Hi there! I'm Aira Joana and I'm an animation director and illustrator based in Lucerne, Switzerland. 
I love creating visual worlds and stories that are all around and inside of us - and bring them to life afterwards. I'm also very passionate about combining different styles and media, such as 2D animation with live action footage and analogue techniques, always striving to create something unique.
Also I'd like to offer my skills to contribute and bring awarness to political matters that also matter to me and the people that are dear to me, please hit me up: 
 climate crisis, sustainability, feminism, anti-racism work, anti-capitalism work 
as for LGTBQIA+ matters, I'd love to amplify their own voices and send illustrators/animators from the community your way, if you're looking for someone.
Please feel free to contact me for any potential collaborations or commissions, or just to say hi :) 
TVPaint Pro 11, Toon Boom Harmony, Toon Boom Storyboarder, Animate, Photoshop, Indesign, Premiere Pro, After Effects, Audition
2D animation frame by frame & cutout, illustration, visual development, storyboarding
Work experience
2020 February - May, animation & fx animation at YK Animation Studio for shortfilm "Mr. Pete & the Iron Horse" by Kilian Vilim
2019 January - June, Layout and animation at YK Animation Studio for shortfilm "Little Miss Fate" by Joder von Rotz
2017 April - August, 5 month internship at YK Animation Studio
Animation & FX creation for shortfilm "Coyote" by Lorenz Wunderle and other inhouse projects

Since 2017 - Freelance
Animation direction, 2D animation, illustration 
Film, photography

2015 - 2018 BA Animation, Lucerne University of Applied Sciences & Arts
2013 - 2015 Art foundation course, Lucerne University of Applied Sciences & Arts
2006 - 2012 Kantonsschule Glarus (academic high school) with specialisation in music

2020 Insane - LUMAE (music video)
2'41'' 2D animated music video
2D animation & direction: Aira Joana
Additional 2D Animation: Sarah Rothenberger

2020 SAMSA (Or, the Lack of Constant Lack) - Oakhands (music video)
3'25'' 2D graphic animated music video
2D animation & direction: Aira Joana

2020 Little Miss Fate by Joder von Rotz
8'15'' digital animation witha an analogue look, produced by YK Animation studio
2D Animation: Fela Bellotto, Aira Joana, Martine Ulmer, Lorenz Wunderle, Kerstin Zemp, Lukas Pulver, Joder von Rotz 

2019 Fall - Like Lovers (music video)
6'12'' 2D/3D/footage mixed technique music video
2D animation & direction: Aira Joana
Clouds: Daniel Strohhäcker
Compositing: Nicolas Roth
Additional 2D animation: Hannes Oehen

2018 CONCRETE in co-direction with Luca Struchen, Nicolas Roth, Pirmin Bieri
7'34'' 2D/3D mixed technique graduation film
2D animation: Aira Joana, Fela Bellotto
3D Animation: Pirmin Bieri, Nicolas Roth
VFX: Luca Struchen

2018 Coyote by Lorenz Wunderle
9' 2D digital animation, produced by YK Animation Studio
Animation: Lorenz Wunderle, Etienne Mory, Fela Bellotto, Julia Munoz, Aira Joana
FX Chefboss: Aira Joana (it really does say so in the credits)

2018 OOZE by Kilian Vilim
5'28" 2D digital animation, graduationfilm by Kilian Vilim
Animation: Kilian Vilim, Etienne Mory, Fela Bellotto, Aira Joana

2018 "Oh you don't know the blues"
47" 2D analogue stamp animation in collaboration with Andrea Giovanni Sidoti

2017 TedX Basel "Headlights"
20" 2D tradigital animation in collaboration with Naomi Erlich

2016 Stay Connected
1'47" stop motion in collaboration with Luca Struchen and Pirmin Bieri

2016 Fantoche Trailer "Wimmelbild"
20" 2D digital animation in collaboration with Andrea Giovanni Sidoti, Luca Struchen, Valentine Moser, Laercio Mabota