David Doutel Vasco Sá

2022 Portugal ANI 14 '

A Garrano horse is forced to pull a heavy load under a blazing sun. Young boy Joel discovers a man who is about to set a forest on fire.


David Doutel was born in Porto, Portugal, in 1983. He graduated in Sound and Image at the UCP School of Arts, with extensive training in Animation.For the last 15 years he has developed his work in the field of independent animation short films, both as director, animator and producer. Both in artistic and production departments he has contributed to the creation of several award-winning short-films from various directors that have been regularly selected to international film festivals. Has developed his career alongside Vasco Sá with whom he shares the experience of direction on three short animated films, The Shoemaker, Fuligem, Augur and their most recent work Garrano, a Portuguese/Lituanian co-production. He is one of the founders of BAP Animation Studio, where he works as a director and producer. Alongside Vasco Sá, he is currently working on their first animated feature film.

Vasco Sá was born in Porto in 1979. With rooted ancestry in the northern mountainous region of Portugal, he spent his first eighteen years of life at Trás-os-Montes (Behind-the-Mountains), before he moved to Porto, where he got his Master’s degree in Sound and Image from the School of Arts (UCP). It is in this context that he meets David Doutel, with whom he has shared several projects awarded nationally and internationally, namely the film directing of the shorts: The Shoemaker (2011, PT/ES), Soot (2014, PT), Augur (2018, PT/FR) and Garrano (PT/LT), their most recent work. Since 2011 he has been collaborating with the production company Bando à Parte, where he has integrated the team of multiple films of different authors, both in the artistic and production departments. He is one of the founders of BAP-Animation Studio, where he works as a director and producer, together with David Doutel. Both are currently working on their first animated feature film. He likes to see the mountains in front of him.