Hi! My name is Helena Bonastre and I’m a director, animator and illustrator from Barcelona based in London. I studied filmmaking at Met Film School (2016) and I graduated from an MA in Character Animation at Central Saint Martins (2018). I have experience working as an animator, assistant animator and storyboard artist for production companies such as Nexus Studios, Lupus Films, BBC and Passion Pictures (including the box office hit feature film Paddington 2).
My graduation animated film 61 Beehive Street (2018) has won Best Animated Film at Oaxaca FilmFest and Underwire Festival (UK) and has been selected for international festivals including Palm Springs Short Fest (US) and Encounters Film Festival (UK). Previously, I directed the live action fantasy short film Franz (2016), which was also selected in worldwide fantasy festivals including Mirror Mountain Film Festival (Canada) and The Short Cinema Leicester International Film Festival (UK).
I also work as a freelance illustrator taking different commissions and I’ve illustrated for the book Taller de Yoga para Niños (2017) by Ariadna Civit and Marianna Roigé and published by Alba Editoral (Barcelona, Spain).