About the film

animation, CZ/SK/PL, 2019, 13 min.

The Kite deals with the issue of death, but it does so in a simple metaphorical and symbolic way. It tries to explain that none of us are here forever and that all living creatures must die, but also to show that death doesn’t mean the end of our journey.

A little boy visits his old grandfather in the countryside and they fly a kite together. They are both made out of layers, which symbolize their age. The boy has many of these layers. He is perspective, because he has all his life before him. But grandfather, on the other hand, has already lost most of his layers and he has only few left. As he gets older, he also gets thinner, and at the end of his life, he is as thin as a sheet of paper. One day, the wind just softly blows him away and takes him up to the sky...

The animation puppet film for kids made by Martin Smatana.

The project is realized in co-production of BFILM.cz (CZ), FAMU (CZ) and CeTA studio (PL). The  realization was supported by Czech Film Fund, Slovak Audiovisual Fund, Foundation Filmtalent Zlín, Tatra banka Foundation and Literary Fund. The international sales agent of this film is Magnetfilm.

The world premiere of this film was held in February 2019 at 69th International Film Festival Berlin, Germany.

Since then it was released on many festivals arround the world and has received these 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

You could have seen The Kite at these festivals:

69th International Film Festival Berlin, Germany
26th IFFC Febiofest, Bratislava, Slovakia
26th International Festival of Animated Film Stuttgart 2019, Stuttgart, Germany
32nd Finále Plzeň, Plzeň, Czech Republic
16th IndieLisboa Film Festival, Lisbon, Portugal
International Festival of Animated Film Anifilm 2019, Třeboň, Czech Republic
58th Zlín Film Festival for Children and Youth, Zlín, Czech Republic
26th Animafest Zagreb 2019, Zagreb, Croatia
Annecy International Animated Film Festival 2019, Annecy, France
Fest Anča International Animation Festival 2019, Žilina, Slovakia
54th Karlovy Vary International Film Festival 2019, Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic
37th Filmfest Munich International Festival 2019, Munich, Germany
27th Curtas Vila do Conde International Film Festival, Vila do Conde, Portugal
9th Supertoon Animation Film Festival, Šibenik, Croatia
10th International Film Festival  Anibar, Peja, Kosovo
27th Anima Mundi Film Festival, Rio de Janeiro/Sao Paulo, Brazil
Belo Horizonte International Film Festival 2019, Belo Horizonte, Brazil
22nd Cervino Mountain Film Festival, Aosta, Italy
43rd Open Air Film Fest Weiterstadt, Weiterstadt, Germany
Hviezdne noci 2019, Bytča, Slovakia
25th Sarajevo International Film Festival, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herczegovina
32nd International Film Festival for Children and Youth, Isfahan, Iran
30th Sao Paulo International Short Film Festival, Sao Paolo, Brazil
25th Film Festival Della Lessinia, Bosco Chiesanuova, Italy
Peer Raben Music Award 2019, Cologne, Germany
4th Ulju Mountain Film Festival, Ulju, Korea
22nd International Festival of Animated Film Fantoche, Baden, Switzerland
6th Festival for Children in Warsaw, Warsaw, Poland
BUSTER Film Festival for Children and Youth, Copenhagen, Danemark
16th In the Palace International Short Film Festival, Varna, Bulgaria
Festival Stop Motion Montreal 2019, Montreal, Canada
43th Ottawa Animation Filmfest, Ottawa, Canada
3rd BEAST International Film Festival, Porto, Portugal
30th KROK International Animation Film Festival, St. Petersburg/Moscow, Russia
Milano Film Festival 2019, Milano, Italy
14th Animatou - International Animation Festival, Geneva, Switzerland
REX Animation Film Festival 2019, Stockholm, Sweden
5th TIAF International Animation Film Festival, Taichung, Taiwan
28th Cinemagic International Film Festival, Belfast, Great Britain
6th STIFF International Student Film Festival, Rijeka, Croatia
Kaohsiung Film Festival 2019, Kaohsiung, Taiwan
21th Bucheon Animation Film Festival, Bucheon, Korea
33rd CineKid Film Festival, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
21st Wiesbaden International Festival of Animation, Wiesbaden, Germany
8th Goteborg Lilla Film Festival, Goteborg, Sweden
27th KINEKO International Children´s Film Festival, Tokyo, Japan
L'Oeil vagabond Festival for Youth and Children 2019, Brittany, France
23rd Winterthur Short Film Festival 2019, Winterthur, Switzerland
15th Rolan International Film Festival for Children and Youth, Yerevan, Armenia
Brest Short Film Festival 2019, Brest, France
KLIK X HAFF Animation Film Festival 2019, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Ajyal Film Festival 2019, Doha, Qatar
15th Seattle Children's Film Festival, Seattle, USA



 

Authors

Director and Art Director: Martin Smatana
Script: Martin Smatana
Script Consultant: Philip LaZebnik, Anna Vášová, Ivana Sujová
Producer: BFILM - Peter Badač
Co-producers: BFILM.cz (CZ), FAMU (CZ), CeTA (PL)
D.O.P.: Ondřej Nedvěd
Pupppets and sets​: Martin Smatana
Animators: Martin Smatana, Martyna Koleniec, Piotr Chmielewski, Łukasz Grynda, Matouš Valchař, Stanisław Szostak
Editor: Lucie Navrátilová
Postproduction Supervisor: Michal Šabík
Sound Design: Viera Marinová
Music: Aliaksandr Yasinski

 

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.

Filmography:

The Kite (short puppet animation, 2019)
~​ The Audience Award - 26th IFFC Febiofest, Bratislava, Slovakia
~​ Award for the best short film for children26th International Festival of Animated Film Stuttgart 2019, Stuttgart, Germany
Rosso Papavero (short animation, 2015)
~​ 2nd place winner - Animation, Chicago Shorts Festival, USA
~ 2nd MENTION - EXPOTOONS International Animation Festival, Argentina
~ LOCOMOCION 2015 - Ludotechnique Creative Trigger Award, Mexico
~ The World Animation Celebration, Student Stop Motion, USA
~ Honorable Mention - 12th International Student Animation Festival, Brazil

            

Contacts

Producer BFILM: Peter Badač - peter(at)bfilm.sk  
Festivals BFILM: Alexandra Gabrižová - bfilm(at)bfilm.sk  
Sales Magnetfilm: Georg Gruber - georg.gruber(at)magnetfilm.de