Rising in a Spiral

A Film by Elmano Diogo, Débora Mendes, Portugal, 2021

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Original Title Rising in a Spiral
Country of Production Portugal
Year of Production 2021
Running Time 2’43’’
Language English
Production budget 0
Débora Mendes Director, Writer, Producer, Animation, Concept Art, Painting, Storyboard, Production
Elmano Diogo Director, Writer, Producer, Animation, Edit, Compositing, Painting, Production
Bahar Kiamoghaddam Writer
Steven Malliet Producer
Bahar Kiamoghaddam Animation
Tsai Yi-Chin Clean-up
Sarah Aimê Clean-up
Bahar Kiamoghaddam Clean-up
Tsai Yi-Chin Edit
Bahar Kiamoghaddam Storyboard
Steven MallietProduction
Slow Bear Music Written by
Slow Bear Lyrics
Jerry Growl Music Produced by

Opening Ceremony, ClipAnim
Rising in a Spiral
MONSTRA Animated Film Festival


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

Name Elmano Diogo
Country Portugal
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.

Student @ Universidade Lusófona; LUCA School of Arts; AALTO

Name Débora Mendes
Country Portugal
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.

Student @ Universidade Lusófona; LUCA School of Arts; AALTO

Rising in a Spiral, Animation short, Animator-Director-Producer, 2021
Cellfie, Animation short, Animator-Director, 2019
Sea Shepherd, Animator-Director, Animation Short, 2019

Director's notes
The project was born from the desire to create an animated music video about the environment, bringing people together with this common concern.
Musicians from Belgium and Portugal got together, and starting with a few guitar chords, each began to make their contribution, and joining improbable instruments.
In parallel, students from 4 nationalities studying in Re:Anima International Master Degree formed the animation team.
We were still at the beginning of the year and from different corners of the world, ideas, drawings, references were shared, giving shape to a project without a budget, just with the desire to make it grow with the same esteem that we have for our planet.

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