Ajyal Film Festival 2024

All Films

The Peacock Who Wanted to Be a Star

Ajyal Competition

Danielle M. Heitmuller / Short Narrative / United States of America / 2014 / 3 min / Colour / DCP2K
In English / Arabic subtitles
Interests: Animation, Youth, Family, Children
Qatar Premiere


Alastair the peacock has a dream: he wants to be a star. Unfortunately, none of the other animals in the forest seems to recognise his wonderful singing abilities – the other birds just stare at him in disbelief, the rabbits fear for the wellbeing of their big, floppy ears, and the turtles retreat into their shells in horror. But when a hummingbird comes along, buzzing out a catchy tune, Alastair finds out he has a special talent all his own.

About the Directors

Danielle Heitmuller is a life-long fan of all things animated, so when the opportunity to pursue a career in animation arose, she grasped it eagerly. First studying at Rochester Institute of Technology, and later at the University of California – Los Angeles Animation Workshop, Danielle holds a BFA and an MFA in Animation. ‘The Peacock Who Wanted to Be a Star’ is part of her thesis work. Her previous films, ‘Lantern’ (2013) and ‘Rainy Day Ducks’ (2012), enjoyed success in festivals as well.


Danielle M. Heitmuller
Danielle M. Heitmuller
Jon Evans
David Fuller

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