Amanda Bonaiuto

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A singularly comical/surreal vision of a family visiting a funeral home.

Amanda Bonaiuto, born 1990, is an animator and artist originally from Massachusetts. She currently lives and works in Los Angeles. Her work has screened at Ottawa International Animation Festival, Slamdance, Pictoplasma, and more. She is a 2017 Princess Grace Honoraria in Film, a 2013 recipient of the St. Botolph Emerging Artist Award, 2013 finalist for the Massachusetts Cultural Council Grant in Film & Video, and a 2010 recipient of the Springborn Fellowship. She graduated with an MFA in Experimental Animation from CalArts in 2018. Her film Batfish Soup was the jury winner in the second edition of SEAFF.


Director Amanda Bonaiuto is a Jury Winner in Stockholm Experimental and Animation Film Festival 2017! Batfish Soup is awarded with the price Best Animated Film!

Amanda Bonaiuto’s work contains strong autobiographical elements. Travels and memories, going back as far as childhood, have been an important source of inspiration for her film Batfish Soup. Bonaiuto’s tell the story of a dysfunctional family in a rhythmically floating way. Her poetic animations display an exquisite sense of composition; as in the case of calligraphy the empty space is as important as in the colored ones.

Director Ricard Carbonell is a Jury Winner in Stockholm Experimental and Animation Film Festival 2017! Patarei Prison is awarded with the price Best Experimental Film!

Ricard Carbonell’s works are characterized by quiet, almost meditative state. His film Patarei Prison is tied both to the strong narrative tradition and to the considerably conceptual tradition of the experimental film medium.


Batfish Soup is a fictionalized absurdist film based on memories of freakish childhood visitations with grandparents. Violence, senseless fear, and play become indistinguishable as the characters dance their way through the evening. Wacky relatives give way to mounting tensions with broken dolls, boiling stew and a bang.

Amanda Bonaiuto received her BFA in fine art from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, in 2012. She is now an MFA candidate in the Experimental Animation program at California Institute of the Arts, expected to graduate in 2018. Her work has screened in many festivals, including: Annecy International Animated Film Festival, Stuttgart Festival of Animated Films, Ottawa International Animation festival and more.