Birdboy and Dinky are two teenagers who have decided to escape from an island devastated by ecological catastrophe: Birdboy by shutting himself off from the world, Dinky by setting out on a dangerous journey with the hope that Birdboy will accompany her.

Director's Statement

Aimed at young and adult audiences, PSICONAUTAS, THE FORGOTTEN CHILDREN is an atypical work using the typical iconography of cartoon series to tell an intense poetic and social story. It tells the struggle of Dinky and Birdboy, trying to escape the suffocating atmosphere of the island where they live – a place that lost its entire splendour following of a terrible industrial accident.

Director's Biography

Animation director, illustrator and cartoonist
Born in 1980, his books and comics have been published in countries such as Spain, France, Italy, Brazil and Korea. His work has been nominated on two occasions for the Spanish Goya Awards, winning the Goya for Best Animated Short Film in 2012. He has won over 60 awards at international festivals and his work has been exhibited in prestigious festivals world-wide, such as Annecy, Clermont-Ferrand, Animafest Zagreb and Slamdance.

Producer, director and screenwriter
Born in 1969, Pedro is the screenwriter for several animated TV series and for the feature film GOOMER, Goya winner for the Best Spanish Animated Feature Film 1999.
Producer, director and screenwriter of LA CRISIS CARNÍVORA (2007), the first Spanish feature film in Flash animation for theatres, and BIRDBOY (2010), Goya winner for the Best Spanish Animated Short Film and pre-selected for the US Academy Awards longlist, screened at various festivals and winner of more than 40 awards. Pedro was also President of the Basque Screenwriters Guild 2002-2008 and he is the author of various theatrical plays and comic books.

Pedro Rivero
2010 BIRDBOY, short

Alberto Vázquez
2016 DECORADO, short

Cast & Crew

Directed by: Alberto Vázquez, Pedro Rivero

Written by: Alberto Vázquez, Pedro Rivero

Produced by: Farruco Castroman, Carlos Juarez, Luis Tosar

Cinematography: Khris Cembe

Editing: Iván Miñambres

Production Design: Alicia Veira

Original Score: Aranzazu Calleja, Victor Calleja

Sound Design: Iñaki Alonso

Animation: Khris Cembe

Nominations and Awards

  • European Animated Feature Film 2016