Isabel Herguera studied Fine Arts at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf, Germany, and Animation at the California Institute of the Arts (Calarts). She worked for several animation productions in Los Angeles before returning to Spain in 2003 to direct ANIMAC, the International Animation Festival of Catalunya and to take on the coordination and programming for the Laboratory of Moving Image (LIM) in Arteleku, Center for Contemporary Art in San Sebastian.
She has directed and produced several short films including LA GALLINA CIEGA (2005), ÁMÁR (2010), BAJO LA ALMOHADA (2012), AMORE D'INVERNO (2015) or KUTXA BELTZA (2016). Her films have won over fifty international awards, including a Goya Award nomination in 2006, and have been widely shown in festivals and venues around the world. Since 2005 she taught regularly, an experimental animation workshop, at the National Institute of Design (NID) in Ahmedabad, India, and is a guest animation professor at the China Central Academy of Fine Arts (CAFA) in Beijing, China. Since 2017 is professor of the animation department in Kunsthochschule für Medien Köln, Germany.
She just finished her first feature film, SULTANA'S DREAM, which premiered in the official section of the San Sebastian Festival.