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

350 Artists, 35 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.
Rachelle Lewis
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.
Richard Smitheman
Co-Art Director
Richard has worked in the Animation Industry for over twenty-five years specializing in Feature and Television production. As Creative Director, Art Director and Development Artist, Richard continues to bring his vast experience and talent to the projects that he’s involved with.
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.
Lorenzo Pedergnana
Final Layout Supervisor
Lorenzo is currently working at Pixel Cartoon in Italy collaborating with projects for animation and tv. For Mila, Lorenzo has done a bit of everything from Texture, Look Development and Layout. He is excited to be responsible for rendering Mila.
Kim Lorang
Character Rigging 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”.
Marcus Erbar
Character Effects Supervisor
Born and raised in Germany, Marcus is a Technical Animator who has moved to Los Angeles to work in the movie industry. With a Computer Science and Arts background, he enjoys bringing the technical and artistic side together seamlessly. He currently works for DreamWorks Animation.
Matteo Caruso
Shot Finaling Supervisor
Matteo began his career as 2D graphic designer for commercials, and is now 3D artist. First working in London as a generalist and returning to as 3D teacher for IED in Rome. Currently he is a lighter artist for Illumination Mac Guff in Paris.
Francesco Giroldini
Lighting Supervisor
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.
Andrea Vittozzi
2D End Credits Supervisor
Andrea Vittozzi, a freelance 2D artist from Italy works mostly on digital art but enjoys using the reliable pencil and paper when creating his artwork. Highly skilled in most 2D programs, Andrea has lent his talents in Interactive Edu-games, Cartoons, Institutional Communication and Advertising.
Neil Penlington
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.
Erin Lindeke
Social Media Production Manager
Getting her start as a Storyboard Artist at Design Laboratory Inc, Erin is looking to move to the production side of animation. She is thrilled to be part of coordinating “Mila”. Watching cartoons, decorating pastries and drawing are her favorite pastimes.
Claudia Cazzato
International Marketing
Moved by her curiosity for animation, she takes care of marketing and social media for the Mila project. She is educated in international marketing and management and works in marketing and funding across creative businesses.
Mitch Bowler
Marketing Manager
Mitch is the founder of and the Marketing Manager for Mila. Originally from Canada, he is an avid traveller and a vetran of the video game industry.
Antonello Risati
Public Relations & Events Supervisor
Born in Rome, Scenographer and founder of Arpaint Creative Studio, his expertise ranges from theatre, premieres, films, props and decoration. Supports Mila as Public Relations & Events Supervisor.
Eric Rittatore
Media Consultant
Eric Rittatore is fondly known as The Librarian for his love of books, comics and cartoons. He fell into the world of animation by working with Gianfranco Goria, creator and owner of Journalism blog, and has been there for the past 10 years.

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