Martin Smatana (born 1991 in Zilina, Slovakia) is a graduate of Animation 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). The Kite was released in cinemas of several European countries. So far the film was screened at more than 150 festivals and won 65 international awards, including Best Children Film at the Annecy festival and Best short film for children at Stuttgart Film Festival.
The full list of festivals and awards here.
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 development lab Animation Sans Frontieres and at 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.
In 2021 - 2022 Martin is directing a new stop motion film Apple Cores, which is the part of animated feature film "Of Unwanted things and people" coproduced by Czech republic, Slovenia and France.
Besides he is doing an illustrated book "Dobrosaurus" about good news from around the world.