An eight week programme for developing short independent animation from initial story idea to pre-production.


The course will run from January 14th until March 15th 2019. The total cost including accommodation and three meals a day is 3500 Euros. Accommodation will be on the campus of EIC-TV at San Antonio de los Baños half an hour outside La Havana. The costs do not include flights, pick up and return to the airport, extra food and drink you might require and any tourism you wish to undertake at the weekends.


Aim - to develop a short animation from initial idea to be ready for production. 12 participants.

Course structure:

Week 1-2 Paul Bush teaching story development.

Week 4-5 Joanna Quinn teaching design and storyboarding

Week 7-8 Gerd Gockell teaching editing animatics and preparing for production. (PB assisting in week 8)

Weeks 3 and 6 in between the tutored sessions will be used for consolidating the projects and preparing for the next stage.

The course will be taught in English and Spanish


We are accepting applications from now until 30 September.

Please apply with one page CV, one page idea including technique and designs where relevant, and a link to one film which you have directed or played an important creative part.

Please apply to using the words Cuba entry in the subject line.

All questions should be directed to the facebook page - we will not answer questions by email.

Selection will be completed by end of October. you may be required to participate in a short Skype interview.



This course is designed for animation directors of all ages who wish to have professional support to develop a short film. Professional directors and designers will help guide the participants through story development, design, storyboarding and animatic. At the end of the development period the participants should be ready to take their projects into production or seek the necessary funding to do so.

Participants will also be encouraged to take part in the life of the film school, contact with other students and professionals and the film screening and lecture programmes that take place every evening.



PAUL BUSH (Course leader and tutoring story development) studied Fine Art at Goldsmiths in London and taught himself film-making at the London Film-makers Co-op in the 1980s. In the 1990s he began working single frame and it is for these films that he became well-known. His first animations were reworking of engravings scratched directly on film such as His Comedy (1994). Later he began a series of experimental stop frame animations that have been hugely influential including Furniture Poetry (1999) and Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde (2001). More recently While Darwin Sleeps (2004) and The Five Minute Museum (2105) have won numerous awards and in 2012 his feature Babeldom was released in the UK to critical acclaim. His work has been shown in cinemas, festivals, galleries and on television all over the world. He has had retrospectives at Montreal, Cracow, Bristol, London, Hiroshima, Seoul, Bogota, Boston, Stuttgart, Vienna, and Barcelona. He has taught at the National Film and Television School since 2003 where he has been responsible for the production of numerous award winning student films, including academy award nominees, a student Oscar winner, and several Bafta and Annecy winners. Bush has lectured, run workshops and tutored at numerous art and film courses around the world including Luzern University, Centro Sperimentali di Cinematografia in Italy, Royal College of Art and Harvard.



JOANNA QUINN (Tutoring design and storyboard) was born in Birmingham, England and completed a foundation course in art at Goldsmiths College, University of London before studying for a BA in Graphic Design at Middlesex University. Her first film, Girl’s Night Out (1986), won 3 prizes at the Annecy Animation Festival in 1987 and thrust her into the international animation scene. Joanna is now a highly acclaimed figure in the world animation and was named Animation Laureate 2013 by ASIFA International. She has won many top awards, including Emmys, Baftas and Jury prizes at all the major animation festivals. Two of her films, Famous Fred (1996) and The Wife of Bath (1998) have received nominations for an Academy Award. Joanna has been honoured with retrospectives of her work all over the world including Rome, Rio de Janeiro, New York, Stuttgart, Zagreb, Hiroshima, Toronto, Montreal, Gothenburg, Bradford, Cordoba, Tampere, Ottawa, Valencia and Taiwan. Joanna is a committed educator and is an Honorary Fellow at the Royal College of Art, London and University of Wales and Honorary Doctor at Middlesex University, London and the University of Wolverhampton.



GERD GOCKELL (Tutoring editing animatics and preparing for production) is a German film-maker, producer and teacher. He studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Brunswick and has lived and worked in Germany, the UK and Switzerland. He has made a series of award winning experimental animated short films including Patch (2014) winner of the jury prize in Annecy, Restored Weekend (2004) which is an imaginative reconstruction of a film that never existed based on a sound track made by Walter Ruttman in the 1930s and Muratti & Sarotti (2000) which is a feature length animated history of German animation. In 2002 he established the animation department in the University of Applied Science and Arts in Luzern and guided it over 9 years to become one of the leading animation schools in Europe. He has also taught in Germany, Canada and Singapore. Through his production company Anigraf in Germany and Schattenkabinett in Switzerland he has produced many award winning films by numerous directors.










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