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United Kingdom

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Paolo is an experienced freelance 2D animator, and storyboard artist based in the Bristol. After he graduated with a BA in Animation at the University of West of England with a First Class Degree, his graduation paint-on-glass children’s animation The Pangolin and The Hedgehog was selected at numerous international animation festivals. Subsequently, he undertook an MA in Contemporary Film Culture where he graduated with a Distinction as well as receiving the Elspeth Kydd Memorial Prize. 

He worked on a wide range of projects and styles. Among the many projects he recently worked on, he created an animation for the V&A museum, reinventing a chapter from Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland. He recently worked on animation for TED Talk on Irish Mythology, and on a BEX, an 8 episode long Welsh children's TV show for Ceidiog TV, teaching kids about mental health, as well as for Stonewall on a project to raise awareness on young LGBT+ mental health struggles.  Most importantly, he worked as one of the lead storyboard artists at London-based animation studio Unanico Group for two seasons of Buddi, a delightful and engaging CGI children's tv show available on Netflix, including Annie Awards nominated episode Snow.   

He is also been a regular freelancer for the Welsh animation company Winding Snakes Productions, where he works on a diverse range of creative roles, from logo making, storyboarding and animatic, concept art, animation, animation workshops, editing and compositing. Projects includes two animations for the Newport Music Scene, and a 10 minute animation for Ancient Connections, a cultural association focused on reviving Irish and Welsh folklore and history. Other commissions include directing and designing three music videos: Empty Sea for kora musician Will Newsome, Le Rondini for Italian experimental jazz composer Fabrizio Cardosa and Calon Rew (Ice Heart) for Welsh singer Casi Wyn. In addition, he worked on three brilliant short films: A Moment Longer by Efa Blosse-Mason, Why Do Butchers Close So Early? by Inez Skilling, and Man Wanted by Irida Zhonga. And lastly, he was in charge of creating from imagination an animated sequence in Ryan Oligmueller's personal documentary By a Thread. He is also an avid cinephile and advocate of promoting film and animation culture. In fact, he was part of a film collective called Cine-Cycle, he was selected as a young film critic at Animafest Zagreb Festival for CineEuropa and he was part of Beyond Boundaries, a programme designed to make film exhibitions more accessible and diverse.