-Action films: Institute Benjamenta & The Pianotuner of Earthquakes. Ballet films with Will Tuckett: Duet and Sandman. On Deciphering The Pharmacist’s Prescription For Lip-Reading Puppets – a recent retrospective of their work at MoMA in New York, then transferred to The Eye in Amsterdam, Barcelona & Madrid and presently touring in Japan.

Museu Bordalo

free guided tours for SAS member

Museum dedicated to the life and work of Rafael Bordalo Pinheiro (1846-1905), artist of utmost importance in the Portuguese cultural panorama of the late nineteenth century. Bordalo Pinheiro was a remarkable caricaturist whose graphic work has depicted a criticism that runs through the Portuguese social and political life. He was the creator of Zé Povinho, the archetype of the Portuguese man that still today remains as leading fictitious actor within the Portuguese lore. He worked as a ceramist influenced by the traditional pottery from Caldas da Rainha and several design trends of the time – naturalism and Art Nouveau. The Museum assembles the artists most complete collection, a specialized Library and a Temporary Exhibitions Gallery with the purpose of establishing a dialogue between the work of Bordalo Pinheiro and the production of contemporary artists.

The participants of Society for Animation Studies conference are invited to visit the Museu, which is located at 100 meters from Universidade Lusofona, (from 10 am to 6 pm)

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