Mila is a volunteer-based CG animated short about the collateral damage of War

250 Artists, 25 Countries, 1 Goal!

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"I started working on Mila because I believe animation can talk about serious matters."
Mila is a CG animated short about a little girl whose life takes an unexpected turn during WWII. That girl is my mother.

Mila is a CG animated short about a little girl whose life takes an unexpected turn during WWII. It’s rare that animation takes on serious, complex matters such as War. Still, I believe animation is the perfect medium to tell this story set in my hometown, Trento (Italy). Mila is the story of a girl and two women during Trento’s bombing in 1943. I wanted to tell a war story not centered on armies, soldiers, generals, battle plans. I wanted to talk about civilians, and especially the children. The girl who inspired me to create this movie was a child during WWII. That girl is my mother.
- Cinzia Angelini, Director

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Mila is a volunteer-based project comprised of more than 250 artists from around the world.
Here's the core team behind this phenomenal project.
Cinzia Angelini
Animator in productions involving traditional as well as computer animation for 20+ years. She currently enjoys working as a story artist at Illumination Ent. and is directing her own indie short film, “Mila”, due out in 2016.
Andrea Emmes
Actor for 20+ years and a bachelor degree in Game Art & Design. Currently, she thrives as an Audiobook Narrator and enjoys producing “Mila”.
Andy Gahan
Executive Producer
Long time gamer and Art Director, Andy is now Managing Director of The Pixel Bullies, specializing in game development. He provides much needed support as Mila’s Executive Producer.
Valentina Martelli
Executive Producer
A visionary and creative senior executive producer and television journalist currently working as correspondent for the Italian National Television while owning a production and media consulting company and executive producer for Mila.
Valerio Oss
VFX Supervisor – Co-Producer
Finding a great amount of success in the industry as a VFX supervisor, digital compositor and visual FX artist, Valerio has been working on Mila as VFX supervisor on Mila with his company PixelCartoon.
Chris Hiess
C.G. Supervisor
Born in Vienna, Austria, he started his career in the games industry. In 2010 he moved to UK to study Digital Effects. At the end of 2011 he started working at Double Negative as FX TD and joined Mila in March 2012. He misses the sun.
Pepe Valencia
Director of Photography
Pepe is the Founder and Previsualization Director of Baraboom! Studios, a previsualization company helping Directors to visualize their ideas before they shoot. Baraboom!
Alexandra Kavalova
Art Director
Since childhood, my passion has been to create animated films. Studied Classical Animation at Sheridan College in Ontario. I’ve worked in various studios in Toronto as a layout artist, character designer, back ground painter and now as Art Director on Mila.
Luis Grane
Character Designer
Once a med student, now living his dream as an artist. He moved from Europe to work at DreamWorks, Pixar and many others as an animator and character designer and now works at Sony Pictures Animation.
Tim Denin
Tim got his start as a PA at Warner Brothers in London and shifted gears to editing as a freelancer in both animation and live action. Tim is now working in Los Angeles editing for TV and commercials.
Flavio Gargano
Composing orchestral music is his passion, then his first love is scoring movies, animated shorts, and commercials. He enjoys mixing acoustic and electronic styles while taking advantage of the latest innovations in sound technologies. Currently, Flavio is a composer and audio engineer for SKY television, and their marketing clients.
Filippo Dattola
Lead Animator – Crowd Animation Supervisor
Original from Italy, he can relate to the tragic story of the war represented in Mila and is honored to be a part of this film. Founder of an online animation school, and currently, in London working for ILM on Star Wars Episode VII.
Francisco Pacheco
Layout Supervisor
Layout/Previs Artist based in Los Angeles. After gaining his B.A. in Mexico he first volunteered in Mila to growing as an artist. He now is also a shot creator at the Third Floor. Francisco also enjoys bicycle rides through the city and camping.
Kim Lorang
Character Finaling Supervisor
3D computer graphics expert and fine artist, Kim brings her love for cloth and hair simulation to Mila. Kim is a sought after freelance artist doing animation and graphics for games and film.
Cesar Montero
Vis Dev Supervisor
Studied Design at Vancouver Film School at Canada. He’s both an engineer, and an artist. Worked in many industries: professional web design, console video games, vfx for feature films, and feature animations (Dreamworks). He can’t wait for the world to see MILA on screen, and realize how special MILA is.
Philippe Brochu
Modeling Supervisor
An accomplished 3D modeler, working for various studios – DreamWorks, Meteor Studios and Disney Animation, he is honored and very happy to work with Cinzia again as modeling supervisor for “Mila”.
Francesco Giroldini
Born in Milan, Italy, he spent his teenage years wearing sandals with socks. 10 years ago he moved o the U.S. to study animation and worked at Pixar and DreamWorks. He currently works at Blue Sky, making animated movies such as “Peanuts” and “Ice age 5”.
Chris Pinkston
Sound Design
An award winning sound designer, working in both the gaming and animation industry, Chris is the Sound Designer, Editor and Engineer at Technicolor Creative Services and will be sharing his talents with Mila as Sound Designer.
Neil Penglinton
Production Manager
Neil, Mila’s UK Production Manager, has a degree in Computer Games Modeling and Animation and has a strong knack for production. Currently, he is studying medicine to become an EMT.
Raffaele Giasi
Head of Communications
Nerd, rubber duck fanatic and passionate about writing, hanging out the network for over 10 years. Currently editor of, Head of Communication for ” Mila”

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