Salon Alpin:. International animation studio, designs and crafts animations, short films and games
Simon Griesser:. Animation director, motion designer and game developer
Accenture Song # VFX:. International company that pushes the boundaries of high-end VFX production
David Ferreira:. CG Supervisor
Miniclip:. Global leader in digital games, developing, publishing and distributing
Gonçalo Albuquerque de Sousa:. Art Lead
SPEAKER: MILTON GONZALEZ
Not Real is a design-driven creative studio focused on art direction, CGI and animation, with offices in Madrid and Buenos Aires.
They create impactful and up to date visual content that helps brands interact in the current world, understanding and transforming the contemporary visual trends. Their goal is to make the best creative content possible within each project's possibilities and constraints.
Their mission is to bring joy and color to the world, uplifting the standards of the universal visual language.
They believe in collaboration & team effort, pushing harder every day, promoting anego-free creative culture and believing that the quality of the process = the quality of product.
Their versatility is their strength.
Speaker: Milton Gonzalez is an animation director with over 10 years of experience in the industry. He is one of the founders and creative director of Not Real, alongside Valeria Moreiro, also founder and creative director. One of Milton’s key strengths is his ability to stay on top of every aspect of a project, from concept to final delivery. In his spare time, he enjoys playing sports and staying active, drawing inspiration from his days as a basketball player. He is also passionate about staying up-to-date with the latest trends and technologies in animation and motion graphics, and is always seeking out new ways to push the boundaries of his craft.
SPEAKER: BRUNO CAETANO
Founded in 2015, Col.A - Colectivo de Animação is created to develop and promote animation in Portugal, originally through various training projects. Soon after, it started the production of varied contents, starting with the elaboration of video clips for national musicians.
Composed of artists, creatives and more technical elements, all the members that passed through the collective, came together to develop and produce the most varied projects.
The Colectivo has given place to a new project COLA - Cultural Cooperative, in 2018, a natural evolution composed of a vast international team, capable of responding to any creative challenge in a professional way. The work of the cooperative, and its members, passes through other areas of interest such as the production of short films, animation for advertising or institutional films, and animated content for theatre plays or live events.
However, they try never to forget the main reason why the Colectivo was created, which now transits to the new cooperative: the training and sharing of knowledge in the area of animation.
Speaker: Bruno Caetano was born in Portimão, Portugal, in 1979. Self-taught animator and builder, graduated from Lisbon’s Faculty of Fine Arts Multimedia Investigation and Studies Center (CIEAM) with a specialization in Stop Motion technique.
He has worked as an animator, producer and director in productions from various production companies. In 2022/2023, with the success of the short animated film "Ice Merchants", Bruno Caetano became not only the first producer to have an animated film nominated for a European Film Award, but was also nominated for the highly praised Oscar at the Academy Awards. In his spare time, those few minutes here and there, he also publishes comics at A Seita, focusing primarily on Portuguese artists but not exclusively. Portuguese artists.
SPEAKER: SIMON GRIESSER
Located in L.A., Vienna and Lisbon, Salon Alpin designs and crafts animations, short films and games in a unique poetic imagery. For over a decade Lip and Simon worked with inspiring and passionate artists from Portugal and around the world.
One of Salon Alpins guidelines "Use the tool, don't get used by it." is put to the test with the hyperspeed developments in A.I. generated content.
Excitement garanteed, panic inevitable.
Speaker: Simon Griesser is an Austrian animation director, motion designer and game-developer. His animation studio Salon Alpin (partnering with Lip Comarella) got awarded with the Annie Award 2019 for Best TV Broadcast Commercial (Ran Tan/Emma Thomson), golden and silver Cannes-Lions (Falter Inferno) as well as 3x the Apple Design Award (2022 Gibbon Beyond the Trees, Old Man's Journey, ELOH). Since 2020 They are busy in long term projects as creative directors for Netflix Games, Passion Animation, Novel Labs (NFT) and others. An increasing interest lies in building brands based around established NTF projects such as the Mutant Cartel (MAYC).
aCCENTURE SONG #VFX
SPEAKER: DAVID FERREIRA
Accenture Song VFX pushes the boundaries of high-end VFX production such as simulations, creatures and digital environments.
At Accenture Song VFX, they take an integrated, collaborative approach from script to concept art, to screen. Their award-winning team of international artists brings first-class quality, extensive experience, and undivided attention to every VFX project, bringing your idea to life. Through essential pre-visualizations, they develop an initial look and feel, as well as a reference point to ensure the right decisions and visual development throughout the entire process. Their team also goes beyond the final results—they're mindful of timings, cost-efficiency, and quality every step of the way, and take additional care with security via benchmarks like the TPN Audit.
Speaker: David Ferreira is a CG Supervisor / Motion Design Manager. A naked monkey born by the sea in Portugal.
After graduating in Biology the monkey kept on searching and eventually went on to study Architecture, when he first came in contact with 3d Studio Max and the CG world.
He was always a curious monkey and today he is a very happy and very busy monkey working as a CG Supervisor at Mackevision - Accenture Song VFX.
Experienced, excited and still as eager to learn as when he first started.
SPEAKERS: ANDRÉ GODINHO & EDUARDO MARQUES
Musgo is a dynamic CGI and VFX studio. They use craft and technology to push their field's boundaries.
Their team of generalists combines a strong design sensibility with advanced technical know-how. The studio's expertise in visual effects and motion design is the result of years of experience in advertising and film.
Collaboration is key to create stunning and impactful work. They love creating new worlds or expanding ones that already exist.
Speakers: André is a senior motion designer, and Eduardo is a junior compositor.
SPEAKER: RAUL FERNANDES
Software Engineering Applications, including Web and Mobile, are at the core of what Mindera does.
Techies who solve complex problems and love contributing to the community. They wear their hearts on their sleeves and their commitment is to deliver the best they can for you and hopefully become your true partner.
Speaker: Raul Fernandes is a Technical Artist at Mindera. His background is in architecture, with a specialization in Mixed Reality in the built environment. He's become a full time 3D artist since 2014, working in fields such as arch-viz, videomapping, television spots, movies, animations, virtual reality and videogames. At Mindera he mainly develops VR simulations in Unreal 5.
SPEAKER: GONÇALO ALBUQUERQUE DE SOUSA
Miniclip is a global leader in digital games with a mission of ‘unleashing the gamer in everyone’. They develop, publish, and distribute highly engaging games to an audience of over 400 million monthly active users across mobile, social and online platforms. Operating in 10 countries, with a global workforce of over 1000 people across 16 locations.
Founded in 2001, the Company has successfully grown a huge global audience in over 195 countries and across six continents. They have a unique understanding of the digital games space and have developed a strong portfolio of over 60 high-quality mobile games, extensive worldwide distribution, and an internationally recognised brand name. To date, Miniclip's digital games, which also include the franchises 8 Ball Pool™, Subway Surfers™, Golf Battle™, Football Strike™, have generated more than 7 billion downloads. Miniclip has more than 70 million daily active players reaching people across the world in the pursuit of ‘unleashing the gamer in everyone’.
Speaker: Gonçalo has been working in the game industry for 15 years. From a 2D artist at Blueshark, to a Digital Artist at Miniclip. He likes to learn new software and new techniques, which with passion and effort, is how he was able to get where he is today.
Currently he is an Art lead at the mobile gaming company Miniclip in Portugal, responsible for a team and for part of the company projects.