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

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
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
Annecy International Animated Film Festival 2019, Annecy, France



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