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Daniela Fortuna is a Portuguese independent animator, currently working on her first animated documentary short film. After her graduation in New Media Art (Traditional Animation) from the Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Lisbon she started to work on different animation projects for film production companies. Her work has been selected for several national and international film festivals and exhibitions. Studied Audio Production at Academia Gerador and Interferência (Association of Intervention in Artistic Practice). While her approach is mainly drawing, she has also been working more recently with sound.


2023, Ethnographic Film, Faculty of Social and Human Sciences of the NOVA University

2021, Audio Production, Academia Gerador and Interferência (Association of Intervention in Artistic Practice)

2015, BA in New Media Art (Traditional Animation), Faculty of Fine Arts of the University of Lisbon

Extended learning

2018, The stories behind the films masterclass with Paul Driessen

2018, Music and animation masterclass with Koji Yamamura, Catherine Verhelst and Hervé Tougeron

2016, Italian independent animation conference with Paola Bristot

2015, Animation and typography conference with Rastko Ćirić

Work experience in anime industry

Tonari Animation Studio

2023, Hell's Paradise: Jigokuraku, Episode 10, MAPPA Studio
Nigen (2nd key animation and clean-up)

Work experience in independent animation cinema: auteur films and series

The light through the shadows, in production
Animated short film by Mário Gajo de Carvalho produced by Filmes do Gajo
Background design, animation and inbetweening

Thomaz de Mello Breyner Diaries, in production
Documentary series based on the book Thomaz de Mello Breyner, Relatos de uma Época, do final da Monarquia ao Estado Novo by Margarida de Magalhães Ramalho, directed by Manuel Mozos and produced by LX Filmes
Animation (Rotoscope) and painting

Poise, 2020
Animated short film by Luís Soares produced by Filmes do Gajo, 7’
Key animation, inbetweening and coloring

The boy and the owl, 2018
Animated short film by Mário Gajo de Carvalho produced by Filmes do Gajo, 12’
Additional sound design, clean-up and promotional materials

Work experience in production

2020, Production Assistant, Monitor Lisbon


2019, Bairro das Artes, Lisbon, Portugal

Film festivals selections, screenings and exhibitions

2023, Forúm de Animação, Animation Projects Pitching Event

2022, Casa em Movimento: Session #8 Estados da Matéria, Casa Branca, Portugal
2022, Casa em Movimento: Session #5 Geografias, Montemor-o-novo, Portugal
2022, Videoformes, Clermont-Ferrand, France

2020, Grey Area, with Inês Apolinário, Fábrica Braço de Prata, Lisbon, Portugal

2019, Sobre o fruto da máquina, Espaço Egeu, Lisbon, Portugal
2019, FIVA Festival Internacional de Videoarte, São Luís, Portugal
2019, Monstra Lisbon Animation Festival, Cinema São Jorge, Lisbon, Portugal
2019, Shortcutz Lisbon: Session #337, O Bom, o Mau e o Vilão, Lisbon, Portugal
2019, Videoformes, Clermont-Ferrand, France

2018, Avanca Film Festival, Aveiro, Portugal
2018, Ymotion Festival de Cinema Jovem de Famalicão, Vila Nova de Famalicão, Portugal
2018, Cutout Fest International Animation and Digital Art Festival, Querétaro, Mexico
2018, Festival It’s Happening, Escola Artística António Arroio, Lisbon, Portugal
2018, Strasburg Film Festival, Strasburg, VA, USA
2018, Chorta Festival de curtas do Faial, Horta, Faial, Azores
2018, Locomoción Festival de Animación, Mexico City, Mexico
2018, Alexandre Trauner Art/ Film Festival, Szolnok, Hungary
2018, Cinema no Estendal, Lisbon, Portugal
2018, FUSO Video Art Festival, Lisbon, Portugal
2018, Olhares do Mediterrâneo, Lisbon, Portugal
2018, FEST New Directors New Films Festival, Espinho, Portugal
2018, Fest Anča International Animation Festival, Žilina, Slovakia
2018, Festival Internacional de Animación La Truca, Cali, Colombia
2018, Festival de Cinema Luso-Brasileiro, Santa Maria da Feira, Portugal
2018, Moving Image Arts International Short Film Festival, Toronto, ON, Canada
2018, Breathe, with Tania Ferrão, Malapata Gallery, Lisbon, Portugal
2018, Habitado, MUSA Sintra Arts Museum, Sintra, Portugal

2017, Dia das Belas-Artes 181 Anos, Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Lisbon, Portugal
2017, Condomínio Festival, Lisbon, Portugal

2016, Cinema Português em Movimento, 51 film sessions in several villages of Portugal
2016, 12x12, Atelier da Travessa, Lisbon, Portugal
2016, 100 anos do Museu Bordalo Pinheiro (1916-2016), Museu Bordalo Pinheiro, Lisbon, Portugal
2016, Ensaio para uma exposição II, Galeria Associação 25 de Abril, Lisbon, Portugal
2016, GAB-A 10th Edition, Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Lisbon, Portugal
2016, I stood up... and never sat down again, Plataforma Revólver, Lisbon, Portugal

2015, GAB-A 9th Edition, Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Lisbon, Portugal


2018, Festival de Cinema Luso-Brasileiro de Santa Maria da Feira, Honorable Mention


MUSA Sintra Arts Museum

Work published in

Beatbit: An Experimental Methodology for Teaching Animation Film
, 2022, published by Ocidental Filmes.

Telhados de Vidro No. 23, published by Averno Editions, November 2018.

O Cão Celeste, No. 7 to No. 13, published by Averno Editions, August 2015 to July 2019.


Diez proyectos a seguir del Fórum de Animação 2023. Radix Animación, September 2023.

Fórum da Animação 2023 anuncia sus proyectos finalistas
Radix Animación, September 2023.
Curtas Metragens de Animação dos alunos da FBAUL na 4ª Edição do Cinema Português em Movimento
. ARTECAPITAL, July 2016.

I stood up and... never sat down again. ARTECAPITAL, November 2015.

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