Antonio Santamaría, honoured by the Spanish Film Academy


On Monday, November 22, Antonio Santamaría, professor at L’Idem Barcelona, will become the first storyboard artist to be honored by the Academy of Cinematographic Arts and Sciences of Spain. This distinction recognizes the trajectory of professionals in the service of cinematography who, as they are not heads of department, cannot access the Goyas or the rest of the Academy Awards. The 2021 Professionals tribute ceremony is held a week before the names of the nominees for the 36th edition of the Goya Awards are announced.
” Deep down it is a recognition that goes beyond the personal”, Santamaría declared, “it has to do with my profession”. For our professor, with this award the Academy recognizes “the importance of the storyboard in any film production and that fills me more than the fact of seeing my name inscribed on that plaque.”

Along with Santamaria, the Academy will recognize races five more professionals: Lourdes Navarro, script; costume dyer María Calderón; the head of electrical Ricardo Aramburu; Tomás Rosón, an expert lawyer in intellectual property; and the digital effects composer Sonsoles Aranguen.

Recognition for 26 years of experience

With this tribute, the Academy values more than 26 years of professional career, in which projects such as:

“Memorias de Idhún”  

Guion de Laura Gallego y Andrés Carrión.
Dirección de Maite Ruiz de Austri.
Producción: Zeppelin TV.
Distribuidora: Netflix. 

“Extraordinary Tales”
By Raúl García and Stéphan Roelants based on the stories by Edgar Allan Poe.
Production: Mélusine Productions.
For this work, Antonio Santamaría was nominated for the 2016 Annie Award in the category of Best Storyboard Artist in an Animation Production.

“Justin and the Knights of Valor”
By Manuel Sicilia and Matthew Jacobs
Production: Aliwood Mediterráneo Producciones, Kandor Graphics, Out Of The Box Features.
Nominated for the Goya Awards in the category of best animated film in its 2014 edition.

“The Fall of the House of Usher”
Short film by. “Extraordinary Tales”, by Raúl García.
It was part of the shortlist for the Oscar Awards in its 2012 edition, in the category of best animated short film

With a script by Angel E. Pariente and direction by Baltasar Pedrosa
Production: Filmax Animation.
It was the first anime feature film made in Europe. And it was nominated for the Goya Awards in the category of best animated film in its 2005 edition.

Antonio Santamaría, Storyboard teacher at L’Idem Barcelona

Diploma in Comics and Illustration from Escola Joso and in Advertising Creativity and Marketing from Createcnia. Since 1996 he has specialized in storyboard animation, work that he has combined with animation projects for advertising and illustration for children’s books.

Throughout his career, Antonio has worked for renowned animation studios such as Filmax, ZeppelinTV, Kandor Graphics, Cromosoma, Rainbow, Moonscoop, Strika Entertainment, R & amp ;R Communications or Rovio. During the last years he has been linked to Netflix, in productions of animated series. And he is currently working on “Pobre Diablo”, an adult animation project for HBO, through the Rokyn Animation studio.