Ajyal Film Festival 2019

All Films

The Penguin (Le Pingouin)

Ajyal Competition

Pascale Hecquet / Short Narrative / France / 2016 / 5 min / Colour / DCP
In French / Arabic, English subtitles
Interests: Animation, Music, Children
Rated: Parental guidance is advised. Some material may be inappropriate for young children.


A penguin is cranky because his toes are always icy and there’s no chance of getting a suntan. Ignoring his friends’ invitation to play on the ice floes, he takes a trip to the tropics to frolic with the marmosets under the coconut trees, and warm himself up in the sun – but it turns out that penguins aren’t really cut out for blazing heat. Based on a lovely children’s song, ‘The Penguin’ shows that the grass isn’t always greener on the other side.

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About the Directors

Pascale Hecquet was born in Charleroi, Belgium, in 1978. A graphic designer, illustrator and maker of animated films, she has written seven short films, which have received many prizes at film festivals all over the world. A mother of two, Pascale is particularly interested in making films for young audiences. Her aim is both to make people laugh and to offer a light-hearted approach to some issues that are important for children, such as helping one another, solidarity, sharing and family values.


Pascale Hecquet
Arnaud Demuynck
Arnaud Demuynck
Lee Maddeford
Production Company
Les Films du Nord, La Boîte Productions

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