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The kite

The kite

Martin Smatana
  • Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland
  • 13"
  • 2019
Monday 9, 19:00
Cine Amor
• 63 min.
Saturday 7, 13:00
Cine Amor
• 53 min.


The Kite deals with the issue of death, but it does so in a simple metaphorical and symbolic way using the relationship between the little boy and his grandpa. It explains that none of us are here forever and that all living creatures must die, but also shows that death doesn’t mean the end of our journey.

Festivals and awards

February 2019 at 69th Berlinale – Berlin International Film Festival awards: The Audience Award

26th IFFC Febiofest, Bratislava, Slovakia Tricks for Kids – Award for the best short film for children

26th International Festival of Animated Film Stuttgart 2019, Stuttgart, Germany Young Audience Award

Annecy International Animated Film Festival 2019, Annecy, France Anča Slovak Award

Fest Anča International Animation Festival 2019, Žilina, Slovakia Best Children's Short Film

27th Anima Mundi Film Festival, Rio de Janeiro/Sao Paulo, Brazil Best Student Animation Film

16th In the Palace International Short Film Festival, Varna, Bulgaria Special Award

6th Zero Plus International Film Festival 2019, Tuymen, Russia STIFF Best Animation Award

6th STIFF International Student Film Festival 2019, Rijeka, Croatia Best Animated Short

26th Austin Film Festival 2019, Austin, USA Children's Choice Award

5th TIAF International Animation Film Festival 2019, Taipei, Taiwan Best Children's Short Film Award

10th International Animation Festival of Pernambuco – Animage 2019, Boa Vista, Brazil Special Jury Award

18th International Student Film and Video Festival of Beijing Film Academy 2019, Beijing, China Best promising Score in Industry Award

9th Kuandu International Animation Film Festival 2019, Taipei, Taiwan

Martin Smatana

Martin (1991) is a graduate of the Department of Animation at FAMU, Prague. During his bachelor studies he completed an internship in Nukufilm studio in Tallinn, Estonia. For 5 years he was leading workshops of animation for children. His debut film Rosso Papavero was premiered at Berlinale 2015 Generation Kplus and won 13 international awards. In November 2018 he finished his graduation stop-motion film for children The Kite.


2018 The Kite

2015 Rosso Papavero Awards: 2nd place winner - Animation - Chicago Shorts Festival - Illinois, USA

2nd Mention - Expotoons International Animation Festival - Argentina locomotion

2015 - Ludotechnique Creative Trigger Award - Mexico

The World Animation Celebration - Student Stop Motion - USA

Honorable Mention - Anim!Arte - 12th International Student Animation Festival - BRAZIL

and 8 other awards from different festivals

Director, Art Director: Martin Smatana

Screenplay: Martin Smatana

Story Editor: Phil LaZebnik, Anna Vášová

Producer: Peter Badač

Director of Photography: Ondřej Nedvěd

Animation: Martin Smatana, Martyna Koleniec, Łukasz Grynda, Matouš Valchař, Stanisław Szostak, Piotr Chmielewski

VFX and Compositing: Michal Šabík

Editor: Lucie Navrátilová

Sound Designer: Viera Marinová

Music: Aliaksander Yasinski

Production Manager: Jakub Rálek

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