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Dragon Princess (Princesse Dragon)

Ajyal Competition - Ajyal Film Festival 2022

Jean-Jacques Denis, Anthony Roux / Feature Narrative / France / 2021 / 78 min / Colour / In French / Arabic, English subtitles
Rated: Parental guidance is advised. Some material may be inappropriate for young children.


Bristle is a young girl with a very unusual childhood—she is being raised by a dragon! A little different from her two dragon brothers, Bristle makes her own way in the world. But since she is not quite human and not fully animal, she finds it hard to fit into either kingdom. One day a frog sorceress visits her father, Dragon, and demands he gives her his second most-prized possession. After Bristle has exposed their secret cave to the humans, Dragon is furious and offers up his only daughter. Wrought with despair, Bristle flees and embarks on a journey of discovery into the world of humans.

Among humans, Bristle does her best to remain inconspicuous. But her wild side does not mix well with the hypocrisy of high society, and she soon runs into conflict. Winner of the Best Children’s Feature at Anima 2022, ‘Princess Dragon’ has a distinctively Studio Ghibli fell to its aesthetic, giving the film a certain dreamlike feel. The story has many classic fairy-tale elements but weaves them together beautifully to create a fresh and compelling narrative about friendship, solidarity, betrayal, and greed.

About the Director

Jean-Jacques Denis trained at the Gobelins School of Visual Arts in Paris and started his career as a storyboarder for several animated series. He began working with Ankama in 2010, first as a storyboarder for the series ‘Wakfu’ in 2011, then as director of the series ‘Dofus: Kerub’s Bazaar’. In 2016, he co-directed his first feature film ‘Dofus – Book 1: Julith’.

Anthony Roux, also known as “Tot”, is Ankama’s founder and creative director. A graduate of the Académie des Beaux-Arts in Tournai, he presided over the series ‘Wakfu’ as author, scriptwriter and director before adventuring into feature films and bringing his universe to the big screen in ‘Dofus – Book 1: Julith’.


Jean-Jacques Denis, Anthony Roux
Anthony Roux
Frédéric Puech
Stéphanie Jans
Production Company
Ankama Animations
Aymeric Dupas
Pierre-Jean Beaudoin
Pulsar Content
Voices: Jérémie Covillault, Kaycie Chase, Michel Bompoil, Jean-Christophe Dollé, Lionel Tua, Lila Lacombe

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