Ajyal Film Festival 2024

All Films

The Kite (Pouštět draka)

Ajyal Competition

Martin Smatana / Short Narrative / Czech Republic, The, Slovak Republic, The, Poland / 2019 / 13 min / Colour / DCP
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Interests: Animation


A heartfelt and charmingly animated tale about life and remembering those who are no longer with us. A little boy and his grandfather fly a kite together in the countryside. Both are made of paper, and each layer represents how much precious time they have left on earth. Sharing these cherished moments, the grandfather is painfully aware that he does not have many layers left. Then one day, a soft breeze carries him up into the sky.

About the Directors

Martin Smatana holds a master's degree in animation from FAMU, Prague. During his bachelor studies, he completed an internship with Nukufilm studio in Tallinn, Estonia. His debut film 'Rosso Papavero' premiered at Berlinale 2015 and went on to win 13 international awards. In November 2018, he finished his graduation stop-motion film 'The Kite', which won first prize at Animarkt Pitching Forum 2017 in Lodz, Poland.


Martin Smatana
Peter Badač
Lucie Navrátilová
Alexandra Hroncová, Anna Szadkowska
Production Company
Viera Marinová

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