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Working creatively with other institutions comes with a lot of benefits. The inspiring partnership between DigiPen Institute of Technology Europe-Bilbao and Musikene, the Higher School of Music of the Basque Country, is a collaboration that fosters innovation and excellence. Together, remarkable animated films continue to be produced that show the transformative power of collaboration, seamlessly blending digital arts and music. The partnership allows students from both institutions to work together on a unique set of projects that blend their skills and expertise in a way that is truly exceptional.

The Process

The collaborative process is key to bringing these projects to life. Students from the BFA in Digital Art and Animation program at DigiPen, with their technical prowess and storytelling skills, work in harmony with the students at Musikene, who bring their musical talents and artistic sensibilities to the table. This cross-disciplinary approach ensures that the final product is a compatible blend of visuals and music, where each element enhances the other.

The year-long collaborative team projects involve rigorous planning, storyboarding, animation, and music composition. The students from Musikene not only create or interpret the musical pieces but also actively participate in discussions regarding musical choices, ensuring that the soundtrack aligns seamlessly with the visuals. This process encourages a deep mutual understanding and appreciation of each other’s disciplines and fosters a true sense of collaboration.

The Films

Over the years, DigiPen and Musikene students have collaboratively worked on five films. Each project reflects a diverse range of storytelling and artistic expression.

  • With their date approaching, Conej constructs a rocket to give his girlfriend Claire the ultimate gift: a trip to the moon.

  • Amid the ruins of a war-torn city, a young boy stumbles upon a friendly cat.

  • Spending a summer day with his seemingly dull grandma, a little boy discovers the hidden enchantment in simplicity, stillness, and quietude.

  • While collecting mechanical pieces in the forest, a robot encounters a nymph and attempts to blend into nature to get closer to her.

  • During the Holocaust, two childhood friends spark their past connection for a moment of solace.

Impact and Recognition

The films created through this collaboration have not gone unnoticed. Since their release, they’ve been showcased in various film festivals, gathered dozens of official selections, and garnered critical acclaim for their innovation and creativity. For example, Conej Steps Out was an official selection at festivals like the 2023 Annecy International Animation Film Festival and the 2023 Festival de Cannes. Other films like Tardes de Verano have gone on to win awards in student categories at the 2023 Athens Animfest and the 2023 Animakom FEST.

 A group of DigiPen and Musikene students standing and posing for a photograph in front of a projection screen showcasing a film premiere.


The partnership between DigiPen Institute of Technology Europe-Bilbao and Musikene is a shining example of how different fields of study can come together to create something truly special. These films are not just works of art but also a testament to the dedication, talent, and vision of the students and faculty involved. As this collaboration continues to thrive, and as the music students of Musikene continue to bring an integral role to the creative process, the harmonious blend of art and technology will continue to foster student networking and the potential for future joint professional initiatives.