film & motion producer
Alejandra Tomei was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and has lived and worked in Berlin, Germany since 1992. In 2002, together with Alberto Couceiro, she founded Animas Film, a creative studio specializing in animation cinematography. The studio, with it’s expertise and technical facilities for high quality animation services from script to screen, produces animation for ad spots, TV series, short films and feature films.
Using stop-motion, model making, compositing, motion graphics, visual effects and digital techniques, Animas combines art, craft and technology to create their own unique blend of animation. In collaboration with their partners and co-workers they continually explore and improve their art and craft, and create audience engaging animated imagery.
Since 2010 they have collaborated closely with German TV network ZDF on “Toll!”, a cultural news magazine, and “Frontal 21”, a satirical year end political review. Animas cleverly translates the satirical text of the shows writers into animated moving images for the shows.
In addition to working on animated productions and creative development for clients, they also enjoy the full spectrum creative process as writers, animators and producers, producing their own original animated features. Their film “TV City” was featured at more than 30 international film festivals, and had numerous special screenings including at the MoMA in New York City. It was honored with many awards including a prestigious Cinéfondation prize at the 2003 Cannes Film Festival, and Best Animation Film at the Buenos Aires Film Festival, amongst others. Their animated short, The Shirt, appeared at more than 20 international film festivals and won the DAAD Prize for Outstanding Artistic Accomplishment, and Best Animation Film at the Rochester Int’l Film Festival in New York. They are currently working on their latest animated short, “Automatic Fitness”.
Their passion and skill has earned the studio the support of the DEFA foundation, FFA German Federal Film Board, Medien Board Berlin-Brandenburg, BKM Federal Ministry of Culture, Film Office Bremen and Arte Channel, as well as companies like Kodak, Arri and Schwarz Film.
In Buenos Aires, Alejandra earned a degree in photography and then studied print and graphic design. She worked as a designer and photographer with clients in business, the arts, and cultural institutions. Her creative collaboration with Alberto started in the Buenos Aires art scene as the two worked together with a number of artists to produce a series of hand screened prints.
Upon arriving in Berlin, Alejandra went to work at Hahn Film Productions, where she developed her skills in 2D animation and special effects. She also worked as an independent graphic designer for clients such as Deutsche Oper, Elektro Film, La Ofi-Cine and others.
Alejandra speaks Spanish, German, French and English.