Cartoon Artist 2022: the end of a successful course restarting in 2023!


The event ‘CARTOON ARTIST 2022 – A journey into the world of animation through testimonials and accounts’ will take place on Wednesday, Nov. 23, at 5 p.m. at Istituto Pavoniano Artigianelli in Trento’s Piazza di Fiera. A celebration to mark the end of the first edition of this training course for animators, the event will showcase the extraordinary work done by the 14 graduating students who are now ready to enter the professional world.

Cartoon Artist 2022

Cartoon Artist 2022: the end of the first edition

We are happy to announce that on Wednesday November 23rd at 5 pm at the Istituto Pavoniano Artigianelli in Piazza di Fiera will take place: Cartoon Artist 2022 – Un viaggio nel mondo dell’animazione tra testimonianze e racconti”.

A special event to celebrate the end of the new course dedicated to animation, concluding the first year of activity and presenting the extraordinary work done with 14 young animators, ready to work on the field. 

Participants will include Mirko Bisesti, Provincial Councillor for Education, Universities and Culture; Erik Gadotti, director of Istituto Artigianelli (where the course was held); Francesco and Sergio Manfio, founders of Gruppo Alcuni and creators of the course; Antonella Barbieri, APA (Italian Association of Audiovisual Producers) General Director and Barbara Tassini APA administrative director; Michele Lanzinger director of MUSE, the Trento Science Museum.

Francesco Manfio, Executive Producer of Gruppo Alcuni, says: “At Gruppo Alcuni we are thrilled that our idea turned into this course, and we are even happier that five young women and men who just graduated will – thanks to the skills they acquired – be joining our production studio in December this year. We think that this, alone, is a testimony to the quality of the work done by Cartoon Artist, which produced 14 new professionals in the field.”

Sergio Manfio, creative director of Gruppo Alcuni, adds: “For my part, I am particularly pleased that animation techniques were not the only focus of the course, but that we ensured that the curriculum was well-rounded so that the students were also trained in the creative and production processes that underlie the creation of an animated product.”

Cartoon Artist 2022

Councillor Bisesti commented: “I am proud of this advanced training course run by Istituto Artigianelli in partnership with Trentino Film Commission, Gruppo Alcuni and Green Ink Animation. We know that it has been very successful and enrollments are already open for next year’s edition; after all, the animation market, is growing tremendously in Italy too, and highly specialized profiles are increasingly in demand. The course that has just ended is a new opportunity that the Trentino region makes available to our young people, the result of a synergy between training, research and innovation, able to offer real job prospects.”

Wednesday’s event will also see the launch of the new ‘Cartoon Artist’ course, which will kick off in February 2023. Applications for the course are open until December 19, 2022.

The new course: Cartoon Artist 2023

The course consists of 1,000 hours: 500 hours of lectures, 200 hours of hands-on animation practice, and a 300-hour internship at one of the following major Italian animation production companies: Gruppo Alcuni, Green Ink Animation, and Melazeta. The course is taught at Istituto Artigianelli in partnership with Trentino Film Commission, Green Ink Animation, Gruppo Alcuni and APA, chaired by Giancarlo Leone.

Further information on the course can be found here:

The course was taught by some of Gruppo Alcuni’s outstanding animation professionals – Fabio Testa, Andrea Martin, Federico Guidi, Alberto Alvoni, Angelo Feltrin – who enthusiastically shared their expertise to help train the young animators.

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Cartoon Artist 2022 Gateway 66

‘Cartoon Artist’ is the only Technical Higher Education course in Italy entirely devoted to animation that awards a diploma accredited by the Italian Ministry of Education. It is also the only course during which participants have a chance to work on the production of a TV programme. Namely, Gateway 66, a 26×6′ TV series co-produced by Gruppo Alcuni and Rai Kids, in collaboration with the Trentino region, where it is set at MUSE, the Science Museum. Wednesday’s event will include a preview showing of the animated scenes created by the students for this very series.

Gruppo Alcuni thanks all Cartoon Artist 2022 participants and all the staff that made this special course come to life, training these 14 new young animators.