About the film

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 with BFILM.cz (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.



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

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
Hviezdne noci 2019, Bytča, Slovakia
25th Sarajevo International Film Festival, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herczegovina
32nd International Film Festival for Children and Youth, Isfahan, Iran
25th Film Festival Della Lessinia, Bosco Chiesanuova, Italy
22nd International Festival of Animated Film Fantoche, Baden, Switzerland
16th In the Palace International Short Film Festival, Varna, Bulgaria
6th Festival for Children in Warsaw, Warsaw, Poland
3rd BEAST International Film Festival, Porto, Portugal
14th Animatou - International Animation Festival, Geneva, Switzerland
43th Ottawa Animation Filmfest, Ottawa, Canada
28th Cinemagic International Film Festival, Belfast, Great Britain
33rd CineKid Film Festival, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
8th Goteborg Lilla Film Festival, Goteborg, Sweden
15th Rolan International Film Festival for Children and Youth, Yerevan, Armenia
27th KINEKO International Children´s Film Festival, Tokyo, Japan
23rd Winterthur Short Film Festival 2019, Winterthur, Switzerland
Brest Short Film Festival 2019, Brest, France
KLIK X HAFF Animation Film Festival 2019, Amsterdam, The Netherlands



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 (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



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