The Shadow Animal

Dorte Bengtson, Denmark, 2013

19 min.DK/Short fictionChildren's films, Animation

Dennis, 10, longs to be reunited with his father, who he misses terribly. Dennis and his older brother Johnny share a tiny magical creature known as the "Shadow Animal" who also happens to be Dennis' closest friend. The two brothers live in a tough neighbourhood. Together, Dennis and the Shadow Animal follow Johnny down to the local park where Johnny's gang hangs out. When Dennis learns that the rival gang is planning to execute his brother, Dennis faces a terrible dilemma: Should he continue looking for his missing father or try and prevent Johnny from being shot?
Basic information Credits Festivals & awards
Original title Skyggedyret
Danish title Skyggedyret
Keywords Boys, Father-son relation, Brothers, Gang crime, Gangs, Nørrebro, Copenhagen
Director Dorte Bengtson
Screenplay Dorte Bengtson
Producer Thomas Borch Nielsen
Editor Kirsten Skytte
Sound Sille Just Boel
Composer Rasmus Dalsgaard
Production country Denmark
Dialogue language Danish
Production company Nice Ninja ApS
International sales Nice Ninja ApS
Danish festival release 08.09.2013, Palads, Buster-festivalen
DFI subsidy Konsulentstøtte
Danish rating Not recommended for children under 7
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Production company Nice Ninja ApS


Direction Dorte Bengtson


Screenplay Dorte Bengtson
Script consultant Thomas Borch Nielsen


Producer Thomas Borch Nielsen
Line producer Kirsten Skytte


Editor Kirsten Skytte


Composer Rasmus Dalsgaard


Sound engineer Sille Just Boel


Dennis Toke Lars Bjarke
Johnny René Wormark


Animator Asta Sigurdardóttir
Animator Rune Ryberg
Animator Luca Fattore
Animator Benjamin Agersted
Animator Henrik Sønniksen
Animator Atli Haftseinsson
Animator Marie Jørgensen
Colorstyler Drude Mandgaard

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Festival screenings

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Festival Festival date
Poznan Ale Kino! International Children's Film Festival 2014-11-30
Thessaloniki International Film Festival 2014-10-31
Seoul International Youth Film Festival 2014-08-21
Stuttgart International Animation Film Festival 2014-04-22
Malmö, BUFF 2014-03-10
Göteborg International Film Festival 2014-01-24
Odense Internationale Film Festival 2013-08-26
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