Hi, I am Martin from Slovakia and I like stories. I do a stop motion animation because i like working manually and i like to use different materials and combine them. I always wanted to do films for adults, but both of my previous films somehow ended up for children audience. Gradually i realised that actually I feel quite comfortable in storytelling for children.
Martin Smatana (born 1991 in Slovakia) is a graduate of Animation Studies at FAMU Film School in Prague, Czech Republic.  His debut movie Rosso Papavero (2015) had premiere at Berlinale 2015, was screened at more than 200 film festivals and received 15 international awards.  
Martin’s last movie The Kite had its premiere at Berlinale 2019. The Kite was selected to the semifinals of Student Oscar Academy Awards and was included in the Film Collection of MoMA (Museum of Modern Art in New York). So far the film was screened at more than 150 festivals and won 32 international awards, including Best Children Film at the Annecy festival, Best short film for children at Stuttgart Film Festival, Best Children Short Film at 27th Anima Mundi in Brasil, Best Animated Short at 26th Austin Film Festival and Best Animated film at Palm Springs International Animation Festival. From January 2020 onwards The Kite is being screened in the Italian and French cinemas.  
Martin has launched his own film production company Studio Bororo in Slovakia. At the moment he is working on a new short animated film for children ‘Hello Summer’. The film was developed during the film residencies Animation Sans Frontieres and Berlinale Talents. Hello Summer was selected to the MIFA pitches 2020 in Annecy, where it won the award of Residency at the danish animation school “Animation Workshop” in Viborg.  
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