Joana Toste (1970) graduated in Industrial Design, followed by a post-graduate degree at the Glasgow School of Art/Centro Português de Design. She studied Fine Art at the Sociedade Nacional de Belas Artes in Lisbon and in 1992 interrupted her course to study Animation at Tobistoon. Since then, she has worked continuously in animation, both in cooperation with other studios and developing her own projects. In 2004, she set up her own production company, Gomtch Gomtch. She also works as an illustrator, set designer for theatre and website designer, as well as organizing workshops for children.