by Martin Smatana
13:10 Czech Republic / Slovakia/ Poland
Recommended ages: 4+
Summer is coming to the end, the fruit is growing ripe on the trees. Grandpa gives his grandson a kite. As the boy is tossed around in the air, Grandpa catches him.
Then the leaves fall and Grandpa has grown weak. A strong autumn wind carries him off into the cloudy sky. Winter comes, then springtime. A warm breeze brings them together again.
The Kite deals with the issue of death, but it does so in a simple metaphorical and symbolic way on 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 to show that death doesn’t mean the end of our journey.
Martin Smatana (1991, Slovakia) finished his master degree of Animation at FAMU, Prague. During his bachelor studies he completed an intership in Nukufilm studio in Tallinn, Estonia. For 5 years he was leading workshops of animation for children. His debut film Rosso Papavero was premieted at Berlinale 2015 Generation Kplus and won 13 international awards. In February 2019 he finished his graduation stop-motion film for children The Kite, that was premiered at Berlinale in Generation and since then has won 5 international awards.
2015 - Rosso Papavero
2nd place winner - Animation - Chicago Shorts Festival - ILLINOIS, 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 - Anim!Arte - 12th International Student Animation Festival - BRAZIL
and 8 other awards from different festivals
BERLINALE - Berlin International Film Festival 2015 – GERMANY
The Melbourne International Animation Festival – AUSTRALIA
FEST New Directors | New Films Festival – PORTUGAL
FANTOCHE 2015 - SWITZERLAND
CINEKID European Short Animation Film Competition – THE NETHERLANDS
and more than 100 others
2019 - The Kite