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Country of origin: Portugal
Year of origin: 2021
Duration: 2:48
Age Restriction: 6+


Name/Title: Universidade Lusófona; LUCA School of Arts; AALTO


Director: Débora Mendes, Elmano Diogo
Script: Débora Mendes, Elmano Diogo, Bahar Kiamoghaddam
Designer: Débora Mendes, Elmano Diogo
Animation: Débora Mendes, Elmano Diogo, Bahar Kiamoghaddam
Music: Slow Bear
Editing: Elmano Diogo, Tsai Yi-Chin
Producer: Débora Mendes, Elmano Diogo, Steven Malliet


Music video


2D/Traditional, 2D Computer

Rising in a Spiral

T-Short Festival
Published on 27 Nov 2021 / In Musical Motives


⁣A journey that makes us question what is happening to our planet and what we can still do for it.

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Débora Mendes
Had her initial training in the healthcare field.
She studied Animation Cinema at the Universidade Lusófona de Lisboa.
Director of “Cellfie” (2019) and “Sea Shepherd” (2019), her films mix different animation techniques and have been screened in more than 80 festivals around the world.
After finishing her studies, she worked on the feature film “My Grandfather's Demons” and on the short film “The Monkey” by the animation film producer Sardinha em Lata.
She worked in several music videos such as Lote B (Assistant Director, Animator) and Rising in a Spiral (Director, Art Director, Animator).
She is currently studying in Re:Anima – International Master Degree in Animation.

Elmano Diogo
Born in Funchal, in the island of Madeira.
He lived in Machico, studied in the computing area, and completed the bachelor’s degree in Interactive Media Design, in the University of Madeira.
In 2017, he moved to Lisbon and completed the master's degree in Animation Arts, in Universidade Lusófona de Humanidades e Tecnologias de Lisboa.
He's currently enrolled in Re:Anima - European Joint Master in Animation.
He was part of the directors in 4 animation short films (Past-It, Duality, Dandedog, and Rising in a Spiral), did compositing on the animation short film Cellfie, and is currently part of the animation feature film Nayola, contributing with animation, inbetweens and clean-up.
2D and 3D animation are his favourite animation styles and he’s also used to work in clean-up and compositing.
He is currently studying in Re:Anima – International Master Degree in Animation.

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