PDA Films (or Little Animated Doodles) is an international audiovisual project born in Barcelona and conducted by Mario Torrecillas, Tyto Alba and David Borrull that creates animated short films with the participation and collaboration of children aged 6 to 12. During a one week-long workshop, the children learn, in a fun and educational way, to create its own audiovisual work, starting on the writing of the script and all the way until the completion of the animation.
The project has travelled to many schools and high schools, giving kids and teenagers the means to express themselves through drawing, music and animation, while they learn to create their own shortfilm.
Mario Torrecillas will outline how the studio was born. He will also transmit the basics of the techniques used in the projects, so the assistants can understand how the creative process takes places when they are introduced to the groups of children.
The films have been accumulating awards and recognition. In this masterclass, Mario will introduce the work of PDA Films in the field of animation. He will go through some of the most remarkable recent projects made for instance, in the refugee camp of Cherso (Greece), Haiti, Pekin, Jordan, Antigua y Barbuda, Washington, Guatemala or Naples.
Recently, Mario worked with "A Monster Calls" director JA Bayona on the documentary 9 days in Haiti, portrait of the daily life of the Caribbean country and its fight against poverty.
This masterclass is part of Homage to Catalonia, a week long celebration of Catalan Films in Scotland, organised by Cinemaattic.