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CARLES PORTA. LIFETIME AWARD

To celebrate the 25th anniversary of Animac, what better career can we honour than that of the artist who has given it a face and colour since its origins?

Lleida-born Carles Porta (1963) has been part of the soul of Animac for a quarter of a century: since 1997, he has been responsible for the unmistakable graphic image of the festival, first personified by this small being with a hat who is now resting on his laurels.


But Carles has many heads: designer, audiovisual director, illustrator, sketch artist and poster designer, he currently teaches illustration and animation at the Leandre Cristòfol Municipal School of Art in Lleida. He has worked as an illustrator for different national magazines, books and cult comics (Madriz, El Víbora, TBO). He is author of the children’s books series Tales from the Hidden Valley published by the prestigious British Flying Eye Books; and has directed two independent shorts: the multi-award-winning François le Vaillant (2003) and Las vidas ejemplares (2008), the latter part of the CCCB collection Del Trazo al Píxel, curated by Carolina López and presented at Annecy 2015. He has also provided audiovisual support to the children's shows La Guerra de Troia, Sensacional and The Little Night, directed by Jordi Colominas and set to music by Josep Maria Baldomà; and, with music by Baldo, the mapping for "Stone, paper and water" for the celebration of the 75th anniversary of the Institut d'Estudis Ilerdencs. And that’s not all! Since 2009, he has provided an annual selection of the best of international animation through the PUCK Cinema Caravana: the smallest travelling cinema in the world.

 

And, of course, he is responsible for all Animac posters, the most recent transformed into animated openings to accompany and add great charm to the festival screenings. His poster work was recognised internationally in 1999 with the Jules Geret Award at the Annecy Festival and this year we can enjoy it in a commemorative exhibition at the Morera Museum. Twenty-five million thanks, Carles!


 

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