COLA is an international production cooperative specialising in bringing to life high quality handmade film content. Together we are stronger, more experienced and capable of facing even the hardest creative challenges. Having worked for years in various projects of distinct animation techniques, we welcome you to contact us with new and original projects.

Ala Nunu

A Porto based Polish director and illustrator specialising in 2D animation. She has experience directing and art directing TV series, social campaigns, music videos, and short films. Her portfolio includes Universal Studios, Frank Sinatra Estate, The Atlantic, and OnBeing. Her short film AHEAD has been screened at festivals such as Animafest Zagreb and Bucheon International Animation Festival and her newest film “Telsche” co-directed with Sophie Colfer had its international premiere at Annecy. As an animator, Nunu has recently worked on films such as the Oscar nominated Ice Merchants and Slow Light.  

Bruno Caetano

Portimão,1979. Self-taught stop motion animator and builder, his professional career led him to participate in projects of various animation techniques, as well as in other areas of artistic interest. Works mostly as a director, producer and animator. Publishes comics at Comic Heart and A Seita.

Cristina Pirvu

Cristina was born in Bucharest and studied architecture before realizing that animation was her one true calling. When she’s not animating, she’s doing illustration and she’s interested in both digital and traditional mediums, producing work that touches on human experience and emotion.

João Alves

Born in 1982, grew up divided between science and arts, animation and horror. Graduated as a Marine Biologist in 2006, started working on a weekly animated skit for TV four months later. Self-taught, in 2010 made a short that won several horror and animation awards. Wrote the first feature in 2017.

João Gonzalez

João Gonzalez (Porto, 1996) is an animation director and a musician. He studied at ESMAD and Royal College of Art. He has a great interest in combining his musical background with his artistic practice in the world of animation, working also as a composer and sometimes instrumentalist in his films.

João Rapaz

Is a Lisbon based Set Designer, and Special Make-Up FX Artist that comes from a Industrial Design background. His love for Prop Making and Stop-Motion Animation led him to work in advertisement and cinema. Always studying, himself, he teaches at António Arroio Art School.

Sophie Colfer

Sophie (1995) is COLA’s Hong Kong-based cooperant. Having graduated from the University of Arts London with a BA in animation, Sophie has directed several music videos, with a portfolio of studios including Gearbox Records and Universal Studios. Her first film with COLA, Telsche (co-directed with Ala Nunu), has screened at festivals including Annecy, Huesca, and Chilemonos, and she continues to develop projects with COLA, as well as independently in Hong Kong. 

Vier Nev

Vier Nev uses light and negative space to create images that play with perception. Independent director who has directed and animated short films, VR/AR experiences and art exhibitions. Studied Multimedia at ESMAD and VR at the London College of Communication UAL.