Hey I'm Maria Jose

I am a designer, an illustrator, a teacher and an entrepreneur from Lima, Peru. I am also a big Studio Ghibli and Harry Potter fan, an obsessive stationery collector and a happy globe-trotter. I love color, salchipapas, and laugh until my stomach hurts.

I studied Audiovisual Communication in the Pontificia Universidad Catolica del Peru, in the Universitat Politécnica de Valencia (Spain) and Classical Animation in Vancouver Film School (Canada). Currently I am studying an Erasmus Mundus Master in Children's Literature, Media and Culture in the University of Glasgow (United Kingdom), Aarhus University (Denmark) and University of Wroclaw (Poland).


A few years ago I opened MJ Campos, a studio specialized in audiovisual and design creation to inspire children, families and women in their creative journey. I am interested in telling fun stories about identity, cultural heritage and nature through paper and screen. 

Clients and collaborators

I love to be involved in design and illustration projects filled with energy and passion to live creatively. Some of my clients and entities with whom I have collaborated are the following:

U.S. Consumer Product Safety Comission, CPSC (USA), Oncology Consultants (USA), Softrack Systems Inc. (Canada), Clínica Delgado, Canal IPe, Isla Films, Pontificia Universidad Catolica del Peru [PUCP], EMILIMA, Archivo General de la Nacion, UNESCO, Ministerio de Educacion, Universidad Nacional Tecnologica de Lima Sur [Untels].

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Talks and participations

I have participated in conferences and academic papers about Japanese animation .

I am an animation and design teacher, and an academic who studies topics related to animation. My passion for Studio Ghibli took me to write my thesis about the tree in Hayao Miyazaki. You can read my thesis here (in Spanish).

Moreover, I have been present in important festivals and international workshops.

2019 / Mar                  

Promotion actions for animation in Peru. AnimaPeru, Ministry of Culture in Peru.

2019 / Mar                

Panel discussion: “X-ray of the vital experience in manga and the cinema of the animation”. Japanese Peruvian Cultural Center (APJ).

2018 / Jun    

Annecy International Animation Film Festival and its Market [MIFA] (Annecy, France)

Peruvian animation delegation member, Prom Peru stand in MIFA.

Pitch in Animation du Monde MIFA Pitches, with the feature film Los Santos.

2017 / Nov                

“Projection and discussion about the animated film Kaguyahime no Monogatari by Isao Takahata (2013)”. Conferences about Japanese Culture. Panel shared with Alexandra Arana. Pontificia Universidad Catolica del Peru (PUCP), Centros de Estudios Orientales (CEO). 

2017 / Oct                

“Table 5: Symbol studies in communication”

Panel shared with Claudia Rodriguez and Diana Flores. XVIII Coloquio de Estudiantes de Comunicacion PUCP: Revolucion en la Comunicacion. Pontificia Universidad Catolica del Peru (PUCP).

2017 / Sep                      

“The symbol in animation: the tree in Hayao Miyazaki's films".

 Centro Cultural Peruano Japones (APJ).

2017 / Jul                   

Bridging the Gap Animation Lab (Tenerife, España)

Intensive workshop of animated projects hosted by European producers. Selected and scholarship winner with Chicho & Darz.

Screenings on festivals


Chicho & Darz

Finalist at the 4th Pitch Cartoon Network of International Animation Festival Chilemonos (Santiago, Chile / 2019)

Winner of the National Competition of Projects of International Promotion of Economic Stimuli for Culture 2018 granted by DAFO, Ministry of Culture in Peru (Lima, Peru / 2019)

Winner of the National Contest of Projects of Series’ Pilots of the Economic Stimuli for the Culture 2018 granted by DAFO, Ministry of Culture in Peru (Lima, Peru / 2018)

Scholarship winner for Bridging The Gap (BTG), Animation Lab, 3rd edition (Tenerife, España / 2017)

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Official selections

Anima Mundi [Anima Multi] (Sao Paulo, Brazil / 2015)
Festival de Cine de Lima [Muestra Itinerante] (Lima, Peru / 2015)
Color International Film Festival of India (Ahmedabad, Gujarat - India / 2015)
MODIX (Sicily, Italy / 2015)
Lights, Camera, CURE! (Ottawa, Canada / 2015)
Chulpicine (Quito, Ecuador / 2015)
FICMA Barcelona [FOCUS: Special Educational Program for the Schools] (Barcelona, Spain / 2015)
Davis International Film Festival (California, USA / 2015)
Animasyros [Agora Videotheque] (Syros, Greece / 2015)
1st Peruvian Film Festival in BC (Vancouver, Canada / 2015)
CINANIMA [International Grand Panorama - Schools Come to CINANIMA] (Espinho, Portugal / 2015)
ICFFI, Hyderabad [Children's World Category] (Hyderabad, India / 2015)
Blackbird Film Festival (New York, USA / 2015)
International Festival of Animated Arts "Multivision" (St. Petersburg, Russia / 2015)
AS Film Fest (Rome, Italy / 2015)
Asociación Cultural Cineduca [Schools of Leganés] (Madrid, Spain / 2015)
Phoenix Film Festival Melbourne [New Filmmakers] (Melbourne, Australia / 2015)
Mi Primer Festival (Lima, Peru / 2015)
10th Children's India International Children's Film Festival (Mangalore, India / 2015)
Golden Sun Short Film Festival (Zebbug, Malta / 2015)
8th International Children’s Film Festival of City Montessori School, (Lucknow, India / 2016)
Say it Loud Film Festival (Baltimore, USA / 2016)
Animación Peruana HOY! de Fundación Telefónica (Lima, Peru / 2016)
Festival Ojo de Pescado [Selección Oficial] (Valparaiso, Chile / 2016)
Festival Imagina de Fundación Telefónica (Lima, Peru / 2016)
Festival Internacional de Animación Ajayu (Puno, Peru / 2016)


Winner of the National Short Film Projects and Musical Videos Contest of the Economic Stimuli for Culture 2018 awarded by DAFO, Ministry of Culture in Peru (Lima, Peru / 2018)

Loop de Loop [Travelling exhibition] (Melbourne, Adelaida, Sydney, London, Los Angeles y New York / 2015)

CasaCor Perú [Video installation in collaboration with the artist Carlos Runcie Tanaka] (Lima, Perú / 2015)

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