Heart of a Tower (2021)

About the film

There is absolutely nothing to like about these grey, steep concrete blocks mother made me move to. No wonder dad doesn’t want to visit or even call. Nobody cares about me anymore. So I will stop caring as well. It’s time to go.

Riki, a 10 year old boy, runs away from home, following a mysterious emergency signal sent by a shiny stone. The strange artefact seems to have a mind of its own, it takes Riki to the breathtaking parallel world of “Yourland” where wonderful machines roam golden deserts, monkeys and ravens talk and science peacefully coexists with nature.

The shining stone merges with Riki by hiding in his heart and asking him for protection. It seems everybody in Yourland is eager to procure this treasure, as it is the core of Yourland’s power and owning it gives a great deal of influence.

Who should Riki share his secret with? His new cheeky friend, Emma? Metal Man, the mighty robot? Tidling, a monkey general? Or nobody? Who can he trust?

We accompany Riki on his enchanting adventurous journey full of perils, traps and humor, to restore the stone, also called the “Heart of a Tower”, to its „nest”. It’s the only way for Riki to make it back home and save his own heart.

Heart of a Tower is feature animated film for children directed by Peter Budinsky. 

The project is realized in slovak-belgium-czech co-production together with the companies plutoon (SK), Stacka (BE), BFILM.cz (CZ) and RTVS (SK). The development and the realization of the project was financially supported by Slovak Audiovisual Fund, Czech Film Fund, screen.brussels, Ministry of Cultury of Slovak Republic, by the Programme of the European Union - Creative Europe MEDIA and by the Bratislava Self-Governing Region.


Director: Peter Budinský
Script: Katarzyna Gondek, Peter Budinský, Barbora Budinská, Patrik Pašš, ml., Phil Parker
Script Editor: Kristína Májová
Producer: BFILM (SK) - Peter Badač
Co-producers: plutoon (SK) - Babrora Budinská, Stacka (BE) - Jan Hameeuw, BFILM.cz (CZ), RTVS (SK)


Peter Budinský

Peter (1983) graduated in Animation film department from the Film and TV Faculty of the Academy of Performing Arts in Bratislava, Slovakia. He studied an Erasmus Program at Animation department of RITS in Brussels, Belgium. That created the base for the current cooperation with Belgium, as Peter had a great experience there. He created three short animated films – Alfonz’s fly, Bird of Prey and tWINs, all of them presented and awarded on the international festivals.

After graduating, he started to work as a freelancer in Bratislava, Slovakia on different animated projects, short films and music videos. In 2013, he founded his own production company and animation studio plutoon in Bratislava, Slovakia. plutoon is offering complex services in the animation field not only to the filmmakers but also to the advertising agencies, other production companies, and individual clients. The studio creates animated TV spots, instructional videos, music videos, product presentations, post-production, special effects and other audiovisual content for a wide range of companies and projects.


tWINs (MA film, 2011)
~ Special Mention, Be There! Corfu 2013, Greece
~ Special Mention, Animafest 2012, Croatia
~ 2nd prize in Eastward Window,  ZUBROFFKA 2012, Poland 
~ Special Mention and The Best Student Movie, Anifest 2012, Třeboň, Czech Republic
~ Special Mention, Kyjv International Short Film Festival 2012, Ukraine
~ Silver Jabberwocky, ETIUDA & ANIMA 2011, Poland
~ Student Jury Award, Anilogue 2011, Hungary
~ The Award for creativity and artistic expression, Banjalukanima 2011, Bosnia and Hercegovina 
~ Best Animated Film and Kinema Award, Áčko 2011, Slovakia 

Bird of Prey (short animation, 2009)
~ Special Mention of the Jury, VGIK International Student Festival 2010, Moscow, Russia
~ Prix du Jury - Cinepsi Festival International Cinéastes et Spiritualité 2010, Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium
~ Best Animated Film at the Next Reel festival, Singapore 2010
Alfonzova mucha (BA film, 2008)
~ Best Animated Film at the Next Reel Festival 2009, Singapore
~ Igric 2009 – a prize to support creative work


Producer BFILM: Peter Badač - peter(at)bfilm.sk 
  plutoon: Barbora Budinská - barbora(at)plutoon.sk