Joana Toste (Portugal) was born in 1970. She got her degree in industrial design, followed by a post-graduate degree in the same area at the Glasgow School of Art/Centro Português de Design. During this period she studied painting at Sociedade Nacional de Belas Artes de Lisboa and in 1992 interrupted her studies during one year, to perform animation studies at Tobistoon. Since then, she has worked in animation, collaborating with several studios and developing her own projects. In 2004 she created her own production’s company called gomtch-gomtch. Simultaneously, she works in illustration, theatre set design, workshops for children and web design.