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Contemporary Trends in European Animation: Slovakia

    Martin Smatana, a distinguished member of the new generation of Slovak animation, curates a tribute of ten films from the recent production of this very active country, animation-wise. The films are aimed at both children and adults and cover a wide range of styles and themes.

    Martin Smatana

    He was born in Slovakia in 1991. He finished his master degree in 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. His graduation film "The Kite" was premiered at Berlinale 2019, selected to semifinals of Student Academy Awards, included in the Film Collection of MoMA and won over 60 international awards.

    Cloudy / Cloudy

    Filip Diviak & Zuzana Čupová, 5’, 2018 Czech Republic

    Mr. Gnome is sunbathing in his garden when suddenly little cloud hides the sun.

    Cowboyland

    David Štumpf, 5’, 2015 Slovakia

    According to the rules of the Wild West, thieves must be punished. But when the sheriff’s horse breaks and there is nobody to oversee the law, it’s hard to forecast if justice will be upheld.

    Nina / Nina

    Veronika Obertová & Michaela Čopíková, 17’, 2014 Slovakia

    A story of a timid boy and woodland girl who are both connected and separated by fear.

    Pandas / Pandas

    Matúš Vizár, 12’, 2013 Czech Republic, Slovakia

    After millions of generations, Pandas have a good chance of becoming another extinct species, but then they meet humans.

    Το τσίρκο της κόκκινης παπαρούνας / Rosso Papavero

    Martin Smatana, 5’, 2015 Slovakia

    Once upon a starry night, a small boy with the head full of fantasies witnesses dreamlike circus performances.

    Sh_t Happens

    David Štumpf, Michaela Mihályi, 13’, 2019 Czech Republic, Slovakia

    The caretaker exhausted by everything, his caretaker wife and one totally depressed deer. Their mutual despair leads them to absurd events.

    Snow / Snow

    Ivana Šebestová, 8’, 2013 Slovakia

    A short film about a woman waiting for her love, about a man who looks for a perfect snowflake in far-away countries and about snow which conceals and melts dreams.

    Sound Between the Crowns

    Filip Diviak, 15’, 2020 Czech Republic

    A homeless musician was kicked out of the city after the queen saw his face. Although the guards destroyed his instrument, he didn't lose the motivation to fix it.

    The Tots, Rocket / The Tots, Rocket

    Vanda Raýmanová & Michal Struss, 8’, 2018 Slovakia

    Two little brothers are playing and make something that no one has ever made before. Together they overcome all their difficulties and reach the stars.

    The Websters - The Big Puddle

    Katarína Kerekesová, 12’, 2021 Slovakia, Czech Republic

    Spiderlings are preparing a project about the dangerous Big Puddle and they find out about the tough past of their classmate Momo.

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