Academic Board

and Staff


Manuel José Damásio

Manuel is a full professor and the head of the film and media art department at Lusófona University.

He obtained his tenure in 2011 from Minho University in Portugal and holds a PhD in media studies from Universidade Nova de Lisboa.

He has worked as a trainer, consultant and producer in the audiovisual industry at a European and international level for more than twenty years and has a strong past experience as head researcher and project manager in several national and European research and development projects.

Sandra rocha

Sandra studied Communication Sciences and Audiovisual and is currently responsible for the Cooperation Projects Office for the Film and Media Arts Department at Lusófona University.

For the past years she has been managing all cooperation actions between partners, both from academia and industry, namely several cooperation projects under Media Programme Training and Erasmus Plus. She is the consortium coordinator for RE.Anima and Kino Eyes Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree and local manager for Docnomads Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree.

Paulo Viveiros

Paulo holds a PhD in Film Studies and a MA in Video Art both by Universidade Nova de Lisboa. He is an Associate Professor and the Head of the MA in Animation Arts and the Graduation Course in Digital Animation both at Lusófona University.

He is a member of the R&D research unit CICANT – Centre for Research in Applied Communication, Culture and New Technologies. He is also jury in Portuguese Film Institute (ICA) for animation public competitions for financial support.

Geert Van Goethem

Geert Van Goethem is producer and director, specialized in animation films. He teaches Production, Production Management and Project Development at the Brussels based Royal Institute for Theatre, Cinema and Sound (RITCS), and Film Analysis at LUCA School of Arts Campus C-Mine in Genk (B). In 1987 he was co-founder of the Brussels based multidisciplinary production center for the arts S.O.I.L. (Sight Of an Ignored Landscape), where he still is artistic director. Over the years this organization became a leading independent production center for the arts in Belgium. Many of its productions were internationally awarded. With its animation studio ArtDog, S.O.I.L. executed the Belgian part of Oscar nominated animation feature Les Triplettes De Belleville. The short animation film BZZ was nominated for the Palme d’Or at Cannes and for the Cartoon d’Or.

In 2005 Geert was nominated for the prestigious Flanders Culture Award. He was member of the General Assembly of the Flanders Audiovisual Fund (VAF), and the General Assembly of the Institute for Visual and Audiovisual Arts (BAM) in Brussels. He also was member of the jury at several international film festivals.

Steven Malliet

Steven (Ph.D) is a researcher and artist in digital media, music and game design. He is the head of the Play&Game research group at LUCA School of Arts, and he is an Associate Professor at the University of Antwerp. He teaches Research in Art and Design, Web Design, Game Design and (Digital) Media Theory. He has published in international high-ranked journals such as New Media and Society, Computers in Human Behavior, Poetics, and Cyberpsychology, Behavior and Social Networks, on topics such as videogame culture, media realism, crossmedia storytelling, and digital media culture. He has developed a strong international teaching experience, as a guest lecturer at the University of North Dakota, Erasmus University of Rotterdam, Tampere University and Aalto University, and as speaker at several international festivals and conferences, including South-By-Southwest. He is the co-editor of two international books on media culture: Moral Issues in Digital Game Play (ACCO, 2012) and The Borders of Subculture (Routledge, 2015). His art, which mainly focuses on music and music video production can be found at

Anna Heiskanen

Anna Heiskanen is Head of the Department of Film, TV and Scenography in Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture since 2016 and Vice Head 2013-2016. She has been teaching producing as a full time lecturer since 2006 and is a qualified teacher with 60 credits of pedagogical studies. She has also studied International management in the Swedish School of Economics Hanken. She has acted as a CEO of several companies and produced award winning feature films and short films. Her special interest is in developing film education and film production cultures. She is a member of the European Film Academy.


Pedro Caetano

Pedro Caetano studied Cinema in Lusófona University, and since 2013 he handles the course secretariat of DocNomads-Lisbon and Kino Eyes.

He is also responsible for the content management of social media platforms in the Film and Media Arts Department of Lusófona University.


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