Raúl Zavala: actor, photographer, filmmaker, and one of the founders of the Ficticia production company.
Simbiosis is his first audiovisual short film, filmed in the context of the Social Revolt in Chile.
#AniFab judges have scored SIMBIOSIS an aggregate score of 7.9 out of 10 with one judge writing, "Powerful! This is a little slice of what we had hoped Animalis Fabula Film Festival could be like. to serve movies like Simbiosis. I was instantly pulled into what was happening and found the portrayal / use of an animal in the story to be very clever. Out hearts go out to the people of Chile during these monumentally difficult times. This is an Important story that needs to be shared and seen."
The issue of pet adoption has always been something very close to my heart. In particular, the misuse and mislabeling of aggressive dogs has come to the forefront of my attention, especially in the past few years. There are aggressive and dangerous dogs, but unfortunately the majority of dogs labeled “aggressive” are far from vicious, rabid animals. Many are caring and loving creatures that may have had a single bad incident. Its this “unseen” side of dog aggression that I wanted to highlight in “Chippy.”
AniFab judges have scored Chippy a 9 out of 10 with one judge writing, "Wow, the most serious fictional portrayal I have ever seen of this moment of decision. Powerful!"
They cannot communicate with our language, they cannot call for help, they cannot revolt, they cannot speak up for themselves. They need human voices.
And while it is true pets should never end up in a shelter, they are lucky, in their misfortune, to get a second chance. And this is that side of animal shelters that I find most interesting: more than a gloomy place, they represent the bright future that lies before animals who are waiting there.
AniFab judge's aggregate score was 7.4 out of 10 with one judge commenting, "Lovely. Well done. Congratulations on making a wonderful movie about such an important subject literally right under our noses. Thank you for helping everyone to not forget our seniors. Really enjoyed this story."
Ezequiel Yanco is a historian and filmmaker based in Buenos Aires (1976). He received a bachelor's degree with honors in history from the University of Buenos Aires, and an MFA on creative writing from New York University.
He taught at the Universidad del Cine in Buenos Aires. He has contributed to magazines such as Los Inrockuptibles and Le Nouvel Observateur. He co-edited Desconfiar de las imágenes (Caja Negra, 2013), a book that compiles a selection of Harun Farocki’s articles.
On this film, I was interested in bringing together my academic training as a historian and my practice as a filmmaker, two careers paths that I have pursued separately until now. I wanted to investigate the Conquest of the Desert, the land expropriation and genocide of the native population by the Argentinian army at the end of the 19th century, recording at the same time the present of that territory and its inhabitants.
A few years ago, I went to the provinces of La Pampa and San Luis, looking for locations and characters for the film. In one of those trips, I found Pueblo Nación Ranquel, which caught my attention because San Luis had created an artificial community in the middle of the desert, to settle the Ranqueles families of the nearest villages. An experiment of communal life for various indigenous people who have never lived in a community before.
I settled the point of view of the film on Uriel and his passage towards adolescence. In this way, I could approach the games, activities and life experiences of the other kids and teenagers. Role-playing games have a strong fictional potential, transforming the documentary into narrative material. From Uriel’s point of view I got really close to their daily life, to the new experiences of the indigenous life, their cultural legacy and the socio-political tensions of the community, leaving in a permanent offscreen the lives of the adults.
AniFab judges aggregate score for La Vida En Comun is 9.1 out of 10 with one judge noting, "Wow, stunning. To be transported by this boy into his world, to feel what he feels, to eloquently lay out in front of me and flow into a state of unconscious consciousness. This story inspires and motivates. I want to see / know more.
AniFab judge's aggregate score is 6.4 out of 10 with one judge writing, "This is a very sweet story, and an important one for the times in which we currently live. This is one smart dog, taking care of his family with them returning the favor in the end. Very nice."
2021 Monthly Official Best Of Selections
Animalis Fabula Film Festival official monthly selections have the opportunity to compete for monthly attention as well as inclusion in the annual live / virtual film festival in Austin, Texas and end of year fundraising benefit for animal welfare.