Dummies

A dummy watches the days go by from his little shop, bored. But with the opening of a new store next to his, his life will change forever.

  • Daniel P. Álava
    Director
    Caracola (2012)
  • Daniel P. Álava
    Writer
    Caracola (2012)
  • María Sánchez
    Producer
  • Carlos Bernar
    Producer
  • Javier Hidalgo
    Animation
  • David Alén
    Animation
  • Daniel P. Álava
    Animation
  • Álvaro H. Blanco
    Music
    La visita de Medrano, Once upon a time on the border, Burning Love
  • Guillermo Eiroa
    Character Modelling & rigging
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    Dummies
  • Genres:
    animation, romance, comedy, fantasy
  • Runtime:
    6 minutes 50 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    June 28, 2013
  • Production Budget:
    30 EUR
  • Country of Origin:
    Spain
  • Country of Filming:
    Spain
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Black & White
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    Yes
  • Student Project:
    Yes
  • Manhattan International Film Festival
    Manhattan, New York (USA)
    March 1, 2014
    Honorable Mention
  • Montreal International Children Film Festival 2014
    Canada
    Canadian Premiere
  • VI Certamen de Cortos ANGELIKA
    Spain
  • Ciudad de Castellon Young Filmmakers Contest
    Spain
    Best Animated Short
  • Girona Film Festival
    Spain
    Spanish Premiere
  • ClujShorts International Short Film Festival 2014
    Romania
    Romanian Premiere
  • Banjaluka International Animated Film Festival 2013
    Bosnia-Herzegovina
    Bosnian Premiere
  • Lanterna International Academic Film Festival 2013
    Mexico
    Mexican Premiere
  • Fer Film Ferstival 2013
    (Ferizaj) Kosovo
    Kosovar Premiere
  • Grand OFF 7th World Independent Film Awards 2013
    Warsaw (Poland)
    Polish Premiere
  • U Frame International Academic Film Festival 2013
    Porto (Portugal)
    Portugese Premiere
  • Golden Orchid International Animation Festival 2013
    Pennsylvania, (USA)
    North American
  • ReAnimania Yeveran International Animation Festival 2013
    Armenia
    Armenian Premiere
  • Animax Skopje Macedonian Animation International Festival 2013
    Macedonia
    Macedonian Premiere
  • Festival de Málaga
    Spain
  • Croq'Anime Festival d'Animation de Paris
    France
  • Riverside Short Film & Video Festival
    Missouri, USA
  • Children's International Film Festival
    Dubai
  • Cortisonanti Film Festival
    Naples, Italy
    November 25, 2014
    Best Student Shortfilm
Director Biography - Daniel P. Álava

Dani is born in Santa Cruz de Tenerife (Canary Islands, Spain) in 1991.Thanks to a scholarship by the Spanish Education Ministry, an Alumni scholarship by the university and a credit program for Academic Excellence, he studies a BA in Film, TV & Digital Media in the University of Navarra, where he graduates in 2013 receiving the ‘Premio Extraordinario Fin de Carrera’, prize awarded to the most outstanding graduate of the promotion. During this time, he participates in several projects, like the international feature film Blue Lips, as trainee assistant director, or an awarded videomapping, in the international Lux Greco Contest in Toledo. He debuts as screenwriter and director with Caracola, being selected in some countries and winning the first award in the ‘Festival Tiempo Sur de La Palma’. His increasing interest in animation leads him to direct Dummies, a CG shortfilm selected in 45 film festivals around the globe and awarded in 3 occasions, including a selection in ‘Festival de Malaga’ or an Honorific Mention in the Manhattan International Film Festival, implying a screening in the United Nations. He moves to Madrid, where he works in some production companies and as freelance short film distributor. He receives a scholarship by ‘Obra Social La Caixa’ to study a MA in Animation in the University of Hertfordshire, UK, finishing in 2015. At present time he is preproducing his next animation shortfilm.

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Director Statement

Dummies is the animation shortfilm I wrote and directed during my thesis degree project for my BA in Film, TV & Digital Media. It is the first animation project that is produced as thesis degree project in the University of Navarra and my first approach to animation. We were 5 students working on this project for 4 months to produce 7 minutes of film. I distributed it by my own sending it to film festivals around the world, having a great reception considering the apparent simplicity of the outcome. The most incredible experience was to receive an Honorable Mention in the Manhattan International Film Festival, being the short selected to be screened in the United Nations.