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Narrative Animation

Mafer Lopez (Borrega Viuda)

Born and raised in Mexico City, Mafer López (b. 1992) is now an illustrator and self-taught animator living in London. With a BA in Graphic Design, she found love in 12 frames per second and never looked back.

She has worked with multiple clients including Netflix, Google Arts & Culture, Spotify and most recently, WWF and Airbnb.


Best Student Film

2016 ANIMASIVO Festival Internacional de Animación . Mexico City

Official Selection

2016 Fringe! Queer Film & Arts Fest . London, UK

2016 Locomoción Festival de Animación . Mexico City

2018 Mon oeil (web-series) . Centre Pompidou, Paris

2021 Passion Prize (Passion Pictures). London, UK


Official Selection

2019 VII Catálogo Iberoamericano de Ilustración . Latin America, Spain and Portugal

Degree Details

School of Communication

Narrative Animation

My work is strongly influenced by the politics of gender, race and feminism within the Mexican context I was brought up in.

During my time at RCA, my practice as an animator has become clearer and more intimate, mainly focused on portraying my childhood experience.

Animating the unspeakable feels like setting it on fire and finally watching it burn.

Warning: This work contains mature or explicit content.

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These books gave Matilda a hopeful and comforting message: You are not alone.

-Roald Dahl.

A film about a young girl's discovery of her own body and sexuality, how it gives her strength, and a love for herself, she didn't know was there before.

Oh, and an orgasm.

Animated and Directed by Mafer López.

Levent Altuntas

Music Composer

Jan Sigsworth

Sound Mix

Medium: 2D (TVPaint)

Length: 04:00

Additional Support

Tom Humphreys

Adriana Scalisi

Jordan Antonowicz-Behnan


MAMÁ - Animation Clip 1
MAMÁ - Animation Clip 2
The Brat - Animation Clip
The Brat - Character Still

MAMÁ - Animation Clips

A girl in search of her mom finds the inner strength to be her own mother.

The Brat and the Myth of East L.A. Punk - Animation Clip

Documentary about Teresa Covarrubias, a 60-year-old kindergarten teacher and former lead singer of the now-defunct punk-rock band The Brat. From her origins as a rebel kid growing up in a conservative Latino household to the summer of 1977, when she crossed paths with Sister Karen, a cigarette-smoking graphic designer nun who founded one of the most important punk music venues in East L.A.: The Vex.

Passion Pictures

Recipient of the 2021 Passion Prize