Carlos Varela received a BS in Computer Science from the Deusto University. In 1985, he worked on the very first animation feature film produced in the Basque Country. Since then, he has been devoted to animation in all formats: film, television, advertisements, video games, and web. Varela has worked for a number of leading entertainment media companies, including Warner, Universal, BBC, RAI, Globomedia, and others. He has also served as designer and director on animated TV series, directed four feature films, and served as assistant director on another four.
Varela has received two GOYA awards from the Spanish Film Academy and has been a finalist several other times. Recently, one of the feature films he worked on as creative designer and director won two awards at the Houston Film Festival — Best Animated Feature film and Best Applied Technological Innovation in Animation — for his use of Flash animation software in a theatrical film.
Varela’s expertise resides in character design and storyboarding, and he has also been an animation director and collaborated as a screenwriter. He has several years’ experience in teaching subjects related to animation and video game production.
Currently, Varela teaches animal biology, character design, storyboarding, layouts, and backgrounds at DigiPen Institute of Technology Europe-Bilbao. He is also the main instructor in the animation projects.