Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore

Panel on Animation

The American Dream of European Animation

Panel on Animation in collaboration with Scuola Civica Luchino Visconti

This panel will be part of the Milan Movie Week and it will be open to a general audience
 (not only the participants to the SRN conference)

Saturday, September 15, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore
Largo Gemelli, 1, Milano  – Aula Pio XI

The general topic of the panel will be how quality in writing can help European animation (and, more generally, animation based in countries that are not U.S.) to grow. In Europe animation has costs that are frequently much lower than in U.S., but the difference in quality is frequently mainly in the concepts of the story and in the development: it is a question of quality of writing. How to improve this key aspect of animation production?

Gaia Bracco teaches History of Animation at Luchino Visconti School of Cinema in Milan. Since 2001 she has been working as a freelance screenwriter for short films and Flash animation director-artist for production companies, musicians, screenwriters and directors. She created several indipendent animated short films showed in various Italian festivals, and her work was distributed by Filmaker's Magazine. In 2005 she founded the Bravo Ma Basta Film Festival, for promoting low budget indipendent short films.

Jordi Gasull is the founder of 4 CATS PICTURES. He works both as a producer and a screenwriter. Among his films there are some big commercial hits like the two Tadeo Jones movies –among the highest Spanish grossing films in last years- and Capture the Flag (Atrapa la bandera), which has been distributed by Paramount in more than 30 countries in the world.  He won four Goya Prizes (Academia de Cine Español) for his work as a writer and as a producer.

Chris Pallant  (Canterbury Christ Church University) is the author of Demistifying Disney (2011), Storyboarding: A Critical History (2015) and editor of Animated Landscapes: History, Form and Function (2015) and Animation: Collected Published Writings (2018). He is also the Founding Series Editor of Bloomsbury’s Animation: Key Films/Filmmakers. He currently serves as Vice-President for the Society for Animation Studies and is Festival Director for Canterbury Anifest.

Giorgio Scorza is CEO, co-founder and Art director of the Studio Movimenti Production srl. Giorgio is an author/director/producer of animation and multimedia projects, especially in International Tv series for kids. After winning the International Festival for Students Cinema in Poitiers (2003) and being a finalista at Annecy Festival (2004) he founded with Davide Rossi Movimenti Production, active today especially in International animation Tv series for kids  (Lupo, Topo Gigio, OPS..). He teaches direction and production at the Istituto Europeo di Design in Milan. In 2018 he is among the founder of ForFun Media, an Italian network Tv for the production of Animated Tv Series. He is the president of the association Animation Italia.

Paul Wells  is Director of the Animation Academy, Loughborough University, UK and Chair of the Association of British Animation Collections. He is an established writer and director for Theatre, TV, Radio and Film, currently in development on an animated feature and sport training films. He recently curated a major exhibition - The Beautiful Frame: Animation & Sport’ - and his new book, ‘Screenwriting for Animation’ is published later this year.

Armando Fumagalli is full professor of Semiotics and History of Cinema, and Director of the Master in International Screenwriting and Production at the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore in Milan.  He is also, since 1999,  a script consultant for the production company Lux vide (War and Peace, Anna Karenina, Medici. Masters of Florence). Among his many books, Creatività al potere. (2013) is partly dedicated to Pixar. He has recently published with Raffaele Chiarulli an edition for screenwriters of Aristotle’s Poetics (Audino 2018).