José García-Moreno

Professor of Animation, School of Film and Television

  • Los Angeles CA UNITED STATES

Multiple Award Winning Artist




José (1961) was born in Mexico City. He studied at the world-renowned film school in Prague, FAMU, and worked as an apprentice at the animation studios Bratři v Triku (Brothers in Trick) where he directed his first professional film under the historical Czech brand, founded by Jiří Trnka.
He completed his education with a Masters in Fine Arts at UCLA.
During the 1980s, he was the producer and creative director of at least two of the most successful radio stations in Mexico City, including Rock 101 and Opus 94.
His films have been screened and awarded in film festivals around the world: Annecy, Anima Mundi, Clairmont-Ferrand, Guadalajara, Cannes, and others. He has received prizes at La Habana, Toronto, San Francisco, Mexico, Montreal, and Japan.
He has been nominated to the Ariel by the Mexican Film Academy and received the Fulbright Scholarship and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Grant.
In 2010 he was named one of the "Academic Leaders of the World” by the Instituto Tecnológico de Estudios Superiores, Monterrey (ITESM) where he coproduced four student short films on the theme of slavery and human trafficking with the support of CAST (Coalition for the Abolition of Slavery and Human Trafficking).
In 2012, he was appointed by the new President of Loyola Marymount University as part Strategic Planning Committee and also as chair of the Strategic Committee for Internationalization. He has also served as chair of the Animation Department at Loyola Marymount University.
He has been a jury for Mexican National Endowment for the Arts (FONCA) and also for the McLaren-Lambart Award.
The National University of México (UNAM) published in 2013 his observations on narrative techniques and visual storytelling.
His animated films are part of the collections of the Colombian National Library, Luis Arango, and the Federal German Film Catalogue.
In 2018, he received the Kennedy Center Theater Festival "Meritorious Animation Award for a Theater Play".
His body of work has an entry in the influential book "Animation, A World History" by Giannalberto Bendazzi.
In 2020, he was appointed as the Director of the ACTI, the Academy of Catholic Thought and Imagination at Loyola Marymount University.
In 2023, his film "Long is the Way to Heaven" was chosen to be part of the official program of the most important animation festival in the world, the Annecy International Film Festival, "as part of the history of Mexican animation and its legacy".


University of California Los Angeles



Universidad Iberoamericana


Communication Arts.

Université de la Sorbonne

Certificat de la Langue (Language Certificate)

Culture Francaise (French Culture)

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Areas of Expertise

Radio Broadcasting and Production
Stop Motion and Experimental Animation (2d and 3d)
Storytelling and Storyboarding
History of Animation

Industry Expertise

Training and Development
Fine Art
Motion Pictures and Film
Print Media


Surrealismus und Animation. Animation Installation at the KHM, Cologne, Germany


Conferenz: 23.04.2019
Workshop puppet-animation: 24 .und 25.04.2019
KHM Animationstudio / Filzengraben 18-24, Cologne, Germany.
The goal of this animation workshop resides on the idea of tactility and relation to the animated object through the lens of the Surrealist avant-garde movement. Historical and artistic references would be made to Central European animation, especially Czech auteurs like Jan Svankmajer.

Breaking the Glass Frame, Speaker


The Symposium was hosted in partnership with the UCLA Animation Workshop, CalArts, and Women in Animation (WIA). The Symposium is organized by USC Animation & Digital Arts.

Kennedy Center Award


Kennedy Center Theater Festival, Meritorious Award of Animation for a Theater Play. Producers: David Garden and Jose Garcia Moreno. “Emperor of the Moon”, Barnelle Theater, Los Angeles, CA. Stop Motion Animation.

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  • ASIFA Association International du Film d' Animation


  • English
  • Spanish
  • Czech
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Media Appearances

Interview by Radio Prague, Czech Republic

Radio Prague  radio


Interview with Radio Prague, Czech Republic

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The Benefits of Procrastination

Michael Hernandez. Changing the Narrative. First Season.  online


Interview with Michael Hernandez, Changing the Narrative.
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Screenings and Exhibitions in the International Day of Animation.

Gaceta, UNAM  print


2014. René Tijerino. “Proyecciones y Exposiciones en el Dia Mundial de la Animación” (“Screenings and Exhibitions at the International Day of Animation”, article at GACETA de la UNAM magazine. Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México.

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Event Appearances

The Non-Urgency of Animation / La No-Urgencia del Tiempo Animado

Cuadrilátero Visual / Animasivo Film Festival Conference  Mexico City


The Non Urgency of time in Animation

Triennial, International Society for the Study of Time, ISST  University of Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom



Redefiniendo una Escuela de Animación (Redefining an Animation School)

Universitat Politècnica de València. Spain


2016. “Redefiniendo una Escuela de Animación” (Redefining an Animation School). Revista Anual de Investigación, Con A de Animación. Universitat Politècnica de València. Spain.
EISSN: 2173-3511   ISSN:2173-6049

Animando al Dibujo. Del Guión a la Pantalla

Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México


"Animando al Dibujo. Del Guión a la Pantalla" (Drawing for Animation. From Script to Screen). José García Moreno, Tania de León, et. Al. Escuela Nacional de Artes Plásticas, UNAM. ISBN: 9786070247736

La Nueva Animación (The New Animation)

Editorial Grijalbo, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México

“La Nueva Animación (The New Animation) José Angel García Moreno, in “México, Su Apuesta por la Cultura”: (”Mexico and its Bet on Culture”), Armando Ponce et Alt., México: Editorial Grijalbo, Universidad Autónoma de México (UNAM). ISBN: 970-05-1648-2

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