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We pride ourselves on having staff that are practitioners in animation - meaning they're active in the real world, bringing you the freshest animation news, real insights into working in industry, and promoting the latest techniques and practices. See more on who we are below:

Pooja Pottenkulam
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Course leader


Pooja Pottenkulam is an animation filmmaker and illustrator. She was trained in animation at the National Institute of Design in India and at the Royal College of Art in London. Her animation films have been broadcast on MTV, Channel 4 and Nickelodeon and at various international film festivals. She is a regular illustrator for Scholastic and has illustrated over 40 books. 

Pooja's  work can be viewed here:

Pooja Pottenkulam

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Senior Lecturer

Tim Webb

Tim Webb is a BAFTA-nominated animation filmmaker who joined the animation course at UEL in 2023. His multi-award winning film A is for Autism (1992) became significant in writings around what became a recognised genre 'Animation Documentary', while another of his films Six of One (1998) was BAFTA nominated and won the Great Prize for Animation in the Vila do Conde awards in Portugal (2001).15th February received the 1995 ICA Dick Award as "the most provocative, innovative and subversive short film of the year". Tim has directed public service announcements, worked on sequences for award-winning animation documentaries, as well as a special sequence The Weirdo for the character Sussie in the Cartoon Network Series The Amazing World of Gumball.


Tim Webb's research interests include structural considerations in moving image and creative uses of repetitions in narratives. Prior to joining UEL, Tim was a Senior Tutor on the Animation programme at the Royal College of Art in London where he worked for over 25 years.

Tim Webb
Luisa Mastrolonardo
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Animation Technician

Luisa Mastrolonardo

Luisa Mastrolonardo, our technician is an animation filmmaker and currently also a student at the University of East London. Her efficient work processes help us run the Animation course smoothly. She supports animation students with animation software and ensures that our equipment and workspaces are kept in the best working order.

Visiting Faculty

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Dani Fish

Dani Fish is Daniele Piscitello’s artist psuedonym. Dani is an Italian animator who has been living and working in London since 2017. Dani has an MA in Animation from the Royal College of Art and currently works as a freelancer on big and small professional animation projects. 

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A graduate of Kingston University and the RCA and Filipe Alcada's work includes award-winning music videos for Moby and Add N To (X) done as part of a director collective, Illustration print work for the Sunday Times, British Council, Wallpaper Magazine, New York Times, Honda and Saatchi & Saatchi.

Filipe Alcada

Visiting Faculty
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Hannah Brewerton is an artist, animator, writer and lecturer in animation based in Newham, London. Drawing inspiration from satirical theatre and carnival, Hannah’s research and practice is rooted in animated satire and traditional forms of animation. She has an MA in Animation from the Royal College of Art.

Hannah Brewerton

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Jess Mountfield is a freelance animator and director. Graduating from the Arts University Bournemouth with a BA in Animation Production, Jess has worked at Karrot Animation on TV shows for the BBC and SkyKids. She has directed projects for charities, financial start-ups, and the Australian NDS. She teaches employability skills and animation principles.

Jess Mountfield

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