The Kite (2019)

About the film

The Kite is about the issue of death, but in a simple metaphoric and symbolic way. It tries to explain the fact that none of us are here forever and all living creatures must die, but on the other hand, to show, that someone's journey doesn't have to end with death.

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 with (CZ), FAMU (CZ) and CeTA studio (PL). The development and the realization of the film was financially supported by Czech Film Fund, Slovak Audiovisual Fund, Foundation Filmtalent Zlín, Tatra banka Foundation and by Literary Fund.




Director and Art Director: Martin Smatana
Script: Martin Smatana
Script Consultant: Philip LaZebnik, Anna Vášová, Ivana Sujová
Producer: BFILM - Peter Badač
Co-producers: (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 (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.


The Kite (short puppet animation, 2019)
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


The Kite from BFILM on Vimeo.


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