This conceptual and sensory miniature rethinks the concept of the social (self) portrait by playing with the distortions of a Big Brother impassively watching over us. A technological state of permanent control, of mechanization of a daily life ruled by a human-made inventiveness that has ended up taking control of our lives.


Director’s Notes

The short Selfie, which I conceived as a sensorial, atmospheric fantasy more than a logical and rational narrative, was suggested by a state of unease and disquiet caused by our movements in big cities. Without even realising it, we move from one place to another conditioned by hundreds of machines we listen to unconsciously, that tell us how we should behave and the risks we run if we do not follow instructions. While these “others” constantly echo, we take selfies that produce images in which we pose as if we were in an advertisement; a world of violent contrasts that range from the “culture of fear” to a strange egotistical relationship. But, in fact, what are we looking at and who is looking at us? Where are we looking to and from where are we being watched?

Similarly to my other works, when contemplating and recording the space portrayed in Selfie, I have many different influences in mind to help me rethink our historical moment, ranging from the robotic voices in Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World to Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey, and, above all, Michel Foucault’s panopticon and his theories on dystopias; these imaginary depictions of a future society with undesirable characteristics which, nonetheless, whispers to us from afar that it is already here.


  • International Distribution in the catalogue Canarias en Corto
    14th Distribution Catalogue “Canarias en Corto 2019-2020”

Official Selections


  • 12.º Annual UNCG International Sustainability Shorts Film Competition, University of North Carolina Greensboro, United States, 2021
  • 9.º FIVAC – Festival Internacional de Videoarte de Camagüey, Camagüey, Cuba, 2021
  • 13.º Psarokokalo International Short Film Festival, Official Competition, Kea, Greece, 2021
  • 39.º Festival International du Film sur l’Art – Le FIFA, Short Film Competition, Montreal, Canada, 2021
  • 4.º SANFICI – Santander Festival Internacional de Cine Independiente, Sección Oficial -Competición internacional, Bucaramanga, Colombia, 2021
  • In Short, Europe ESCAPE, An online European Short Film Festival, London, United Kingdom, 2020
  • 7.º Proceso de Error, Textures of Reality Section, Valparaíso, Chile, 2020
  • 4.º Blue Danube Film Festival, Official Section, Vienna and Budapest, Austria and Hungary, 2020
  • 7.º Intermediaciones – Muestra de Videoarte y Video Experimental, Medellín, Colombia, 2020
  • 16.º Festifreak – Festival Internacional de Cine Independiente de La Plata, La Plata, Muestra Internacional de Cortometrajes, Argentina, 2020
  • 10.º International Video Art Festival Now&After, Competition Program, Moscow, Russia, 2020
  • 8.º Liberation DocFest Bangladesh, International Competition, Dakha, Bangladesh, 2020
  • 4.º Annual Copenhagen Film Festival, Best Experimental Section, Copenhague, Denmark, 2020
  • 7.º IberoDocs, General Programme, Edinburgh & Glasgow, Scotland, 2020
  • 13.º Cinema Vérité – Iran International Documentary film Festival, Tehran, Iran, 2019
  • IDFA 2019 – International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam, IDFA Competition for Short Documentary, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 2019


  • 20.º Festival Internacional de Cine de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Canarias Cinema Section, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, 2021
  • 5.º IBIZACINEFEST, Experimental Film Official Selection, Ibiza, 2021
  • 15.º Festival de cortos Villa de la Orotava, Sección Off, La Orotava, 2020
  • 32.º Girona Film Festival, Competitive Section, Girona, 2020
  • 15.º Festivalito de La Palma, Canarias en Corto Section, La Palma, 2020
  • XI IBAFF, Short Films Official Selection, Murcia, 2020
  • 7.º Tenerife Shorts, Canary Shorts, Tenerife, 2020
  • 61.º ZINEBI – Festival Internacional de Cine Documental y Cortometraje de Bilbao, Official Selection, Bilbao, 2019
  • 49.º ALCINE – Festival de Cine de Alcalá de Henares / Comunidad de Madrid, Divergencias section, Alcalá de Henares, 2019
  • 51.º Alcances – Festival de Cine Documental, Sección Oficial de Cortometrajes, Cádiz, 2019
  • 16.º DocumentaMadrid – Festival Internacional de Cine Documental, Competición Nacional de Cortometraje, Madrid, 2019

Special screenings

  • Ciclo Distopías: Recuerdos de un futuro (pasado) imperfecto – Gran Canaria Espacio Digital, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, 2020
  • Shorts Night in Televisión Canaria, Islas Canarias, 2020
  • Conversation Night, Albany Park Autonomous Center, Chicago, United States, 2020
  • CUNY (City University of New York), New York, United States, 2020
  • Spain on Campus, Columbia College Chicago, Chicago, United States, 2020
  • International Film Forum, Weitz Center for Creativity, Carleton College, Northfield, United States, 2020
  • Canarias en Corto 2020, Filmoteca Regional de Murcia, Murcia y Cartagena, 2020
  • Canarias en Corto 2020, Espacio La Granja, Tenerife, 2020
  • Canarias en Corto 2020, Teatro Guiniguada, Gran Canaria, 2020

Technical Information

Direction, Script, Photography and Editing
Nayra Sanz Fuentes
Javier Sanz Fuentes and Nayra Sanz Fuentes
Image Postproduction
Sergio Hernández
Andrés de la Cruz
Sound Postproduction
Sergio López-Eraña
Production Assistants
Alberto Bódalo Valcárcel and Gonzalo Botija
Second Unit Operator
Troy Walsh
Running time
Production Company
Rinoceronte Films S. L.